A widow struggles to keep her family together amid the carnage of Gettysburg.
In THE MATRIARCH OF RUINS (Book II of The Gettysburg Trilogy), a widow struggles to keep her family together amid the carnage of the Battle of Gettysburg. This is a story of ordinary folks caught in the maelstrom of an extraordinary time.
It is 1863 and the war has come home to the Gamble farm in Southern Pennsylvania. With her husband buried under the willow tree in the back yard, and only four months in the ground, the widow Purdy Gamble must cope with losing him all over again when a rebel surgeon conscripts her farm—and Purdy’s growing respect despite herself. Hannah Gamble Griel, Purdy’s daughter, disappears into the chaos of war to chase her own ghosts, both imaginary and real. And then there are the twins Loli and Coal, just fourteen. One, struck dumb by a mule kick at age five, will find a disturbing peace amid the flames of war. The other will twice save a man’s life, unburying a horrid family secret in the process—a secret at once as alive as warm flesh and as dead as cold bones mouldering under the earth.
THE MATRIARCH OF RUINS is a haunting story of lost love, moral dilemmas, and psychological traumas amid the ruins of war, by the author of NOT ONE AMONG THEM WHOLE (Book I of The Gettysburg Trilogy), which told the story of the surgeons at Gettysburg. This is a vivid, suspenseful tale, told with heart-breaking empathy and stunning detail.