The Soldier’s Lady
In this heartwarming Christian novel, the second book in the Carolina Cousins series, a black, spiritual, wounded buffalo soldier happens upon Rosewood, a cotton plantation devastated after the Civil War. The residents of Rosewood are a mixed lot comprised of former slaves, white men and women, and children of mixed blood. This loving family shares their possessions as they rebuild their lives. Racial differences do not exist on Rosewood, and this causes resentment with neighbors and town-folk. On a nearby plantation, one man plans to enter politics, but he has a skeleton in his closet that threatens to destroy him. He devises a murderous plan to rid himself of the evidence of his past indiscretions. Under the care of the unusual mixed family at Rosewood, the soldier’s wound heals. His wisdom and religious teachings affect the three women who live there, but none more than Emma and her young son William.
Phillips writes an enjoyable tale about healing, prejudice, and salvation in the aftermath of the Civil War. The tale is narrated and recalled by one of the black women of Rosewood. As it dispenses spiritual wisdom, this novel will tweak your emotions. It is the struggle of one interracial family to overcome the prejudices and segregation of the South.