By Rita Mae Brown
From the distinguished writer of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo comes a stirring novel of the Civil conflict, a story of true love and improper identification. Brimming with colorful characters and brilliant settings, High Hearts is Rita Mae Brown at her most ambitious and entertaining.
April 12, 1861. vibrant, gutsy and young,Geneva Chatfield marries Nash Hart in Albemarle County, Virginia, the same day fortress Sumter's weapons hearth the beginning of the Civil struggle. 5 days later she loses him as Nash joins the accomplice military. Geneva, who's known as the simplest rider given 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 warfare, whereas Geneva is invigorated via 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 hassle, 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 basically the start of a unique 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 offers clean existence to a fascinating time
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Pass over Lutie, you've gotten sufficient in your brain. We womenfolk beware of each other. ” Lutie stared on the useless physique. negative dumb idiot, she concept. Sin-Sin leaned over and felt his wrist. “Still hot. He was once kilt in the hour. ” “During the typhoon. ” Di-Peachy shuddered. “Who may seek him out in that negative wind? ” requested Lutie. “Someone who hated him past cause. ” Sin-Sin muttered a rhyme less than her breath, the rhyme she’d used to admonish Geneva and Di-Peachy once they have been young ones. “Right is incorrect And incorrect is correct. And who can realize it All by way of sight? ” Sundays in camp have been a mix of piety and drunkenness. 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 bought to sin up to i will, 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 regularly been Whigs. We wouldn’t be during this conflict if they’d received. ” Sam responded, “I don’t comprehend. I’ve been residing in Philadelphia for years now. Voted up there. plenty of votes for Lincoln. or even if a Whig or Democrat obtained in, we’d nonetheless have these fans within the Senate like Thaddeus Stevens from Pennsylvania, i'm sorry to assert. ” “Someone may still of shot that son of a complain abolitionist years in the past. ” Poist folded his arms. “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 backward and forward on his hunkers. “What do you suggest? ” Nash requested. “Crooks. by no means observed a political candidate but that wouldn’t thieve the pennies off a useless man’s eyes. ” “Hear! pay attention! ” agreed Mr. Poist. Nash’s forehead wrinkled. “Some of them are sturdy males. Can’t pass round pondering the worst of individuals. ” “I don’t imagine the worst of individuals. I supply ‘em the good thing about the doubt, they usually turn out my thinkin’. the better a monkey climbs, the higher you'll find his little pink ass,” stated Banjo. Sam smiled, and Nash spoke back. “Nobody idea there has been even one Republican in Albemarle County, so that they revealed up Constitutional Union ballots and Democratic ballots. Then alongside comes previous T. W. Savage. ” “T. W. ‘s nonetheless alive? ” “T. W. ‘s been alive because the French and Indian conflict, I swear it. besides, he got here down and instructed the clerk to cry his vote. effective. 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 previous guy thinks all politicians are as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. ” Banjo spat within the fireplace. “I say allow the tough facet drag. ” “Huh? ” Geneva requested. “You know,” Banjo defined.