Torn asunder and brought together as only love and tragedy can... Review this historical family saga by @ctoliver58

Genre: General Fiction, Historical, Family Saga
Published: August 9, 2015
Formats Available: Kindle, ePub, PDF & Print (US/Can)

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.

I am a graduate of Rice University and a native Texan. I have worn multiple hats, many simultaneously - chemical engineer, environmental consultant, educator and author. 

My third book and second novel, Sedahlia will be published in July 2015. I am also working on a children's book on bullying. My beautiful and talented niece is illustrating.

I have two previously published works, Crown’s Jewel, a novel and Come See a Man, an inspirational book. I also host a Christian blog, Back to Eden at Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and my web site at

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