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A Blue and Gray Christmas
     

A Blue and Gray Christmas

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by Joan Medlicott
 

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A buried cache inspires the ladies of Covington to plan an unforgettable Christmas for two families forever changed by a long-ago war.

A rusty old tin box holding nineteenth-century letters and diaries is unearthed at the Covington Homestead, and the contents reveal a thrilling drama to longtime housemates Grace, Amelia, and Hannah. Two Civil War

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A Blue and Gray Christmas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It was just simply a good read and a good story. Actually, very realistic. I liked the characters and the fact that these women were so devoted in their efforts to bring these families together and for them to know their ancestors, their links to each other and that these two men became like brothers. It didn't matter that one was from the South the other from the North,different backgrounds, different beliefs - they were human beings trying to survive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that could have been written by a high schooler or by an author in a rush to cash in on a Christmas-themed book in a hurry. The plot starts out as interesting, but promptly bogs down with side characters and nonimpotant (boring) details that add nothing to the story except word count. Also there is a problem with the theology - or lack of theology for what it means to be Christian. One must accept Christ as Savior, not study for a month or so and be baptized so you can marry a pastor. Baptism does not make a person a Christian!
JGKF1 More than 1 year ago
How wonderful to read this personal view of two soldiers who found the gift of friendship and love of family at a very desolate time in their life.
CarolAnn05 More than 1 year ago
A good read, especially for those who can relate to geneology & appreciate that feeling when your links to family finally come together.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently discovered Joan Medlicott's work. Am hooked on The Ladies of Covington series and want to read them all, preferably, in chronological order. Difficult to find earlier books.
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ElleJ More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was great to be able to revisit Grace, Amelia, Hannah and friends. I hope there will be more books in this series!
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This is a nice holiday story from the Covington series. The 3 main characters find a metal box buried in the ground on their property. Within it they discovered 2 journals written by 2 different men during the Cival War.The women become so fascinated by what they read that they decide to try to find the relatives of these 2 men. One man was fighting for the North, the other for the South. It is interesting to read these entries and see how they do manage to bring together the different families. If you like the Covington stories, you'll like this short story for a holiday read.
d45 More than 1 year ago
I just love this entire series. This one may not be my favorite; however, the story line is interesting and the Ladies never cease to perform above and beyond.
LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
I had never read anything by Joan Medlicott before and I thought this book sounded like a festive Christmas read. I loved it from start to finish. While it is part of a series (the Covington series) the book works as a stand alone as well. The story and the characters are fresh and relatable, with the trio of housemates, Grace, Hannah and Amelia, the center of the story. And as much as I enjoyed the ladies themselves, I thought the best part of the story was the story of Tom and John, the two Civil war soldiers, one Union and one Confederate, who survived the war together and whose stories were told entirely through the letters Grace, Hannah and Amelia found buried on their property. Historical fiction can be a tricky thing - - an author must be accurate without being overly academic and Ms. Medlicott's use of letters only to transport the reader to Tom's and John's time is inspired and immensely satisfying. Reading their letters, you feel one man's anguish at leaving his life behind and another's glimmer of hope at starting life anew. Woven within the Civil War stories and the stories of Grace, Hannah and Amelia is also the story of Denny, the local pastor, and his desire to marry Sarina, Hannah's former daughter-in-law. All this is set to the backdrop of the Christmas season, with the underlying theme of family and Christmas miracles. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, heartwarming tale, a true feel-good story. Enjoying historical fiction is simply an added bonus. For the discerning reader, there is no language, no sex and no violence, other than a few Civil War injuries mentioned. This is a great read for a book club or a reader of any age.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At Covington, Max brings in a box containing letters and journals that had been buried until Frank Hays' backhoe dug it up. He gives the box to the ladies (his wife Hannah Parrish Maxwell, Grace Singleton and Amelia Declose) believing they might enjoy the contents. The authors were Tom a Confederate soldier and John a Union soldier left to die in a pit in 1864. One from he South and one from Connecticut, but elderly angel Miss Ella Mae nurses both of them and conceals them from bounty hunters seeking deserters. Feeling an affinity, to the past, the three Covington women try to bring together descendents of Tom and John. Although refreshing and entertaining, the story line is too sugary especially in the present, but even in the last year of the Civil War, the sweetening feels out of place. Still the cast is solid especially the three Covington women and the three heroes of 1864 who come alive through their writings. With a strong refreshing premise, fans of the series will relish A Blue and Grey Christmas; others might find the glucose too high. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits in the doorway staring blankly at the few people here, then gets up and leaves.
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Out in open so you can see it.
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