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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
It is those years just before the American Civil War and James Buchanan is President. Twenty-eight year old Fletcher Stedman is returning to his family's estate in Crisfield, Virginia, and he is going home angry and looking for justice as ten years before he was attacked and badly wounded by thugs hired by his cousin Buck Bannistre. Fletcher was kept for most of those ten years in an asylum where he was tortured and beaten. Going now by the name of Zachary Brown, Fletcher suffers from horrendous headaches and nightmares and is beginning to recall what happened on the night ten years before when he was savagely beaten, and his neck and face sliced severely. What he recalls is that his childhood love, Kyndee (Katharine) Brocke, may have betrayed him. Fletcher stays with his childhood friend Caleb Jenkins as he attempts to find out what really happened on that long ago night and how he can regain his home and his love, Kyndee.
"Season of The Shadow" is a long but well-written and well-edited story of a man, Fletcher Stedman, who has his home, his life, and almost his life taken away from him. Fletcher, Kyndee, Fletcher's mother, Buck Bannistre, and Fletcher's friends Sage Jurrell and Caleb Jenkins are all totally believable characters who are true to those long-ago times. Buck claims Kyndee as his property once they are married and that is just the way it was back then, long before women's liberation. Kyndee fights back but in just the way a women would back in the 1850's. The plot follows a long path to the story's ending where true love survives and all the bad guys get their just deserts. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy Fletcher's book "Season of The Shadow."