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After the War, Before the Peace by Sharon Poppen
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Jan 17, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, post-civil-war-america, romance, softcover, vengeance, mature-audience, first-in-series

After the War, Before the Peace
By Sharon Poppen
Copyright 2002 by Sharon Poppen
Published by Xlibris, paperback $22.95 ISBN10 1-4010-6545-7, eBook $9.99 ISBN10 1-4535-8286-X

After the War, Before the Peace is Sharon Poppen’s stunning debut novel set in the years following the American Civil War. With stunning characters who leap off the page and into your imagination and meticulous attention to detail Poppen’s novel is more than the story of one family ravaged by Civil War and left to rebuild their lives in a world that refused to acknowledge things like basic American civil rights, compensation for war crimes or the prosecution of war criminals.

The story of the Farrell family, whose patriarch, as well as two sons fought for the Confederate States of America and the wife and two younger sons left behind in Summerville, South Carolina will cause you to experience the gamut of human emotions from outrage and fear to love and joy. It is a tale of the triumphs, tragedies and deeply personal experiences of a family first torn apart by war, then separated by the need for retribution and revenge. It is a story of love that can overcome any obstacle, as well as love that fails to rise to the occasion and meet the challenges put before it. It is one family’s story that was echoed multiple times throughout a war ravaged country, where, in the author’s own words, “citizen fought against citizen.”

I found myself caught up in After in the War, Before the Peace within the first few pages. I read in bed sick, because I couldn’t put it down. I read it long past bedtime once I was recuperating because I just had to know what was going to happen next. When I awakened in the morning I reached for along with my morning cup of coffee. For seven days the Farrells were an integral part of my waking and sleeping moments and at no point in time was I sorry I had invested so much time and energy into their story. It left me deeply satisfied and looking forward to the sequel Lita’s Story – A Meandering Tale, which is due to be released sometime in the future by Virtual Tales Publishing who incidentally have also picked up After the War, Before the Peace for re-release sometime in 2012. For now though After the War, Before the Peace can be found through Xlibris and on Amazon’s website. Pick up a copy, it’s a wonderful novel I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

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Reading Progress

January 17, 2011 – Started Reading
January 17, 2011 – Shelved
February 17, 2011 – Finished Reading
February 21, 2011 –
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February 21, 2011 – Shelved as: fiction
February 21, 2011 – Shelved as: post-civil-war-america
February 21, 2011 – Shelved as: romance
February 21, 2011 – Shelved as: softcover
February 21, 2011 – Shelved as: vengeance
February 21, 2011 – Shelved as: mature-audience
February 21, 2011 – Shelved as: first-in-series

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Sharon Poppen I'm so glad you enjoyed getting to know the Farrell family. I can't thank you enough for this review.

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