Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Historical Fiction Review: Conecuh - A Civil War Novel by Herb Hughes

Every now and then I find myself drawn toward a historical fiction novel! Check out Conecuh - A Civil War Novel, learn about author Herb Hughes, read my thoughts on the book and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

​Book Title:  CONECUH (A Civil War Novel) by Herb Hughes
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  340 pages
GenreHistorical Fiction 
Publisher:  Books From The Pond
Release date:  April 2019
Content RatingPG-13 + MThere is mild profanity. There is a rape scene that is handled without vulgarity.

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About the Book

Bronze Medal winner, 2020 eLit Literary Awards, Historical Fiction.

Emily Rose roams through a country ravaged by war, a damaged land where the very grass blades drink the blood of brothers, cousins, and friends. Protected only by her wits and Nathaniel Whiteeagle, a slave with Cherokee blood, Emily swears she will find her fiancé and buy his freedom. Facing danger at each turn, every clue she follows leaves her another step behind. Will she ever find Caleb? Can Caleb endure the unthinkable cruelty of civil war prisons long enough for her to rescue him? Or will she and Nathaniel meet a violent end?

Conecuh (Cah-NECK-ah ) is a story woven around and through the actual events in the mysterious and ironic life of Private Caleb Garner, CSA, during the most tumultuous time in American history. Whatever happened to Caleb? History has left us blind, but there are clues. Conecuh explores one very real possibility.
My Review

Conecuh Brings Readers More Than Another Civil War Story. I am not generally a fan of war novels--no matter the war they concern nor the side the story represents. I am happy that I opted to read this book; however. The author takes readers into the human elements of the Civil War--from reasons for enlistment to the emotional toll war takes on both soldiers and the families left behind. With believable characters, a well-crafted storyline, a well-researched history, and plenty of twists, turns, and action, Hughes keeps readers interested from the very first page to the end.


The Author Offers Characters To Love in an Engaging Story. From the first few pages, it's impossible not to root for a happy ending for Emily and Caleb. The author gives readers insights into the settings, motivations, and emotions driving his characters and plot flow. Expect various characters with various backgrounds--each facing and responding to the Civil War in very human ways. The novel shows the good, the bad, the ugly--but also the hopeful and the strong as he tells Caleb's story.

Would I Recommend Conecuh by Herb Hughes? I'm not too fond of unnecessary language or graphic violence simply done for shock value. While a couple of early scenes made me wonder if this novel was my cup of tea, I can honestly say that it was. Readers can expect an emotional story with a plot driven by the perils of war and characters and settings well placed in the historical context of the Civil War. You will enjoy this novel if you enjoy historical fiction and strong, emotional storylines. I enjoyed the author's writing style and character development. I will definitely look for other books from this author in the future.


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About the Author

Author Herb Hughes worked in the computer industry for over two decades and then built a successful private business before retiring to write novels.

“I write in the present, but my stories are about the past and the future: historical fiction and science fiction. I find both fascinating.”

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