During the dark days of the American Civil War, promises, sometimes
spoken and sometimes unspoken, might often be all people had left to
keep up their spirits and give them hope. Cynthia and Coswell Tims’
survival would depend on such a promise. Their alliance was a strong
one, but escaped lunatics, jealous neighbors, ruthless slave speculators,
emboldened home guards, Yankee invaders and ever-present racism
would test their resolve.
Expertly written and historically grounded, the saga of Coswell
Tims and his wife, Cynthia, continues on through the perils of war and
change. From two diaries, the author draws forth the story of a southern
Civil War era family and with the aid of a modern side story, offers
the reader a compelling case for what true love can make possible.