The Second Mrs. Hockaday: A Novel (Paperback)
When you discover that a novel you’re reading is based on actual events, it’s icing on the cake. It’s especially compelling when set in a time and at a place that tugs at you. I found this to be true of new release, The Second Mrs Hockaday, by Susan River.
Set during the Civil War in South Carolina, new 16 year old bride, Placidia Hockaday, is left to manage her husband’s farm and raise his infant son for two years while he’s away fighting for the Confederacy. She bears a child during his absence, the child dies suspiciously, and she refuses to explain the circumstances. Truth lies in her journal entry, discovered much later, and not before she’s arrested and tried. The brutal and unjust culture of the times gives the story its richness and sadness. Love and goodness gives it its power. -- Susan, Redbery Books Cable, Wisconsin— From Staff Picks
T.H.U.R.S. Book Club selection, July 2018, Redbery Books, Cable, WI.— From T.H.U.R.S. Book Club
A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how this generation—and the next—began to see their world anew.