REVIEW: Oh my gosh! If you are a fan of Nola Nash, this is one book of hers you don’t want to miss. I think this is the best book she has written to date. It is fun to read with a lot of history of the Civil War battle that took place in Franklin, Tennessee which happens to be right in my neck of the woods.
The battle was The Five Bloodiest Hours of the Civil War. Upwards of 10,000 men died in those five hours. There were so many of them they were placed in piles. Folks didn’t have the time or anywhere to put them. The men were eventually placed in shallow graves. Can you imagine the work it took to bury that many men by hand? That war was so cruel and inhumane. I can’t get over how awful it was. Nola gives us good background without making it boring to read. She brought out the side of the war we don’t hear about. People’s homes were used as hospitals. So many of them…and the people themselves helped to nurse the men. The homes still stand and some of them have the battle scars to this day. She has given me a renewed interest in my area and I want to explore the homes and the places that were part of the book.
Her Louisiana background comes out in this book once again. As happens to a lot of us who have transplanted to new areas, Nola’s upbringing is a part of who she is heart and soul. The book also revolves around mirrors that are inhabited by souls that were trapped 150 years ago when their bodies died during the battle. The main character Ruby had a Grandmother that was known to talk to spirits. In this book Ruby finds that she has her own special powers.
The characters were a delightful bunch. When you read this book you will see for yourself. I liked Ruby and how she was pulled and shoved through the whole book to embrace her abilities by her friends and the shopkeepers in town. Not only with the spirits but, her abilities that suit her for other work. I can’t tell you a whole lot because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. I want you to have a fabulous experience with this book just like I did.
Once again, Nola Nash has brought us a most interesting and unique book. It is one that can’t compare to any other. Pick this one up and see for yourself. Until next time, Happy Reading!
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SYNOPSIS: Sometimes the only ones who see us for who we truly are, are the mirrors.
The small historic town of Franklin, Tennessee, hides a grisly past behind its pristine Hallmark movie façade. While the glories of the town history and its architecture are meticulously preserved, the hauntings left behind by the darker side of that history are kept tucked away in the local ghost tours. When a new couple moves in to the Bennett House, the town is brought face-to-face with the spirits of their past that have been trapped for a century and a half in mirror prisons that now reside on the Bennett House walls. Can Ruby Baxter, local tour guide, historian, and reluctant medium help the lost souls find the homes they belong in and peace with their own pasts so they can finally rest? Or will town prejudices against the spirits hold them hostage? Will the mirrors help Ruby find her purpose and finally see herself as others do?
Woven through the modern quest for helping the souls of the past find their voices and peace, are the Five Bloodiest Hours of the American Civil War – The Battle of Franklin. Mirroring events in the modern tale, the story of humanity, fear, and sacrifice of the soldiers and citizens whose experiences and names were left out of the history books is finally told so that they, too, can be seen for who they truly were.