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The Copper Road - Beyond the Promise: Loyalty and Love in a time of War…

by Richard Buxton

Series: Shire's Union (2)

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Historical fiction is my favorite genre, but The Copper Road was not for me. If you are interested in military strategy and long descriptions of geography then you will probably enjoy this novel more than I did. I ended up skimming the battle descriptions, especially since I had read the prior book just before this one. I also skipped the parts from Opdycke’s point of view once Shire left his regiment because they seemed irrelevant and did not hold my attention. That did not seem to impact my understanding of the rest of the story.

I was hoping the sequel would convince me of the relationship between Shire and Clara, but I still found it forced and unbelievable. No recollections from Clara led me to think she really loved him let alone considered his friendship that valuable. At least there was one flashback in this book besides the Christmas Eve caroling that conveyed their friendship back in Ridgemont. The ending was disappointing. I only continued with the story to see whether Shire and Clara would stay in America, and if so, what they would do. I thought too much was left to the reader’s imagination. Since the Civil War did not come to its conclusion in this sequel, I’m wondering if another Shire’s Union book is in the works. However, I will not be reading a third if there is one.

For the positives, I did like the introduction of Tod. I found the chapters from his point of view the most interesting. Second, the book explored how people’s opinions on the war were not black and white in addition to the varied reasons why people took up the fight. As well, soldiers were not portrayed as inherently good or evil depending on which side they were on. The Shire’s Union series does portray the complexities of the American Civil War. ( )
  mcampbe4 | Sep 24, 2020 |
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