My giveaway for Sarah Addison Allen's The Peach Keeper had the highest number of entries since I've started blogging, I think. It was a treat meeting other Allen fans and introducing new readers to her.
The winner of The Peach Keeper is... Melissa of Confessions of an Avid Reader!
I still have three open giveaways if you haven't entered yet!
...the man was unduly annoyed at her for having the gall to aid her country without virtue of a certain appendage hanging between her thighs.
First, I will confess that a biracial romance set during the Civil War instantly made me nervous, especially since our heroine is under cover as a slave. So much could have gone wrong, and the reason I trusted it wouldn't was because of Cole.
Second, all my anxieties were for naught: this book was freakin' awesome. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
Copy from library Historical Fiction and Read Harder challenges
Ellen, a former slave, has returned to the South and a life of servitude in service of Pres. Abraham and freedom. A spy with Pinkerton's group, she's been placed in the household of a high level Confederate, using her wits and eidetic memory to aid the Union.
Malcolm McCall is a Pinkerton too, pretending to be a good Confederate officer. Somehow, impossibly, Cole managed to make this set up not squi…
My Wordless Wednesday offering for this week: my newest read, Alyssa Cole's An Extraordinary Union, which I've wanted to read for forever and it ticks one of the boxes for this year's Read Harder challenge. Woot!
Survived my first super snowy weekend in our new place, and I'm enjoying rural-y snowy views rather than my usual quickly-muddy urban slushy ones.
So Natives continued to rebel, and continued to die. Natives continued to rebel and continued to be imprisoned, to be tortured, to be executed. Natives continued to rebel.
Terra nullius -- "empty land" -- was the doctrine with which white Europeans used as the basis for invading Australia. It was codified into Australian law until the 1990s, but the impact is still felt.
A society based on dominance, genocide, and colonization can only respond in certain kinds of ways.
Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman
Small Beer Press, 2018
Copy from library Read Harder challenge
Coleman's novel takes us to colonized Australia. Those who remember the invaders -- now the Settlers -- are grandparents; at least two generations have been born into a world of subservience and oppression. As when I first read Margaret Atwood's The Handmaiden's Tale, I struggled to understand if I was reading the past or the future; either possibility felt real.