By Rita Mae Brown
From the prestigious writer of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo comes a stirring novel of the Civil conflict, a story of true love and wrong identification. Brimming with colorful characters and vibrant 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 castle 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 considering 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 conflict, whereas Geneva is invigorated through the chase and the struggle. Can she be all the man her husband isn't? She'll convinced as hell try. But there's a hardship, 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 can be merely the start of a singular that moves with sureness and charm 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 provides clean existence to a fascinating time
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Banjo used to be engaged on the drunkenness. “Banjo, if I positioned a torch to you, you’d explode. ” Geneva sat down subsequent to him. “Christ died for my sins. I received to sin up to i will be able to, else he woulda died for nothin’. ” Banjo took one other pull. Mr. Poist, Sam Wells, Banjo, Benserade, Nash, and Geneva sat round the open fireplace in various states of inebriation. “Did you vote? ” Sam requested Nash. “Sure. Breckinridge and Lane. ” “I voted for Bell and Everett,” Benserade chimed in. “Family’s consistently been Whigs. We wouldn’t be during this battle if they’d gained. ” Sam spoke back, “I don’t recognize. I’ve been residing in Philadelphia for years now. Voted up there. plenty of votes for Lincoln. or even if a Whig or Democrat received in, we’d nonetheless have these lovers within the Senate like Thaddeus Stevens from Pennsylvania, i'm sorry to assert. ” “Someone should still of shot that son of a whinge abolitionist years in the past. ” Poist folded his palms. “They may still of jammed him again within the womb. ” Benserade poked on the hearth. “That’s what you listen down right here. Up there,” Sam reminded them, “they pay attention not anything yet tales approximately wild secessionists in South Carolina and slave beaters in Mississippi. You wouldn’t think the controversy. ” “Small selection in rotten apples. ” Banjo rocked from side to side on his hunkers. “What do you suggest? ” Nash requested. “Crooks. by no means observed a political candidate but that wouldn’t scouse borrow the pennies off a useless man’s eyes. ” “Hear! pay attention! ” agreed Mr. Poist. Nash’s forehead wrinkled. “Some of them are solid males. Can’t cross round considering the worst of individuals. ” “I don’t imagine the worst of individuals. I provide ‘em the good thing about the doubt, and so they turn out my thinkin’. the better a monkey climbs, the higher you will find his little pink ass,” acknowledged Banjo. Sam smiled, and Nash spoke back. “Nobody inspiration there has been even one Republican in Albemarle County, in order that they revealed up Constitutional Union ballots and Democratic ballots. Then alongside comes outdated T. W. Savage. ” “T. W. ‘s nonetheless alive? ” “T. W. ‘s been alive because the French and Indian warfare, I swear it. besides, he got here down and instructed the clerk to cry his vote. high quality. yet T. W. says, ‘Lincoln. ’ The clerk wouldn’t cry it. They laughed T. W. out of the courthouse. direction T. W. ‘s shame didn’t final lengthy. in the end, everyone seems to be entitled to some blunders, specifically an previous guy. ” “This outdated guy thinks all politicians are as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. ” Banjo spat within the fireplace. “I say enable the tough part drag. ” “Huh? ” Geneva requested. “You know,” Banjo defined. “Let them visit hell. Now if Bob, the tailor, will lend me his banjo, you’ll learn the way I obtained my identify. ” Banjo back with a banjo and Bob, who carried a guitar. quickly once they started to play, squaddies ran over from different tents, and the get together begun in earnest. “Let’s dance! ” Poist nimbly kicked up one leg. He grabbed Benserade, they usually galloped round the hearth. “Come on, boys, seize a companion. in the event you take off your neckerchief and wave it within the air, you will be the woman. ” This advice was once met with a burst of laughter. many of the males untied their neckerchiefs and performed the lady’s half. a couple of have been swish, yet such a lot weren't.