In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock - the "Widow of the South" - has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah - no stranger to loss - finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead?
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.
This debut novel is based on the true story of Carrie McGavock. During the Civil War's Battle of Franklin, a five-hour bloodbath with 9,200 casualties, McGavock's home was turned into a field hospital where four generals died. For 40 years she tended the private cemetery on her property, where more than 1,000 were laid to rest.
"It's good every time"
Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the incredible life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army--and one of its most tragic figures. Robert E. Lee promoted him to major general after the Battle of Antietam. But the Civil War would mark him forever.
"Okay but not what I expected."
Elijah called fire down from heaven, Joseph the Dreamer ranked next to Pharaoh, Samuel anointed King David, Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dreams, Ezekiel breathed on the dry bones, and John the Baptist prepared the way of the Lord. From the Old Testament to the New Testament and in today's day and age, prophets come and go. Bearing God's message, bringing his judgments, giving answers to problems, calling things to life, pointing people back to him.
"Great prophetic manual"