High Hearts Author:Rita Mae Brown On April 12, 1861 Geneva Chatfield marries Nash Hart in Albemarle County, virginia. five days later, Virginia secedes from the Union and Nash joins the hastily organized Confederate Army. Geneva is too tall to be pretty, but at eighteen she is attractive and bright as a cigar band, She is also the best rider since Light Horse Harry Lee and as he... more »adstrong as Andrew Jackson. So when Fort Sumter's guns fire the signal for every able-bodied southern man to enlist, Geneva stares fate dead in the eye.
Geneva cuts her hair, dons a uniform, changes her name to Jimmy, then enlists in the Confederate cavalry to be with her beloved. This works out fine, until Nash, with his poet's sensitivities, recoils from the horrors of the war, while Geneva is invigorated by the chase and the fight. If Nash isn't going to be a man, she'll show him how. But there are complications.
Major "Mars" Vickers is the quintessential soldier, happiest on the battlefield commanding his cavalry regiment and tending to his men. But his wife's icy rejection is destroying him, and, to his own amazement and shock, he is inexplicably drawn to the youngest soldier in the company, the one named Jimmy Chatfield.
DI-Peachy is a slave, Geneva's personal property. She has grown up to be one of the most beautiful women in the south, a woman one man would kill for and another man would die for... a woman whose heritage is the Chatfields' best kept secret.
Lutie is Geneva's mother, part of the war on the home front. A lady of traditional southern sensibilities, she discovers strength and purpose as she nurses the wounded in the never-ending war.
Sin-Sin and Ernie June are Lutie's servants who run the plantation. As they vie for power in the absence of men, they laugh and cry and ultimately see their way of life irrevocably drawing to a close. Dramatic and delightful, High Hearts is Rita Mae Brown at her very best --- brimming with her sharp wit, penetrating insights, and deep love for the people and the ways of the South.« less
High Hearts is a great read. It's about a woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in the Civil War next to her husband. It seems that Brown did a lot of research for this book so there is some good history. It is a love story, but well written. Chalk up another one for Rita Mae Brown.