Tuesday, May 21, 2019

HIstorical Book Review: Julia Mistress of Longwood by Linda Metcalf

Reviewers note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

This book, written in the format of a journal, tells us the story of Julia Williams Nutt. Julia shares with us the highs, the lows, the good and the bad of her life in Antebellum Mississippi before, during and after the American Civil War. Like other reviewers I found the writing enchanting and although sorely tempted, I did not read it all in one go. Instead I  wanted to savor each journal entry, image her in her lovely magenta gown or riding alone through Union troops to petition General U.S. Grant. 

 I was amazed by the incredible life she led; her pampered upbringing, the utter joy she finds in her family, and her brave reaction  to all that befell her and her family. I felt like I acquired a new friend by the end of the book. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in historical fiction, you will utterly lose yourself in the world of the Deep South. Although not a romance novel there is a wonderful love story at the heart of the book, so I think anyone who loves great, well written historical romances will definitely appreciate this novel. 

Congratulations to Linda Metcalf on a wonderful book, meticulously researched, flawlessly written.  Five Plus Stars from me!

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