The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Logo
The Second Mrs. Hockaday Cover Image
$25.95
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days

Staff Reviews


Only two days after marrying Placidia, her Confederate Major is called to war, leaving his young wife alone to run his farm, care for his two-year-old son, and manage the slaves, none of which she's equipped to do. The story unfolds through their letters to each other and between Placidia’s friend and herself.  Solid historical novel that’s a very enjoyable read, great for book clubs, too.

— From Robin's Picks

January 2017 Indie Next List


“When Major Gryffth Hockaday returns home after years fighting in the Civil War, he discovers that his wife had given birth to a child who later died, both events occurring under mysterious circumstances. Knowing he cannot be the father of the child, he has murder charges brought against his wife. The trial and the story of what happened unfold through letters and diary entries written by Placidia Hockaday and other family members, culminating in a shocking truth. Inspired by actual events, the characters and story that Rivers has created are truly memorable and The Second Mrs. Hockaday is a unique and fascinating read.”
— Sherri Gallentine (W), Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

Description


"TAUT, ALMOST UNBEARABLE SUSPENSE . . . This galvanizing historical portrait of courage, determination, and abiding love mesmerizes and shocks." --Booklist (starred review)

"All I had known for certain when I came around the hen house that first evening in July and saw my husband trudging into the yard after lifetimes spent away from us, a borrowed bag in his hand and the shadow of grief on his face, was that he had to be protected at all costs from knowing what had happened in his absence. I did not believe he could survive it."

When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband's three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away?

Inspired by a true incident, this saga conjures the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel as her views on race and family are transformed. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how that generation--and the next--began to see their world anew.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616205812
ISBN-10: 1616205814
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English

Shop Locally, Here, 24/7!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storytime with Poppy Returns!

Thursday, January 18 at 10:45

We will be reading A Magical Winter and Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite.

(Click Poppy's picture for more info on these books and event.)

20% off entire purchase for all attendees.

 Paddington Bear visits Forever Books

Saturday, February 3 from 2-3:30.

During the downtown Magical Ice Carving Festival.

Fresh off his new movie, Paddington Bear visits Forever Books! There will be storytimes throughout and opportunities for children to be photographed with Paddington.