Former Southern belle Sarah Edings became a spy after her family's plantation in the Carolina Low Country was destroyed by invading Union soliders.
To cover her clandestine activities, Sarah becomes a teacher and begins teaching the black children of her own former slaves to read. She is assisted by her former personal slave, a strong woman named Affey. Sarah also encounters a Union officer, a man to whom she she is attracted although he is among the enemy.
The book's pace is more than a little slow and sometimes the reader must struggle to maintain interest. "Voices Over Water" is, however, a portrait of a time and place not often explored in fiction. Set on an island in the Low Country, it offers enough interest to read - especially for those who love historical detail.
This report prepared by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy