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Topic: Looking for good HF set in Charleston SC

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Subject: Looking for good HF set in Charleston SC
Date Posted: 7/27/2014 2:50 PM ET
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I love HF and read it almost exclusively (with some Jane Austen spin offs thrown in for fun).  I recently moved to Charleston SC and I am fascinated with the history here.  I am looking for some good HF set (or partially set) in the Charleston area.  Anybody have some good ideas?

Date Posted: 7/28/2014 12:56 PM ET
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Well, there's John Jakes' "Charleston".    I thought it was good, but not really good.    I loved his North and South trilogy though (which is set in South Carolina and the mini-series based on it was filmed at a plantation just outside of Charleston).

Date Posted: 7/28/2014 7:33 PM ET
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Celia Garth, by Gwen Bristrow takes place in Charleston, SC.  The time period is Revolutionary War.

Date Posted: 7/31/2014 3:31 AM ET
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I was also going to mention Celia Garth. I enjoyed that book quite a bit. If you like the Gone With the Wind saga, you might want to try a book about one of the most famous Charlestonians ever...Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig. It's one of those books you'll either love or hate. Alexandra Ripley wrote a couple books about Charleston, one called "Charleston" (how innovative!) and one called "On Leaving Charleston". A series by Nancy B. Brewer starts in Charleston - Carolina Rain is the first book. Not all of the series is set in Charleston, though.

It isn't HF...it is straight non-fiction, but a fascinating book - Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad by Jacqueline L. Tobin.



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