My second novel by Brooks and I am still in love with her writing. There isn't much to say that has not already been said about this book, but I loved the reality brought to life in this story. Outside of the clever way that Brooks told the story of the March family from Little Women, this story shows the harsh reality of slavery in the Civil War. She does an outstanding job of showing the reader the ideas and flaws of abolitionism in the North as well. Historical fiction at its finest!