A Covenant of Love (The Appomattox Saga, Book 1)

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9781556868320: A Covenant of Love (The Appomattox Saga, Book 1)
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This popular Civil War novel by best-selling author Gilbert Morris is now available in mass paper. An exciting story of adventure, history, romance, and the incredible power of God as a nation is shaped by its most terrible war.

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The saga of the Rocklin family begins as the Civil War looms on the horizon. The family will be torn apart, and the quest for the hand of Melanie Benson will forever affect the lives of cousins Clay and Gideon Rocklin. Maynard Villers reads this first book in the Appomattox series in a straightforward manner. Some character vocalizations--such as Gideon and Melanie--are subtle; others are more dramatic and less successful: The slave dialects and children are overdone, and attempts at strong Southern accents are unconvincing. His emotional tone, however, is true, and the narrative is well paced. M.A.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

From Library Journal:

The clipped, staccato narration of Maynard Villers seems inappropriate at times for this version of the first book of Morris's series, especially during the romantic segments. On a prosperous Southern plantation, the Rocklin cousins Clay and Gideon Rocklin fight over the favors of beautiful Melanie Benton. When Melanie decides to marry Gideon, Clay descends into a life of drunkenness that eventually ends in his being banned from the family plantation by his father. Years later, wealthy from his years as a slave trader, Clay returns, only to discover many in his family are not quite ready to forgive his errant behavior. Gideon, meanwhile, has achieved success in the army, and, as war approaches, the cousins realize they may soon be fighting on opposite sides. Morris's family sagas are usually entertaining, and this one is no exception. Clay's transformation from an immature and thoughtless man to a devout Christian is an especially well-written and dramatic story. Despite Villers hurried narration, however, this will prove popular with Morris's many fans.?Melissa Hudak, Centegra Health System, McHenry, IL
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