I loved the way the story flowed. Full of twists and turns and tension. The book is hard to put down once picked up. — Stephen Page (bought a copy for Mom)
Here is the description from Amazon.com:
At the onset of the Civil War, eighteen-year-old Bledsoe, son of a slave and his white master, runs away from the plantation where he was born. Desperately lost in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina, he finds himself witness to a young Irishwoman in the act of what appears to be cold-blooded murder. Through no choice of his own, Bledsoe suddenly finds himself on the run with this strange, nearly feral child of the Dismal swamp. As the country is torn in two, Bledsoe and Alice find themselves united on a journey both tragic and darkly comic, in an epic saga of a country at war with itself and a love so fierce nothing can divide it.
From Library Journal
Both on the run, Bledsoe, a slave, and Alice, an Irish indentured servant, are fleeing from North Carolina to Virginia, swamp to city, in this adventure tale [and] love story set in the 1860s. While similarly free spirits, the pair are otherwise a bit of an odd couple; he book learned and she illiterate but versed in the skills of survival in a way he is not. They find temporary shelter in a hidden place called Edenland, where they fall in love. But armies are on the march, and soon the couple are separated, seemingly forever. Then fate, and their intricate histories, reunites them. In between, Bledsoe is enlisted as accomplice—and mask—for a Yankee spy and Alice becomes the play toy of a pampered Southern belle. There is an exuberant, almost ramshackle quality to the adventures in which this engaging duo become entangled, and their love story is charming. VERDICT: It’s difficult to imagine what fiction lover and/or aficionado of history wouldn’t enjoy this latest from King (The True Life Story of Isobel Roundtree; Maybelleen).
About the Author
Wallace King is the author of two previous novels, The True Life Story of Isobel Roundtree and Maybelleen. After moving from New York to Los Angeles, she became a screenwriter; Edenland marks her return to fiction.
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