The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites

The Rebel Wife

I chose this book as my Alabama pick for the 52 Books Around the USA Challenge.  As a lover of historical fiction, I was particularly pleased to learn about a time and events that are little covered in books I’ve read before.

The book opens in the years following the Civil War.  Augusta Branson loses her husband to a mysterious sweating sickness, which soon travels throughout area, wiping out whole families.  Augusta, a belle from a Southern family of nobility, was encouraged to marry Henry Branson, a Yankee carpetbagger, with money enough to keep Augusta and her family from starvation.  But there’s a price to be paid.  The community has cast her out, her marriage a large, black stain upon her.

This novel is a wonderful achievement.  Polites relates the atmosphere of the southern reconstruction, social and political, within a great back story, fraught with mystery and intrigue.  It’s clear that the author has done a tremendous amount of research and he set all this within a Southern Gothic novel that is hard to put down.  Bravo!

4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012
294 pages


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