The Second Mrs. Hockaday

The Second Mrs. Hockaday

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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"TAUT, ALMOST UNBEARABLE SUSPENSE . . . This galvanizing historical portrait of courage, determination, and abiding love mesmerizes and shocks." —Booklist (starred review)"All I had known for certain when I came around the hen house that first evening in July and saw my husband trudging into the yard after lifetimes spent away from us, a borrowed bag in his hand and the shadow of grief on his face, was that he had to be protected at all costs from knowing what had happened in his absence. I did not believe he could survive it." When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband's three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away? Inspired by a true incident, this saga conjures the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel as her views on race and family are transformed. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how that generation—and the next—began to see their world anew.
Publisher: New York : Algonquin Books, 2017
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781616206512

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vslucky1
Nov 25, 2017

Excellent writing for a first novel. I look forward to reading more of her. I loved how she helped the reader really understand the day to day struggle for the war torn south and I felt like I was right there in the story with Placidia. The second half of the book will answer all your questions. I was very moved emotionally by this book.

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ritamarie29
May 18, 2017

The language was lovely. The format of letters & diary entries worked well. I highly recommend this book.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Mar 30, 2017

This was an incredibly compelling and fascinating story, made even more so because it was based on true events. The novel is told through letters, diary entries and the occasional court document, a format that I really enjoyed. Somewhat unexpectedly, the story jumps 30 years halfway through when Placidia’s children find her diary. In a way, it became an epilogue within the main story because you find out what happened to the original characters and how the events of the past affected the more current generation. My only gripe was the ending felt a little rushed and I would have enjoyed a few more details about Placidia and Gryffth’s reconciliation. Would highly recommend!

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closedbook
Mar 30, 2017

Interesting format using letters and diary notes to tell the story but this format also made the reading a bit tedious at times as the dates jumped around a lot. Overall, the book was entertaining.

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carolinamom
Mar 06, 2017

This is a very compelling story told (mostly) through letters and journal entries. It is hard to read at times as the times were difficult and complicated. I had trouble putting the book down as I wanted to learn what happened to this young bride and her family.

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SaturdayLibrarian
Jan 31, 2017

Historical fiction told through letters, journals and court documents which I enjoy even though the flipping back and forth between characters and time periods was confusing at times. Sometimes brutal in its telling, the story revolves around a young civil war bride and the mystery surrounding a dead baby. Beautifully written.

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