Separated Soulsby Cheryl Schmidt
Martha Jane is only seventeen year-old and the daughter of poor Tennessee farmers when her marriage is arranged to nineteen year-old James Finley Olsen the son of a wealthy widowed matriarch. The love affair between an accepting Martha and the handsome, confident James survives only eight years, due to Martha's untimely death just one year before the Civil War. Everyone James comes in contact with following Martha's death pays a price for his bitterness. Including the invading Yankees he madly spends years fighting.
Like Martha, the women surrounding James' life and the lives of his brothers and his best friend, Abraham, are women with inner, primitive souls. Beautiful, loving Martha Jane, frightened, young Rebecca, the strong-willed slave Jade, impoverished, illiterate Mary Magdalene, and the sensual Sally. But to live in this male dominated era, they endured unthinkable heartbreak, constant death and disease, harsh physical labor, and even rape. This is a book for anyone fascinated with human emotion, and anyone exploring the lives of women in a historically male dominated era.
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Cheryl Schmidt presents the reader with a real, raw perspective of the harsh times women and children of the South endured during the Civil War. Separated Souls gave me a deeper understanding of why, after 140 years, we are still still so fascinated with the war between the North and South. Most Civil War books are interesting tales of honor, battles, brotherhood, and justice. But Ms. Schmidt's book gives another side of this historical era. Her book is about the women of the time and their reality included domestic violence, rape, disease, and high infant and mother mortality rates. I was left with a wonderful understanding and appreciation of what our ancestral mothers endured. Separated Souls includes descriptive, historically accurate battles, but I was most impressed learning what it was like for southern women during this crucial crossroads in American history. I laughed and cried as I read this tale of womanhood's finest hour. This is a book both men and women will enjoy reading.