By Rita Mae Brown
From the prestigious writer of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo comes a stirring novel of the Civil struggle, a story of true love and flawed identification. Brimming with colorful characters and shiny settings, High Hearts is Rita Mae Brown at her most ambitious and entertaining.
April 12, 1861. brilliant, gutsy and young,Geneva Chatfield marries Nash Hart in Albemarle County, Virginia, the same day fortress Sumter's weapons fireplace the beginning of the Civil warfare. 5 days later she loses him as Nash joins the accomplice military. Geneva, who's known as the easiest rider seeing that gentle Horse Harry Lee, cuts her hair, dons a uniform, enlists as "Jimmy Chatfield," then rides off to be with her beloved Nash. yet delicate Nash recoils in horror from the violence of struggle, whereas Geneva is invigorated via the chase and the struggle. Can she be all the man her husband isn't? She'll yes as hell try. But there's a difficulty, and his identify is Major "Mars" Vickers. This macho significant, to his own shock and amazement, unearths himself inexplicably attracted to the younger soldier named "Jimmy." And this is often in basic terms the start of a singular that moves with sureness and beauty from the ferocity of battle to the fight at the homefront, and brings passion and sly humor to a narrative of dawning love. High Hearts is a penetrating, delightful and sweeping story that offers clean lifestyles to a fascinating time
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Henley bowed and kissed her hand. “Mrs. Vickers, let me to offer to you Captain Sumner Chalfonte Chatfield, who fought of overdue at Manassas. ” “Colonel, i will see the resource of your son’s demeanour and manly bearing. ” Her smile used to be blinding. “You haven't met my husband. Colonel Chatfield, Colonel Mars Vickers. ” “I’ve heard rather a lot approximately you, Colonel Chatfield, and I’ve regarded ahead to assembly you finally. you're a nice favourite of my spouse. ” “The honor is totally mine, Colonel Vickers. Your exploits at the box of conflict are identified to the full Confederacy. ” Henley smiled, then moved into the gang. “Father, why didn’t you inform me she was once so appealing? ” Sumner spoke swiftly. “Yes, she is, isn’t she? ” Henley responded. “Mother! ” Forgetting for a second everybody, even Kate Vickers, Sumner spied Lutie. President Davis, scorching in dialog with cupboard individuals additionally in attendance, additionally paused for a second. a tragic smile crossed his face as he suggestion maybe of the moms who might by no means see their sons back. Henley, shocked to determine his spouse, held out his hand to her. “Lutie, what are you doing the following? ” “Dr. Windsor advised me Sumner was once accompanying Colonel Vickers to Richmond to conflict along with your division, and that i made up our minds to shock either one of you. ” To Sumner she acknowledged, “There’s another individual who desires to see you. ” Kate took Sumner’s arm. “Come with me, Captain. ” She led him to the kitchen. The door swung open, and Sumner beheld twenty servants in quite a few states of coaching and panic. Coolly going approximately her company, a festive purple turban for unique events on her head, was once Sin-Sin. “Auntie Sin-Sin! ” Sumner ran over and hugged her. Sin-Sin hung on to him, tears in her eyes. “My younger mastah, my child boy! God performed responded my prayers. He introduced you secure to Sin-Sin. ” Kate rejoined her visitors, and Sin-Sin brought her hero to the opposite servants. She additionally complained bitterly that Lutie had entrusted the keys to Ernie June, however it was once both that or Ernie June might accompany Lutie, and Sin-Sin wasn’t going to allow that fats tick get her butt in Richmond. No, sir, no means, no how. Ernie June cooked up a large number of her specialties for this occasion, and it took 3 males to load the baskets at the educate. Sin-Sin acknowledged she idea they can feed the military. “Auntie, I’ve advised the men in my corporation approximately you. After the struggle is over, I’m going to deliver all of them domestic simply to meet you and Momma. What a celebration we’ll have! and may you are making a pot for every one? ” “Course. ” She placed her delicate, hot palm to his cheek. “Now you move on in the market and make these girls struggle over you. You gots extra vital activities than bite the fats with an previous slave lady. ” Sumner hugged her back. “You’re well worth the lot of them. ” He kissed her at the cheek. Feigning embarrassment, she shooed him away. “Go on, now, you get out right here, you tomcat. ” giggling, Sumner again to the social gathering. “I inform you, sir, we can't depend on overseas buy. We needs to produce ourselves. we will lean upon not anyone. ” common Josiah Gorgas and Judah P.