Date Published: May 27, 2014
Sixteen year old Emma Cartwright runs away from her family’s South Carolina rice plantation after a slave is beaten to death. Determined to join the fight against slavery, Emma enlists in the Union Army disguised as a young man. Nothing could prepare her for the sacrifices needed—and for falling in love for the first time.
This historical novel is really well done, captures you from the first page: there are many sad and gory moments, but is also full of hope and tears a smile. It is set during the Civil War. Emma is a 16 year old girl grew up on a rice plantation of South Carolina. She's very attached to their slaves, and helps them to study and escape to the North. When she is discovered is brutally beaten and the guy who was helping is killed. Shortly after Civil War broke out and she decides to escape to Washington Dc pretend to be a boy and join the North to defeat slavery. She is taken in the hospital, being frail physique.
The characters are very real and are also well-developed secondary characters. Emma is a strong courageous girl, who knows how fight for her ideals. She is a struggle against the slavery of the black people but also against the slavery of women forced into marriages they do not want. She will address the difficulties but will grow and find herself in the strength to face them. It 's a book that teaches you to fight for what you believe in and never give up.
It 's an interesting historical novel, really read from cover to cover, especially the ending is truly exciting. It's 'recommended for those who love historical novels
Mercedes King is an Ohio native and founding member of Sisters in Crime Columbus, Ohio (affectionately dubbed SiCCO). With a degree in Criminology from Capital University and a passion for writing, she crafted O! Jackie, a novel focusing on the private life of Jackie Kennedy. She has also written The Kennedy Chronicles, a series of short stories featuring JFK and Jackie before they were married and before 'Camelot'. Mercedes writes in a variety of genres, including historical and mystery / suspense. In fact, she's working on creating a new genre, 'modern historical'.
Her newest release, Plantation Nation, follows the journey of Emma Cartwright, a 16 year old Southern girl who disguises herself as a young man and joins the Union Army.
Visit her sites, OJackiebook.com or Mercedesking.com . Contact her at Mercedes 'at' ojackiebook 'dot' com. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.