MAGNOLIA CREEK, by Jill Marie Landis

MAGNOLIA CREEK, by Jill Marie Landis, 2002. The book cover claims Landis writes like LaVyrle Spencer. After reading 7 chapters I have to agree. Magnolia Creek is a little town in Kentucky. This post Civil War novel, is very readable. The main character is Sara Collier Talbot. At age 15 she met a handsome young man on her father’s ferry boat as he crossed over on his way to becoming a doctor in some far way city. On the trip Sara tells him they will be married one day. Two years later when Sara is 17, Dru Talbot returns and marries young Sara where they have one night of married bliss before he enlists in the Civil War, where he is pronounced dead. Meanwhile Sara is sad and very lonely, and she runs off with a Yankee and comes back to Magnolia Creek with a beautiful and innocent ‘bastard” child named Elizabeth but called Lissybeth by Sara. When she knocks on the door of the home she lived in with Dru’s sister Louzanna, she is welcomed with open arms, as Lou accepts Sara and her baby unconditionally into her home. Although the whole town is leaning towards being scandalized by Sara and little Lissybeth.  After all, her brother is dead and all they have is each other. Meanwhile Dru who turns up not dead after all, is making his way home to the woman he loves. Meanwhile the whole town is leaning towards being scandalized by Sara and little Lissybeth, if we take in the reaction to Lou’s next door neighbor, the rest of the town will be ostracizing all three of the Talbot women in the future.. NOTE: I don’t want to say much more than these first short 7 chapters reveal, so I will let YOU read it one day. It is an enjoyable read.

This was a VERY good book, I even shed a few tears at the end..



CHICKAHOMINY FEVER by Ann McMillan (2003). Well here’s another Civil War story, I guess it’s fitting since the Civil War started in April. Did you ever read ACROSS FIVE APRILS in junior high school? I did, it was kinda sad, and I should reread it someday. I have no objection reading books for older teens and young adults.
CHICKAHOMINY FEVER starts out in Richmond, Virginia in Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s office, where Brigadier General Henry Wise gives him a letter stating the weak spots in the city’s defenses. The letter was thought to be destroyed unopened, but a maidservant/spy stole it from the fire. Meanwhile Confederate nurse Narcissa Powers is trying to help a woman locate the body of her soldier son while a black herbalist named Judah Daniel is searching for the mother of an abandoned black infant. Meanwhile the letter finds it’s way to the heart of Richmond’s Unionist network. I see that this is a nice mystery book of sorts, here’s hoping I don’t get bored with all the war jargon.