Carried Forward By Hope (Book 6 of The Bregdan Chronicles series) by Ginny Dye begins with the ending of the Civil war in America and the soldiers returning home to find their families. It is the year 1865. After the war ended, the beloved President Lincoln freed the slaves in the South and had great plans to move the country forward. Unfortunately, he was assassinated and suddenly the people acquired a new president to take his place. It didn’t take long before the people realized this new president didn’t have the same ideals as Abraham Lincoln and the country would have a difficult time in trying to heal.
Ginny Dye is a great historian and storyteller. I love her characters in this book. I felt like a part of their family. I wanted them to thrive and achieve their goals of reconstructing their lives, while helping the freedmen and people of the South who were defeated after the war. I have learned how people must have felt going through the hard times of despair and pain, mentally, as well as physically.
This is a story of people – men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners. This was a time when freedmen wanted their rights and women wanted to vote, but the haters were making this virtually impossible. Love, passion, romance, hate, despair, cruelty and happiness will rip through you while reading this wonderfully written book. I suggest you get a copy of the first books in this series. I am looking forward to book #7 (Glimmers of Change)!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Monica McDaniel