THIS COMPELLING SAGE OF CHALLENGED FAITH,ROMANCE AND SUSPENSE FOLLOWS A SISER FLEEING THE TRAGEDIES OF THE CIVIL WAR.WHILE HER BROTHER AND SISTER SUGGLES TO PROCTECT THEIR HOME IN RICHMOND.VERY GOOD BOOK
This is a Crossings edition book abuot a compelling saga that follows a fleeing sister from the tragedies of the Civil War while her brother and sister are struggling to protect their home in Richmond. When both Jesselynn's brother and sister are arrested for running contraband, only a presidential pardon from Abraham Lincoln can save them. Will they be able to get the pardon and save thier ancestral home? Or have they lost their home and everything else forever? A good read and historically accurate.
This is one of those books you don't want to put down, and I had many things going on to keep me from reading. I, at first, didn't like that the author went back and to between the two sisters--one or two chapters about Jesselynn and the family heading to Oregon on a wagon train, then one or two chapters about Louisa and the dilemma of not enough help or medicine for the wounded Confederate soldiers in her care. But I finally accepted that it was the only way to see how each sister was handling her situation. Their few letters help fill in the blanks. They both hope and dream of returning to Twin Oaks Plantation in Kentucky after the Civil War is over.
Jesselynn has to make a decision whether to continue on to Oregon or settle in Wyoming. Her dream of returning home with thoroughbred horses to rebuild her father's legacy is always foremost in her thoughts.
Louisa also longs for the war to be over so she can return home with her brother Zachary. As eldest surviving son, he should be responsible for the running of Twin Oaks. But he seems to be suffering from what today we would call post traumatic stress disorder. After he is caught with more than the medicines Louisa tries to smuggle back to Richmond, both are imprisoned in Washington. Louisa is released and manages to get him pardoned, but he didn't seem to appreciate it. He withdraws even more and even becomes hostile at times.
I would advise you to read the 3 books in order to get the most enjoyment.