It is December 1864. Abigale Tate, 24, has lost her father and husband in the Civil War, and now General Sherman is about to invade Savannah. She feels despondent and cynical. She attends a black church and is enthralled by the reverend, a free colored man. They have a furtive affair, which ends when she meets a Yankee major. Along the way she is beset by a teenage sister who has no boundaries in seeking love, a stalking German immigrant, and an outlaw brother who is hunted by the very man she hopes to marry.
WHAT’S REAL: Everything about Civil War Savannah during this period, except for the fictional characters
WHAT’S FICTION: Abigale Tate and her family, assorted other characters and their interactions with historical figures
WHAT’S COMPELLING: The story of a woman who has lost her father and husband in the war, and the length she goes to erase her melancholy and find true love
HOW LIBERTY STREET RELATES TO MARTIN’S TWO OTHER CIVIL WAR NOVELS. Same period of the Civil War. Historically accurate description of Civil War Savannah in 1864-1865. Use of historic documents to authenticate the time period. General Sherman appears in all three books. (For more comparisons, see www.lakesidepress.com/CivilWarNovels.html).
COMPARE TO: Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. Like Scarlett O’Hara, Abigale Tate is a woman scarred by the Civil War. Will she end up spurned like Scarlett, or find true love and happiness?
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