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Hallam's War

3.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Hugh and Serena Hallam have left everything they knew in Charleston behind, 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—so they believe—their slaves. And Hugh is convinced that reasonable men of good will ...more
Hardcover, 473 pages
Published 2008 by Unbridled Books
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Sep 10, 2012 Bobby rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 03, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A great story of love and family just prior to and at the beginning of the Civil War. A good man torn by loyalty to the South while questioning the institution of slavery.
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Sep 14, 2015 Ann Freeman rated it liked it
What I did like about this book was that it included a lot of Civil War history about places I was familiar with near my husband's home town of Savannah, TN - Shiloh, Pittsburgh Landing, the Cherry Mansion, etc. What left me wanting more was more depth in the characters in the Hallam family, and did they change as the war progressed concerning their attitudes towards slavery. As rather benign masters, they still owned human beings as property. The author contrasted the Hallams successfully again ...more
Apr 14, 2010 Traci rated it it was ok
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
Oct 13, 2013 Suzanne rated it liked it
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
Jun 23, 2013 Karen Hogan rated it it was ok
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
Aug 18, 2011 Barb Klein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 31, 2008 Janet rated it did not like it
I started to read this book but really didn't care for it. It's going back to the library.
Oct 02, 2009 Debbierandall1 rated it liked it
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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