Wednesday, December 3, 2008

After the War, Before the Peace by Sharon Poppen

After the War, Before the Peace

by Sharon Poppen

Publisher: Xlibris Corp

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280 pages

Author available for signings in her regional area.

Contact Denise Cassino

303 838 3399


After the War, Before the Peace follows four South Carolina brothers, post Civil War, as they attempt to avenge atrocities done under the guise of war. The saga takes them on a journey to manhood, as they seek love and peace with respectability.

The story begins as Michael joins his older brothers. In a border town, Michael meets Lita. Despite being sold by her father into a brothel, she guards her body ferociously. She shocks everyone when she throws herself at Michael.

Oldest brother Jim works at balancing life on the run with his family living with his mother. A raid unites them with Yankees who are trying to right the wrongs perpetrated on Southerner veterans.

Youngest brother Danny loves Deborah, a hometown girl who is a born flirt who is anxious for adventure. Danny becomes her dupe in escaping their small town.

Reader comments about After the War, Before the Peace include “Has a Gone With the Wind flavor”, “Reminiscent of The Thornbirds” and “Another Lonesome Dove.”

A review by Denise Cassino, author and editor:

In After the War, Before the Peace, Sharon Poppen has created a cast of rich characters comprised of the Farrrells, a Confederate family still suffering the effects of the Civil War after which Union soldiers destroyed their plantation and raped their mother.

Mentally ravaged by these events, the father and oldest sons seek to avenge their losses, recover their stolen properties and gain reparation in their own way. Against the wishes of their matriarch, Elizabeth, they continue their quest until all of the sons are embroiled in the legacy, their women are left behind to raise families and maintain faith and unity and their youths are ill-spent. On the run as outlaws, they seek refuge across the border in Mexico where they love, live and suffer great human losses.

With the help of a supportive and remorseful Union soldier, they work tirelessly to convince the U.S. government to grant amnesty to themselves and all those Confederate soldiers who have taken a similar path. Set primarily in the Midwest and Mexico, this book is a vividly drawn adventure, rife with lust, violence and the kind of family love and bond that seems now lost to a time passed.

Poppen has created a story the reader will not soon forget. Her women are tough and her men tougher. Yet they are steeped in the kind of love and loyalty that makes for a great read and a cast of characters one hopes might reappear in another life in another adventure-filled book someday.

Thank you, Sharon, for visiting with us this week and for sharing information about your book. I enjoy history, and especially the Civil War and reconstruction.

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Holly Jahangiri said...

Sounds like an engrossing tale.

Vivian Zabel said...

I think it sounds interesting, but I haven't been able to read it.

educationtipster by author Kathy Stemke said...

Vivian, you certainly know how to be a fabulous host! Great job.

Sharon's book is just the kind of book I like to curl up with on a rainy afternoon. When I dive into these emotionally charged stories I'm able to release my own pent up feelings. The reconstruction period after the Civil War is a time of forgiveness, and hope in the future. We could use a little of that attitude right now.

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

This certainly sounds like an engaging story. I haven't read it yet, but looking forward to doing so.

Karen Cioffi

Nancy Famolari said...

I love Civil War Stories. Looks like a great read.

Sun Singer said...

I enjoy the history of this chaotic time. What a promising book this is?


Deb Hockenberry said...

This sounds like a great read! I'm fascinated by the Civil War & anything else in this era! I'll look for it at my local bookstore.