Fantastic Review for A Beautiful Glittering Lie
I just received this amazing review for my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie. This book is the first one in the Renegade Series, which tells the story of a family from north Alabama, and how the Civil War impacts them. Thank you so much, Seth Fishman, for your very in-depth review!
“Upon coming across your book, I was immediately drawn in, and I believe that its message has been effectively communicated to me. Please allow me to discuss the strengths of the book as I share my assessment of it.
Book Review: “A Beautiful Glittering Lie: A Novel of the Civil War” (The Renegade Series Book 1)
“A Beautiful Glittering Lie” offers a compelling and immersive journey back to the tumultuous period of the American Civil War. The novel paints a vivid picture of the country’s division, with its rich historical backdrop and a poignant exploration of the toll the war takes on a family and their community. Through well-drawn characters and detailed storytelling, the book presents an emotionally charged and historically accurate portrayal of a nation torn apart.
Civil War Setting: The book expertly captures the atmosphere and tensions of the American Civil War, transporting readers to the spring of 1861 when the nation is on the brink of a devastating conflict. It provides historical context, illustrating the fracture between the Confederacy and the Union.
Character-Centered Narrative: The novel revolves around the Summers family, with a particular focus on Hiram Summers, a father who makes the difficult decision to enlist in the Confederate Army. The characters are multi-dimensional and relatable, making it easy for readers to connect with their experiences and emotions.
The Impact on Families: The story delves into the personal and emotional toll the Civil War exacts on families and communities. It underscores the sacrifices and hardships endured by those left behind as well as those who go to war. The anguish of separation and the longing for news from loved ones are central themes.
Adventures and Sacrifices: The narrative offers a dual perspective by following Hiram’s journey to the frontlines and his son David’s quest for adventure at home. These parallel storylines allow for a broader exploration of the war’s impact, revealing how both father and son face challenges, make sacrifices, and experience personal growth.
Exploration of Naïveté: The book highlights the innocence and naïveté of a young nation, showing how the outbreak of war forces individuals and communities to confront the harsh realities of conflict. It explores how preconceived notions of war and its glory are shattered by the grim truth.
Historical Authenticity: The novel is well-researched and offers a historically accurate portrayal of the Civil War, from battles and strategies to the social and emotional aspects of the time. This authenticity adds depth and credibility to the storytelling.
“A Beautiful Glittering Lie” is a historical novel that successfully blends an engaging narrative with a poignant exploration of the American Civil War’s impact on a family and a nation. It provides a window into the sacrifices and challenges faced by individuals during this tumultuous period in American history. This book will resonate with readers who appreciate historical fiction that brings the past to life and offers a personal perspective on a defining moment in the nation’s history.