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Jacob’s Cellar is a saga of assimilation and
survival, following of a clan of immigrants
that makes its way from pre-Revolution North
Carolina to Missouri in the years leading
up to the Civil War. The cellar itself is a dark
foreboding place used for family gatherings, as
a hiding place for objects and refugees, a retreat for lovers, a den of betrayal and ultimately the source o
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Paperback, 282 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Createspace
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Richard Sharp
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A work of literary historical fiction that should attract a general readership as well as those with special interest in the assimilation of immigrants into rural American culture and/or in the years living up to the Civil War and the profound impact of the war on communities in the path of that devastating event. The novel touches on important episodes in American history (the War of Regulation in North Carolina, the Mexican War) that have been greatly overshadowed by the Civil War, as well as ...more
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is the second book I have read by Mr. Sharp, so I was excited to start Jacob's Cellar because I enjoyed The Duke Don't Dance so much

This is a book written in a multi-narrative point of view during the Civil War. Each character is an immigrant who is seeking shelter the basement. The leader of the group has been appointed to the blind grandfather who spends his time telling stories of family lore. He spices up many of his stories incorporating the popular stories originally told by Edgar All
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Debra
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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***Received from Goodreads first reads giveaway

This book started slowly for me and then it grabbed me! It is a work of historical fiction. The book is about war, family, relationships, secrets and assimiliation. What first grabbed my attention was the mystery of what happened to Jacob in the celler. But then the lives of the many protaganosists, how they intertwined, and how they related to each other, as well as, how THEY were related to each other really sparked my interest. The storytelling w
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Stephanie
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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A tale of a family whose stories about their lives moving west, and west again and again forms the core of who they are and who they will become. Spanning the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, the love of these people from generation to generation is interwoven throughout this story.

It is also a tale of mystery. It is also about what happened to grandfather Jacob in the cellar - or rather why it happened - is the core around which the story turns. Through their struggles as a family, the
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Stacy
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I won this book as a FirstRead.

Jacob's Cellar tells the story of an extended family in Missouri in the years before and during the Civil War. They also recount the family history in Carolina and Tennessee. The story started a little slow for me, as it was hard to keep all of the different people straight, but by the end, I was hooked and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. This story has a little bit of something for everyone.
Sandy
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book very much. It draws you in and makes you feel like part of the family and their lives during the civil war so this book has made me more interested in the history of our country. The secrets and the reason for them are revealed.
Tommy
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, the characters are amazing. The story pulls you along with it, trying to second guess their motives for what they do is a challenge. I look forward to reading the next book.
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Richard Sharp earned a BA from Harvard as well as a Masters Degree from Princeton, launching a career as an international development consultant before recently retiring.His vast experience across the United States and over four dozen countries provides settings for his historically authentic novel settings.

He is the author of "Crystal Ships" (2013) his sweeping epic of America's decades of discon
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