Broken Promises: A Novel of the Civil War
Winner of the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Fiction
Director’s Mention, Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction
1861: The war that’s been brewing for a decade has exploded, pitting North against South. Fearing that England will support the Confederate cause, President Lincoln sends Charles Francis Adams, son of J ...more
Charles Francis Adams (son of John Quincy Adams) is sent to London by Lincoln as a diplomatic representative of the U.S. His son Henry is along for the trip and they're soon mixed up in the growing tensions as the U.S. splits in two - and England seems to side towards the south. There's also a side story involving Henry's old friend Baxter Sams and Englishwoman Julia Birch. Baxter's from the south, Julia's family thinks she too good for any American and Henry and Baxter's friendship is ...more
The author fleshes out with the skill of a Seurat pointillist, the real-life characters Charles Francis Adams, Sr. (son of John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the U.S., and grandson of one of the nation's Founding Fathers, John Adams), whom Lincoln appointed shortly before war brok ...more
Some of the dialog seemed less than authentic and the characters could have benefited from greater development, I th ...more
It's March 1861, and Charles Francis Adams is sent on a mission to London by a less-than-confident President Lincoln. Adams, conscious of his family's stature and historical responsibilities (his father and grandfather both served as President) must convince the English not to recognize the Confederacy or to supply warships to the South.
Meanwhile, Adams' son Henry accompanies his father and reunites with his Southerner friend Baxter Sams, who is attending the Royal College of Surgeons. When Hen...more
I received this book through a First Reads contest and I am so glad that I did! I love historical fiction, but generally stay in the Tudor England time period. This book has thoroughly sparked an interest in Civil War era fiction.
I enjoyed the inside view of what it must have been like to be an American in England during this time. I found myself surprised at the complete disdain that most of the En ...more
I recieved this book as a first reads give away!
At the center of this story is the son of John Quincy Adams, Charles Francis Adams, who is sent by Lincoln to be Washington's official delegation to Great Britain. Adams and his family struggle to hold up ...more
I think you need to have a base knowledge of the Civil War to enjoy this book. With the book mainly taking place in England, the reader is connected to the war by reports only. I was fascinated by England's interpretation of our Civil War and how many hoped our country would implode from it.
If you are looking for a battlefield type of Civil War read, this is not for you. If you like the history aspect, then I recommend it.