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Williamsburg, Virginia, is once more the scene in this second book of Thane's series, but the time is now the 1860s. Some of the characters are the descendants of those in the first novel, Dawn’s Early Light, and Grandmother Day, who was 16 when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, is now 95. Once, she can remember, it was Massachusetts that was threatening to secede instea Williamsburg, Virginia, is once more the scene in this second book of Thane's series, but the time is now the 1860s. Some of the characters are the descendants of those in the first novel, Dawn’s Early Light, and Grandmother Day, who was 16 when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, is now 95. Once, she can remember, it was Massachusetts that was threatening to secede instead of South Carolina. And when she was a girl they never seemed to think much about Yankees, one way or the other. But when a Yankee comes to Williamsburg in the tense autumn of 1860 and red-haired Eden Day falls heels over head in love with him, her great grandmother takes the long view—besides, she likes him herself. The story moves from Williamsburg to Richmond to Washington and back again during the dreadful years between Fort Sumter and Appomattox. In addition to the fictitious characters, Jeb Stuart and General Lee, Pickett, Magruder, and Stonewall Jackson are all seen through the eyes of the men who followed them into battle. Like Dawn’s Early Light, Yankee Stranger is full of action and romance, but most importantly, it presents a vivid re-creation of a vanished world. 


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Williamsburg, Virginia, is once more the scene in this second book of Thane's series, but the time is now the 1860s. Some of the characters are the descendants of those in the first novel, Dawn’s Early Light, and Grandmother Day, who was 16 when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, is now 95. Once, she can remember, it was Massachusetts that was threatening to secede instea Williamsburg, Virginia, is once more the scene in this second book of Thane's series, but the time is now the 1860s. Some of the characters are the descendants of those in the first novel, Dawn’s Early Light, and Grandmother Day, who was 16 when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, is now 95. Once, she can remember, it was Massachusetts that was threatening to secede instead of South Carolina. And when she was a girl they never seemed to think much about Yankees, one way or the other. But when a Yankee comes to Williamsburg in the tense autumn of 1860 and red-haired Eden Day falls heels over head in love with him, her great grandmother takes the long view—besides, she likes him herself. The story moves from Williamsburg to Richmond to Washington and back again during the dreadful years between Fort Sumter and Appomattox. In addition to the fictitious characters, Jeb Stuart and General Lee, Pickett, Magruder, and Stonewall Jackson are all seen through the eyes of the men who followed them into battle. Like Dawn’s Early Light, Yankee Stranger is full of action and romance, but most importantly, it presents a vivid re-creation of a vanished world. 

30 review for Yankee Stranger

  1. 5 out of 5

    Misfit

    "It was her birthday, and she was ninety-five." Tibby Day might be ninety-five, but she's still the matriarch of the Day/Sprague families and a real treat for those who read her story in Dawn's Early Light, the first book in Thane's Williamsburg series. Tensions between the North and the South are heating up, and Yankee Cabot Murray finds himself a not so welcome guest in some households, but Tibby welcomes him into her home and marks him as the one man suitable for her favorite granddaughter Ede "It was her birthday, and she was ninety-five." Tibby Day might be ninety-five, but she's still the matriarch of the Day/Sprague families and a real treat for those who read her story in Dawn's Early Light, the first book in Thane's Williamsburg series. Tensions between the North and the South are heating up, and Yankee Cabot Murray finds himself a not so welcome guest in some households, but Tibby welcomes him into her home and marks him as the one man suitable for her favorite granddaughter Eden. Sparks are flying between the two, but is their love strong enough to surmount the obstacles ahead of them as the war between the states begins? "It was lonely to be in love and not be able to mention his name, or hear from him, or even to answer his letter." That's about all I'm going to tell you - read it for yourself. The novel covers the Civil War from start to finish, and a big thumbs up to Thane for imparting the important battle details to the reader without the endless exposition one finds in so many other Civil War novels (John Jakes, anyone?). I loved watching Eden and Cabot's relationship grow and change as war changed all of them (Cabot is a seriously dreamy hunk BTW). I adored Tibby who had the gumption to stand up to any damned Yankee soldier with the nerve to search her home for you-know-who that was hidden under her bed. And then there was the doomed relationship between too closely related Sedgwick and Sue. **sniff** The large extended Day/Sprague families are a bit confusing at the start, so keep your focus on Eden/Cabot, Tibby and Sue/Sedgwick and the rest of them will fit into place as you continue reading. I have noticed some comments from other readers being somewhat shocked at the casual attitudes towards the slaves, but remember this was written many, many years before we became so terribly politically correct. Probably my only real complaint is that the ending is a bit too abrupt and I would have enjoyed some more payola or an epilogue to finish things off. Highly recommended and I will definitely be continuing on with this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

    I feel like the synopsis for this book is a little misleading. It sounds like a story about Eden and Cabot, right? A Southern girl falling in love with a Yankee? True, they're in it and they do. But I would say this is more a story about the Day/Sprague family (Tibby and Julian's children and grandchildren) and their experiences as a Southern family during the Civil War. I liked the parts that included the family and Thane does an excellent job of showing what it was like for Southerners during I feel like the synopsis for this book is a little misleading. It sounds like a story about Eden and Cabot, right? A Southern girl falling in love with a Yankee? True, they're in it and they do. But I would say this is more a story about the Day/Sprague family (Tibby and Julian's children and grandchildren) and their experiences as a Southern family during the Civil War. I liked the parts that included the family and Thane does an excellent job of showing what it was like for Southerners during the war and the relationships and interactions between Southerners and Northerners. But so much time was spent recounting troop movements and dry, facts rather then story that I got bored at times. I wish more time had been spent developing the characters and their relationships. Eden and Cabot's relationship, which was more central to the book than any other couples' relationship, was a little shallow for me. In the beginning in particular I though there was more between Cabot and Tibby. Other than that it is well written and had lots of potential. I just don't think it was quite realized.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Bashaar

    This is the second book in Thane’s Woman of Williamsburg series. The heroine of Dawn's Early Light, Tibby, is now 95 years old, and still living in Williamsburg at the start of the Civil War. Tibby is respected and beloved by her many descendants, most of whom live nearby. They are a well-to-do, lively and loving family. Right before the outbreak of the war, a handsome and somewhat mysterious Yankee officer visits Williamsburg and catches the eye of some of the Williamsburg belles, including Tibb This is the second book in Thane’s Woman of Williamsburg series. The heroine of Dawn's Early Light, Tibby, is now 95 years old, and still living in Williamsburg at the start of the Civil War. Tibby is respected and beloved by her many descendants, most of whom live nearby. They are a well-to-do, lively and loving family. Right before the outbreak of the war, a handsome and somewhat mysterious Yankee officer visits Williamsburg and catches the eye of some of the Williamsburg belles, including Tibby’s great-granddaughter Eden. Eden resists her attraction to Cabot Murray, but he is determined to have her from the moment he lays eyes on her. And wise old Tibby sees beyond the obstacle of the coming war and senses that Eden and Cabot are meant for each other. Through all the perils of war, Cabot fights for Eden’s love, and Eden is torn between her powerful attraction to Cabot and her loyalty to the boys in grey who are fighting to defend Virginia. I didn’t like this book as much as I liked the first book in this series. I felt like the love between Cabot and Eden developed too quickly. I didn’t get the sense of why they fell in love, other than that they are both very good-looking. And why was Tibby so sure that Cabot was right for Eden? That was never clear, either, and it was a flaw in a book that was otherwise a good read: well-plotted and with lots of good historical detail. Like my reviews? Check out my blog at http://www.kathrynbashaar.com/blog/ Author of The Saint's Mistress: https://www.bing.com/search?q=amazon....

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gaile

    It is always wonderful to find a new author although this one has been around since the Forties! Her second book continues the saga of the family in Williamsburg begun in her first book, Dawn's Early Life. In this one, the heroine of Dawn's Early Light lives to a ripe old age, sees war break out again and her granddaughters fall in love. Eden falls for a Yankee. Sue loves her double cousin. The yankee's sister comes south and she also finds a new life. Not only is this a romance but it is stuffed w It is always wonderful to find a new author although this one has been around since the Forties! Her second book continues the saga of the family in Williamsburg begun in her first book, Dawn's Early Life. In this one, the heroine of Dawn's Early Light lives to a ripe old age, sees war break out again and her granddaughters fall in love. Eden falls for a Yankee. Sue loves her double cousin. The yankee's sister comes south and she also finds a new life. Not only is this a romance but it is stuffed with history. Without the booming factories of the north, the south lost before the war even before it began. Still you can't admire the brave men who joined the cause for the principle of the thing or the brave women nursing the wounded men brought in with ever dwindling supplies. With the embargo enforced, the south turned to smuggling but it still did not bring in enough. In the meantime we read on as Eden in besieged Richmond struggles with her love for a Yankee while seeing so many die or disabled. Gran survives through the war to celebrate her 100th birthday though others are not lucky. How things turn out will be up to you, the reader to find out. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

    Rating: 3.5 stars Update: One thing Thane does really well here is peel back the layers of war - battles, names, generals, dates - and gets to the heart of how it would have affected ordinary people. How much distress the entire nation would have been under, but also, how much hardship one can bear in a time like that. I didn't even think of the fact that some who had lived through the country's birth (like Tibby Day) were alive to see it nearly tear itself to bits. Unfortunately, once again Than Rating: 3.5 stars Update: One thing Thane does really well here is peel back the layers of war - battles, names, generals, dates - and gets to the heart of how it would have affected ordinary people. How much distress the entire nation would have been under, but also, how much hardship one can bear in a time like that. I didn't even think of the fact that some who had lived through the country's birth (like Tibby Day) were alive to see it nearly tear itself to bits. Unfortunately, once again Thane treats "Negroes" all the same and doesn't seem concerned with presenting their side, which is pretty remarkable considering the subject matter. The only sense I ever get is that because the Days and Spragues have black servants, not slaves, it doesn't matter because they're happy being "taken care of." I still enjoyed the overall story, but this time some of the closeness of the family relationships due to marriage made me a little squeamish. Another reason why Eden's love story is so easy to root for. Favorite quotes: "She was thinking that this was the way it was likely to start, by accident, with shock or surprise or comedy - likelier this way, she was thinking, than formally, in a drawing-room, or at a ball, or coming out of church." "I can see right through you. But I like it. All of it. You're the first woman I ever knew that I liked all the way through." - Cabot Murray Rating: 4 stars Much like “Dawn’s Early Light,” this is first and foremost a romance, but it also captures the full horrors and complexities of war. Eden Day is the great-granddaughter of Tibby, who is 95 years old at the opening of the book and still as sharp and perceptive as ever. Though it’s Eden’s story, Tibby remains the rock and the core of the Day family. On the eve of the Civil War, Eden meets Cabot Murray, a Yankee journalist, and they fall in love, much to the chagrin of her family and friends. Tibby is the only one who seems to understand and encourage the match. War soon tears Eden and Cabot apart and the fact that they are on opposite sides creates difficulties as the conflict drags on. At times the female characters in this story were too fragile and frail for my liking, but they do become stronger as the war goes on. In any case, Tibby more than makes up for what they lack any time she appears on the page. Above all, this novel shows just how heartbreaking and senseless this war was, when America fought America. Favorite quotes: “But there was surely something about a stranger – an odd, sudden meeting – it struck a spark – it kindled a flame – something that was surely lacking if you had grown up in each other’s pocket, day by day – if there were no surprises, no discoveries to make, no mysteries to solve.” “If a man has married the right woman for him, the more he sees of other women the better he likes his own.” – Tibby Day “Reckon there will always be wars. There always have been. Reckon the Greek and Roman women felt just the same as I do.” – Louise Sprague

  6. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Well. Wow. I--don't quite know what to say. First, let me just say that this book is VERY good. Like, very. It's meticulously well-researched, and the dialogue is AMAZING. (Is it just me, or do most novels' weakness come in the instability of their dialogue? Whereas in this one, it was probably the greatest strength, in my opinion.) It was believable, but also just plain beautiful. So I definitely appreciated this book; it held my attention fiercely and it is reeeeeaaaaallly well-written. Um...but Well. Wow. I--don't quite know what to say. First, let me just say that this book is VERY good. Like, very. It's meticulously well-researched, and the dialogue is AMAZING. (Is it just me, or do most novels' weakness come in the instability of their dialogue? Whereas in this one, it was probably the greatest strength, in my opinion.) It was believable, but also just plain beautiful. So I definitely appreciated this book; it held my attention fiercely and it is reeeeeaaaaallly well-written. Um...but. I'm sure all that I'm about to say is completely subjective, but I feel I have to say it, if only for the relief of my own feelings;) WHAT WERE THOSE CHARACTERS, THOUGH. I'm sorry, but THESE PEOPLE. The two people in particular who drove me Slightly Batty were Cabot and Eden (naturally, the main characters). My main issue with Cabot was purely personal--his personality just kind of rubs me the wrong way. But so does his patronizing way of calling Eden "my dear", and his over-the-top "confidence" about her, and when Eden tells him that she can't actually leave with him because her mother is DYING and he's like "you suuuuuure you can't come with me?" I mean, really. DUDE. HER MOTHER IS DYING. And then there's Eden. She just...irritated me. How willing she is to abandon her family for this guy that, let's be honest, she barely knows, annoyed me. (Though I know that can be easily refuted.) And let's not even get STARTED on the Grafton issue. JUST. NO. But I have to be fair--they're both GOOD characters. Cabot is fiercely devoted to Eden, and just generally a very considerate guy (that sounded kind of...weird, didn't it?). And his relationship with Melicent = awwwwwwwww. Eden, however much she may make me want to tear my hair out at different times--wow, does that girl have GRIT. I mean, when you think about all she went through, all the horrors she experiences... Other things I liked about the book...well, all the references! Victor Hugo, Jane Austen, "Dixie"...loved it:) And when Melicent started to sing "Ave Maria"--that was a definite tearjerker. (I didn't actually cry, but, you know. My inner person teared up.) Like I said before, Elswyth Thane's writing is WOW. It was very emotional, unapologetically realistic, and just gah. GRAN. GRAN IS AWESOME. (I want to read Dawn's Early Light. I want to read about her and Julian. I NEEDS TO EXPERIENCE IT!) So, overall, I'm still not quite sure what I think of it. Part of me loved it, and it drove the other part of me crazy. (Maybe it was the fact that the family is painfully inbred--so painfully as to prevent a romance THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN EPIC. Maybe it's the fact that I couldn't truly warm up to the protagonists. I'm not entirely sure.) It's an EXTREMELY good book, just...not my favorite. ...But it was really, really good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kilian Metcalf

    This was the first book by Elswyth Thane I ever read, and it is still one of my favorites. It has it all - the handsome Yankee, the beautiful southern belle, love and war. Second in her Williamsburg novels, it tells the story of the love that grows between Cabot Murray, hardened Yankee newspaper reporter and the loving Virginia family that accepts him into their lives. All the women flutter around Cabot, but it is lovely Eden Day who captures his heart. Of course there's this pesky war to get ov This was the first book by Elswyth Thane I ever read, and it is still one of my favorites. It has it all - the handsome Yankee, the beautiful southern belle, love and war. Second in her Williamsburg novels, it tells the story of the love that grows between Cabot Murray, hardened Yankee newspaper reporter and the loving Virginia family that accepts him into their lives. All the women flutter around Cabot, but it is lovely Eden Day who captures his heart. Of course there's this pesky war to get over first, but love conquers all in the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne Wise

    Best Historical Fiction Ever Hands down the best series I’ve EVER read when it comes to historical fiction. Two days of “oops sorry I didn’t get that done- I just couldn’t put this book down!” And this is my third time through it. This book! Oh the tears! Oh the laughter! Oh the tears and laughter! Ok all you lovers of good heart-rending stories that truly matter, you know who you are, what are you waiting for?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I can’t believe I almost didn’t get this book marked read this year. I borrowed it from my mother-in-law because one of my really long challenges requires reading several books published before I was born. That would be 1974 and I just have never really liked many of the books that I have read for school that were the “Classics” nor really any other books, even mysteries, published in the 60’s or earlier. However, my mother-in-law promised me that this was well written historical fiction by a wo I can’t believe I almost didn’t get this book marked read this year. I borrowed it from my mother-in-law because one of my really long challenges requires reading several books published before I was born. That would be 1974 and I just have never really liked many of the books that I have read for school that were the “Classics” nor really any other books, even mysteries, published in the 60’s or earlier. However, my mother-in-law promised me that this was well written historical fiction by a woman which was a rarity itself. So I borrowed her book and started off slow so I could remember all of the names of the family members AND the incredibly well researched book about the Civil War. In the end, no it wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t expect it to be something I was going to be all snuggled up in a corner reading straight through, but Ms. Thane has some writing chops. For a woman to be the author of this quality of a book with not only the romance plot but the extremely well researched Civil War. I did some background reading on the author and her books were mostly series and they were well received in the 40’s when she actually wrote them. It’s not my cup of tea, but I highly recommend this book for Historical fiction fans and I would assume her other books would be just as good. 3 stars!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    CLM

    When sheltered Eden Day meets brash northerner Cabot Murray on a stormy day in Williamsburg, she is struck by his charm and good looks but instinctively knows he can bring nothing but upheaval to her life. She is from a distinguished Virginia family and he is a Yankee, unwelcome in town as the war is about to break out between the States. Yet Eden's great-grandmother Tibby sees something in Cabot that reminds her of her husband and encourages the romance... A strong competitor to Gone with the W When sheltered Eden Day meets brash northerner Cabot Murray on a stormy day in Williamsburg, she is struck by his charm and good looks but instinctively knows he can bring nothing but upheaval to her life. She is from a distinguished Virginia family and he is a Yankee, unwelcome in town as the war is about to break out between the States. Yet Eden's great-grandmother Tibby sees something in Cabot that reminds her of her husband and encourages the romance... A strong competitor to Gone with the Wind for best Civil War novel. Thane was obviously a fan of GWTW because she has a Evadne Campion reading it in a later book. Everyone has a different favorite in this series - this might be mine, but I guess it depends which one I am reading!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan Liston

    Update 2020: I used to love this book so much that I've been afraid to reread it until now, and like I thought, there was some pretty sappy romance, the main couple are a case of Insta-love, after two meetings their love knows no bounds, that sort of thing. I was puked out a few times, but it's pretty well written,there is some decent dialog, and a lot of character involvement in real events. So better than I feared it might be. I'll let it keep it's stars, though, for old time's sake. * * * * * M Update 2020: I used to love this book so much that I've been afraid to reread it until now, and like I thought, there was some pretty sappy romance, the main couple are a case of Insta-love, after two meetings their love knows no bounds, that sort of thing. I was puked out a few times, but it's pretty well written,there is some decent dialog, and a lot of character involvement in real events. So better than I feared it might be. I'll let it keep it's stars, though, for old time's sake. * * * * * My rating of this harkens back to when I first read and re-read it at age 14. For all that it was one of my favorite books for a time, I've never reread it as an adult. I'm a little afraid to. Seems to me that even then I thought it was a little corny......

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I am really enjoying these Williamsburg novels. This one takes readers through the civil war and has characters on both sides giving what I felt like a good look into the lives of the people at the time. It was heart breaking to read of there hard ships. Thane leaves you wanting to learn more and I applaud an author that has the ability to spark an interest for learning, in her case about history. I think the unique thing about these books is that they give insight into the commmon man's life. M I am really enjoying these Williamsburg novels. This one takes readers through the civil war and has characters on both sides giving what I felt like a good look into the lives of the people at the time. It was heart breaking to read of there hard ships. Thane leaves you wanting to learn more and I applaud an author that has the ability to spark an interest for learning, in her case about history. I think the unique thing about these books is that they give insight into the commmon man's life. Most history books focus on the leaders of the time and while she incorporates those figures into her stories her main focus is on the civilians and what they live through.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Irene Carter

    This is a wonderful book and I liked it as well as Dawn's Early Light and intend to read the whole series. This is the story of the Day and Sprague families as they live through the miseries of the civil war and with all the triumphs, tragedys and romantic entanglements. Highly recommend to all history buffs. This is a wonderful book and I liked it as well as Dawn's Early Light and intend to read the whole series. This is the story of the Day and Sprague families as they live through the miseries of the civil war and with all the triumphs, tragedys and romantic entanglements. Highly recommend to all history buffs.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kandra

    Loved it! This is one I come back to and read over and over again. I love the tragedy of it and the bits of humor sprinkled throughout. And I love the incredibly romantic hero...even if he is a Yankee!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    I was so taken with the characters in this book that I named my daughter Susannah, after one of the heroines of this book. You could say that I like the read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Loved ALL of the Williamsburg novels, first read them as a teenager, always thought they'd make a great mini-series! Plan to read them all again in the near future! Loved ALL of the Williamsburg novels, first read them as a teenager, always thought they'd make a great mini-series! Plan to read them all again in the near future!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    The 2nd book in the Williamsburg series takes place 79 years later with the same heroine, Tibby, now 95 years old. Her soul-mate husband Julian has died and a new war is starting--the Civil War. At first, like her first novel it was confusing because of so many relatives interacting. Ms. Thane had warned that that would happen, so she put a family tree in the front of the book. I referred to that often until I got the people down pat. It became more enjoyable then, although I found it somewhat The 2nd book in the Williamsburg series takes place 79 years later with the same heroine, Tibby, now 95 years old. Her soul-mate husband Julian has died and a new war is starting--the Civil War. At first, like her first novel it was confusing because of so many relatives interacting. Ms. Thane had warned that that would happen, so she put a family tree in the front of the book. I referred to that often until I got the people down pat. It became more enjoyable then, although I found it somewhat distracting that Tibby constantly referred to her late husband in the early chapters. That is probably common place, though, to those of us who have lost a dear spouse. Tibby is the strong matriarch of her extended family, but she doesn't gloat over it or force her will on anyone. She is a true treasure, learning how to cope with life over many years of struggle, and she gives quality advice to her family. They all cherish her, which is great. This story focuses most on 2 central figures--a southern woman named Eden and her love a a northern man named Cabot. Because of the Civil War, their romance is off and on and they can't be together quite yet. I enjoyed the great detail of the Civil War and its naming many actual historical characters. Again, Ms. Thane did her research--astounding! It is as gritty and colorful as her first novel, bringing the reality of war, prejudices, and geography into reality. The only complaint I really have is the same as with the first novel--Ms. Thane seems to throw a quick ending together which left me somewhat unsatisfied. The rest of the book has the stories gradually unfolding and the characters developing, but the ending doesn't do that. I would have liked to have seen more detail as to how the resolutions came about.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jane Irish Nelson

    A long time favorite, it stands up well to re-reading, though the depiction of the loyal (and happy) black servants seems somewhat stereotyped. The story begins in the fall of 1860 with the arrival of the title Yankee Stranger, Cabot Murray, in Williamsburg. There he meets the intertwined Sprague and Day families, and against his will falls in love with beautiful, seventeen-year-old Eden Day. Though he tries hard to stay away, he cannot; thus their love story plays out against the backdrop of th A long time favorite, it stands up well to re-reading, though the depiction of the loyal (and happy) black servants seems somewhat stereotyped. The story begins in the fall of 1860 with the arrival of the title Yankee Stranger, Cabot Murray, in Williamsburg. There he meets the intertwined Sprague and Day families, and against his will falls in love with beautiful, seventeen-year-old Eden Day. Though he tries hard to stay away, he cannot; thus their love story plays out against the backdrop of the Civil War, with Cabot serving first as a Special Correspondent for the North, while Eden remains loyal to the South, where she was raised, as her brothers, cousin, father, uncle, and many friends quickly enlist. While their story is the primary focus, others play out as well, with many details depicting the tragedy of war and its outcome. Fascinating, moving, engrossing. Highly recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan Lundberg

    The six original couples from Dawn's Early Light had children, those children had children who intermarried, and then a new generation was born just in time to come of age in the Civil War. Again, you get both a romance and a soldier's POV as she follows different family members around to different areas of Virginia, Washington DC, and even to New Jersey to get a good background on new members of the cast. Again, a good story with a solid historical background. You get the feeling that the autho The six original couples from Dawn's Early Light had children, those children had children who intermarried, and then a new generation was born just in time to come of age in the Civil War. Again, you get both a romance and a soldier's POV as she follows different family members around to different areas of Virginia, Washington DC, and even to New Jersey to get a good background on new members of the cast. Again, a good story with a solid historical background. You get the feeling that the author not only researched the history of that time, but also read newspaper stories and maybe collected letters of the time. Again, this is a re-read for me. The story holds up - the women are all dimensional, and several of the male characters as well. The racism is again.....understandable, if patronizing. Truly, I think the sexism is more on the line of the time it was written rather than the setting in which it took place. All in all, I wasn't disappointed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Historical fiction, covering respectively, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. It's a family saga spanning generations. I dove into these old favorites this week. It's been a very long time since I read them, and while the story is still entertaining and engaging, some things really grated on me. The family featured in the story didn't "own" slaves, but the attitude toward their black servants was very paternal. The author completely ignores reconstruction, and th Historical fiction, covering respectively, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. It's a family saga spanning generations. I dove into these old favorites this week. It's been a very long time since I read them, and while the story is still entertaining and engaging, some things really grated on me. The family featured in the story didn't "own" slaves, but the attitude toward their black servants was very paternal. The author completely ignores reconstruction, and there are a lot of men nearly thirty falling in love with women in their teens. As a young teen reading these books from my grandmother's shelves, I wouldn't have noticed any of this. As an adult, it's impossible to ignore, and definitely reduces my enjoyment.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol Brazet

    I remember reading this book when I was 14 years old, that was 50 years ago .I fell i love with it then and. I love it more today. l It is a well written book that introduces you to the Day family just as the civil war is about to impact and change their beautiful lives forever. I love this family and how they stand by one another as they endure the destruction of their lives and struggle to maintain there decency as their beloved Eden Day falls in love with Cabot.Murray , a Yankee Stranger. I co I remember reading this book when I was 14 years old, that was 50 years ago .I fell i love with it then and. I love it more today. l It is a well written book that introduces you to the Day family just as the civil war is about to impact and change their beautiful lives forever. I love this family and how they stand by one another as they endure the destruction of their lives and struggle to maintain there decency as their beloved Eden Day falls in love with Cabot.Murray , a Yankee Stranger. I could not put it down as I once again got loss in this.old fashion romance with the civil war as a back drop.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Tagawa

    "Dawn's Early Light" is the first book in this classic historical fiction series. I just finished the second and it was just as good. The author maintains continuity by including one of the original characters: Tibby Day is now 95 at the outbreak of the Civil War. Family drama collides with wartime angst in this clean, old-fashioned romance. Lots of historical detail make this perfect for older teens or history buffs. "Dawn's Early Light" is the first book in this classic historical fiction series. I just finished the second and it was just as good. The author maintains continuity by including one of the original characters: Tibby Day is now 95 at the outbreak of the Civil War. Family drama collides with wartime angst in this clean, old-fashioned romance. Lots of historical detail make this perfect for older teens or history buffs.

  23. 5 out of 5

    LeahBethany

    After reading and enjoying Tryst last year, I was anxious to read another novel by Elswyth Thane. My mom had Yankee Stranger in her library (yay!) and so I settled down for a good read. Within the first few pages, I was cringing due to all the cheesy romantic thoughts and jargon. The historical aspects of the battles and sieges were interesting but everything else just made me shake my head.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katy Sheehy

    The 2nd book in the Williamsburg series, now set in the Civil War era. The characters introduced, including the Yankee who becomes part of the family and the scion in the next book, are again fascinating. The battles of the Civil War, what happened to the men and women of the families during that very difficult period, are told in riveting detail. Again, highly recommend it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arlet Leno

    So good I love Elysweth Thanes book so much. She is one of the best. Her Williamsburg series is my favorite of all the series I've read and I've read quite a few. You fall in love with her characters. Her romance writing is perfect. You learn history in the best way. I highly recommend her books . So good I love Elysweth Thanes book so much. She is one of the best. Her Williamsburg series is my favorite of all the series I've read and I've read quite a few. You fall in love with her characters. Her romance writing is perfect. You learn history in the best way. I highly recommend her books .

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Hession

    Tibby (from book 1) is 100 years old and a great grandmother. She lived through the Revolutionary War, and now is alive for the Civil War. Unfortunately, her great-granddaughter is in love with a Yankee and everyone in the family is against it, except Tibby. Different members of the family are with Jeb Stuart, Jeff Davis, Robert E. Lee, etc. as they struggle with secession and war.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    A little more romance than I am looking for in a book, but the historic information is so compelling that I continue with this series. The Civil War from the point of view mostly of Southerners behind the scenes is not a prospective often seen.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    Another really long drawn out war plus reading this in the midst of the George Floyd protests and getting a large dose of how the darkies are happy and don't want to be free just doesn't play well anymore. Another really long drawn out war plus reading this in the midst of the George Floyd protests and getting a large dose of how the darkies are happy and don't want to be free just doesn't play well anymore.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Judy Varga

    This is number 2 in the Williamsburg novels. I have read the entire collection (which are largely out of print now), but this one was my absolute favorite. If you are a fan of Civil War era literature, this would be a good pick for you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Reads a lot like Gone with the Wind

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