The war is over. The South has lost.
Josephine Weatherly struggles to pick up the pieces of her life when her
family returns to their Virginia plantation. But the realities of life
after the war cannot be denied: her home and land are but a shell of
their previous grandeur;death has claimed her father and brother;and
her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken.
Her life of privilege, a long-ago dream.
Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival--and
recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the
one she must rely on to teach her all she needs to know. Josephine's
mother, too, vows to rebuild White Oak--but a bitter hatred fuels her.
Can hope--and a battered faith in God--survive amid the devastation?
In her bestselling tradition, Lynn Austin brings to life the difficult
years of Reconstruction by interweaving the stories of three
women--daughter, mother, and freed slave--in a riveting tale.