After uncovering a court inquest from 1865 in her local library’s History Room, author Susan Rivers wrote her debut novel almost in a fever. “I was electrified by the plight of this young woman and by the extraordinary courage she must have possessed to face this ordeal alone in a war-torn world,” Rivers said.
The result: The Second Mrs. Hockaday. This “gripping, suspenseful” novel, as Publishers Weekly called it, comes out today — and this is your chance to win a copy.
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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?
Inspired by a true incident, this saga 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.
Please fill out this form to enter for a chance to win a copy of The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers. Entries must be received by 12pm Eastern, Tuesday, January 17, 2017. One entry per person only. The winner will be chosen at random. Residents of the United States only, please.