Carnton Plantation, 1894: Carrie McGavock is an old woman who tends the graves of the almost 1,500 soldiers buried there. As she walks among the dead, an elderly man appears - the same soldier she met that fateful day long ago. Today he asks if the cemetery has room for one more.
Based on an extraordinary true story, this brilliant, meticulously researched novel flashes back to 1864 and the afternoon of the Civil War. While the fierce fighting rages on Carrie's land, her plantation turns into a Confederate army hospital. Four generals lie dead on her back porch; the pile of amputated limbs rises as tall as the smokehouse. But when a wounded soldier named Zachariah Cashwell arrives at her house, he awakens feelings she had thought long dead - and inspires a passion as powerful and unforgettable as the war that consumes a nation.
©2016 Robert Hicks (P)2016 Hachette Audio
I listened to over 50 audio books in 2016. The production and narration of this book was exceptional. Not only was it a well written book, but the narration was done so well I felt like I was there, really listening to the characters.
The heartfelt emotion of each character and the pain of love, war and loss was so realistic. I realized as I listed to the story I actually visited the museum, home, years ago. It brought to life what the people who lived actually endured. The senselessness of the injuries and death and what it did to the people who cared for those soldiers.
Oh my! This was like watching a well acted play on Broadway. I can't even compare it to other novels which are narrated by one person trying to be many characters and not doing a great job. Carrie's voice, accent and character were so real it is hard to describe how realistic and heartfelt the character was.
Of course it would be Carrie to learn more about how the war changed her life.
This isn't your typical Civil War novel that centers on guts and glory. This is the story of humans who faced a reality that tore this country apart. What the war did to them on not only a physical level, but a personal one.
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