The Rebel Wife is set in Alabama during the turbulent times of the Reconstruction Period. In 1876, Grant is President of the United States and has a policy focused on the South to get the state back in order. Alabama at this time is economically depressed and people are barely getting by.
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The story introduces us to Augusta, a young women who's husband recently passed away. Augusta thought she would inherit a decent sum of money upon her husbands death, but she is gravely mistaken. She comes to discover that she gets nearly nothing. Now Augusta is faced with poverty in a poverty stricken state.
August will befriend many former slaves as she herself is struggling just to survive in those peril times. She helps those in need with what she can and she also will receive much help from former slaves.
The main focus of this book is to show the reader how difficult it was in the deep South after the war.
Best part of story, including ending:
This book shows how a person can go from riches to rags. How one's mindset can change and how they can find enjoyment in the little things in life.
Best scene in story:
I like how Augusta realizes how difficult things are, but she overcomes these obstacles.
Opinion about the main character:
How August went from being a nice Southern belle into just a regular women struggling to survive.