Tempting Skiesby Michael J Roueche
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The Final Chapter in Award-Winning Beyond the Wood Series. Four decades after the Civil War, former Kentucky slave Victoria Richman has passed away. Among her belongings, her bereft family discovers a narrative she's written recounting the summer of 1864 in Virginia and the Nation's Capital. Mrs. Richman's manuscript describes a defining year, full of fury, sorrow, dread, hate, hope and love in the lives that intersect hers: Betsy Richman Henderson tries to escape once again her demoralizing dance with a still-scheming Lucius Walthrope, even as war's devastation trudges southward toward her Shenandoah Valley homestead. William Richman, at last a legally free man, painfully struggles to scrape away slavery's emotional scars and remnant self-doubt. Amidst inner disarray and outer humiliation, he battles for his place in a new social order of liberty framed in 19th Century racism. Victoria herself struggles to find meaning in her new life. Thoughtful and intelligent, she resists a mundane life far from the war and its shifting purpose as she lives and chronicles the dramatic climax of the "Beyond the Wood Series."
Roueche's third installment in the Beyond the Wood Series completes a well-researched and interwoven narrative of the American Civil War. It once again demonstrates the award-winning author's notable contribution to the genre. His novel, while at times complex, is nevertheless engaging and nothing is wasted. ...As the novel nears its finale, surprising revelations encapsulate a tale of drama, romance, and suspense. ...It is a worthy read.
Michael Roueche is a masterful storyteller creating a Civil War masterpiece in Tempting Skies.
Meet the Author
Michael J. Roueche grew up in Virginia and has an indelible affection for the Old Dominion. Always a romantic, only in recent years did he discover the Civil War that had always surrounded him, thanks to Bruce Catton books from his father’s library and a good friend who gave him a copy of Michael Schaara’s Killer Angels. He is ever inspired by the examples of those who maintain their integrity as they persevere and overcome obstacles.
With a deepening background in Civil War history and prompted by an “odd” experience at Manassas National Battlefield Park, "Beyond the Wood" was born.
He and his wife of 40 years now live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking and exploring the High Plains and Rocky Mountains, with their alpine vistas, aspen groves and evergreen forests, and amazing wildlife. They have five children and a bunch of grandchildren.
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