By Rita Mae Brown
From the prestigious writer of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo comes a stirring novel of the Civil battle, a story of true love and unsuitable identification. Brimming with colorful characters and shiny settings, High Hearts is Rita Mae Brown at her most ambitious and entertaining.
April 12, 1861. vivid, gutsy and young,Geneva Chatfield marries Nash Hart in Albemarle County, Virginia, the same day fortress Sumter's weapons fireplace the beginning of the Civil battle. 5 days later she loses him as Nash joins the accomplice military. Geneva, who's known as the easiest rider due to the fact that mild Horse Harry Lee, cuts her hair, dons a uniform, enlists as "Jimmy Chatfield," then rides off to be with her beloved Nash. yet delicate Nash recoils in horror from the violence of battle, whereas Geneva is invigorated via the chase and the struggle. Can she be all the man her husband isn't? She'll certain as hell try. But there's a worry, and his identify is Major "Mars" Vickers. This macho significant, to his own shock and amazement, unearths himself inexplicably attracted to the younger soldier named "Jimmy." And this is often in simple terms the start of a singular that moves with sureness and charm from the ferocity of battle to the fight at the homefront, and brings passion and sly humor to a narrative of dawning love. High Hearts is a penetrating, delightful and sweeping story that provides clean existence to a fascinating time
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He couldn’t stand to lose her, yet he had given her his note that he wouldn’t inform. “You’re so quiet, Colonel Chatfield. I’m afraid this funeral is distressing to you. ” Kate’s low voice introduced him again to the current. “Memories. ” Kate, correctly figuring out no traditional sentiment may well ease him, acknowledged, “I recognize that we will be able to reside with deprivation, with struggle, yet I occasionally ask yourself will we dwell with our sorrows? ” Baron Schecter, whereas he disliked Henley for visible purposes, was once now not an unfeeling guy. He further, “We needs to all reside with our lossesand less than God’s unblinking eye. ” “Right now, Baron,” Henley spoke back, “I suppose as if i'm seeing God’s hind components, no longer his eye. ” February2, 1862 A howling ice hurricane rattled the home windows of the Livingston mansion. Bedford, long island, faraway from the fury of struggle, couldn't break out nature. Wrapped in a fur blanket, Poofy Chalfonte Livingston learn her sister’s letter which miraculously had arrived via govt courier during this iciness tempest. 1 January 1862 My Dearest Sister: phrases fall from my mind like leaves. i'm changing into spare; might be i've got the weariness of wintry weather. Let’s desire i've got the austerity and sinew of wintry weather besides. thanks in your letter. It was once a good comfort to me. Please provide my tenderest affections to Daniel for informing you of what occurred to Sumner. His expressions of sympathy for myself and Henley in simple terms make sure my trust that whereas our husbands struggle on opposing aspects of this repulsive conflict, not anything will ever shatter the bonds of affection solid in our kin. Grief so numbs the senses that i'm now not continually certain what i believe. occasionally i believe i will be able to undergo that soreness, and different instances i believe it is going to overwhelm me. I see round me, as you need to in Bedford, different girls in like soreness. How am i able to falter? This grief isn't mine by myself. We every one endure. all of us undergo. by myself, I ask myself, is any reason well worth the rate of 1 human lifestyles? Do you harbor such innovations? i feel of our brother. i believe of my daughter. She’s relatively misplaced her brain. She’s with Nash, and she’s been within the military disguised as a guy because the starting of the conflict. I’ve stored it from you as she needed, yet now I can’t carry it in to any extent further. needs to I give up my final baby to the bloody jaws of hell, too? You used to whinge, expensive Poofy, that you simply and Daniel had no young children. have fun. you'll by no means recognize the discomfort of birthing them, elevating them, in simple terms to work out them die prior to their time. You requested me do I pray. definite. yet i glance on the pass, and that i now not see a logo of salvation, I see an software of torture. i believe i'm crusing on a black river to dead night. And but, this present day I checked out Sin-Sin’s candy face. I observed my associates accrued round me to assist me notwithstanding this time. some of them secretly fear that like a tree, I’ll die from the pinnacle down. I won’t. Don’t fear, Poofy. i can't lose my brain. yet I checked out them and learned that via my pals God has enjoyed me. And that ray of wish, of comprehension, starts to paintings on my soul. I don’t say that I shall instantly be restored nor that I shan’t proceed to invite myself deeply nerve-racking questions.