The Widow of the South

The Widow of the South

by Robert Hicks
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The Widow of the South 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 136 reviews.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
The Widow of the South takes place during and after a bloody Civil War battle in Franklin, Tennessee. The title refers to a very real lady who's plantation house becomes a make-shift hospital for the confederate troops. When a neighbor man wants to plow his field under, the same one where the battle took place, Carrie takes it upon herself to dig up the 1,500 soldiers that lie in that field and bury them in her own. She creates a cemetery where she keeps watch over the dead and remembers them so that others can forget. This novel tells Carrie's story but also adds a fair share of fictional characters that add more element to the book for entertainment's sake.

The Battle of Franklin is over and done with in the first hundred pages. The rest of the novel is dedicated to relationships. The relationship between Carrie and a certain soldier who makes her feel alive after so many years of mourning for her three dead children. The relationship between Carrie and her slave Mariah who have been together since birth. The relationship between confederate and union, slave and freed slave, husband and wife. Maybe most importantly this is a story of introspection....Carrie's relationship with herself. She craves meaning and the significance of life and she finds it in Zachariah, a worn out hero of the war who loses a leg in the battle and finds life again at the McGavock plantation hospital.

This is a well researched historical novel surrounding a not-so-well-known lady who devoted her life in caring for the wounded and then the dead in the aftermath of the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War. The Widow of the South is a beautifully written story with characters who have real emotional depth. I'd really like to see more books come from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shared this with everyone I could! Read this book in three days, gave it to my mom and she loved it. For anyone who wants to feel the love, fear and dedication that true southern woman went thtough. Curl up and enjoy!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written....didn't want it to end....looking forward to his next book
ZokiLH More than 1 year ago
The author admits that the wounded soldier was put in their for interest; but, I am glad she wasn't alive.....I don't think she would have liked the romantic interest aspect. Other than that it was a fantastic book and if you ever have a chance to go see the plantation and cemetery, do, it is absolutely fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My cousin and I drove to L.A. together and wished it would have been longer. We both enjoyed the book.
nolenreads More than 1 year ago
What can I say that hasn't been said about this delightful historical fiction. The author brings to life real characters from history, adds a few extras, weaves in a well-drawn story, and keeps the reader enthralled to the end. What pulls the story along are the lives, loves, and tragedies that surround Carrie, the Widow of the South. The horrible battle of Franklin and the reburial of the bodies are true events that have been captured here in such a way as to make the reader care very much what happens. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this years ago, it is a book that you remember.
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lelzy More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading about the family and how everyone's lives connected in the story. If you are from Franklin, TN, it made it more interesting to read because you can visualize where it all took place and the roads they traveled based on his descriptions. 
ssnanny More than 1 year ago
If you are from the South a must read about the Civil war. It's a novel based on true facts. My book club picked this for our November read. I live about 45 minutes from Carnton and going to visit soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I visited Carnton before this novel was written, so I was excited when I saw it was the setting of this novel. Some parts were good, some parts were just plain weird. For example the herione almost beats her love interest to death...and it doesn't end the relationship! The end of the novel was interesting so I guess I am glad I stuck through to the end, but I was left feeling the novel could have been better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frequently there are well-written historical novels that are a pleasure to read. Unfortunately this fictional novel was not. I found the story tedious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved reading this book. I found myself thinking about these people and their situation for days and days afterwards. He was really able to make the events come alive for me and i would highly recommend it It was so eye opening to read and think about all of these people and what they were living through and how it affected them. Mr. HIcks was able to do this in a real and meaningful way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a real fan of books taking place in the south and during the Civil War. This book is a total disapointment. The writing goes on and on and the story seems to go no where fast. The fact that this story is based on a real character makes it even sadder. Unfortunately, I also purchased another one of Mr. Hick's books, A Separate Country. I have not read it yet, but I am not excited to start it. I really enjoy reading all the books a author writes, one after the other. Signed a disappointed reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I have read it several times and listened to it on audio cd many times. I love the story and the history! Beautiful job at combining fact and fiction to weave this beautiful story!!! I can't wait to travel to Franklin to visit the home and burial grounds! Love it, can't say enough about it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading .... and I want to visit Carnton Plantation and the cemetery, to make the book really come to life.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stopped reading this book when Carrie McGavock, a character based on a real person, beat a wounded soldier with a crutch. This rambling tome insults the memory of the McGavock family, and of the men and women who lived in Williamson County during those turbulent years. Sullying the life of Mrs. McGavock by having her engaging in an affair with a man outside of marriage was just too much for me to stomach. Mr. Hicks should be ashamed. He, at least, should have changed the names and location.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Thought provoking and very interesting.
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