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Hallam's War

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Hugh and Serena Hallam have made the decision to leave everything they knew in Charleston behind them, hoping to create a stable, productive home for themselves and their three children in the near-wilderness of West Tennessee. Though now war may loom on the horizon, life at Palmyra is good, for both themselves and—they believe—their slaves.

Hugh is convinced that reasonabl...more
Hardcover, 473 pages
Published 2008 by Unbridled Books
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A rare 5-star but in all fairness I am biased a bit toward Civil War novels. This one ranks right up there with Cold Mountain which is one of my favorites. This story has a bit more depth with it's take on the slave attitudes and demise as the War carries on. A wonderful read.
An okay read. I like the portions that dealt with life on the farm and the interaction between the slaves and the owners, but the parts where the main character was off fighting the war I found tedious and I found myself just skimming those parts to get through them
I felt it was a little hard to get into but I always give a book 100 pages to capture my attention. It picked up fairly well in the middle but I did think that the ending was slightly anti-climatic.
Karen Hogan
I did find the parts of this book that dealt with the thoughts and interaction between the slaves and the slaveowners interesting enough, but the rest of the book just seem to drag on.
Sep 15, 2009 FrumpBurger marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So far (about 30 pages in), this isn't really grabbing OR holding my interest. And I need to finish and review it in a few days. Le sigh.
Barb Klein
So far, I'm enjoying the book. It was a little hard to get into at first, but I think the more I read, the more I will enjoy it.
I started to read this book but really didn't care for it. It's going back to the library.
ok book-did enjoy civil war back drop.
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Elisabeth Payne Rosen was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and educated at Hollins College, Virginia. After working in New York City, she moved to London with her husband, Martin Rosen, a film and theater producer, where they stayed for thirteen years. An ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church, she lives and works as a hospital Chaplain in Marin County, California. This is her first novel."
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