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The Second Mrs. Hockaday

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James Patrick Cronin, Julie McKay

7 Hours 5 Minutes

HighBridge Company

January 2017

Audio Book Summary

When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away? Inspired by a true incident, this saga unfolds with gripping intensity, conjuring the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel. As she comes to understand how her own history is linked to one runaway slave, her perspective on race and family are upended. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, 'The Second Mrs. Hockaday' reveals how this generation and the next began to see their world anew.'

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    An interesting concept and kept my wife and I both guessing. Having female and male narrators reading the parts of women and men made a lot of sense and the quality of narration was excellent.

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