Mira, Dec 2002, 7.50, 400 pp.
As southern states succeed from the Union like dominos both sides of the conflict wonder what position will highly regarded Senator David Campbell take. Two presidents court the Mississippi representative, but David accepts Lincoln's offer of advisor on the war council. Before he leaves for DC, David decides to free his slaves as a symbolic gesture. Though his daughter Cameron bursts with pride over her father's courageous actions, his son Grant detests the destruction of his privileged life. In a drunken ire, he kills his father, but persuades authorities that an accident occurred.
Grant denies Cameron's insistence that their father was freeing the slaves because he intends to sell them. However, Grant fails to recognize his sister's passion for honoring her father's wishes and see the slaves to safety and freedom. She persuades Lincoln's escort envoy Jackson Logan, undercover as a merchant, to help her even though he broke her heart several years ago. As they journey together, their love flourishes while they struggle to survive one harrowing experience after another.
Most readers realize that a visit to Rosemary Rogers' neighborhood is always a sure shot for finding a powerfully enjoyable novel. Her latest tale, AN HONORABLE MAN, may be her best as this Civil War tale contains a terrific plot, a feel for the era, two delightful lead protagonists, a nasty villain, and a tremendous support cast. Fans of historical romance will gain much satisfaction with this superior Americana story.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner