"Readers' Favorite International Book Award Winner"
Honorable Mention for Romance/Christian.
An award-winning Southern historical romance combining a sweet love story with elements of suspense and an underlying theme about the importance of forgiveness.
Amid the revitalized social scene of a recovering South, Laura has to sacrifice one of her most precious desires in order to protect someone she loves above all else. Can Laura make her enemies become allies as she confronts her secret? Will she find the strength to forgive as well as to love again?
©2014 Ann Mock (P)2015 Ann Mock
The narrator, Kendall Atkins Livick, did a wonderful job of differentiating between the characters.
Historical fiction is my favorite genres and I was overjoyed when Ann informed me I won the Goodreads drawing. From the start, I was pulled into the time period and vivid scenery. The character development throughout the book is captivating as we watch Laura mature and apply Biblical principles such as kindness and forgiveness. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel!
This was a wonderfully sweet story that I didn’t want to end. I so enjoyed the characters as well as the setting and the time period. It sort of reminded me of a Jane Austin book. The book had everything…love, loss, fear, mystery, suspense, as well as an underlying theme of godliness and forgiveness.
I listened to the Audible version which I won via a drawing posted on Goodreads. I loved listening to it! The narrator did an awesome job doing different voices for all of the different characters. It was like listening to a play!
I highly recommend The Union of the North and the South by Ann Mock! If you like sweet love stories with some villains and some twists you will love this book!
Ann Mock writes a wonderful historical romance novel of drama and suspense with a theme of forgiveness and letting go of past hurts. In this audiobook, the descriptive and detailed historical events create vivid imagery throughout the story as the narrator does a suburb job narrating. In this intriguing plot, the author and narrator has a unique way of going back and forth from the past to the challenges of the present while portraying the emotional changes of the main character. The author and narrator make it so easy to become immersed in the lives of story characters and feel their every emotion, be it joy, sadness, desperation, resentment, fear, bravery, or love. I highly recommend this book.
Absolutely! This was a beautiful story and very tastefully written. The reader has a soothing voice to listen to.
New Found Love
This was a beautiful, clean, southern romance and very tastefully written. It was a pleasure to read/listen to it. I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and all the characters. Ms. Mock's book was one of the classiest I have ever read. Thank you!
Author of Joey Visits Grandpa
I felt like I was right next to Laura’s side each step of the way. It was easy to feel Laura’s emotions as she experienced her highs and lows, drawing me into the story and compelling me to wish to finish the story all in one sitting. It was a wonderful evening treat as the story’s beautiful descriptions felt soothing, but all at once created a fascination with its interesting turns in the plot. The narrator certainly captures the feel of the historical setting in all of the innocence, deceit, and spirituality that the story portrays. In addition, the story has a wonderful message of forgiveness, which I’m sure would touch anyone who reads the novel.
This story is reminiscent of Gone With the Wind, both in the sweet Southern style, the romance, and the importance of the land. I would recommend!
Kendall's voice was perfect for the story! She sounded exactly the way I would expect Laura, the heroine to sound.
I wish I could have!
I enjoyed the themes of forgiveness in this story about overcoming loss and finding love in the process. Recommended for those who enjoy clean historical romance!
Tell us about yourself! : I am an author who loves to read, more like loves to listen, since I spend so much time writing.
I'm not sure where to place this. I've certainly listened to more fast-paced pager turners, but those were thrillers. I don't think it would be fair to lump this into that. if I were to rank among genres, I would put it high for this genre.
The author delivered a great message about the importance of forgiveness
Laura. I had to admire Laura for her determination to keep her daughter, Jenny safe, even at the expense of her own happiness
It was an interesting story and had a great message. The narration at times was a bit childish, aside from the Jenny portions, which would be expected, and I thought the author used too many repeat adverbs. Overall though, I'm glad I listened to the story. I enjoyed it.
I am the author of two inspirational civil war novels. I love any thing that recaptures the past in a way that is interesting and inspiring!
It is difficult to choose if the audio version is better than the printed when the story itself
was so well written. However, the audio does bring the characters to life and serves while
to enhance the reality of what is going on with them.
There are many memorable moments in The Union of the North and the South. The ending is especially outstanding, the way every thing works out for the best.
This is my first time to listen to this particular performer or any one else on audio. I thought
she did excel, though, in bringing this story into glorious life.
Jenny is an adorable child, but the character most memorable to me is Laura for what she had to go through and how she was able to come out the better for it.
This is truly a great presentation of a wonderful post-civil war novel that you won't want to miss!
It's reminiscent of old time clean romances
Kendall Atkins Livick was able to shift her voice easily between the various characters--from a perky little girl to a cranky old man. It was like one of the old-time radio shows. She narrated with enthusiasm and clearly related well to Ann Mock's story.
Once the story gets started it is hard to stop. There are a number of subplots and switchbacks so you never can tell where the story is going. It is easy to get sucked in to the story. Six hours is a long time for one sitting, but if there's a book that will hold your attention it's this one.
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