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Broken Promises: A Novel of the Civil War
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Author: Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Brand: Ballantine Books

Color: Black

Number Of Pages: 325

Release Date: 29-03-2011

Details: Product Description Originally published as In the Lion’s Den Winner of the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Fiction   Director’s Mention, Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction   1861: The war that’s been brewing for a decade has exploded, pitting North against South. Fearing that England will support the Confederate cause, President Lincoln sends Charles Francis Adams, son of John Quincy Adams, to London. But when Charles arrives, accompanied by his son Henry, he discovers that the English are already building warships for the South. As Charles embarks on a high-stakes game of espionage and diplomacy, Henry reconnects with his college friend Baxter Sams, a Southerner who has fallen in love with Englishwoman Julia Birch. Julia’s family reviles Americans, leaving Baxter torn between his love for Julia, his friendship with Henry, and his obligations to his own family, who entreat him to run medical supplies across the blockade to help the Confederacy. As tensions mount, irrevocable choices are made—igniting a moment when history could have changed forever. From Publishers Weekly Originally self-published as In the Lion's Den, Hoffman's accomplished but dry Civil War intrigue arrives in trade paperback with a new title. In 1861, Charles Francis Adams, son of deceased president John Quincy Adams, embarks for England on a spy mission for Abraham Lincoln. There, he gathers information, with the aid of his capable son, Henry, about the empire's reaction to America's growing conflict. Meanwhile, Henry's Harvard friend Baxter Sams, a Virginian studying medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons, takes note of Julia Birch, the young daughter of Sir Walter Birch. While Julia develops conflicting feelings for Baxter, a slave owner and blockade runner with brothers in the Confederate army, the espionage efforts of Charles and Henry yield frightening results—the English have "colluded with the Confederacy to make war upon the North" and built steel-clad warships for the Confederate army. Baxter travels to America and is imprisoned, forcing Julia to decide where she stands, and Charles succeeds in keeping the warships from completing their mission. Readers who relish the period will appreciate Hoffman's capable mélange of fact (the basic Adams narrative) and fiction (Baxter and Julia). (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. Review “Brings the era to life with considerable sophistication and narrative flair.”—Joseph J. Ellis, winner of the Pulitzer Prize “A stirring tale of America’s most precarious hour . . . a compelling read and masterly history as well.”—David Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Freedom from Fear "Delivers a fascinating combination of historical romance and a large dose of history...Hoffman provides a look at one of our forgotten heroes...[and] an additional perspective on a very harrowing time in American history."— Free Lance-Star "A genuine page-turner...Beguiling...Successful on many levels, the novel demonstrates Cobbs Hoffman’s literary sensitivity for lively details that shine a light into an area that, in the minds of many, remains one of the dimmest corners of war memory."-- Civil War Book Review "Broken Promises combines the historical and fictional storylines with ease and is very accurate in relating the events of the 1860s. The novel flows nicely, dialogue is credible, and the story holds one’s attention to the end. I recommend this book to all lovers of Civil War-era fiction."-- Civil War News"I completely loved Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman’s Broken Promises...The true life of Charles Adams is mixed tastefully with a fictional romance in a completely realistic picture of the Civil War. I applaud this book, and will definitely be recommending it to my friends."--Book Divas “Draws readers into [a] fresh take on the American Civil War.”—Kirkus Discoveries   “North or South, a must-read.”—Brian Balogh, co-host of BackStory with the American History Guys “The best

EAN: 9780345524553

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew