Romance and suspense come alive in this uplifting Christian novel set in the South in the 1870s.
The reader will fall in love with the intriguing story of Laura who overcomes personal tragedy, and is forced to hide a secret that, if revealed, will cause her great heartache. Amidst the revitalized social scene of a South recovering from the War Between the States, Laura has to sacrifice one of her most precious desires in order to protect someone she loves above all else. Yet as the world around the Malcolm family improves they are also forced to overcome numerous challenges. Sitting on the banks of the Mississippi, Oak Grove, the ancestral home of the family, and the oaks that shaded it symbolize the Malcolms’ courage, resilience, and strength. Can Laura make her enemies become allies as she confronts her secret and finds the strength to forgive as well as to love again?
Ann Mock is an award-winning author. Her novel, "The Union of the North and the South", received five-star recognition by Readers’ Favorite. "The Union of the North and the South" also won Honorable Mention in the international book award contest from Readers’ Favorite in the category of Romance/Christian in 2015. She lives in Florida with her husband Dave and her faithful companion, Happy. She enjoys ballroom dancing and cruising on oceans and rivers in both Europe and the United States. Some of her favorite trips were on Mississippi steamboats that visited many of the areas mentioned in "The Union of the North and the South".
You can still see the bed in which General Ulysses Grant slept by visiting Cedar Grove Mansion in Vicksburg, MS. I was fascinated with the history of the siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War and wanted to recreate the sentiments of that era through the eyes of fictional characters.
The Union of the North and the South
“Yes,” Laura flared. “We have a souvenir of the Union ships that blasted their cannons at the house.” Fingering a small black cannonball lodged in the thick wall of the entryway, she said, “Mama was proud of it and allowed no one to remove it. Our home served as a hospital for Union soldiers. General Grant slept in my parents’ bed after Vicksburg surrendered, so Oak Grove was spared.”