BRIDE OF FORTUNE by Marnett T. Kane
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An appealing novel built around the love story of Warina Howell and Jefferson Davis, and of the years of the Civil War as experienced by the man who was chosen to be President of the Confederacy, and the wife who played so vital a part. A warm, human and sympathetic story, inevitably glamoring the cause of the South, and but focussing on a relationship between man and wife which at many points paralleled the Fremont's story. Davis is shown as brilliant, erratic, moody, difficult with people, limited in judgment; his wife, worshipping him but understanding him, knowing his strengths and weaknesses, building him where he needs building, understudying and supplementing him- two people consistently and deeply in love, from the days when he was a promising young planter, modern in his handling of his slaves, a Democrat when it was fashionable to be a Whig, -- through the tragic days of decision- the ups and downs of the war itself- the defeat and escape and capture- the imprisonment- and achievement of release, when he seemed near death. An unusual portrait of an ospa, Washington, Richmond, and the Deep South of Natchez and a Mississippi plantation. This supplements Shirpy Seifort's The Proud Way, which tells the story of the courtship.

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 1948
Publisher: Doubleday