The Second Mrs. Hockaday

by Susan Rivers
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

Book Review

(by- Linda )

Based on true events, an engaging and well researched story with amazing historical perspective. It gives life to the behind the scene events of the Civil War. Placidia is young, newly married and left to tend her husband's farm while he is off fighting. She rises beautifully to the challenges of living in near isolation, on a small rural farm, with the constant threat of intruders.

The struggles of war from the perspective of those left at home, is real. So is the danger for women on their own. When her husband finally returns after years away, he discovers she has given birth during his absence and that the child did not survive. He proceeds to have his wife taken into custody on charges of murder. As a reader, you are not yet aware of the circumstances of this pregnancy, but still vehemently feel the injustice of it. As the book moves along, you gradually learn the truth of Placidia's pregnancy.

The book is written in the form of letters, diary entries, and court documents which is very effective. Once you allow time to become attached to the characters, the story and mystery of it all will keep you reading. There are some very memorable and poignant moments in this book. Definitely recommend for historical fiction lovers. Not sure if the mystery aspect of this story is strong enough for mystery lovers, but an excellent choice for book clubs.

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