"Formulaic period romance, yes, but Price's saving grace, once again, is her thorough historical research and her insistence on blending a strong dose of real grit with the obligatory melodrama. (Literary Guild/Doubleday selection)"
The indefatigable Price (Beauty from Ashes, 1995, etc. etc.), returning to her beloved South with another preCivil War tale, provides shadings of complexity on a subject that tends to be portrayed in strictly black-and-white terms: the reactions of Southerners, both transplanted and born-and-bred, to an institution that literally divided the country.
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