The Widow's War by Mary Mackey

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The "superb" New York Times bestselling author delivers a sweeping epic set during the early days of the Civil War.

In 1853, Carolyn Vinton is left alone and pregnant after her fiancé, abolitionist doctor William Saylor, disappears. After his stepbrother convinces her that William is dead, Carolyn accepts his offer of marriage, not realizing that she is being drawn into an elaborate ruse by her new husband and his father, a pro-slavery senator--and that William is still alive.

Their passionate reunion takes place in the midst of the violent Civil War, as abolitionists and pro-slavers battle over the Kansas Territory. Now only their willingness to sacrifice their lives for their beliefs--and for each other--can save them.


About Mary Mackey

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Mary Mackey is the author of eight novels, as well as several screenplays and numerous works of nonfiction and poetry. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, she is a Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at California State University.
Published August 29, 2009 by Berkley. 371 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Deacon has also usurped Carrie’s fortune and perpetrated a fake obituary of her that led William (that’s right, he’s alive too) to head for Kansas, a territory now embroiled in violent clashes over whether it will become a slave or free state.

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Feeling betrayed by Deacon, and then learning that William is alive, Carrie decides to break free to find William.

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The first sentence uttered by Carrie Vinton is, "Nine days ago, I shot my husband."

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