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Storm Clouds Rolling In

(Bregdan Chronicles #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  16,962 ratings  ·  820 reviews
Carrie Cromwell comes of age as the dark clouds of the Civil War swallow the country. Born with a fiery spirit and a strong mind, she finds herself struggling between the common wisdom of the South and the truth she has discovered.

The activities of the Underground Railroad and her close friendships with the Cromwell Plantation slaves create difficult choices. But when her
Kindle Edition, 570 pages
Published April 12th 2010 by A Voice In The World Publishing (first published 1996)
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Jann If you're looking for a typical, historical romance, I can see why you would find this boring. However, this book is more than that. It is a history l…moreIf you're looking for a typical, historical romance, I can see why you would find this boring. However, this book is more than that. It is a history lesson, and I guess you have to be a history buff to enjoy it. I found there to be many parallels with the state of the country then as to the political climate today and the same blindness to what will happen if our country is once again blinded to the potential devastation that hate will reap (on both sides). I am looking forward to the next book.(less)

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Marci Burnett
Jun 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
I found this series as one being compared to Diana Galbadon's OUTLANDER. There is NO WAY this is comparable.

This book, the first of a series that gets no better, is predictable, poorly written and demands editing for gross errors.
The characters all speak the same. You have to look for "so and so said" to know who is talking. The reader is told everything and doesn't see the development of character changes. Amazing rescues, ridiculously unbelievable ways characters reconnect and find each other
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book should be labeled Christian historical fiction and not romance. It was okay but not what it was purported to be. Just a bit too verbose.
Gloria Johnson
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a series of novels, and I am already starting the second. Being compared to Gone with the Wind is inevitable, but these books are more historically accurate in their portrayal of slavery and the turmoil leading up to the Civil War. The characters are interesting and likable, except of course for the evil overseer. Carrie, the main character, is a child of the plantation/slavery way of life, but struggles to believe that people were meant to be owned by someone. Complicating ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook


This book is historical fiction set during the time leading up to the American Civil War. I found it interesting and entertaining. The author tried to create a realistic setting of plantation life in the South where slaves were an everyday part of life and the North was fighting to free slaves. There were several different characters that we followed, the book showed plantation owners who believed that slavery was a responsibility given to them by God and we s
Life in the South specifically Virgina pre-Civil war is highlighted in this series opener. We are introduced to the main cast of characters and their individual situations. From plantation owner, Thomas Cromwell and his independent daughter Carrie, t0 slaves Rose and her wise woman mother Sarah.
Change is coming and everyone can feel it. But when and what is going to happen? Dread,hope,denial all swirl together in the atmosphere.Desperate for change and desperate for things to remain the same. T
Vikki Vaught
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I found Storm Clouds Rolling In while re-reading Gone with the Wind a couple of months ago. I actually saw it advertised on Facebook. I am so grateful I found this astonishing book. While there are similarities between this book and GWTW, I actually like the characters in this one much better, especially Carrie Cromwell.

Carrie Cromwell is a strong-willed eighteen year old that has very far-thinking views on life and all the rumors surrounding the year leading up to the firing on Fort S
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This series was recommended for people who love Downton Abbey and were looking for something to tide them over until January. That said, I was pretty surprised to discover it was set in Civil War times Virginia! Having bought #1 of 6 on my Kindle already, I decided to give it a go. It was actually pretty good! While I know about the Civil War, I've never really known exactly how or why it started. With SC and the rebel flag all over the news right now, it was a good time to get more background. ...more
Ann Alton
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This had so much potential.... I hope that the author becomes more consistent with her writing (sometimes brilliant, sometimes awkward, other times just, sorry to say, bad). The characters were likable enough, pacing was mostly ok (on occasion it staggered). There are some moments of real wisdom, which definitely made it worth the read. Here's hoping the author gets a better editor, as well. ...more
Jessi Bell
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book - to a point. I think the author did a tremendous about of research, but it fell a little short in the dialog. I have a hard time believing that an Antebellum Southern Belle would use the word, "okay", refer to an old college friend as "buddy" or give "big hugs". These are all late 20th century words/phrases. I had a little bit of a hard time with the personal religious experiences too. It was a little too much for me. I really enjoyed the story and the historical accuracy, th ...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
This is an interesting beginning to a series about the Civil War. It begins pre- war in the times leading up to it. The story features Carrie, the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner. She is their only child. and although her mother wants her to be a normal girl of that era in that station in life, Carrie is not interested in being a carbon of her mother. Her father indulges her and loves her for her spirit and desire to be more than a plantation wife. Secretly Carrie wants to be a doctor, bu ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the first book of the Bregdan Chronicles by Ginny Dye. I did like this book although I thought the dialogue was a little juvenile. The story is about the Cromwell family, in particular Carrie Cromwell. It starts out in anticipation of the Civil War. I wanted to read this book because I love reading about the Civil War era. I felt that this book gave a different perspective on the events leading up to the war that I had not read about before. Carrie is a young 18 year old that had grown u ...more
Vicki Andrada
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! I love the main character this book concentrates on, Carrie. Ginny dye did her research, and weaved in the story the events and issues that lead up to the American Civil war through the eyes of her characters, as it must have been for many that lived in that time. This story takes place mostly in the south in a plantation outside of Richmond Virginia. You get to see how many folks felt about slavery in the south at that time and the reasons they felt that way, and you get ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Storm Clouds Rolling In

This book captured my attention as I read the first page. I love historical novels. The books covering the Civil War are of particular interest. The characters in this story are well developed. I was drawn in immediately when introduced to Carrie the independent daughter of a plantation owner. She was not a shrew but rather a young girl trying to live as a plantation girl but also trying to come to terms with her own beliefs....especially the issue of slavery. Her slave an
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-reads
I thoroughly enjoyed the book! More about how Carrie Cromwell deals with her own dreams, ideas, and truth while growing up as a plantation daughter. She had a spirit that most young privileged ladies of the south did not. I look forward to the next book!
✨ Gramy ✨
The presentation of the history from the pre-Civil War era was phenomenal!

The characters are depicted clearly and are developed throughout the book. Accurate descriptions bring sights and feelings alive for the reader.

May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, christian
Excellent story, powerfully written. A good reminder to all of a dark time in our nation's history and why it was so important. Wonderful focus on Christ. ...more
Elizabeth Bell
May 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Author Ginny Dye posted in the Historical Novel Society Facebook group about being horrified when she discovered that her ancestors not only owned slaves but also financially supported the Ku Klux Klan. She wrote The Bregdan Chronicles as a way of atoning. Her heart is certainly in the right place. I am in awe of her prolific output--she's about to publish Book 18 in this series--and of her apparent success, judging by the astounding number of ratings and reviews. This is the most impressive sag ...more
Sep 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
My followers are going to shoot me - this is another series of 17 I just started. I am just loving ripping thru series, not having to think about what to read next. So boring if you are following me. I don't generally like civil war era stories, but this was really good and satisfying to read. ...more
Jean Nordmeyer
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Historical fiction being my favorite genre, I especially enjoy Civil War era stories. This book is the first in the Bregdan Chronicles series about the Cromwell Plantation and its 19-year old mistress, who must take over the running of the plantation after her mother dies. With the Civil War looming, I will probably read the next book to follow how the war impacts the family members, who have vastly different attitudes toward slavery. Writing not nearly on the level of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This historical fiction book was an enjoyable read, although it was a bit heavy on the history and politics leading up to the Civil War. There is a lot of time spent on who said/did/believed what and a lot of "Oh, I hope this does/doesn't happen!" I am sure it was the constant talk before the war (similar to how there was nothing but Clinton and Trump talk for months leading up to the election), but I wish less time was devoted to it. I found it repetitive and am used to Civil War novels with le ...more
Thom Swennes
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-e-book, re-read
“Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion”. This quote of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) perfectly describes the pulchritudinous raven haired Carrie Cromwell. Everything and everyone she confronted with passion. In a time of uncertainty and threatening turmoil, she hoped she could save her perceived way of life and not be pulled into the conflict that would surely split her country in half. She grows up with her handmaid, Rose, and they are both friends and confidan ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book in The Bregdan Chronicles, “Storm Clouds Rolling In” by Ginny Dye. I can honestly say that I could not put this book down. The theme of this series is the Civil War as it affects the plantation owners and southern sympathizers as the South tries to decide its fate during the unstable times in the 1860’s. Ms. Dye clearly show the reader the conundrum faced by those in the south, some who want to remain with the Union, and some who want to secede from the Union because they f ...more
❆ Crystal ❆
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, g-early-america
Wow... this was an intense book! Slavery, and all the abuse of slaves is troublesome to read. The author does a great job with this terrible time in our history. Luckily, the plantation and the family in this book are good people (ignorant and blind, but they didn't mistreat their slaves). Carrie is such a strong character for someone so young. At 18, she is just amazing! I love her spirit, her strength, passion and compassion.
I would have loved to give this book 5 stars, but I was bored to tea
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a rather long Christian novel that explores several fictional characters associated within a Virgina plantation just prior to the Civil War. It is a quick read and is not at all offensive in depicting the milieu of that tumultuous time. I was unaware of "The Wide Awakes" as a paramilitary campaign organization affiliated with the Republican Party during the United States presidential election of 1860.
Actually this is a rehash of events similar to that miserable Oprah selection https://w
Gladys S.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness. I read this book and was absolutely "taken" with it and books 2-11 as well. I can't wait for the next "episode" . I fell in love with all the characters and felt I was part of the families, experiencing every situation they were going through.

I became intrigued with several incidents that I was never taught in school, esp. the tragic destruction of the overcrowded boat carrying passengers anxiously awaiting a reunion with their families; the escape from Libby Prison and more.

Betsy Gray
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Storm Clouds Rolling In by Ginny Dye is the first of a four book series about a Virginian family during the years 1860-1865 ( Civil War years). The Cromwells are wealthy plantation owners just south of Richmond. The only child is a daughter, Carrie, wants to be a doctor. She fimds as she lives through the pre-war years in the first book that she differs in many respects from her parents.
This book is a quick read and is written to entice you to keep reading until the last page. If you like histo
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is interesting in that it follows a Southern Belle (Carrie) who is questioning all she has been taught is right: the way the Southern states are founded on the institution of slavery is a good thing. This historical fiction account does a good job at reviewing the issues of slavery, and why some people – even those who used it as a way to sustain their own lives – believed it was wrong and were willing to stand against the laws of slavery to help end the oppression of a whole people. C ...more
Suzanna Codd
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2016-reads
This was an amazing historical fiction about the Civil War. It seems that the author did amazing research and really knew how to put all opinions about succession, slavery, and just life into different perspectives for all the characters. I deeply recommend this book for anyone looking for a American historical fiction! It was fantastic.
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: civil-war-era
This is the first in a series of books about the Civil War. I really like this book, and those following. They are lengthy but very descriptive of the time and issues involved. I will keep reading the books in this series as long as the author continues to add new ones.
Gail Lewis
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-ebook
A great civil war story about plantation life, slavery, the underground railroad, and I am now anxious to read the next in the series. The author goes in depth to share what was happening before the war begins in the south.
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