Ahhh another historical fiction to please my soul First I will say do not plan on reading this unless you decide to read the sequel titled On Leaving Charleston I will start on the sequel this
Ahhh....another historical fiction to please my soul. First I will say, do not plan on reading this unless you decide to read the sequel titled "On Leaving Charleston". I will start on the sequel this evening, and hoping it provides wrap up of a previous plot line in this book. It's 19th century. The story begins at the end of the civil war...the Yankees take Charleston. How will these upper class Charleston families survive their traditions and way of life under military rule? By pretending it's not happening, that's how! Do not let the cover of this book fool you. It is not a sappy romance novel. Yes, there is lots of romance, but it is more of a tale of survival. At first, I thought it was a pretty innocent novel about survival in the aftermath of the "War of Northern Aggression". Boy was I wrong. This story took a seriously dark turn about halfway through. Lots of crazy stuff. Made it fun, although, much like the city this book is named after, this book has a quite slow way of life. Which is fine with me...it allowed me to savor it. One of the really neat things about this story is that for the longest time, the story is written from one character's point of view. Then when that character fizzles out, the story is effortlessly shifted to the point of view of another person. It helps ease the disappointment of what happens to the first "point of view" character. It helped it to make sense. Alexandra Ripley is also the author that penned "Scarlett", which was the sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind". So if you have read and enjoyed either of those stories, you will be inclined to enjoy this one. I am off to the sequel now. Happy reading! Popular Charleston By Alexandra Ripley Viral Book From the years of war to the Ragtime Era, Elizabeth Tradd is the center of an unforgettable family She is a woman who experiences the horrors of life a passion that comes to but a lucky few.. Alexandra Ripley was an American writer best known as the author of Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind Her first novel was Who s the Lady in the President s Bed Charleston, her first historical novel, was a bestseller, as were her next books On Leaving Charleston, The Time Returns, and New Orleans Legacy Scarlett received some bad reviews, but was very successful nonetheless She attended the elite Ashley Hall, in Charleston, South Carolina, and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.She died in Richmond, Virginia, and is survived by two daughters from her first marriage to Leonard Ripley, a son in law and granddaughter, Alexandra Elizabeth.Ripley has also published works under the name B.K Ripley.. Bestseller Kindle Charleston Don't be fooled by the cover, this is NOT a historical romance. Although it's also not the most engaging piece of historical fiction I've read either. Which is unfortunate, as there are so few books written about the Civil War and it's aftermath on the people and their families. Charleston is the story of the Lizzie (Elizabeth) Tradd and her brother Pinny (Pinckney) Tradd of Charleston, South Carolina and starts just prior to the end of the war. Pinny is injured in battle and returns home with Shad (Joe) Simmons, who the Charlestonians would consider as white trash. Lizzie is still a young girl who keeps every hurt and emotion tightly wrapped inside of her, and Shad is the only one who can break through to her inner self. The story continues as the Tradd family attempts to recover their home(s) and livelihood in the aftermath of the Civil War, and continues Lizzie's story into adulthood with a disastrous marriage, childbirth, business successes and failures, a love discovered later in life and a lifelong friendship that might blossom into something more. Although I greatly enjoyed the historical details and the glimpses into the lives of upper crust of Charleston society, unfortunately the author used a good 2/3 of the book setting up Lizzie's background and childhood and not enough time on her adult life and loves, and that's much too long for me. I would have preferred to start Lizzie's story as an adult and then tell her background via flashbacks. If you're looking for a fast paced storyline I recommend you search elsewhere, but if you want to sit back a savor a slice of life in 19C Charleston society this might be worth your while. I'm giving this one four stars for the history and look at southern life and two stars for a very slow paced storyline, rounded out to three. Not great, but not bad either.
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