Title- Moccasin Trace
By- Hawk MacKinney
Genre- Historical Romance
Published By- ArcheBooks Publishing
Publication Date- March 2014
… it was about the land…a tale of love and loss and hope…
Hamilton Ingram looked out across the fertile Georgia bottomlands that were Moccasin Hollows, seeing holdings it had taken generations of Ingrams to build. No drop of slave sweat ever shed in its creation. It was about the land…his trust, his duty to preserve it for the generation of Ingrams to come…
It is July of 1859, a month of sweltering dog days and feverish emotional bombast. Life is good for widower Rundell Ingram and his Hazel-eyed, roan-haired son, Hamilton. Between the two of them, they take care of Moccasin Hollows, their rustic dogtrot ancestral home, a sprawling non-slave plantation in the rolling farming country outside Queensborough Towne in east Georgia. Adjoining Ingram lands is Wisteria Bend, the vast slave-holding plantation of Andrew and Corinthia Greer, their daughter Sarah, and son Benjamin.
Both families share generations of long-accepted traditions, and childhood playmates are no longer children. The rangy, even-tempered Norman-Scottish young Hamilton is smitten with Sarah, who has become an enticing capricious beauty—the young lovers more in love with each passing day, and only pleasant times ahead of them.
But a blood tide of war is sweeping across the South, a tide that might be impossible to stand before.
With postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.
Hawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction, the IPPY, and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series… murder and mayhem with a touch of romance.Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention. Walking the Pet is Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series with another mystery-thriller work scheduled for release in 2014. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012. Its sequel, The Missing Planets, will be released late 2014.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I first began reading, I knew I would like the book, but I wasn’t certain of the rating I would give it. I enjoyed the history, but it seemed rather typical in the beginning. I understood that the South was on the brink of war, but it seemed that no one was concerned. There was some minimal profanity (not worth mentioning), and there were some intimate scenes (no major details). Honestly, the discussion of sex within the book seemed rather misplaced. At least, that is what I initially thought.
It has been some time since I have said this, but I am so glad that I persevered in this book with an open mind. In time, I discovered that the opening made sense. Of course the Southerners would have had more important things on their minds than an upcoming war. And the discussion of sex made me think that maybe sex before marriage did occur more often back during that period than I might have realized. I had never thought about this before. Perhaps the book deserved a 4-star rating.
Well, as you can see, the book earned a 5-star rating! I appreciated that the author was realistic. He did not portray a romanticized view of the Civil War. Difficult things happened within the lives of the characters, and I truly connected with them. The ending left me somewhat hanging, but that is the author’s prerogative. My gratitude goes to the author for writing a book about the Civil War that was educational and certainly captivating.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.