I have to admit that I struggled to know how to rate this book. I will be up front–this is a very hard book to read. The writing style is fantastic. Kiana Davenport is a very descriptive writer, and you feel as though you are right there experiencing the action as it happens. But that is also what makes this a difficult read. Read on, and you may understand what I mean.
First of all, the story has very little profanity, and it does have some sex scenes (that are not graphic, thankfully). But these are not the disturbing items. The horrors of the Civil War are described in detail, and you may find yourself wanting to look away as though it were a scene in a film. I found myself experiencing cold shivers more than once. But I have to say that I am glad I read those parts. I don’t think many of us have any idea of how horrific the Civil War was. And this author does her best to give us a glimpse (and be glad it is only a glimpse)of what it may have been like. And it is told from a perspective I have never considered–Chinese-American. Oh, and Chinese-Native American.
The story is tragic–I will warn you. It is not a feel-good romance that makes you feel all bubbly inside. This is a book full of reality, and you may long for the ending. But I believe I can say I am coming away from this book with a better understandig of the Civil War than I did. I would have liked some light-hearted moments, but it cccurs to me that this period of history was not light-hearted. It is a heavy topic. I found myself reliving some of the images from “Gone With the Wind” even though that movie couldn’t do this time period true justice either.
So if you are ready for a history lesson in a chilling story, ths may be the book for you. Don’t enter it lightly, but I believe you will come away from the book with a deeper understanding of a tumultuous time in American history.
I was sent a copy of ths book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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