"The level of genealogical and historical research is stunning; the novel is full of period details that capture the feel of the era and help draw readers into the narrative. The often lovely prose is sometimes light on detail, which makes some passages hard to follow, as does the profusion of cousins, aunts and uncles, including many with similar names. All in all, however, this is a compelling, highly readable account of life in a border state during the turbulent Civil War years. This book also includes an extended bibliography, a family tree and historical photos of some major characters.
A well-researched Civil War novel based on true events." --Kirkus Reviews