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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Conecuh: A Civil War Novel by Herb Hughes is a historical fiction novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who love history, especially the Civil War time period. This book follows Private Caleb Garner, CSA through war and peace, loss and pain, and love. Yet, the book also follows his sweetheart Emily Rose as she deals with being left behind while Caleb goes to war and the uncertainty of his fate. Are you ready to follow Caleb and Emily as they both follow very different paths with the hope of being reunited again?
Conecuh: A Civil War Novel by Herb Hughes is a well-written book that took me on a trip through history without boring me the way a textbook would. I enjoyed the fact that the story was fictional as it held my interest, yet the author’s dedication to ensuring historical accuracy saw to it that I learned and retained more history than I ever did from a textbook. I liked how the chapters each began with the date and location that the chapter was occurring in as it helped me to keep track and not get lost with the time jumps and location switches; the small illustrations at the start of the chapters gave the book a nice aesthetic touch. While I naturally liked Caleb Garner as the main character, I found myself also liking Emily Rose. While not as important as Caleb, she gave me a female character to connect with during the course of the book. Overall, I enjoyed Conecuh and it is clear that this author has quite a talent for writing historical fiction!