About the Book:
Cordelia Owens can weave a hopeful dream around anything and is well used to winning the hearts of everyone in Savannah with her whimsy. Even when she receives word that her sweetheart has been lost during a raid on a Yankee vessel, she clings to hope and comes up with many a romantic tale of his eventual homecoming to reassure his mother and sister.
But Phineas Dunn finds nothing redemptive in the first horrors of war. Struggling for months to make it home alive, he returns to Savannah injured and cynical, and all too sure that he is not the hero Cordelia seems determined to make him. Matters of black and white don’t seem so simple anymore to Phin, and despite her best efforts, Delia’s smiles can’t erase all the complications in his life. And when Fort Pulaski falls and the future wavers, they both must decide where the dreams of a new America will take them, and if they will go together.
I really enjoy Roseanna White’s writing, so though I’ve never been a fan of civil war era books I decided to give it a try.
I liked the twists and turns that the story took and the growth of the characters. I felt like the author wrestled with some hard topics with honesty and resisted the need to wrap a neat bow around complicated realities. The story ended on a hopeful note, though it ended at a critical moment in the war leaving much to the imagination.
It’s not my favourite of her books, but I think it was well done.
I received a free digital copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.