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California's little known part in the Civil War
by Mary Beth Writes on 29 June 2012Richard Hurley and TJ Meekins share their love of California history with readers in “Queen of the Northern Mines – A Novel of the Civil War in California.” The “queen” of the title, the Foothills town of Nevada (now Nevada City), played an important if little acknowledged part in the conflict.
The book contains romance, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, courage and sacrifice. Within its pages, the reader meets residents of many creeds and colors, including a powerful Chinese businessman, an attorney from Virginia, a widow who runs a stage way station with the help of her teenaged daughter, and a Native American orphan boy.
This book will appeal to Civil War buffs, as well as California history enthusiasts. Because it focuses on the people rather than long military discourses, “Queen” will also please fans of historical romance. The authors have accomplished a delicate balance – they’ve written a military story that isn’t too gory and a romance that avoids becoming sacharrine.
Meekins and Hurley used historic local settings and people. The book’s afterword details the figures and landmarks, and gives their significance. This attention to detail makes “Queen” worth reading from both a scholarly and pleasure perspective.
Disclosure: This review is based on a review copy of the book provided by the authors. No constraints were placed upon the review. All opinions are my own.
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