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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Jakes Narrator: John Jakes, Dylan Baker Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

  • “A charming, light, old-fashioned, Dickensian morality play with golden-curled heroines and villains so evil they do everything but twirl their mustaches…Jakes is a master of the genre and is clearly having fun with this little gem…[He] entertains and informs as he weaves historical tidbits into the story.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A compelling picture of the life of the Southerners as the war was grinding to its end: their attitudes, privations, and spirit…Jakes [breathes] life into an important bit of history.”

    Indianapolis Star

  • “Readers of John Jakes know that he is America’s most successful and prolific historical novelist and that he is no stranger to the sound and fury of America’s Civil War…Savannah is a delightful Christmas story…Don’t let the spare style fool you; Jakes’ novel is supported by wide-ranging historical research and personal observation. Savannah would also make a fine Christmas film.”

    Charleston Post and Courier

  • “[Jakes] effectively captures the tensions, hatred, and even a curious nobility as a dying civilization tries to stand against an irresistible force…He re-creates the spirit of the times, in the process of telling a whopping good story. His characters, both fictional and historical, are well drawn, and his protagonist, a plucky twelve-year-old girl, Hattie Lester, is a memorable creation. The result is a fine work of popular historical fiction, and even Civil War ‘purists’ should find it absorbing fun.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dianne G Sagan | 2/20/2014

    " This is an amazing Christmas story that takes a break from a brutal war and devastation. The characters are memorable and you get a look at the humanity on both sides of the U.S. Civil War in the middle of suffering and brutality. I love the tenacity of the main characters, Sara and her daughter, Hattie. I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ginny | 2/19/2014

    " Read this book just prior to a vacation to Savannah. I love reading historical novels and having the setting in Savannah was a plus. Part of the story takes place on Tybee Island where we stayed, it was fun to walk around the city and place the story. The story itself is about a young girl with the gumption to stand up to General Sherman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aldafan | 2/11/2014

    " A fictionalized version of Sherman's arrival in Savannah. Focuses on one Southern family greatly affected. Didn't seem up to Johnn Jakes' usual good historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Valley Cottage Library | 1/18/2014

    " SUMMER READING CLUB: "General Sherman marched to the Atlantic Ocean through Savannah during the Civil War. His army caused great destruction to the south by burning and looting. the autor creates a fictional offset about a little girl, Hattie, that detaches you from all the misery." -Ruth Ellen Carlsen "

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