(From the publisher):
Follow four South Carolina brothers, post Civil War, attempting to avenge atrocities done under the guise of war. The saga takes them on a journey to manhood, love and peace with respectability. The story begins as Michael joins his older brothers. In a border town, Michael meets Lita. Despite being sold by her father into a brothel, she guards her body ferociously. She shocks everyone when she throws herself at Michael. Oldest brother Jim works at balancing life on the run with a family living with his mother. A raid unites them with Yankees who are trying to right the wrongs perpetrated on southerner veterans. Youngest brother Danny loves Deborah, a hometown girl who is a born flirt, anxious for adventure. Danny becomes her dupe in escaping their small town. The rogue Yankee soldier that raped their mother is found. Do they become revengers and commit a murder? Surprisingly, itís Dannyís logic that leads the brothers in their dilemma. Dannyís daughter is born to a terrified wife who ignores her child. The birth plants seeds of concern in Michael about Litaís ability to bear children. Deborah, left alone for months at a time, finds excitement with a gang of cattle rustlers. She is introduced to sexual escapades she never dreamed existed, but finds she doesnít want to live without. The family is brought to Mexico while they petition for an amnesty for their lawless activities. Having the entire family together exacerbates Michaelís concerns. He worries about how Litaís culture and religion will be accepted in the United States. After the brothers risk a trip to Washington, do they get their amnesty? Does Deborah abandon her family? Does Michael throw away a legendary love?
Original title: After the War, Before the Peace
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ North America→ American Civil War