Where Valor Proudly Sleepsby Leslie Wayne Salsbury
On rural Doylestown in southwest Pennsylvania, a most heart-rending story of romance that struggles to endure the furies of wartime plays out in Leslie Wayne Salsbury’s Where Valor Proudly Sleeps. Written in a staid rhythm and prose apt for that time in the nation’s history, the novel sets out with a strikingly authentic recreation of life in pre-Civil War Pennsylvania. Salsbury shows a richness of detail born out of diligent, even brilliant, research and a highly creative imagination. His characters speak out and tell us of a time and place where the most tumultuous and important battles of the Civil War were fought.
On a fateful night, the two young lovers, Benjamin Wayneright and Alexandra Cadwalder, meet at a ball in the town armory. Introduced by Ben’s teacher, Mrs. McIntyre, the two immediately find out how they are meant for each other. A most romantic night ensues and starts a strong, passionate relationship that will prove equal to the coming chaos of war. It is a story of heroic love: how two young lovers find their love blooming in the crucible of war and how they became a pair of strong hearts that influenced others in their town to defend the Union cause.
Before the war came, Benjamin would lose his father and Alexandra was on the verge of losing hers to “bleeding cancers.” Throughout forced separations, they remain true to each other. They survive the war but experienced firsthand the cost of preserving liberty and fighting for justice. They grow old in and around Doylestown, Bucks County. When Benjamin dies at a ripe old age, he is given a hero’s burial by the town. Alexandra soon follows to reunite with her beloved.
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This book is very well done, and made me feel like I was there during and after the Civil War. The letters to and from the main characters were as though you found them in an attic, many years latter. The story has a suprising ending, that I did not espect. The book is writen for everyone. A love story, and a war story without getting wordy.
What I like about this book is that the author recreates the battles of the civil war by taking us into camp with him. You can see the sites, taste the smells, and feel the emotion of victories, and the devastation and loss in defeats. This is a historically acurate book, with actual places and events recaptured as they were during the civil war period. What this book lacks is the usual boredom that can happen when reading descriptions that are historically true. We meet Benjamin, a good hearted boy who works in his father's harness shop. We meet Warren, his best friend, and get to peek into their closest moments and see how true friends are always there for each other, even under the constraints of war. We meet Lady Alexandra, a rare beauty filled with spunk, passion, grace,and style. We feel the heat of those stolen moments she spends with Ben behind the scenes of war. We get a taste of what it is like to be left behind, and we learn what a causality list is, that it is more than just a list of names. Benjamin and Alexandra's love will captivate you and keep you wondering how this will all turn out. They write letters back and forth to each other, and the author provides these letters, just as they were written. It is amazing to see them in their respective fonts, which gives them added authenticity. In conclusion, you have a book with historically accurate places and events. You have fictional characters on stage in a love story, in the midst of the civil war, filled with every human emotion that one can experience. Cannot wait for the movie!