Not all the cruelties, deprivations, and horrors of the Civil War took place on the battlefield. The women left behind must survive.
With unflinching honesty and a survivor's grace and humor, young Sarranda chronicles her life during the pre- and post-Civil War years in isolated western North Carolina's Greene Valley. From childhood when her father leaves for California gold fields through a youthful marriage, motherhood, and the turbulent losses the war brings, she endures deprivation, hunger, emotional losses, and the lawlessness of marauding outliers with courage and determination. She finds solace in her grandfather's love and at his grist mill and an unexpected awakening in the arms of an unnamed stranger - Union or Confederate - passing through.
In a time disrupted, a family fragmented, and a land almost destroyed, Sarranda reveals the strength, endurance, and spirit of the mountain woman and of all women who must make do during war and its aftermath.
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