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Critical Praise

“A remarkable first novel . . . Vantrease . . . depicts this complex period with imagination and care.”

——Library Journal (starred review)

“A remarkable debut novel.”

——The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A bold first novel, blending a sweeping portrayal of the distant past with intricate family drama . . . Apart from the rich period atmosphere, the story is ample in romance, mystery, and adventure; its characters are full of life and energy.”

——The Boston Globe

“An absorbing, expertly told tale . . . embroidered with plenty of homespun detail.”

——Publishers Weekly (starred review)