“ This book is going into the category of "Faves" ... I enjoyed every delicious word of this wonderful story. Being a fan of Louisa May Alcott's, "Little Women" - I was intrigued by the premise of Mr. March taking center stage as the main character. In "Little Women" he is gone ... off to the Civil War and Ms. Brooks skillfully takes us into his world and his perspective on the changing society, family, marriage, slavery, religion. The story brings to light much about the circumstances in "Little Women" - we understand more fully why Mr. March has chosen to leave his wife and four daughters for this noble cause. It also stands on it's own as a tale about a man and his deepest convictions.
March is an idealist. He has seen the injustices of slavery and he wants to help. His beliefs are so strong that he leaves his famiy to join the Civil War as a Chaplain. March ends up on a majestic, abandoned southern plantation full of runaway slaves under a man who in his own way wants to help them. It's hard to fathom that a man could believe in a cause enough to leave his own beautiful family, but these were changing times and March was influenced by the free thinkers (Transcendaltists) and writers in Concord, Ma (Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne) who were also a big part of the underground railroad.
The story is riveting. The details of the war itself, the plight of the slaves, the relationship March has with his beloved wife, Marmee and his daughters ... There was a lot of history here too, but the historical "fiction" aspect allows Brooks to use her writer's license to make this tale even more moving and rich - It's a book that I will read again and again.”