Louise M. Gouge has been married to David Gouge for over 47 years. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren. Louise attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, earning a BA in English/Creative Writing, and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, earning a Master of Liberal Studies degree.
Then Came Faithby Louise Gouge
Elizabeth is back in New Orleans, a war-ravaged city, to help rebuild and minister to the people devastated after the Civil War. A strict abolitionist & part of the Underground Railroad, she seeks to help the South understand the transgressions of slavery
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I'm impressed with this book. I'll tell you why. I remember growing up in the 1970s and watching several 'mini-series' at that time. One was The Holocaust, and the other two were Roots and North & South. Remember those? I also read the books Roots and Queen by Alex Haley at the time. They were fabulous. Then Came Faith brought all of those memories back and with them came the emotion that coexists with reflecting on such trying times. I loved Juliana and Andre. They made an interesting couple--especially because of their extremely conflicting beliefs--even though they were apart for the majority of the book. The author did a fabulous job showing the hearts of both abolitionists and confederates at the time of reconstruction in the deep south. This story had some grit, yes, but it wasn't overly done. I especially loved it when Juliana went to confront the slimebag Dupris in his bawdy house and tried to help Gemma escape. That was priceless. Of course, the Civil War era books aren't realistic without a few Klan scenes. Those guys in the white hoods just make me sick, but without them the story doesn't feel as authentic. There was just enough to give you a sense of the internal and external conflict the characters experienced, but not enough to seem excessively dramatic. I thoroughly enjoyed Then Came Faith and am looking forward to the next book in the series. This is one of those stories that you hate to have end. The faith element was very well done and the change of heart amongst many of the characters was heartwarming and sincere. I also must add that I really enjoyed getting to know Andre and experiencing the doubts regarding his culture and the way he grew up believing that 'chattels' as he referred to them, were not equal to whites, yet he loved Cordell like a brother, so he saw the contradiction even within himself.
Although the combat of the Civil War officially ended at Appomattox, many people still push their cause. Juliana Harris is the offspring of two rabid abolitionists and she was an Underground Railroad participant. At the invitation of Miss Amelia Randolph she has come to New Orleans to teach the former slaves to read and write. At the dock upon arrival, she meets gallant knight Andre Beauchamp he is warm to her until she mentions the name of Randolph he loathes anything northern. The war has changed the world as Andre once knew it. The former Confederate naval officer saw his affluent world die along with his father his mother is teetering into insanity and when lucid is in denial. His slaves are freed though three of them, Aunt Sukey, Gemma, and Cordell, remain with him as his equal. Andre and Juliana are attracted to one another, but she believes slavery is an abomination against God while he feels he and his family were kind owners providing a way of life to the ignorant slaves. --- Louise M. Gouge provides a terrific historical novel that takes a deep look at the impact of slavery just after the end of the Civil War. The key to this insightful tale is that none of the three prime perspectives (slave-owner, abolitionist and slave) is treated with disparity, but instead each symbolizes the negative effect slavery had on people. Most readers will support Juliana¿s position yet wonder about how former slaves like Gemma and Cordell will cope in a hostile environs while Andre comes across as human and caring though his righteousness on owning slaves will feel like an atrocity to much of the audience. THEN CAME FAITH is a strong portrayal of the immediate aftermath of outlawing slavery in the Deep South (ironically it was still legal in the Border States that stayed with the Union). --- Harriet Klausner