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Posted September 23, 2013
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Posted July 7, 2013
This is the story of Renée Chastain Harris, a woman who lived at Rose Hill Plantation, Virginia during the Civil War. The year 1863 was going to be a difficult year for Renée with her husband and son away fighting in the war.
People who know me will attest to the fact that I’m not easily impressed. But Joette Baldwin did it!—she impressed me with her rich descriptions that spoke to my imagination. After I finished this story I felt like I had been back in time and met the people at Rose Hill. I had cheered for Renée in her glorious years and wept with her in her moments of sorrow.
I think Joette gave us a good look at how life for ordinary people could have been during the Civil War.
Well done, Joette!
Posted July 2, 2013
“Sheltering Arms” by Joette Baldwin is the author’s debut novella and it is a spell-binding read from its opening lines
(“1963 Deep in the bosom of southern Virginia lies a moldering headstone. It rests beneath the sheltering arms of a
purple Magnolia and bears the name Renée Chastain Harris.”) to its surprise, heartwarming conclusion. This poignant
story of a Civil War wife and mother who faces heartbreak with bravery is told in lyrical, dreamily beautiful prose that
mesmerizes the reader and draws them into the heart of Renée Chastain Harris’s Prince Edward County, Virginia world.
By the end of the story, we feel we know the characters as old friends and family members; indeed, the narrative is based loosely
on the author’s own Old Dominion ancestry. The May 1863 drama at Chancellorsville plays out nearly one hundred miles distant
from Renée’s small farming community. But in ways unforeseen, that faraway thunder changes forever the lives of Renée,
her husband Coleman and son Burke.
Journey with Joette Baldwin into a long-ago land of passion, heartache, beauty, and love eternal and be forever changed by