In a flourishing post-Civil War America, the Kent family seizes good fortune again - until all is suddenly threatened by one woman’s return.
The penultimate volume in John Jakes’s stirring Kent Family Chronicles finds America booming in its postwar prosperity. With this newly secured peace comes an opportunity for the Kent family to reconcile and to thrive, both personally and financially. Gideon Kent takes up his father’s vow to reunite the family, but when he brings his father’s widow back into the fold, the repercussions seem insurmountable.
Against the backdrop of a recovering nation, the Kents face dramatic challenges and unexpected rifts that could leave the family shattered for years to come.This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
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keep the story going. Get this one too.
There's a problem I can't ignore
I've held off saying this for quite some time - in the hope that there would be some change. But after 7 volumes in this series and all of North and South, this issue has become too disturbing not to say anything. And having just had yet another example of the problem in this novel I fell like I need to say something. Overall, i really enjoy these books, but John Jakes is clearly a creature of his time, and his time appears to be one in which the idea of homosexuality could only be represented as troubled, perverse, and nasty. Every single time someone who is either homosexual or bisexual appears in his novels they are cruel and vindictive individuals set on destroying the lives of the main characters, and represented as cruel and violent toward anyone unfortunate enough to be the object of their desires. It's an unfortunate distraction from an otherwise entertaining story. Maybe most people aren't disturbed by it, but for me as a gay man I find it unpleasantly disappointing, and it detracts from being able to just relax into the stories being told.
- Garrett Prestage