In April 1860, Dr. Ryder Cole returns home from his studies, sure of his abilities and on fire to serve his country and preserve the Union. A panther attack threatens to cut his life short until a young woman with a rife and a sure-shot eye appears out of the mist. Then she disappears, re-turning as Tom Boyde, his comrade throughout America’s Civil War, and as Diana, met in a Washington D.C. whore house. The seven Aprils from 1860 to 1866 tell their tale of love and war, sex and friendship. And the price of crossing gender lines.
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Seven Aprils: American Civil War Brides based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Seven Aprils, an unusual tale with an impressive cast of characters from every walk of life, takes place between April 1860 and April 1866. The novel begins when Tess saves Dr Ryder Cole, who later serves as doctor in the American Civil War, shoots a panther that threatens his life. To escape from an arranged marriage to a repulsive old man, Tess flees and enters Ryder’s life as Tom Boyde. From then on, she is trapped in the situation described in the words: “When once you practice to deceive what a tangled web you weave.” Ms Charboneau weaves an unforgettable story of brutal war, friendship, a brothel, loyalty, affection and Ryder’s romantic but erotic relationship in graphic detail with Tess masquerading as Tom and Diana. At times I questioned whether, in real life, Ryder would never have questioned Tess’s subterfuges, but this did not spoil my enjoyment of Seven Aprils. I congratulate the author on her research.