Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review of  Return to Shirley Plantation

Murray Pura's Cry of Freedom Volume 1

by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Return To Shirley Plantation (Cry of Freedom #1)
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Abducted against his will, Matthew Scott is conscripted into the Confederate army because of his Copperhead father’s political leanings. Injured at Malvern Hill, Matthew is taken by the Union army to Shirley Plantation in Virginia where he is tended by seamstress Angelina Rose, a freed slave. Given an opportunity to leave the South and start a new life for herself, Angelina remained for the sake of her sister’s orphaned twins who are still enslaved. Will Matthew’s return to Shirley Plantation settle a mystery concerning his father’s past? And help Matthew find the family he longs for.
My Review:
Carrie Fancett Pagels has written a wonderfully detailed account of life for southerners in the Civil War.  I was particularly interested in this story as I am a native Virginian and Shirley Plantation is set in Virginia.   I admired the courage and strength shown by Angelina and Matthew.  This story made me think about my own heritage and family history and the skeletons in the closet.   We all have secrets kept by our families and this story will reveal some shocking ones to the characters.   Wonderful work, Carrie!   

About the Author:

Carrie Fancett Pagels
Carrie Fancett Pagels ( writes “romantic historical fiction.” Represented by Joyce Hart, “Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance” is Carrie’s first fiction release. Carrie contributed to “God’s Provision in Tough Times” releasing June, 2013. Previously a psychologist, Carrie lives in Virginia with her family. 
Carrie blogs at “Colonial Quills” and “Overcoming With God.” She has served in ACFW leadership positions as Zone Director, Area Coordinator, and continues as co-chairman of a local group. Member ACFW, Romance Writers of America, Faith-Hope-Love RWA affiliate group and FaithWriters. Columnist/Board Member of The Book Club Network ezine. 
I received a free pdf version of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.  

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