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The Second Mrs. Hockaday

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The Second Mrs. Hockaday

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 300-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 conjures the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel as her views on race and family are transformed. 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 that generation --- and the next --- began to see their world anew.

The Second Mrs. Hockaday
by Susan Rivers

  • Publication Date: January 10, 2017
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • ISBN-10: 1616205814
  • ISBN-13: 9781616205812