Ellen Robillard O'Hara
The dashing Phillipe Christophe was the center of young Ellen Robillard's life. When he died at the hand of an unknown assassin in the back room of one of the less savory New Orleans saloons, Ellen was devastated; Phillipe was the only man she would love. It was with this knowledge that, at fifteen years of age, she married forty-six-year old planter Gerald O'Hara.
Ellen transformed herself from a rebellious, heartbroken girl into the dutiful mistress of Tara, one of the most prosperous plantations in all of north Georgia. Now, at thirty-two, in the warm April twilight of 1861, she reflects on her blessings as the mother of three daughters. Ellen is the guiding force behind the success of her family and the plantation, managing more than one hundred slaves and the myriad projects on the property.
This historical novel follows Ellen Robillard O'Hara as her life unfolds, watching the Civil War firsthand from her family's Georgia plantation. "Ellen Robillard O'Hara" tells her story, but also that of the poor whites, the working class, and the slaves all coping with their own tragedy and drama at this tragic time in history.