Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Second Mrs. Hockaday-A book Review


This review is from Goodreads:


“All I had known for certain when I came around the hen house that first evening in July and saw my husband trudging into the yard after lifetimes spent away from us, a borrowed bag in his hand and the shadow of grief on his face, was that he had to be protected at all costs from knowing what had happened in his absence. I did not believe he could survive it.”

When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away?

Inspired by a true incident, this saga conjures the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel as her views on race and family are transformed. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how that generation--and the next--began to see their world anew.
 


I listened to the book on Audible. I am loving listening to books while I wait on Harley to get off work. I truly enjoyed this book. It is presented by both a male and female voice. I cannot imagine what Placidia must have gone through during the early days of her marriage. I wonder if women of today could endure these types of desperations. 

And I give it a very rare ***** five stars! This will be on my favorites list for 2017! 

10 comments:

  1. Wartime and alone? Yikes. Sounds harrowing.

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  2. 5 stars! How could I never have heard of this?
    Because it's not set in the familiar, I wouldn't normally elect to read this ... but I just can't forget having had the same feeling when you recommended "One in a Million Boys" ... then I wound up giving it 5-stars!

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    1. It isn't one I would normally read either Myra but it came high recommended and I found that I really loved it!

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  3. Sounds interesting; not the usual time period I read from, but might give it a try.

    betty

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    1. It's not my usual time period either, Betty

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  4. I don't usually read books like this but it sounds so good I might have to add it to my list.

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    1. It was a good story. Not at all like some that I have read. I'm not usually one to read about the Civil War!

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  5. I just bought this book today...

    Linda in VA

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