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Publisher's Summary

A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest. All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war - a war that has already claimed her twin brother.

When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy - one of the men who might have killed her own brother - and yet she's drawn to him. But Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds - keeping him alive - and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn't been out of compassion.

Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.

From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of "Tam Lin".

©2014 Jack Nickerson (P)2014 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Far from the typical Civil War romance...[w]ith rich imagery and imaginative subplots driving the storyline." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Tomboyish Violet’s interactions with Seeley and the Union soldier are charming." (Publishers Weekly)

"There’s a languid ease to the prose that invites readers to become fully immersed in the sweltering heat of a Mississippi summer, and Nickerson paints a picture of the Southern landscape that is rustic but ethereal and at times, eerie." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

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  • Dickie
  • 26-09-2016

Dillingham is perfect for this

Great narration, great book with a nice twist on the typical mystery. I'm looking for my next Jane Nickerson book. Growing up in the real south makes me long for more.

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  • Millie
  • 27-03-2018

Interesting retelling

I wish I found give a 3.5. It was an interesting twist on the Tom Linn story. And it was brave of the author to take on the consent of African “villains” in a civil war south, it would be so easy to be offensive. I’m fond of this fairy tale so I enjoyed the story but it was missing something. The characters weren’t compelling, and the relationships were shallow.

The narration wasn’t terrible. I got used to it eventually, but it was initially quite annoying.

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