By Rita Mae Brown
From the distinguished writer of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo comes a stirring novel of the Civil warfare, a story of true love and flawed identification. Brimming with colorful characters and shiny settings, High Hearts is Rita Mae Brown at her most ambitious and entertaining.
April 12, 1861. shiny, 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 easiest rider due to the fact that 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 battle, whereas Geneva is invigorated by way of the chase and the struggle. Can she be all the man her husband isn't? She'll yes as hell try. But there's a problem, and his identify is Major "Mars" Vickers. This macho significant, to his own shock and amazement, reveals himself inexplicably attracted to the younger soldier named "Jimmy." And this is often basically the start of a unique that moves with sureness and charm 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 lifestyles to a fascinating time
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He glared on the stripe on Geneva’s sleeve, sewn on crookedly considering the fact that Geneva did it herself. He stated not anything. “Piggy, what’s your challenge? ” Mars requested. bored to death, Nash tousled again. “I don’t very similar to taking orders fromsomeone part my age! ” “He will be part your age, yet he’s two times the fellow you're. ” Outraged, Nash hissed via clenched enamel, “If you weren’t my commanding officer, I’d lay you to whaleshit! ” Mars, along him now, acknowledged, “I’d wish to knock these humorous principles from your head. Outraged, Nash shoved the main demanding. He approximately fell off his horse. Mars dismounted, handing his reins to Banjo. “Piggy, now’s your probability. ” Nash flew off the again of his horse. Mars stated to his males, “You aren’t seeing whatever. ” “Nash, don’t. ” Geneva slightly managed her voice. “Shut up, or I’ll knock the shit out of you. ” Nash glowered. either males raised their fists and turned around round each other. Nash lashed out his foot and stuck Mars via the ankle. the larger guy crashed to the floor. Nash hurtled himself on Mars. As they rolled over at the trampled floor, the arm of the lifeless physique moved back, as if waving them on. Nash grabbed Mars’s neck and choked him. Face crimson, Mars jammed his thumbs with a pointy rise into Nash’s armpits. Nash published his grip, and Mars diminished his head, charging into Nash’s middle. Geneva bit her lip until eventually it bled. Nash used to be at the floor this time with Mars on most sensible of him. He struggled to wake up, yet Mars pinned him. livid, Nash twisted his head and sank his the teeth into Mars’s forearm. “You son of a whinge. ” Mars yanked his arm upward. Nash threw him off and confronted him back. Mars punched him difficult within the part. Nash retaliated with a blow to the shoulder, yet he dropped his protect, and Mars pulverized him with a fresh, robust correct to the jaw. Nash sank to his knees, blood trickling out of his mouth. He began to upward thrust, and Mars introduced a withering uppercut. Nash was once out chilly. Geneva began to dismount. “Stay mounted,” Mars gasped. He walked painfully to his horse, withdrew his canteen, and poured water on Nash’s face. Nash opened his eyes. “That used to be our get-acquainted struggle, Piggy. ” Mars’s aspect harm him. Nash shook his head to transparent it. He wobbled to his toes and submit his fists to resume the fight. “No more,” Mars acknowledged. “Do you need to move out? ” “Not until eventually i will be able to whip your ass sturdy. ” “Have it your method. ” Mars climbed again within the saddle. Geneva rode in silence for the remainder of the patrol. Nash had now not failed in his responsibility. He overcame his worry and played as a soldier throughout the conflict, yet he derived no pride from his braveness. Nash was once slipping clear of Geneva. She now not knew what he suggestion nor may she divine what he felt. overdue within the afternoon, Mars despatched his detachment again to camp aside from Sam Wells. Mars and Sam detoured at the previous Alexandria and Warrenton roads, and discovering not anything of a lot curiosity, rode throughout fields to the recent Warrenton street. The stone bridge crossing Bull Run was once without delay forward. 3 wonderful arches spanned the movement, nonetheless swollen from the heavy rain.
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