Nowhere Else on Earth

Nowhere Else on Earth

by Josephine Humphreys
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Nowhere Else on Earth 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read but a few historical fiction works that have propelled me in time and space to another world, but Nowhere Else on Earth grabbed hold of me, shook me and launched me into Civil War North Carolina. This is the kind of book that writers read for inspiration. From the inside jacket where a huge family tree depicts the lines of all the families in Scuffletown, North Carolina--the Lowries and the Oxendines--to the last page of the epilogue where the aftermath of the heroic tale is laid bare, this book took my breath away. I simply could not put it down. It is a huge creation.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1864 Scuffletown, many mixed-breed descendants of the native Lumbee Indian Tribe laboriously toil at the turpentine business. The group is extremely poor but work hard to help their families survive. Living nearby is wealthy and powerful Scottish plantation owners who still own black slaves. As the Civil War winds down, the residents of Scuffletown struggle with the Home Guard that conscripts their young males into building for the Confederacy. The Union soldiers are as ugly to town residents. The townsfolk want the war to go away so they can move on with their lives.

For defying the Confederacy, local citizen Henry Lowrie and some other men hide in the nearby swamps to escape his fellow Carolinians wrath. Eventually, Henry turns to robbery to survive and ultimately is accused of murder. As Henry makes love with teenager Rhoda Strong, his gentle father is hung as retribution for Henry's actions. He seeks revenge, but finds time to marry his beloved Rhoda before fleeing from the area during Reconstruction.

NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH is an incredible accomplishment that showcases the talent of Josephine Humphreys. Rhoda narrates the story line as she looks back over the years to the havoc caused by the Civil War and the Reconstruction on her indigent people. The characters are fully developed especially the interrelationships in which race rules even amidst the Northern Army. The insightful plot provides a unique look at the Civil War that allows readers to grasp the torment yet valor of a small group under siege from all sides. Ms. Humphreys uses historical facts to bring to life a People during an era when the rights of a small minority are trampled.

Harriet Klausner