They left everything behind to build a new Southern utopia. . .
Colonel Blake Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath the weight of defeat and loss. With his entire family murdered by the North and his name appearing on a list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organizes a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil.
Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spent in opulence and comfort at her Georgian home. She can’t help but wonder how different her life would be had she not met her late husband, Stanton Watts, a general in the Northern army. Now a war widow, Eliza is rejected by both North and South. Desperate to keep her marriage a secret and escape her past and pain, she hopes to start over again in Brazil.
But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for.
Thanks to Barbour for my review copy.
Another good book by MaryLu. Again I learnt something about american history. I didn't know that many from the south left for Brazil after the civil war. I love books where I learn history. We see how the war has caused so much pain and hardship but we also see that there are things that haven't changed. We see Eliza who is trying to start a new life after being rejected by both sides and hoping she can go to Brazil with no one knowing her history. Blake is a war hero for the south and lost family due to the war and wanting a new life. There are other characters all looking for a new life and in many ways acceptance from the spoilt rich girl to the freed slaves. The trip is anything but smooth sailing with many obstacles to overcome. The book ends as a new chapter is about to start and left me wanting more and not wanting to wait till the end of the year for the next installment. A great read.