Good Time Coming

Good Time Coming

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A story of coming-of-age in Civil War-torn Louisiana. This is a heart-wrenching story of loss and survival; of the bonds that form amongst women and children left alone to face the hardships, deprivations, and dangers of war; and of one unforgettable girl's slow and painful recognition of the good and evil that exists within us all.
Publisher: Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House Publishers Ltd, ©2016.
Edition: First world edition.
ISBN: 9780727886491
Characteristics: 309 pages ;,23 cm


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Sep 01, 2017

For years I have been looking for a book that dramatizes what life was like during the Civil War for women and children living in the South. I have some Mississippi Confederate ancestors who fought in that war and often wondered what their loved ones back home experienced during a war that was fought on their turf. I was so happy to find this book. It is a beautifully written and well researched story told from the perspective of 11 year old Amrie, the daughter of a Louisiana doctor. Her father leaves the family to administer medical care to Confederate soldiers. Amrie, her mother, relatives, freed black household staff, friends and neighbors struggle to cope and survive this war. You cannot help but sympathize with the plight of these females dealing with pillage, plunder, destruction, starvation, destitution and the fear and anxiety the war caused day after day, month after month, year after year. It’s also an amazing story of a young girl growing up during a war that tears her country apart and turns her world topsy turvy. She tries to make sense of the madness she sees all around her. The author used first hand sources such as letters to write this book. It does does not glorify the Confederacy and shows that not all Southerners supported the war and slavery. I highly recommend this book and would like to read it again. It's one of those hard to put down books. It didn't depress me; it was very thought provoking.

Jul 17, 2017

Great historical fiction novel - bad title. This is just a wonderful tale of a young girl named Armie growing up during the American civil war. Her life is turned up-side-down when her physician father leaves to join the war and soon her entire town consists of women, children and older men, as every able-bodied man has become a soldier. The war progresses and their life is beyond difficult. There are shortages of everything; food , medicine, shoes. The women learn to "make do" but the conditions continue to worsen. The homesteads are regularly attacked by Federal raiding parties and the women are often violated. It is during one of these raids that something happens that will change Armie's life forever.
Soldiers die but so do malnourished women and children. It is Armie, as narrator, who asks all the difficult questions as she tries to make sense of the misery surrounding her; misery caused by people against people. The "wise ones" in this story are her own mother and a former slave. This is very good historical fiction - never boring - ever.

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Sep 01, 2017

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