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Leading lady Carly Jean (CJ) Simms thinks she'd like to live in the era of her school play, "Buttermilk Hill". It takes place during the War Between the States, and she thinks being a lady of the manor would be very cool. She hopes to pull off the performance of a lifetime and win the drama award. The only thing keeping her from it is her mother who needs her at home to take care of her baby brother and aging grandfather.
Leading man Josh Jamison has problems of his own. He wants to join the army but has found no support from his father. Josh doesn't understand what the big deal is. When his best friend tries to convince him that he's making a mistake, he turns a deaf ear. Paired with CJ in the school play, he thinks his luck is finally turning. Maybe his performance as a soldier in the play will win the drama award and a little respect from everyone. CJ and Josh pin all their hopes on that prestigious drama award. If they could just find some way to insure their success...
©2013 Michelle Kim Smith (P)2015 Michelle Kim Smith
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5 out of 5 stars
By Alisha Vance on 06-09-16

Realizing when your life isn't all that bad

A super cute story of two teens who travel back into civil war days to experience real living. CJ who complains that her life at home is bad because she had to take of the house while her mom works, quickly sees what life is like to scavenge for food to eat and make due with little when the armies clean out the homes in the south. Jacob thinks he wants to leave his sleepy home of Broken Branch by joining the army, but after he is forced to partake in fighting with the south he decides his decision may not fit him.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Hilly Rose on 04-15-16

Fun Story

The Unexpected Performance is an Unexpected fun story. I latched on to it because I like time travel stories. But this one took me to Civil War which I wasn't sure I would like but I did. In fact, I believe the main shortcoming of this story is that it's too short. I would have liked the story to go deeper into the characters dealing with the situation of the Civil War landscape and all it's sweeping trials and tribulations....perhaps even following the 20th Century male character through the war-torn Civil War era... and then having the main female lead have to try to find him... sort of like 'Cold Mountian'. Still, I liked it for the short story that it is. I thought it is also clever how they are modern day actors having to apply their skills to survive in the 18th century.

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