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The Second Mrs. Hockaday: A Novel - Susan Rivers

The first time I picked up this book to read it, I was like WTH, I could not figure out what was going on and being as there were many books coming out on January 10th, I put it aside and picked another book. Then when it was the last one left to read for that day, I picked it back up.

Why, after I got into it, had I kicked it to the floor? This was actually a great book told in a series of letters of a young wife, who had married Mr. Hockaday (a widower with a young son) and who after two days was called back to the Revolutionary War. She was about 17 years old and was left to take care of a young child, several hundred acre farm with stock and produce goods, slaves and the upkeep of all these items. She came from a well to do family and had never had to worry about these things in her life.

Not only that, there were men who passed themselves off as military men and would steal from the farmers and take what they want. It was a horrible time. I felt so sorry for this poor woman and what she had to go through.

This journey I went on with her was absolutely eye opening, interesting, informative, entertaining, horrifying, sad, emotional, dispiriting and I am certainly glad I did not live during this era. The author took me back to this time and I relived this era through her eyes. A very entertaining and sad journey that I will not forget.

Huge thanks to Algonquin Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.