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This extensively researched historical novel is a blend of oral tradition and historical fact. It explores a moral dilemma for a farm family struggling to survive reconstruction in northeast Alabama in 1870. Dr. McGinnis’ vivid portrayal of the land, the people and the period will allow readers to see the surroundings and hear the words of a different time. Do we give away the plot and tell readers about the terrible decision the family has to make? Do we say that in the middle of the book the protagonist finds his nation is lost, his right arm is gone, and he is five hundred miles from home? Instead, we will let the reader be transported by a story where the tragedy and struggle of a family and a nation walk hand in hand with intense love and its power to heal.