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Author: John Jakes Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442343061
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The author of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers sets his sights on the jewel of the South—Savannah—and brings it to life in his inimitable style.

Georgia, 1864. Sherman’s army marches from Atlanta to the sea. In its path, the charming old city of Savannah, where the Lester ladies—attractive widowed Sara and her feisty twelve-year-old daughter Hattie—struggle to save the family rice plantation. When Sherman offers the conquered city to President Lincoln as a “Christmas gift,” Hattie and the feared general find themselves on a collision course that will astonish both of them.

In this rousing new tale, the “godfather of the historical novel” (Los Angeles Times) tells a story of battlefield danger, wartime romance, and indomitable courage. The rich cast of characters includes a corrupt judge; a fast-talking, piano-playing reporter from New York; a pair of thwarted young lovers; a raffish Indiana cavalryman; a valiant former slave; and a whole bagful of rascals, rebels, and real soldiers who marched with Sherman.

Together they bring to life an almost-forgotten moment in the Civil War: a season of simmering hostilities, rising hopes, and empty stockings—perhaps the most strife-torn yet heartwarming Christmas in all of American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An enjoyably lighthearted take on an otherwise underexplored stretch of Sherman’s march.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fine work of popular fiction historical fiction, and even Civil War ‘purists’ should find it absorbing and fun.” 


  • “Jakes gives the reader much to enjoy. Clearly he has a subtle feel for and deep knowledge of the period about which he writes.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An interesting array of characters roam through the story…Fans of John Jakes will enjoy Savannah as will others who like good writing—Jake’s prose is wonderful—and a story that has factual historic background.” 

    Civil War News

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About the Author

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.

About the Narrator

Ed Sala has narrated dozens of audio books throughout his career. His readings include Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, Stephen Sears’ Gettysburg, and Cormac MacCarthy’s Outer Dark.