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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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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.
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
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
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."More about Elisabeth Payne Rosen...