Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Beyond the Wood by Michael J. Roueche
“A book of treachery, peril, slackening resolve and thwarted love . . . and a little Southern Rebellion.
Romance has faded, and shame has weakened resolve. Mystery has shrouded the truth, and pride has matured into a world enveloped by rage and war. And the only constant is betrayal--and at times he is your sole companion. Yet, hope lingers . . .
Hank, a soldier for the Union, refuses retreat from his first bloodied action without proof he has been there, and he takes it from a dying enemy. Fed by the compassion he finds in the Confederate's last letter and his own unsettled dreams and troubling memories, Hank imagines a romance that drives him relentlessly toward an impossible rendezvous. All the while, Elizabeth, the widow, struggles with burdens left by her husband, even as neighbors conspire against her. And what is she to make of this Union soldier, this enemy, so set on coming to her?”
As I first begun reading Beyond the wood I wasn’t sure what to expect, due to the fact that this story is not only a love story, but a story about the civil War and families divided. But as I continued and read further on, I was enthralled with the authors rendering of the characters, and the richness of the culture of the time the story was written in.
The character I admired most was Reid. Although, he plays a small role, his journey to discover his families past and the mystery of a small artifact that has been passed down to him is intriguing and inspiring to the story.
I recommend this book to those who would enjoy a love story during the American Civil War and to those who are intrigued with Southern History.