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3.0 out of 5 starsA sexy Civil War tale
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2019
I deducted one star from my rating of this fictional account of an exciting life due to failure of the characters’ dialogue to reflect the speech patterns of their era. Another star was deducted for a genre I consider Christian porn; that is, justifying a guilty conscience (or succumbing to perceived market pressure) over writing explicit sex by giving the story a religious gloss. I doubt that God led this businesswoman to continue to profit from as many as four brothels well after she became wealthy, although a penitent heart may have inspired her generosity.
5.0 out of 5 starsInspiring Story of Strength and Hope
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
Great book! Loved the point of view as the reader learns Mollie’s story. Mollie was an interesting person and a generous one too. Much history is woven in too as the reader learns much about the civil war and Huntsville, Alabama’s past. This story is very motivational too as one learns how a little girl despite atrocities imposed on her rises above her station and gives hope to those around her. Her story and strength is applicable to us all that take her challenge to be a better person no matter where we live, our education, or our background.
What are all the 5 stars for??? I read the doughnut tree and it was good. This book is nothing like it. It was so trashy! You can get your point across without every little grids detail. I got to page 100 and counted 4 grammatical errors. Just couldn’t go on. Did you hire an editor? There’s no telling how many more errors there are. I actually threw this book in the garbage and I have never done that before. Horrible story. Hopefully no more books from this author. Ashamed we went to the same school.
5.0 out of 5 starsA mix of fiction and non fiction, or embellished history too good to put down.
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2019
Captivating. A thrilling mix of fiction and nonfiction or maybe embellished history, that is hard to put down. The real life reputation of the character has survived from a small cotton capital of the south, during the Civil War and continues in this high tech city of Huntsville, Alabama. Read the book and meet the real Madam,Miss Mollie Teal.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe White Dove is a captivating read!
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2019
I just couldn't put this book down! The historical component along with romance is captivating. The realities of the Civil War and what it took to survive that horrific time makes Madame Molly Teal my hero. It's engrossing to read about her personal tragedies and struggles during those years and how she managed to survive and create a better life for herself and many others. Catherine L. Knowles is a wonderful author as she takes us back to that era in American life and early Huntsville history. Thank you Catherine! I read this prequel first and now excited to begin The Doughnut Tree.
I loved this book as much as I did the author’s first novel, The Doughnut Tree. The historical facts of that horrible time in our country, the Civil War, combined with the captivating romantic fiction of the story makes this a book that is hard to put down. The author has a way with words that created pictures in my mind. I felt as if I was actually there, in that time frame, watching it all unfold. Molly Teal’s Story is one of strength and perseverance, against all odds. In the end, her generosity to others is evident, with her gift to the city of Huntsville, AL. An engrossing read, I highly recommend White Dove!
I’ve read the Authors previous book, and it was phenomenal! I can’t wait to start this one. Not only is she an author, she’s a storyteller... she puts you in the story. As you read, you see everything. A rare attribute, and much appreciated! Her works are a *must* read!
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a great read on Huntsville history.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
Catherine Knowles kept the interest going. I live in Huntsville AL and knew about Mollie but Catherine’s insight made me want more. Loved the book and now think I will reread The Doughnut Tree since I am more familiar with Mollie. Highly recommend!!