Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
182 Pages
Reviewed on 01/23/2014
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Author Biography

Lori Roberts has been an educator since 1991. Teaching history has been a passion of Lori's since her teaching career began. At the present time, Lori teaches U.S. History at the Middle School level. She is a living historian, portraying Mrs. Stonewall Jackson, as well as Nazi Concentration Camp survivor, Corrie Ten Boom. Lori also speaks at Civil War events, church programs, school assemblies, and workshops. Bringing history to life is something Lori incorporates in her classroom. Writing historical fiction is another way she teaches history. To schedule a book talk or historical performance, please contact Lori Roberts through her website, www.stonewallswife.com, or through her facebook pages: Lori Roberts' Living History and Lori Roberts Author of Historical Fiction. Currently, Lori has published two historical fiction novels: Lost Letters: A Civil War Love Story, and Willow. A third book, tentatively titled Cries in the Night, will be released in the summer of 2014.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Willow, by Lori Roberts, is the story of Cordelia Barlow, who was born in 1844 in Fairview Plantation in Gallatin, Tennessee. Losing her mother at a young age, the little girl finds solace in the arms of her late mother’s black slave, Priscilla, and her family. Cordelia’s own father is detached from her and her aunt Eugenia, her father’s sister, simply cannot make up for the loss. When her father marries again, Cordelia is sent to a school in Nashville, and her life will never be the same. She, once again, loses the people closest to her heart. She lives through her country’s upheaval as civil war breaks out after Abraham Lincoln wins the presidential election in 1860. For four years, Cordelia Barlow has to live through a war that destroyed much of the South's infrastructure and has to put the pursuit of her own happiness on hold. So, when the Confederacy collapsed and slavery was abolished, the country is about to go through a difficult reconstruction process of restoring national unity and giving rights to the freed slaves, while Cordelia attempts to put her life in order. Now orphaned, Cordelia discovers her family’s secret. Will she find the happiness that has eluded her all these years?

Willow is a historical fiction novel that unfolds during one of the most turbulent times in the history of the United States of America. Lori Roberts' story about a girl who is paying for the sins of her mother is enthralling. This is a story line that is as interesting as the events of that time. Informative and enjoyable, this is a book you can read when you want to visit the period in history that has helped shape the course of the United States of America.

Charlotte Hopps

5.0 out of 5 stars Willow, just as intriguing as Lori Roberts' Lost Letters, July 10, 2013

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This review is from: Willow (Paperback)
Willow vividly tells the story of a family caught up in the Civil War era: their trials and joys in the midst of upheaval. The reader becomes immersed in the everyday lives of those effected in dramatic ways as they continue along the tumultuous path of living on the edge of an unknowing future. Intense, mysterious, and even tragic at times!

DeDa Studios

This review is from: Willow (Paperback)
If you like history....Willow is a fantastic story of times during the Civil War.
The life of Cordelia Barlow and her family during one of our countries most difficult times.
Journey with Cordelia as she personality feels the impact of what a country torn apart can do to her home and her family.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, August 5, 2013
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This review is from: Willow (Paperback)
This book follows a wonderful story of a girl becoming a woman during one of the toughest times in American History. Whether you like history or not, it's a great historical fiction to read. It's very easy to follow and I could not put it down! Definitely a page turner and lots of twists! There was definitely times my mouth hit the floor while reading! Love it and I definitely recommend it!

Donna Gorton

Willow, July 24, 2013
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This review is from: Willow (Paperback)
Lori Roberts is a very gifted and talented writer. Willow is a captivating Civil War era historical novel that will completely immerse the reader into the life of Cordelia Barlow and her family during a very turbulent time. Be prepared for many surprising family secrets to unfold. It is a page turner...absolutely riveting! Once you begin reading, you will not be able to put it down!!

Jennifer Lott

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Story!, March 13, 2014
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This review is from: Willow (Paperback)
This book is captivating! Once I started reading it, I was so immersed in the life of Cordelia Barlow that I could not put it down! Lori Roberts is a gifted story teller.

Wendy Sauers

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5.0 out of 5 stars Set in the Civil War - An Excellent Read, March 15, 2014
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This review is from: Willow (Paperback)
If you love,to,read about the Civil War this is the book to pick up. I was captivated from the moment I picked the book up,to read. I read it in 2 days. It is also very we'll researched for the history of the time period. I am waiting for the next book from this author. Hats off to the writer.