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Jarrettsville by Cornelia Nixon
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Apr 05, 11

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Read in April, 2011

This historical fiction is based on the life of real people and events. It is set just after the Civil War in an around Jarrettsville, Maryland in Harford County. The book deals with the events surrounding the death of Nicholas McComas who was killed by his jilted fiance.

Though interesting, the author's characterizations of the people was hard to believe. Both seemed truly unable to communicate with the other and this lack of communication lead to murder. It would have been easier to believe had there been real conflict between the two. Of course, the author doesn't know what actually happened between the two but her unwillingness to fill in the blanks makes the characters seem unreal. Even so, the portrayal of life in post-Civil War Maryland is interesting in it's own end.
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