By Rita Mae Brown
From the prestigious writer of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo comes a stirring novel of the Civil struggle, a story of true love and wrong identification. Brimming with colorful characters and brilliant settings, High Hearts is Rita Mae Brown at her most ambitious and entertaining.
April 12, 1861. brilliant, gutsy and young,Geneva Chatfield marries Nash Hart in Albemarle County, Virginia, the same day fortress Sumter's weapons fireplace the beginning of the Civil warfare. 5 days later she loses him as Nash joins the accomplice military. Geneva, who's known as the simplest rider considering gentle Horse Harry Lee, cuts her hair, dons a uniform, enlists as "Jimmy Chatfield," then rides off to be with her beloved Nash. yet delicate Nash recoils in horror from the violence of warfare, whereas Geneva is invigorated via the chase and the struggle. Can she be all the man her husband isn't? She'll convinced as hell try. But there's a worry, and his identify is Major "Mars" Vickers. This macho significant, to his own shock and amazement, unearths himself inexplicably attracted to the younger soldier named "Jimmy." And this can be in simple terms the start of a unique that moves with sureness and style from the ferocity of battle to the fight at the homefront, and brings passion and sly humor to a narrative of dawning love. High Hearts is a penetrating, delightful and sweeping story that offers clean existence to a fascinating time
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I by no means comprehend what you’re pondering. I by no means be aware of what you’re going to assert and while you’re going to assert it. I’d wish to understand how many males at that occasion have other halves who may inform them to” “More than chances are you'll think,” she minimize in, “if they've got feel. ” Lutie replaced the topic to Kate and Mars. “They can’t stand each other. ” “Oh? ” Henley’s voice cracked like a young person boy’s. “What makes you're thinking that? ” “Women’s instinct. ” “Oh. ” “Would you're keen on a cracker? ” “No. Why in the world would i need a cracker? ” “You preserve asserting ‘Oh. ’ You sound like a parrot studying to speak. ” “OhI suggest, I don’t understand what I suggest. ” “Years in the past, Henley, you broke my middle. I vowed to place it out of my brain. by no means to speak to you approximately it. and that i haven’t, have I? ” “No. ” His fingers felt clammy. “I was once fallacious. First, I can’t get away it. i'm reminded on a daily basis. yet extra, it’s flawed while humans shut the door on any topic. It’s the way to fake the problem is settled. while whatever like that occurs, it takes years to settle. besides, in my method, i used to be unsuitable, too. ” “How may perhaps you be improper? The fault was once mine. ” “The act used to be yours. maybe I didn’t love you adequate. ” beaten with regret, Henley whispered, “You enjoyed me an excessive amount of. i used to be younger, and younger males are very informal approximately such feelings. ” Lutie spread out to him. “I did love you, yet i used to be younger, too. while I replicate i ponder did i actually love you as you're or did i need to manage you, to show you into another individual. ” the grey gentle of morning flickered throughout Henley’s rugged beneficial properties. “It’s demanding to seem again. occasionally i believe that lifestyles is a street and i'm surprised to look over my shoulder in basic terms to discover commonplace landmarks receding. occasionally, Lutie, i believe outdated. ” “I do, too. that's why I’m chuffed we had this speak. you notice, i do know Kate Vickers makes you are feeling younger. if you examine me, you notice a mirrored image of your self. ” “You’re attractive, my pricey. ” “I’m growing older, Henley. ” “Not to me. ” “Yes, good, I’m thrilled to listen to it, yet my aspect nonetheless stands. She makes you're feeling younger, and I’ve realized sufficient to not deny you the excitement she brings you. ” “I haven’t” “I don’t rather care. In a wedding so long as ours, i feel now we have develop into as brother and sister in a few basic approach. Your physique is yours to do with as you please. you usually did besides. ” “Lutie,” Henley stammered, “in my middle, I enjoyed merely you. constantly. ” “You enjoyed her. again then. ” She may perhaps see by way of the afflicted glance on Henley’s face that she touched him to the short. “But I’ve been untrue, too. ” “What? ” “With Emil. ” “Surely you don’t anticipate me” “Let me end. you set rather a lot shop through the physique. the feelings I must have shared with you I shared with him. ” “He’s no longer genuine, you recognize. ” Henley was once very mild. “To me, he's. ” “I don’t comprehend you. I don’t imagine I ever did, yet i admire you. ” “I’m unsure I comprehend myself, and if I did, I’d most likely be bored. What’s lifestyles with no secret? ” She kissed him at the cheek. Exhausted from the celebration, the hour, and this alternate, they fell right into a contented sleep.