Book Review: ‘Sunflower Sisters: A Caroline Ferriday Novel’ By Martha Hall Kelly

Sunflower Sisters explores the past history of Caroline Ferriday from author Martha Hall Kelly’s Lost Roses series. It’s set in 1861 as the south is about to leave the union and the civil war starts. For the Woolsey family in New York the thought of slaves is just horrible. For Anne-May Watson in Maryland, a neutral state in the war, her slaves are everything. She can’t live without them and treats them terribly, espically Jemma, who’s 16 years old, and is her personal slave. But Jemma wants more and when she’s sold off illegally, she dresses as a man and joins the union army. She’s injured and soon meets up with the Woolsey family and they take her in and help her. Anne-May soon learns of Jenna being in New York and goes to find her as Jemma has damning evidence against Anne as a spy during the war. Jemma finds herself in grave danger and it may take a miracle for her to survive.

A sweeping novel set in the times of the civil war that well-written characters and a story you become invested in from the very beginning. If you’re a fan of Gone With The Wind, you will love this novel.

You can pick up Sunflower Sisters in stores on Tuesday, March 30th from Ballantine.

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