Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: When Stars Align By Carole Eglash-Kosoff

 

When Stars Align
By: Carole Eglash-Kosoff

About the book:

The love that Thaddeus and Amy feel for one another can get them both killed. He is colored, an ex-slave, and she is white. In 19th century Louisiana mixed race relationships are both illegal and unacceptable.Moss Grove, a large Mississippi River cotton plantation has thrived from the use of slave labor while its owners lived lives of comfort and privilege. Thaddeus, born more than a decade earlier from the rape of a young field slave by the heir to the plantation, is raised as a Moss Grove house servant. His presence remains a thorn in the side of the man who sired him. Deepening divisiveness between North and South launches the Civil War and changes Moss Grove in ways no one could have anticipated. With the war swirling we see the battles and carnage through Thaddeus’ eyes. The war ends and he returns to Moss Grove and to Amy, hoping to enjoy their newly won freedoms. With the help of Union soldiers, schools are established to educate those who were formerly prohibited from learning to read. Medical clinics are opened and businesses begun. Black legislators are elected and help to pass new laws. Hope flourishes. Perhaps the stars will now finally align for the young lovers. In 1876, however, the ex-Confederate states barter the selection of President Rutherford B. Hayes for removal of all Union troops from their soil in the most contested election in American history. Within a decade hopes are dashed as Jim Crow laws are passed, the Ku Klux Klan launches new violence, and black progress is crushed. ‘When Stars Align’ is a soaring novel of memorable white, Negro and colored men and women set against actual historic events

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Review by Kelsey G:
WHEN STARS ALIGN is a truly epic love story, told against the backdrop of an extremely volatile time in U.S. history. I found the story fascinating, and the characters were extremely real. The antagonists leaps from the page with a ferocity and clarity that made my skin crawl at times, while the poignancy of Amy and Thaddeus' ill-fated love was of Shakespearean proportions. The language of this novel was very period-appropriate, though modern readers will find it at times both jarring and appalling. However, this accomplishes the story's purpose: to give us a realistic look into the lives and love that unfolded during a time of devastation and hope. The plot moved at a brisk pace, hitting all the high points in the events leading up to and following the Civil War. We are introduced to famous key players, like Lincoln and Stephen Douglas; people who affected the course of a nation. We also get to know (and love) the "everyman" characters that were impacted. The injustice suffered by the black and colored population is recounted with an even hand, so that the romance still shines through; the thread that holds this story together. Any self-respecting historical romance enthusiast will devour this book with relish. Even if historical romance isn't your cup of tea, this novel is a fabulous piece of fiction, one that I'm sure many will enjoy!





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Wednesday, July 27
Interviewed at Divine Caroline
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Book reviewed at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

3 comments:

  1. Sounds very good. Thank you.
    Sue B
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  2. I'm not a huge fan of romance books, but when I do read them, I prefer historical romances. This one sounds very interesting simply because of the factual events behind it.

    sapheyerblu AT gmail DOT com

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  3. It sounds like a good book.
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

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