My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This historical fiction novel has the most interesting life of Billy Battles broken into three books. I have not read the first book in the series, and yet I was able to keep up with the story just fine. I enjoyed the telling of the ocean crossing, the class distinction and the lower classes not appreciating the upper-class passengers slumming. I laughed at that and thought Good on ya!
The historical sections of the book really brought the war home. It made me understand how hard it was for the families of the men that were fighting. Billy was raised by a Quaker mother and when the Northen army was gathering up men, his mother sent him away to avoid the conflict. Billy was not a hardened man when he began his journey. It was difficult watching a peaceful young man grow up and mature while at sea and then around the south seas.
The images of the words flowed so well and kept me locked into the book to see what else was about to happen.
I appreciated the anecdotal writing, it made it come to life. This is a wonderful book about a special time in the world. New things were happening at the turn of the twentieth century and Billy was witnessing them all. It was so mind boggling to realized he was witnessing the birth of so many of the things we now take for granted.
If you like stories that bring to life the days before the United States Civil War, then you will love this. It carries Billy Battles from his Kansas home to the exotic lands across the ocean. With interesting people, unexpected relationships and a decent person, unfortunately facing terrible experiences. It is a compelling read.
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