Southern Rapture, part of the Louisiana History Collection is aptly named. I was lost in this book – lost in the era, the characters, the story, the passion and emotion and the pathos of the times. Set in the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, this is the heartwarming tale of how a Northern lady adjusts to the South and takes extreme steps to safeguard the people she comes to love.
Letitia Mason is a Boston teacher who is used to the typical high society of the North. She dumps it all and travels South to look for her brother’s killer and avenge his death. She rents space in a plantation house run by Aunt Em, a legend herself. Most young men from the surrounding areas are dead. Splendora’s master is alive but has the mind of a child, the result of a war injury. There is a local Robinhood called the Thorn who protects the poor from any injustice. Lettie is enamored by this man who is an enigma.
Splendora is frequented by the Union Army soldiers, local youngsters and is a gathering place of sorts. Tension mounts as the Thorn makes more conquests. Lettie feels she is close to finding what she came for. Love blossoms amidst all this confusion, in more than one heart.
Southern Rapture is an absorbing tale. It is rich in background and history, and the characters are endearing. I definitely want to read more books from this collection. And yes, I say this is a Must Read.