By Lynn Austin
New historic Novel from 7-Time Christy Award Winner!
In the aftermath of the Civil conflict, Josephine Weatherly and her mom, Eugenia, fight to choose up the items in their lives once they go back to their Virginia plantation. however the sour realities of lifestyles after the struggle can't be denied: their domestic and land are yet shells in their prior grandeur; demise has claimed her father and brother; and her last brother, Daniel, has again domestic sour and damaged. The privileged youth Josephine loved now feels like a long-ago dream. And the God who did not resolution any of her prayers through the battle is misplaced to her as well.
Josephine quickly realizes that existence is now a question of day-by-day survival--and acknowledges that Lizzie, as one of many few last servants, is the single she needs to depend on to educate her all she must recognize. Josephine's mom, too, vows to rebuild White Oak...but a sour hatred fuels her.
With ability and emotion, Lynn Austin brings to lifestyles the tough years of the Reconstruction period through interweaving the tales of 3 women--daughter, mom, and freed slave--in a riveting story.
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