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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Medlicott Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400185221
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When a rusty old tin box is unearthed at the Covington Homestead, longtime housemates Grace, Amelia, and Hannah discover that it contains letters and diaries written by two Civil War soldiers, one Union and one Confederate. The friends are captivated by the drama revealed. The soldiers were found dying on a nearby battlefield by an old woman. She nursed them back to health, hiding them from bounty hunters seeking deserters. At the end of the war, the men chose to stay in Covington, caring for their rescuer as she grew frail. But while their lives were rich, they still felt homesick and guilty for never contacting the families they'd left behind. Christmas is coming, and the letters inspire Amelia with a generous impulse. What if she and her friends were to find the two soldiers' descendants and invite them to Covington to meet? What better holiday gift could there be than the truth about these two heroic men and their dramatic shared fate? With little time left, the ladies spring into action to track down the men's families in Connecticut and the Carolinas and to make preparations in Covington for their most memorable, most historic Christmas yet. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starr | 1/29/2014

    " this would be a great Book Group Title. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/28/2014

    " I had read some of the early books in this series and was worried that it would be a problem reading this one out of order but it was not. The earlier books had given me enough to be somewhat familiar with the characters but the main characters in this book are the two civil war soldiers and their stories are told through their diaries and letters. I really liked hearing the old told from a more modern perspective. I am inspired to go back and read the books that I had missed in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/25/2014

    " Definitely not a favorite. The story itself was a good idea, but the writing style is so choppy and amateurish. It seems like the author was wanting us to know things but instead of describing them she added them into the dialogue. It made the dialogue really unnatural, no flow. And I guess because I haven't read the other books I didn't get a great feel for any of the characters except the journal writers. Not one I would recommend, a lot too sappy for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Solla | 1/6/2014

    " I liked the story and the characters. We learn from letters found about the lives of two men caught up in the Civil War and what happens to them. The characters in the present find out a lot about themselves and the relatives of the two men that they are trying to bring together at christmastime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/31/2013

    " This is the first novel I have read by Medlicott so it was also my first in the Covington series. There are 9 others listed at the front of the book and I saw a few titles online that were not in that list. Overall this was a very nice story about how being generous with others can reap rewards for you overall, by giving you get even more back. The three women were believealbe and likeable. I loved the idea of the letters the women found and read. I though Medlicott did a really good job of capturing what seemed like authentic speech patterns for the two soldiers who had written the diaries and letters. However I thought the way she had some of her present day characters speaking was a bit formal and dated. The three women's dialogue was fine but the 20ish male teacher they met spoke like he was much older. While I liked the characaters overall, I did find myself forgetting who was who since there were so many of them and I had not read the other stories in the series. I coudl see places where the author tried to fill in the gaps for new readers, but Grace had a boyfriend/companion and it took me until halfway through the book to realize who he was. It was kind of like he just showed up all of sudden and I didn't remember him having been in the story prior to that. This was an enjoyable story especially for Christmas time, as it was and easy and fairly quick read as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcia | 12/25/2013

    " Eh. Typical fluff series read. Might have been better if I had read others but don't think I could have stuck with them. Liked the genealogy search. Really liked the insight into the Civil War through the well written letters. Wasn't Velma hurt in the car crash? She is never mentioned again. Maybe she died! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NC | 12/20/2013

    " Not great writing, but I enjoyed a quick light read. This is one of those sweet stories where nothing too terrible will happen and everything turns out well in the end. Good for my mood of the moment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 12/17/2013

    " Really, the only thing I liked about this book were the Civil War letters. Very hokey, stiff dialogue, too many coincidences, and didn't care that much for the main characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/7/2013

    " Very good book. I have really enjoyed this author and this Covington series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/7/2013

    " An interesting story of the intersection of Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War, and how it mirrors soldier lives today. Was ready for something light-hearted and the Covington ladies fit the bill! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danni | 11/4/2013

    " This book is about three women who find civil war letters in a box in their yard. They read them and become obsessed with the men who are writing them. They get in contact with the families and have a Christmas dinner. It was a really neat book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 7/19/2013

    " I bought this while waiting in a Christmas checkout line at the grocery store. It was an interesting book, but too many people wouldn't say what they were feeling or were concerned about, so it had too much unnecessary drama. The letter and history about the Civil War was interesting though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 7/2/2013

    " The story sounded good but the book was boring. In fact I didn't even really finish it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 10/30/2012

    " I liked this book and I would recommend it. It is a very fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/17/2012

    " a historical novel. such a fast read. gives a great view of how the soldiers lived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 10/13/2012

    " The review/book jacket I read about this one-lead me to believe that there was going to be a big "surprise" at the end. Though I didn't exactly think there was a surprise-it was a good read. And a bit of a touching story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/1/2012

    " This was another great Christmas-y book. 2 soldiers left for dead, rescued by a woman who just buried her grandson. The letters really tore at my heart and yet I couldn't wait to read the next one... good job Joan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Heart | 4/16/2012

    " A Wonderful Story -- insight into civil war times -- conflicts in family -- and how connecting family geneology can lead to many surprises along the way. Write Your Stories for Family "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia Albanese | 3/2/2012

    " Have enjoyed following the three ladies of Covington as light reading about friendship, but this one was way too saccarine and time line unbelievable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheri | 4/29/2011

    " Somewhat entertaining drivel - "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia | 4/18/2011

    " Have enjoyed following the three ladies of Covington as light reading about friendship, but this one was way too saccarine and time line unbelievable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/9/2011

    " I bought this while waiting in a Christmas checkout line at the grocery store. It was an interesting book, but too many people wouldn't say what they were feeling or were concerned about, so it had too much unnecessary drama. The letter and history about the Civil War was interesting though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/23/2010

    " I liked this book and I would recommend it. It is a very fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 12/1/2010

    " a historical novel. such a fast read. gives a great view of how the soldiers lived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/31/2010

    " Very good book. I have really enjoyed this author and this Covington series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 5/31/2010

    " A recently found metal box, buried for 150 years, filled with Civil War letters and diaries, leads the ladies to contact descendants of the men and invite them to Covington for Christmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/29/2010

    " A Wonderful Story -- insight into civil war times -- conflicts in family -- and how connecting family geneology can lead to many surprises along the way. Write Your Stories for Family "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linzeyjoy | 1/11/2010

    " I would have loved to hear more about the 2 Civil War soldiers and less about the modern day ladies but then if this is a continuatiion of a series then maybe I am hopping into the middle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/5/2010

    " I liked the story and the characters. We learn from letters found about the lives of two men caught up in the Civil War and what happens to them. The characters in the present find out a lot about themselves and the relatives of the two men that they are trying to bring together at christmastime. "

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About the Author
Author Joan Medlicott

Joan Medlicott was born and raised on St. Thomas on the US Virgin Islands, where she once served as director of the Division of Beautification. Now a full-time writer, she is the nationally bestselling author of the Ladies of Covington series, as well as the stand-alone novels Come Walk with Me and The Three Mrs. Parkers. She lives with her husband in the mountains of North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”