By Rita Mae Brown
From the distinguished writer of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo comes a stirring novel of the Civil struggle, a story of true love and fallacious id. Brimming with colorful characters and brilliant settings, High Hearts is Rita Mae Brown at her most ambitious and entertaining.
April 12, 1861. shiny, 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 battle. 5 days later she loses him as Nash joins the accomplice military. Geneva, who's known as the simplest rider on account that mild 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 battle, 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 problem, 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 provides clean existence to a fascinating time
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Nash frowned. “Di-Peachy larger come down off her excessive horse. A woman’s obtained to have a guy. ” “And a man’s bought to have a lady. ” Geneva nibbled his top lip. “Yes, thank Jesus! ” He kissed her challenging. Geneva lay on best of him, her head among his breasts. “I imagine I’ll die with no you. ” For a poor second he notion he could cry. He couldn’t fall down. She wanted him to reinforce her. “I’ll be domestic once i will, if i need to stroll each step of ways. i admire you, Geneva. ” She held him and sobbed. He by no means felt extra rotten nor extra enjoyed in his existence. April sixteen, 1861 Golden bubbles popped within the forged iron pot. Boyd, Ernie June’s fourteen-year-old daughter, known as to her mom. “Corn’s boiling. ” Ernie leaned over her daughter’s ear and whispered low so Tincia, her different helper, wouldn't listen. “Keep stirring, decelerate the boil, no immense bubbles. and that i wish you to stir in a handful of sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. ” She grabbed the pricy, sophisticated sugar and threw it in. Boyd plucked a few cinnamon among her arms and further it to the scrumptious smelling concoction. Being a political creature, Ernie June then spoke louder for Tincia’s realizing. “Girl, don’t by no means are looking to listen you talkin’ ‘bout cups and measurements. That don’t make a superb cook dinner. That make a chemist. ” Corn pudding, preferred via Sumner, could grace the desk this night. She’d heard the inside track, the lads have been leaving the next day to come. good, Ernie may play her half. Boyd rigorously stirred the pudding, and Ernie again to her different ovens. One was once an immense fireplace. She stepped down into it. On both sides of the fireplace have been lengthy bread ovens minimize into the stone. With a good team, Ernie may possibly continue the bread ovens buzzing adequate to feed over 100 site visitors on certain events, reminiscent of Geneva’s marriage ceremony. the ground of the fireplace Ernie saved in sizzling ashes. one in every of her secrets and techniques was once burying greens within the sizzling ash after which hours later retrieving them. A small, new iron range additionally functioned. Ernie proposal this wood-burning range solid for espresso, yet to her state of mind, no nice cook dinner might dream of roasting meats in such an oven. The griddle used to be an development over the previous technique, certain, she may admit that, yet meats wanted an open fireplace, the flavour managed by way of the wooden chips and spices combined into the hearth. Ernie handed those practices onto Boyd as if administering holy sacraments. Boyd, plump already, displayed her mother’s urge for food for culinary distinguishment. Ambition coursed via Ernie June. As prepare dinner of an enormous property, she too had energy, yet now not adequate. One challenge blocked Ernie’s ascension: Sin-Sin. so long as Sin-Sin lived, Ernie couldn’t get round her, she may well merely carry firmly to her number-two spot. Sin-Sin owned Lutie up to Lutie owned Sin-Sin. the truth that Sin-Sin bore a baby that died drew the 2 even nearer jointly. listening to the little girl’s pitiful whimpers as she tossed on her straw pallet used to be the one rime Ernie felt pity for Sin-Sin. whilst the kid ultimately left this earth, relieved of its poor pain, Sin-Sin smeared white ash on her face, made pots, and refused to cry.