The Second Mrs. Hockaday

The Second Mrs. Hockaday

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2017
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"The Civil War South comes to vivid life in this electrifying story of a woman's plight and a legacy of deceit that echoes for generations. When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband's three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away? To what extremes can war and violence push a woman who is left to fend for herself? Told through letters, court inquests, and journal entries, this saga, inspired by a true incident, unfolds with gripping intensity, conjuring the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel. As she comes to understand how her own history is linked to one runaway slave, her perspective on race and family are upended. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how this generation--and the next--began to see their world anew"--
Publisher: Minneapolis :, HighBridge,, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781681682044
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC RIV
Characteristics: 6 audio discs (7 hours) :,digital ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, 1.4 m. per second, stereo, Digital recording, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda


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Sep 05, 2018

This is a Civil War story about a young wife left to fend for herself when her husband is called to war. It tells of the hardships and trials this young woman had to attend to in order to keep her homestead together.
When her husband comes back after 2 years, he hears rumors and acts upon them.
This is an epistolary story, which is a good format for it. The letters, diaries and court documents slowly tell the story; it's like an onion being peeled back. Each layer reveals another clue. I listened carefully to Placidia's thoughts and her story.
This is an easy going, easy listening story. It gets across the hardships of the Civil War, the fear of the women and the issue of slavery on the verge of being abolished. Times are scary for those with little or no power.
In the end, there's a feeling of growth and a maturity of both Placidia, her family and the South itself.

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