This is my first foray into the Civil War and I am so glad I chose this book for a start. Initially the story is told from the perspective of two lovers torn apart by the war; Inman and Ada. All along it is unclear if these two will ever be reconciled - but we do know that they will never be the same.
Early on we meet Ruby who arrives to help Ada with her farm and captures all that is solid and grounded during this uncertain time. Ruby has her own back story with a father who unwittingly seeks and finds redemption.
There is a good share of violence which is not for the faint of heart but is necessary to demonstrate the real damage that this war caused to so many young men and their families.