by Sandy HusebyAugust, 2002
The bitter aftermath of war
Proving that the most profound human emotions know no constraints of time, Jill Marie Landis reunites a husband thought killed in battle with the wife who strayed in the inspired post-Civil War romance Magnolia Creek (Ballantine, $19.95, 384 pages, ISBN 0345440412). For five years, Dr. Dru Talbot survives war and imprisonment on the dream of returning to his bride of a single night. But Sara Collier has suffered her own wartime reckoning with lost innocence and honor. Dru's homecoming joy turns to hellish betrayal when he sees Sara's daughter Lissybeth. The toddler in his wife's arms is not his own. In the crucible of small town judgment and jealousy, with only Dru's sister Louzanne steadfast in her support, Sara and Dru labor side-by-side through a yellow fever epidemic and find forgiveness in unexpected ways. Readers will find a tenderly written story of reconciliation and triumph. Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and northern Minnesota.