Jane Bennett Gaddy has captured in her third installment of the Payne family, JOAB, a piece of the history for Faulkner's "little postage stamp of native soil" with a combination of history and fiction. She places Joab in Oxford, known as Jefferson in the Faulkner novels, at a time when this town was at its lowest. History and fiction sometimes come together and Gaddy has given us something, as
Oxonians, to think about in our "little postage stamp of native soil."
-Jack Lamar Mayfield, Columnist, The Oxford Eagle
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When reading a really good book, one of the most satisfying things is getting caught up in the action and staying there for a while, so much so that you relate to the characters and feel a part of the storyline. I got that, and so much more, in reading JOAB, a historical novel of the Old South, authored by the brilliant and talented Dr Jane Bennett Gaddy. Joab takes you back to the aftermath of the civil War years of the mid 1800s. Follow as he retraces the paths of his father and brothers who fought bravely and fiercely at the Battle of Gettysburg in defense of their beloved South. Joab is relentless in his pursuit to make sense of a "senseless" war. As a young man, his goal is to "fix" the devastation, and to help his people rebuild and heal from the peril of death and destruction. Dr Gaddy takes you on a journey of deepest hurts, of war torn lives, tender moments of true lasting love, and emotional descriptions oft he Battle of Gettysburg. Love triumphs over all, as God's sovereign hand threads every detail. Here is the bottom line. War is ugly! War is deeply politicized! War moves in, terrorizes and rips the threads of family life, devastating homes and towns. Joab, who is too young to fight the war, becomes a determined young man who seeks to find the missing pieces and resolves to help restore the war-torn South, and in doing so, finds forgiveness, and healing for himself, his new bride, and his beloved family. He demonstrates that the love of God and family WINS! Dr Gaddy has the gifted pen to draw you in, keep you turning pages, becoming emotionally and intellectually involved, while learning facts and details you may never have known. This is a MUST READ!
Her knowledge of the Civil War Battles blows my mind and her weaving a family story kept me from rushing through the details. I’ve spent two concentrated days forgetting my home and life responsibilities stuck in this book. Yahoo, the last pages tell me _____! Go get all of her books!