Blue Honor tracks four tightly twining families during the American Civil War. Each member is asked to sacrifice more than their share to see friends and loved ones through the terrible times. The only certainty they have is that nothing will be the same.
Emily Conrad is the bookish daughter of a wealthy dairy family from Vermont. Her indulgent father has educated her and bred ideas that aren't acceptable to her more urbane mother, who thinks Emily needs to settle down with her longtime friend and town philanderer Evan Howell. The outbreak of war frees Emily from these expectations for a time, but a stranger soon arrives after the guns begin to blaze, threatening her plans more than societal conventions ever could.
Devoted to the young woman who healed her wounds, Henrietta has become part of the Conrad family, hoping that she may one day see her husband and son again. As a runaway slave, she's been lucky enough to find this slice of peace in Vermont, but the return of Evan Howell and the man he brings with him portends great change that might see her locked back in irons, if not executed for what she's done.
Evan isn't as bad as his reputation has made him out to be. He knows his chum Emily will make the best doctor Vermont has ever seen, and he knows he's not the man to marry her. With a little manipulation, he convinces his commanding officer, Lieutenant Joseph Maynard, to take leave with him and see the beauty of the north. He just doesn't let on it's not hillsides and streams he's setting the man up for.
Joseph has both power and privilege as the son of a Baltimore lawyer, but neither can guarantee him the things he wants in life. His commission in the army is likely to lead to death, a sacrifice he was willing to make to end slavery in the States-that was until he saw Emily Conrad. Torn between duty and desire, Joseph struggles to stay standing for that which he once held strong convictions. War weary, they all march on to duty...
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About the Author
K attended Morrisville State College, majoring in the Biological Sciences, and then continued with English and Historical studies at the University at Albany, home of the New York State Writer's Institute, gaining her Bachelor's Degree. While attending UA, K interned with the 13th Moon Feminist Literary Magazine, bridging her interests in social movements and art. Topics of K's writing include the environment, animal welfare, gender limitations, racial disparities, and the trauma of war.
Published novels by K include the Civil War drama Blue Honor, the Second World War spy thriller OP-DEC:Operation Deceit, and the controversial science fiction/fantasy series The Trailokya Trilogy. In addition to writing novels, K enjoy's the art of screenwriting and has worked on the screen spec 8 Days in Ireland, and the adaptations of her current novels. Currently, K has completed the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program for Film Studies and Screenwriting at Empire State College (SUNY), and is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Foner Fellowship in Arts and Social Justice. In 2015, K. Williams became an official member of International Thriller Writers.
K continues to write on The Blue Honor Blog weekly, producing commentary Mondays and Fridays on hot topics with some fun diversions for your work week. Whether it's cooking, learning a foreign language, history or dogs, you'll find something to enjoy and keep coming back for. Always a promoter of other artists, K uses Guest Blog Wednesdays to showcase artists from around the web and bring you interesting readings to expand your horizons. A sequel to her second novel, OP-DEC, is in the research phase, while the screen adaptation is being considered for production by film companies.
A devoted dog mom to Miss Sadie Sue Shagbottom, K is also a visual artist, producing the ZoDuck Cartoon, painting and sketching-digitally or traditionally, as well as an accomplished Photographer. Click here to see more! Excerpts of K's unedited, rough drafts and other scraps of writing can be found at: KWilliamsAuthor on deviantArt.com. You can also sample her books on Wattpad.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I will say that I do not feel the blurb does this book justice. I wasn’t pulled in by the blurb at all, in fact I picked up the book and started reading because this kind of book has always pulled me in. The intertwining of these families is so amazing, it just is seamlessly done for the most part. I became so heavily involved I read a little at a time, the better to digest what was happening. There was, at times, a lot to take in. This kind of attention to detail is exactly what made this book so beautifully done. I highly recommend this book to history lovers, it is a wonderful example of a romance in the times of the turbulent Civil War. The depth of the characters is particularly well done, I had no problem imagining each and every one from the good right down to the bad. Kudos to K. Williams on a book that has made my favorite list, I will be going back to read it again. I am sure I will discover things that I missed with the first reading. Many thanks to the author for allowing me to read and review her book, I found it to be a wondrous story that I enjoyed immensely. Five stars for Blue Honor.
I was unable to get through this story for the sole purpose I do not like stories that are told through multiple character view points. I did like how K. Williams used very descriptive phrases in her writing. I was able to see the town through the characters' eyes. I am hoping to come back to this story and finish it one day. But for right now I will have to wonder what happened to them
I need to carve out more time this week, to finish Blue Honor, by K. Williams. I’ve read historical fiction before, and I find them either plodding storylines that simply serve as a narration device for historical events, or the historical events serve as a less than compelling backdrop to a work of fiction. Blue Honor, is neither. K. Williams has created these characters and made a compelling love story, while also placing these characters in a time, place, and circumstance that transports the reader to a dairy farm in Vermont with the American Civil War on the immediate horizon. The story flows through the eyes and thoughts of Emily Conrad, the daughter of a well-to-do farm owner. With sublime descriptive detail, K. Williams has created this young woman, Emily, who has intellectual and passionate yearnings that are not readily satiated in this rural, mid-late 19th century setting. Emily is surrounded by well-crafted characters that in turn, hamper and hasten her desires. The men in her life are honorable and well-meaning, but the societal attitudes of the day make her feel alternately stifled and controlled. The young man in pursuit of her, Joseph Maynard, is aware of her willful nature and ambitions, yet he still refers to her in his mind as ‘the jewel’, referring to her as an object with no inherent value other than its beauty. The flames of war are coming, and Joesph, Emily’s brother Michael, her long-time friend and pseudo-suiter Evan, all West Point graduates and soldiers for the Union will soon cast their fate to the war. Blue Honor is a work that demonstrates the artistic depth that a piece historical fiction can convey. I see a couple nights this week with the fireplace, a glass of scotch, and Blue Honor.
From the moment I started reading the book I became entranced by the characters. K. Williams draws you into the story with vivid settings. I easily pictured the story and rather enjoyed the personalities of the characters as the story jumped off the pages. I felt I was stepping back in time and was given a real grasp of the complexities and struggles of the Civil War. I've just finished the first 100 pages and cannot wait to get to the next page. I highly recommend this book as someone who thoroughly enjoys K. Williams' books.
In its’ simplest form Blue Honor is a love story. All the requisites for a fairy tale romance are present. The beautiful young woman, with aspirations of her own independence, meets the dashing young military officer. He appears, seemingly from nowhere, and performs an act of heroism that captures her heart and her mother’s concern. But as beautiful as the love story is, below the surface of the romance is a complex story of coming of age. Blue Honor’s complexity lies in the multitude of evolutions it portrays. The story follows not just the growth of its’ characters, but the growth of a nation and its’ people. Ms. Williams graphically depicts the turmoil and confusion of the Civil War: a young African American woman, discovered almost beaten to death, is nursed back to health by a Northern family; a dashing young Southern officer battles neighbors in his home state, as his ideology lies with the Union. We are shown what a truly strange war it is when countrymen battle one another: dinner with the family one minute; a return to the battlefield the next. Because the extremes of the period are so hard to comprehend, Blue Honor’s vivid imagery is most appreciated. We are settled into a bucolic farm in Vermont one minute, and pulled into a bloody battlefield the next. Also hard to comprehend are the morays and mindsets of the period, but they are woven so gracefully into the lives of the characters that the reader appreciates the depth of their struggles and the enormity of their evolution. This has been my second K. William’s read and both have been an absolute delight. Ms. Williams has the ability to transport the reader into her world and befriend the characters she cares so deeply about. Blue Honor is a definite two thumbs up from me!