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Jeremy Hamilton makes Albemarle a showcase of free labor in a hot bed of slavery and rebellion. Driven into a marriage of convenience and confrontations with neighbors, he asserts his belief that slavery should die.
Gabby Hamilton is obsessed to prove Jeremy is not her half-brother and make him admit his love for her. Nothing deters her, not his wife, public opinion, deaths of loved ones, or war itself.
"Do you think we remembered everything, Nellie?" Eulalia asked as they left the fifth store of the day, both of them laden with packages and boxes.
"I think we’ve bought half of Charleston, Eulalia." Nellie could barely respond as she struggled with the greater number of packages.
As they approached their buggy, which was already loaded with dry goods and the like, Nellie caught sight of James Collins.
"I think we should go now, Miss Eulalia," she whispered.
"Miss Eulalia. It’s always been just Eulalia, or even Lali. What’s gotten into you, Nellie?"
"Please ma’am," Nellie whispered as she grabbed Eulalia’s arm to help her into the buggy.
"Nellie?" Just then Eulalia, too, spotted Mr. Collins. She raised her chin and eyed him coldly.
"Bring yer nigger friend in t’ tote yer packages, Mrs. Hamilton?"
Eulalia ignored him, so he repeated himself louder than the first time.
"Nellie, do you hear a mule brayin’ close by?" Eulalia said calmly.
"Please, Miss Eulalia," Nellie whispered. "Please, let’s go home now."
"You’d best listen to your nigger, Mrs. Hamilton. Charleston isn’t the ideal place for abolitionists and nigger-lovers. One day I’m gonna catch that husband of yours harborin’ runaways. Then we’ll let the law handle things."
"Why, Mr. Collins," she turned toward him as if just discovering his presence, "I thought I got a whiff of yesterday’s garbage." Eulalia raised her eyebrows, holding her head high. "It’s amazing how some little men have correspondingly small minds."
Collins’ temper was seething. "If you were a man--"
"If I were a man, Mr. Collins, I wouldn’t even hire you as my stable boy."
Collins stormed off and mounted his horse, whipping him severely to a gallop.
"Eulalia, you shouldn’t be so bold without Jeremy here."
"He left didn’t he?"
They got in the buggy and drove slowly out of town. When Charleston was well out of sight, they came to a narrow and lonely stretch of road.
Suddenly, from out of nowhere came a man on horseback firing first one gun and then another. The horse bolted and the buggy tossed to and fro on the poorly maintained road. Nellie and Eulalia struggled to slow down, but Cleo was terrified.
"Just hold on Nellie," Eulalia shouted, "and hope she tires." But just then the wheel of the buggy struck a large stone and it turned over on its side. Nellie was thrown clear as the buggy upset, but Eulalia was trapped beneath a wheel. Nellie crawled over, but could not free her.
"I’ll have to go for help!" Nellie cried.
Eulalia nodded. She was in too much pain to answer. As Nellie left her sight, Eulalia felt the heat and moisture of the rush of blood on her inner thighs. There was little pain now, for the weight of the wheel made her almost numb. She knew she was losing her baby.
Fortunately, a husband and wife from a nearby plantation heard the commotion as they were traveling home and hurried to the scene.
Eulalia’s clothing was saturated with blood as the gentleman carried her to his coach. His wife screamed, "Come and take the lady home with us!" But Eulalia insisted they look for Nellie. "I’ll send someone back for her, madam. We must get you to a doctor."
"You’ll not send anyone back! You find Nellie, or leave me here."
"I mean that, sir." Eulalia screamed with pain.
Nellie was nowhere in sight. When, at last, Eulalia lost consciousness, the wife convinced her husband to abandon the search and send a party back.
Nellie ran along the road, until she heard the sound of a horse coming up behind her. She turned to flag the rider down, but when she saw it was James Collins, she ran into the woods.
He pursued her until he over took her when she stumbled.
"Go ahead, run." He cackled as she struggled to her feet. "I
Diana Lee Johnson is a native of Northern Virginia. By day she’s the Purchasing Agent for a municipal government. By night (and weekends) she’s a writer.
Stories flow through her mind like movies projecting in her head, waiting for her to find time to write them down. Diana must switch them off so she can work at her day job. “I weave a little of myself into everything I write. My characters take on their own personalities and I wait like the reader to hear what they say next.”
Writing poetry since the age of 6, Diana dabbled in short stories at 13, but took prose more seriously as an outlet after she turned 30. She enjoys writing fiction in several genres hoping to entertain a variety of readers with drama, suspense, humor, and romance. Her characters could be someone you know or someone so outrageous you can only imagine meeting them.
She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website:, or write her at P. O. Box 3003, Falls Church, VA 22043.
Dramatically written, this poignant tale will touch your heart. Diana Lee Johnson has penned another winner. I can't wait to read her next book.-- Judith Rippelmeyer, Editor in Chief, The Word On Romance, www.thewordonromance.com
Wrong Side of Love is a remarkable story with a clever twist that will surprise and amaze the reader. It is a meticulously compiled and authentic historical novel that takes place during the Civil War era and has an enduring theme of family love and devotion...Tina Dean, Associate Editor, Virginia Writing
Castle of Sorrows: “How skillfully Diana Johnson has revealed yet another dimension of her craft with this exciting and enchanting novel. The colorful narrative in which Castle of Sorrows is clothed, and the skeleton of events on which it hangs, all show the marks of a storyteller who writes with sensitivity and is gifted with exceptional human understanding. This suspenseful novel is a thrill from beginning to end.”--Tina Dean, Associate Editor, Virginia Writing
“Very different from Diana Lee Johnson’s previous books, CASTLE OF SORROWS is nevertheless an excellent read. Let Donald, Douglas, Dierdre, Grandee, and the ghosts of the past enchant you. Drift away to the beautiful Scottish countryside, filled with castles and tradition and enjoy CASTLE OF SORROWS.” --Judith Rippelmeyer, Editor in Chief, The Word on Romance
Tomorrow Came Early, the much-anticipated sequel to Too Late for Tomorrow, is a fabulous read! The saga of the spirited Hamiltons continues in this moving and powerfully written historical novel set at the end of the Civil War. The love, devotion, and courage of this dynamic family, especially young Andrew Hamilton, will touch your heart and soul as you read this compelling story; family secrets and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be carried away on the wings of this highly recommended book!-- Tina Dean, Associate Editor, Virginia Writing
…Steeped in the rich history of the turbulent pre-Civil War and Civil War years, TOO LATE FOR TOMORROW sets readers deep into the heart of the issue of slavery and its consequences on this nation. Deftly intertwined with the issue of slavery, Ms Johnson adds Jeremy and Gabby's personal tale of love, deception, and obsession.
I wouldn't consider this a light read, or mere entertainment, but an attention involving novel. TOO LATE FOR TOMORROW is nevertheless a marvelously written story from the pen of a wonderfully erudite author. Readers who love Civil War period romances will adore TOO LATE FOR TOMORROW. I highly recommend it. --Judith Rippelmeyer, The Word on Romance
An exciting and heartwarming story of family love! This is a must-read book for anyone who loves historical romances, particularly those of the Civil War era. The characters are rich and full, with family ties and love being the strings that bind them all in one way or another. This is a novel of a family forced to deal with strong beliefs and opinions, frequently at odds with each other, but always with love enough to fill even the reader's heart. You will want to read every word on every page of this Civil War saga. I have just three more words to say: sequel, sequel, sequel! --Tina Dean, Assoc. Editor, Virginia Writing
Just Deserts is a sweet read. Warm and witty characters, a fabulous story, and a dollop of humor makes this recipe another winner for Diana Lee Johnson. Make room on your keeper shelf for Just Deserts. -- Judith Rippelmeyer
Pretty as she is, Carolyn isn't looking for love when she enrolls in a college course. However, in the weeks that follow she finds herself being courted by two men who are determined to win her affections while having much more in mind than just their amorous feelings.
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 440
Paper Weight (lb): 18.6
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