Monday, May 18, 2015

Dunaway's Crossing by Nancy Brandon

"Miss Bea Dot! You all right? What happen to you?" California's husky voice penetrated the darkness, first as a tinny, distant sound, as if on the other end of a telephone line, but gradually growing clearer. No one ever had trouble hearing California. Bea Dot's mind cleared at the warmth and gentle pressure of her housekeeper's wide palm on her back. Opening Paragraph


Finalist for the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award

Bea Dot Ferguson has a life many in Savannah envy: a wealthy husband, a luxurious house, a baby on the way. But appearances are deceiving. To hide a terrible secret, Bea Dot married a man she didn’t love—only to suffer his brutality later on. When her cousin Netta invites her for a visit in rural Pineview, Georgia, Bea Dot jumps at the chance to escape. But she soon learns she’s traded one perilous situation for another—Pineview has been infected with deadly Spanish influenza. As the epidemic escalates, Bea Dot and Netta must fight for survival. With the help of Will Dunaway, a recently returned Great War veteran, Bea Dot draws upon strength she never knew she had. As she and Will desperately try to avoid contagion, their mutual attraction grows, making them both the target of her husband’s wrath. A sweeping Southern tale of hope and betrayal, love and loss, Dunaway’s Crossing is a moving testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Review by Mirella Patzer

Dunaway's Crossing by Nancy Brandon is a novel of the American south, in and around Savannah Georgia, in the aftermath of World War I. In this poignant tale of love and flight from domestic abuse, the author evokes a time and mood unique to the unusual setting. There is plenty to laud about this story. First, it's simply told and an easy read. I was able to sit back and let the story sweep me away without struggling to comprehend or difficult vocabulary. Second, I loved the unique setting. The American south truly is unique and any story that can churn up the feel and mood of the times, truly is a work of art. This book definitely does that. And third, it's a nice story, well paced, richly told, and one that is believable and realistic. Complex characters face numerous challenges both personal and societal. it's not hard to see why this book finalled in a writing contest. A nice easy read with plenty of depth. Lots to enjoy here!

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