Beauty from Ashes (Georgia Trilogy Series #3)

Beauty from Ashes (Georgia Trilogy Series #3)

by Eugenia Price
     
 

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For four decades Eugenia Price has shared her love and knowledge of the American South with tens of millions of readers worldwide. From the intimate details of her characters' lives and loves, to the pageant of history that sweeps across the land like a relentless storm, her books contain pure pleasure, and have made her one of the most beloved novelists of our

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For four decades Eugenia Price has shared her love and knowledge of the American South with tens of millions of readers worldwide. From the intimate details of her characters' lives and loves, to the pageant of history that sweeps across the land like a relentless storm, her books contain pure pleasure, and have made her one of the most beloved novelists of our time. Now, in her most captivating novel yet, she follows the fate of one unforgettable woman, as America stands at the brink of civil war...

Anne Couper Fraser has often endured sorrow— the death of her beloved husband and daughter and the loss of the family home. Now, frightening rumors of a war between the states are circulating, and Anne, an ardent Unionist, can only watch and pray as her cherished son enlists in the Confederate Army. But, when the tide of war turns against the Southern cause, Anne finds new strength, fighting to keep her family— now cruelly divided by war— bound to each other by faith and love.

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From the Publisher
"Eugenia Price has made history come to life through the lives of her characters. She has a rare talent and we consider her to be one of our country's greatest authors."—Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

"While it is their emotions, their observations, their wisdom, and their follies that dominate these pages, Price also gives her characters a well-documented historical background."—New York Times Book Review

"Ms. Price is without peer as an historical novelist."—Florida Times-Union

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The conclusion to Price's Georgia Trilogy (Bright Captivity; Where Shadows Go) will please her fans but will probably underwhelm those new to her work. As the story reopens in 1845, Anne Couper Fraser is living with her four children at Lawrence, their beloved home on St. Simons Island. Still mourning her late husband, Anne finds comfort only in an unlikely friendship with Eve, a family slave. When her precarious finances force her to give up Lawrence, she is brokenhearted. Though she moves with her children into her brother's household, she never abandons hope that she will again have a home of her own. Finally, she manages to buy a house in Marietta, a small town outside Atlanta. These are years of great change for Anne and her family. On a visit to Florida, her tomboy daughter, Rebecca, now in her 30s, meets a young doctor who follows her back to Marietta. And Anne finds that not all her children share her strong abolitionist views-daughters Fanny and Selina fall in love with men favoring secession, while her son and her grandson join the Confederate Army when the Civil War breaks out. Anne nobly weathers the many tragedies that war brings (even the occupation of her home by Sherman's troops), but her gentility as a sheltered flower of the Old South may leave many longing for a bit of Scarlett O'Hara's fire. Literary Guild, Doubleday Bookclub, Crossings selection. (May)
Library Journal
Rounding out her "Georgia Trilogy," Price relates the tale of a widowed Southern woman who rediscovers life with the help of a Union doctor.
Melanie Duncan
In the conclusion to her Georgia trilogy, Eugenia Price returns to the life of Anne Couper Fras"er six years after the death of her beloved husband, John. In this time, she has lost two daughters and her mother, and she still misses John unbearably. As she struggles to rebuild her family, the South is falling apart around her as war looms on the horizon. Her only son and grandson fight for the Confederacy even as Anne and her daughter Pete support the Union. More deaths plague Anne's already beleaguered family, which is struggling to remain close and pulling itself out of the ashes of despair. Hope and love are the constants in Anne's life and they provide the strength to help her survive. Price's meticulous research, evident throughout the book, pays off in the recreation of the lives of families on St. Simon's Island, Georgia. Expect heavy demand, especially in the South. "Beauty from Ashes" will be a selection of the Literary Guild, the Doubleday Book Club, and Crossings, a religious book club. It will also be featured in a PBS documentary entitled "Eugenia Price's South", to air in spring 1995.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312959173
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/15/1996
Series:
Georgia Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
631
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

Eugenia Price is the author of the St. Simons Trilogy, the Florida Trilogy, and the Savannah Quartet, as well as twenty-five other works of fiction and nonfiction. For her trilogy of novels set on St. Simons Island, she was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Governor's Award and the Distinguished Science Award from Georgia College.

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