Liberty Street by Lawrence Martin
Can women find love during the Civil War? It is early December, 1864. General William Tecumseh Sherman and his 60,000-man army have reached the outskirts of Savannah. Savannah’s citizens know Sherman burned Atlanta and that his army devastated much of Georgia in its march to the sea. What will be Savannah’s fate? The question weighs heavily on Abigale Tate, 24, who has lost her father and husband in the Civil War. She is despondent and cynical.
To the annoyance of her young sister she often plays Chopin’s Funeral March on the piano. Her Negro servant Polly offers a remedy: “You need to come to church with me this Sunday, hear our Reverend Simms. His sermon will make you feel better. He’s got powerful speaking, he does.” Abigale attends Polly’s church and meets Reverend Rufus Simms, a free colored and like no other man she’s ever encountered. Simms manages to relieve her melancholy and they soon develop a relationship. Thus begins Liberty Street, a complex love story set against the historical backdrop of late Civil War Savannah. Can women find love during the Civil War? For Abigale Tate and her family, the answer is the story of Liberty Street.
Excerpts from reviews: “Liberty Street is a well-written historical romance with all the bells and whistles one looks for to keep turning the pages to the dramatic conclusion.” “Very engaging story of a woman making the best of her life while going through tragic times during the latter part of the Civil War... I loved it.” “Just finished the book. The characters in this story come alive like Wow. Kept my interest throughout.” “Great historical novel…Well done.”