A Beautiful Glittering Lie

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iUniverse, Mar 29, 2012 - Fiction - 204 pages
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Winner of the 2013 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award.

This book received an honorable mention at the Los Angeles Book Festival.

This book was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

In the spring of 1861, a country once united is fractured by war. Half of America fights for the Confederate cause; the other, for unification. Rebel forces have already seized Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, a new Confederate president has been elected, and the Constitution has been revised. In northern Alabama, a farmer and father of three decides to enlist. For Hiram Summers, it is the end of everything he has ever known.

After Hiram travels to Virginia with the Fourth Alabama Infantry Regiment, he is quickly thrust into combat. His son, David, who must stay behind, searches for adventure at home by traipsing to Huntsville with his best friend, Jake Kimball, to scrutinize invading Yankees. Meanwhile, Caroline—Hiram’s wife and David’s mother—struggles to keep up with the farm as her world revolves around the letters she receives from her husband, whom she misses dearly. As Hiram and his son discover the true meaning of war, they soon realize that their choices have torn their family apart.

In this historical tale, the naïveté of a young country is tested, a father sacrifices everything to defend his home, and a young man longs for adventure—regardless of the perilous cost.

Civil war tore families apart, and many of those families fought to stay together every step of the way. "A Beautiful Glittering Lie" is a novel of the American Civil War, as J.D.R. Hawkins writes of the Summers family and the rift the war brought to their family. Drawing on her heritage to tell the tale, Hawkins presents an insightful and riveting read of a family at war. "A Beautiful Glittering Lie" is a strong pick for historical fiction collections. Able Greenspan- Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Civil war tore families apart, and many of those families fought to stay together every step of the way. "A Beautiful Glittering Lie" is a novel of the American Civil War, as J.D.R. Hawkins writes of the Summers family and the rift the war brought to their family. Drawing on her heritage to tell the tale, Hawkins presents an insightful and riveting read of a family at war. "A Beautiful Glittering Lie" is a strong pick for historical fiction collections.

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Able Greenspan- Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

We are so proud to announce that A Beautiful Glittering Lie: A Novel of the Civil War by J. D. R. Hawkins is a 2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This assures readers that this is a book well worth their time and money! - G. Indiebrag

This is a very good book! From first to last, it was exciting and thoughtful, raising important questions about the effect of war not just on the nation but on regular people.

The historical quotes and history are intertwined well into the fictional plot, and the horror of battle is well represented. The violence is not gratuitous but rather an essential part of the theme.

The book is well plotted and the narrative moves along at a satisfying pace. The reader is treated to a history lesson of the Civil War through the eyes of common folk.

I would certainly look forward to the sequel - Writers Digest

 

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