Cordelia Owens can weave a hopeful dream around anything and is well used to winning the hearts of everyone in Savannah with her whimsy. Even when she receives word that her sweetheart has been lost during a raid on a Yankee vessel, she clings to hope and comes up with many a romantic tale of his eventual homecoming to reassure his mother and sister.
But Phineas Dunn finds nothing redemptive in the first horrors of war. Struggling for months to make it home alive, he returns to Savannah injured and cynical, and all too sure that he is not the hero Cordelia seems determined to make him. Matters of black and white don’t seem so simple anymore to Phin, and despite her best efforts, Delia’s smiles can’t erase all the complications in his life. And when Fort Pulaski falls and the future wavers, they both must decide where the dreams of a new America will take them, and if they will go together.
This was a different sort of novel after coming off of the codebreakers series. I think this story was very authentic to history, even though at times that made it hard to read. The storyline was pretty intense and serious. I think it would be hard to read this book and not be sympathetic for so many of the characters and their difficult situations, which unfortunately are historically accurate. I don’t think I was expecting how heavy this book felt.
The having so many different points of view in this book was not my favorite, but they did allow the reader to experience the thoughts and feelings from several perspectives which offered a lot of depth to this story. I did not like either of the main characters. I wanted to really love one of them and have someone to root for, however they were just too hard to like. Delia was immature and oblivious to the hardships of life and I just could not handle her imaginative daydreams. I wanted Phin to really stand for what was right after his near death experience and I felt that he changed somewhat, but never really fully grasped the gravity of what real change meant. My favorite character was Luther. Luther and Phin’s unlikely friendship was the heart of this story for me. I think readers who like a more serious and emotional story will really be impacted by this novel.
*I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher, however I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.