While I am admittedly not a Civil War buff and have never really enjoyed books set during that time period, especially in the South, I am a Roseanna White buff and will read anything she writes so I was happy to read and review the complimentary copy I was sent from her publisher.
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About the Book
Title: Dreams of Savannah
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Publisher: Bethany House
Print Length: 400 pages
Summary from the publisher: Cordelia Owens can weave a hopeful dream around anything and is well used to winning the hearts of everyone in Savannah with her whimsy. Even when she receives word that her sweetheart has been lost during a raid on a Yankee vessel, she clings to hope and comes up with many a romantic tale of his eventual homecoming to reassure his mother and sister.
But Phineas Dunn finds nothing redemptive in the first horrors of war. Struggling for months to make it home alive, he returns to Savannah injured and cynical, and all too sure that he is not the hero Cordelia seems determined to make him. Matters of black and white don’t seem so simple anymore to Phin, and despite her best efforts, Delia’s smiles can’t erase all the complications in his life. And when Fort Pulaski falls and the future wavers, they both must decide where the dreams of a new America will take them, and if they will go together.
I was not disappointed, but neither was I wowed. I thought this was a well-written and very enjoyable story, and I was impressed with the deft way Mrs. White handled very controversial and complex worldviews. I was pleased that she did not do any sugar-coating on either side. As always, my favorite part of her book was the way she shows her characters growing because of their relationship with the Lord and His people. I also appreciated the way so many of the characters in this book demonstrated what it is to be steadfast and loyal to those you love, especially when you disagree strongly with them. I learned from them and hope I will be more like them in the future. I recommend this book without reservations, but I think those who enjoy Civil War historical fiction will enjoy it even more than I did.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
About the Author
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.