Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Finds: Joanna Catherine Scott - Historical Fiction Author


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This Friday's Find was a happy accident. I was actually Googling "Joanna Scott" author of FOLLOW ME, in preparation for an upcoming blog post, and I stumpbeled upon the website of "Joanna Catherine Scott", also an author. And just take a peek at the kind of books she writes . . .

Are you familiar with her work? Please leave a comment and tell us what you think.

“Scott can really write.”
―New York Times Book Review

(All book descriptions are provided by the publishers.)

 
From Joanna Catherine Scott comes a sweeping tale of the Civil War, unique in its perspective and exquisitely woven, in which three young Southerners worlds apart are joined in a quest for something greater than themselves.

Eugenia Mae Spotswood, the daughter of a failed aristocrat, longs to regain the life she lost. The slave Tom wants one thing: freedom. After becoming the property of Eugenia Mae, a dangerous affection grows. But he learns freedom is not something she can give him - he must fight for it himself.

Clyde Bricket, the farm boy responsible for Tom's capture, has always believed in the South. But he soon learns that sometimes the only way to redeem yourself is to fight against everything he thought he believed in.

CHILD OF THE SOUTH
From the award-winning author of The Road from Chapel Hill, a story of loyalty, duty, and love in the days following the Civil War.

Returning to characters introduced in her previous novel, acclaimed author Joanna Catherine Scott explores the terrain of a devastated South, where the war is over-but conflict lives on. Having endured years of hardship, Eugenia Mae Spotswood returns to Wilmington to find out who her mother is, only to be faced with racism and hatred...until she is befriended by the most powerful Negro leader in the state Senate.

Also driven forward are the strong-minded ex-slave Tom and his crippled former enemy Clyde Bricket. Tom spent the last years of the war working for the Union as a spy. Now, Clyde watches as his family farm slowly dies. Only if they work together can they survive...

THE LUCKY GOURD SHOP
When an American mother's three adopted children reach their teens, they grow curious about their Korean heritage. A much-anticipated letter from Korea fails to satisfy them but sparks memories in the eldest. So begins the heartbreaking and inspiring tale of their birth mother's life as their adoptive mother imagines it.

Abandoned as a baby and then again and again, Mi Sook is raised in a Korean coffee shop by its string of owner-mothers. She grows to adulthood fiercely independent and eventually comes to manage the shop. But her marriage to Kun Soo, with whom she has three children, begins a series of events that ultimately wrench her babies from her arms. Deceived by Kun Soo and his well-intentioned mother, and unsupported by a rigidly Confucian culture, Mi Sook emerges as a tragic and heroic figure who embodies the rich complexities of a nation -- and of the heart.

CASSANDRA, LOST
Based on a true story, an enchanting tale of an American woman who flees to France during the revolution, to be with the man she lovedIn the late 1800s Cassandra Van Pradelles, a headstrong seventeen-year-old, elopes with Benedict, a lieutenant from General Rochambeaus French army and flees from her familys plantation in Maryland to Revolutionary France. Once there they hide in his familys ruined mansion, nurse his deathly ill mother and plan their escape from the dangerous city. A chance meeting grows into a clandestine relationship for Cassandra with the young pirate Jean Lafitte, who helps them get out of war-torn Paris. After a harsh rejection by her father, they run again, this time to New Orleans. After Benedicts mysterious death, Cassandra embarks for her familys home hoping for a reunion, but the meeting never takes place. Her ship is taken by the notorious Lafitte and she disappears without a trace. Cassandra, Lost is an exploration of actions and their consequences, as well as the joys and perils of following ones heart. (Out of print.)

Click here to visit the author's website.

6 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Oh my goodness! They all look great!

Gramma Ann said...

This is really sad, I have never heard of this author, so I will have to see if my library has any of her books and check one out. Thanks for sharing a post about her.

Julie P said...

The covers alone are enough to draw me in--going to check her out on Goodreads. Thanks for sharing....

librarypat said...

She sounds like an author I will enjoy. Will have to look for her. Cassandra, Lost will be the first.

Zibilee said...

I have never heard of this author before, but her books sound amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Darlene said...

I've never read any of her books but these certainly sound really good! I'll have to check these out.