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  • 06/2020
  • 9798652598280
  • 297 pages
  • $12.99
Amy Woodis
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Summer in Gettysburg
In 1863, Summer Walker and her family must face the unthinkable - occupation of their Gettysburg, Pennsylvania home by Confederate sharpshooters. Escape to Stonestile Farm, near the hills known as the Round Tops, promises sanctuary from the fray. That is, until Summer finds herself trapped within the conflict’s misery, forced to face her deepest fears and greatest heartbreak. When the battle ends, Summer suddenly and mysteriously vanishes. Turn to present day: when insecure Shelley Rourke’s grandmother offers her a chance to restore the abandoned Gettysburg house, unusual activities escalate. Meanwhile, Shelley's brother Benjamin begins to experience recurring terrifying nightmares of being shot from his horse while wearing a Union army uniform. Are these mere coincidences? Can Shelley and Benjamin piece together Summer’s shocking story, which connects ancient unspeakable misdeeds with the very future of their own lives?
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Summer in Gettysburg is a truly enjoyable and compelling Civil War tale, rich in emotion and historical drama. The two time periods in which the novel is set are well-balanced, if spaced a little far apart.

Prose/Style: Landane's writing is consistently strong and occasionally quite stylistic. However, the use of character thoughts in first-person perspective with italics may have impressed more highly on the reader as consistent third-person or even dialogue.

Originality: A distinct take on the traditional Civil War genre, Summer in Gettysburg presents a domestic battle story, which offers unique tragedies and emotional drama. Combined with alternating time periods and supernatural elements, this is an original and exciting tale.

Character Development: The characters in Evelyn Landane's Summer in Gettysburg are fully realized and engaging. Summer Walker is a particular standout; even in ghost form, she commands the reader’s attention. From her first appearance to the end, her passion and courage inspire sympathy and affection.

Date Submitted: August 07, 2020

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 06/2020
  • 9798652598280
  • 297 pages
  • $12.99

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