Reviewer: Christy J. Brennan (Brandon, VT USA) -
You're probably wondering who the Beloved Invader is, right? The title really is the whole book, in general. Anson Dodge is a Northerner visiting the Civil-War torn South. God sort of leads him to St. Simons Island through different events. There, he falls in love with the people of this island and makes a home for himself. The people think of him as an invader, I suppose. He has to win their affection and acceptance, but he wins it completely in the end. He devotes his life to the people, his dreams, and to God. This is a poignant love story. It's a very sad story though--about cruelty, love, endurance, faith, and sacrifice. I usually go for the happy ending love stories, but this is one of the exceptions for me. It's a must-read book. Of course, if you read it, you should read the others in the series (New Moon Rising and Lighthouse). It's one of those books you don't often come back to--but if you don't read it you're really missing something. I believe, that as Price wrote this, it came straight from the heart. That's what makes it so special. It went straight to my heart. There are actually three love stories in this book. One between Anson and the people of the island (and his ministry), one between he and his first wife, and one with his second wife. I really can't tell you much else about the plot of the book. I don't want to spoil it for you.
Deiva M. (deemo) reviewed The Beloved Invader (St. Simons, Bk 3) on
This book is really worth a reread. I read this years ago when it first came out. The author, Eugenia Price, then had so much research material about the area that she wrote two more books which are prequels to Beloved Invader, making this the Vol. 3.
I adore Eugenia Price books. This is another of her well-written historical novels set in the Deep South. Her characters come alive in her stories. If you visit the towns in her writings, you can find gravestones, houses, and other historic sites that were mentioned in her novels. I'm only posting this book because I have another copy of it. I'd never let my last copy of a Eugenia Price book go!
I read this book many years ago. I sticks in my memory as one of the best books that I have ever read. All of Eugenia Price's historical fiction (accurately based on actual events, places, and people) are good!!!