CIBOLA by Alice Walworth Graham


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This belongs to the Mississippi regional group of period novels -- an area and type from which Miss Graham diverged in recent years with Shield of Honor and The Vows of the Peacock. Again she takes us to the Natchez vicinity, though Cibola is a plantation of considerable prosperity, and the way of life depicted there, in the mid 19th century, was the Old South at its best and most glamorous. This is by no means a moonlit honeysuckle romance. Cibola was not a happy place, in its internal tensions after Roy's and Missy's father died and the greedy Baring took over as step-father. There were murky undertones, first in relation to the maiden aunt, then to Baring's nephew- and the plans laid for the ultimate dispossession of Missy and Roy. Luke, river pilot, brings many changes, but a lot happened before Luke felt the right to claim Missy. The plot thread is more or less predictable, but takes some melodramatic twists and turns, as the Cibola threat hangs over all; however the minutiae of the daily life- the good and the bad, makes this a definite contribution to the American scene- through a small-angled lens.

Publisher: Doubleday