When the Splendor Falls
The epic New York Times bestselling Civil War era romance by Laurie McBain
IN A WORLD BENT ON KEEPING THEM APART, CAN TWO LOST SOULS FIND LOVE?
Virginia, 1860. For Leigh Alexandra Travers, life at her family's Virginia plantation is a paradise of summer picnics and sweet tea. The daughter of a wealthy Southern horse breeder, Leigh has no interest in the outside world. Until
Does that cover scream sex on every page, or what? Don't let that scare you, 'cause there's a whole lot more to it than that.
Virginia, 1860. Life at Travers Hill is still idyllic and genteel, as it has been for generations. Leigh Travers is young, beautiful, spirited, rides horses like the wind (well the family does breed the best), the darling of her family and plans to wed the *right man* just as soon as her father gives permission. Everything seems just perfect until one day Neil ...more
Regrettably for lovers of historical romance, this was McBain’s last novel. I have read, reviewed and loved all of them (see list below). And, they can be found gracing my best lists on Historical Romance Review (this one is on both the Western and Patriotic lists). McBain was a part of the seminal group of authors who ushered in modern historical romance in the 70s, and she stayed for the booming 80s to give us ...more
Laurie McBain is the absolute best writer of Historical Romance that ever lifted a pen. The only writer who even comes close is Diane Gabaldon McBain has a masterful grasp of the period and details bringing to the reader an experience unlike any other. Epic and sweeping are just two mere words I can use to describe "When the Splendor Falls". This expansive tale of the Civil War ...more
Laurie McBain wrote some really engaging stories. This is one that still works today.
Once again I am honored to share with you all a book by Laurie McBain. One of the last books written by Ms. McBain. A book that takes us from the innocence of the Antebellum South through the ravages of war and the cost of survival. It isn't pretty and it doesn't romanticize the war.. Instead Ms. McBain focused on what it takes to survive..
Another powerful sweeping saga that covers time and sweeps us along through the triumphs ...more
Sadly, both the plot and the romance suffered unpleasantly and caused me to have a great struggle with just pushing through in my ...more
A Civil-War-set novel probably shouldn't be one of my go-to-for-humour novels but this one is. All of the characters in this story make me laugh.
A hauntingly beautiful story of love, loss and grief during war between the states. This is the second time I have read this book. Ms McBain is truly a gifted story teller although it took me a while to realize all the characters during the first chapter. As far as I am concerned is better than Gone With the Wind. It certainly had me both laughing and crying, even the second time around.
The story is set out in 3 parts, a necessity I think because of the length of the book. The book covers many years. The first part is where we learn about the characters of the story, especially Leigh Travers, and Neil Braedon. They are the main couple in the story. Leigh isn't your ...more
This book is about Neil Braedon who was captured and raised by the Comanches until he is rescued and sent to school and later he graduates from Yale. Although he mingles perfectly in society, the Comanches left an indelible mark on him. He meets Leigh ...more
Laurie McBain does a masterful job of bringing the reader "up to speed" on the tangled history of the characters. Without that scene we would be lost trying to figure out how ...more