This is a tale of slaves during the Civil War. You learn about how they were treated and what their limitations were. It's a fictional account but it shows you the facts. Being a slave was not pleasant.
Ballantine Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It will be published on March 30th.
Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse during the Civil War, Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold off and conscripted into the army, and Anne-May Wilson, a Southern plantation mistress are the main characters.
You see how the war changes things. Not everyone has enough to eat, many are whipped or hung, and love is a hard thing because slaves are sold and they may never see their spouse again.
One of the owners is a spy. One has relationships with the female slaves. None of them are very kind. I hate reading about things like this but it's a fact things like that happened.
Georgey is determined to open a nursing school for women. She has learned how to nurse but the male nurses take her jobs away from her. Jemma is a young slave living with her mother and father and other siblings. But they hang her father and her mother runs. Soon Jemma is sold to the Union Army. Anne-May is the owner of Jemma and she comes after her when she gets separated from the army.
There's a lot of trauma in this story. This is not a time to be proud of but it is a good look at what history can teach you...