"Read with Caution..." Sedahlia by @ctoliver58 #historical #review

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A Family Saga

Written by Cynthia D. Toliver

Genre(s): Historical, Family Saga

After fleeing post-Civil War Georgia, John Masters, Sr., his wife Virginia Masters, and their rebellious servant Jessie Lindsey have built new lives in Texas ranch country. Now their offspring, Johnny Masters and Rachel Lindsey, are in love. On the isolated, sprawling Sedahlia ranch, their youthful dalliances are largely overlooked until Rachel becomes pregnant, forcing Rachel to leave Texas for a freedman’s school in Georgia.

From the insulated Sedahlia ranch to the Jim Crow south, the rails both separate and unite - parting lovers, reuniting family, pushing out the old, bringing in the new. It is in these settings that the Masters and Lindseys live and love, and their personal needs and mores collide. The repercussions rumble through this family and the surrounding community, tearing them asunder and bringing them together as only love and tragedy will.

Raindancer22's Review

Read with Caution

Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Although I enjoyed the Western setting and I'm usually a fan of historical fiction, I had a hard time getting through this one. There is a lot of sexual content, both consensual and non, along with a fair amount of violence. I get that things like this happened, especially to the newly freed slaves still living in the South, but it was a bit too graphic for me.

I found the characters interesting, and I especially loved Jessie and Vee and wished there was more of their stories. Unfortunately I just couldn't get past the horrific treatment of black people and women or the large amount of sexual content.

Disclaimer: Book provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.