About the Book
Title: A Hundred Crickets Singing
Author: Cathy Gohlke
Genre: Historical Fiction; Dual Time
In wars eighty years apart, two young women living on the same Appalachian estate determine to aid soldiers dear to them and fight for justice, no matter the cost.
1944. When a violent storm rips through the Belvidere attic in No Creek, North Carolina, exposing a hidden room and trunk long forgotten, secrets dating back to the Civil War are revealed. Celia Percy, whose family lives and works in the home, suspects the truth could transform the future for her friend Marshall, now fighting overseas, whose ancestors were once enslaved by the Belvidere family. When Marshall’s Army friend, Joe, returns to No Creek with shocking news for Marshall’s family, Celia determines to right a long-standing wrong, whether or not the town is ready for it.
1861. After her mother’s death, Minnie Belvidere works desperately to keep her household running and her family together as North Carolina secedes. Her beloved older brother clings to his Union loyalties, despite grave danger, while her hotheaded younger brother entangles himself and the family’s finances within the Confederacy. As the country and her own home are torn in two, Minnie risks her life and her future in a desperate fight to gain liberty and land for those her parents intended to free, before it’s too late.
With depictions of a small Southern town “reminiscent of writings by Lisa Wingate” (Booklist on Night Bird Calling), Cathy Gohlke delivers a gripping, emotive story about friendship and the enduring promise of justice.
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In My Opinion
A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke combines the author’s narrative voice with two tumultuous times of war in history filled with prejudice and hate and uncovers moments of hope that the animosity and discrimination will change with enough people fighting the good fight.
Gohlke connects the two time periods through diaries and land in the community of No Creek, North Carolina, where memories are long and convictions run strong. Two brave women desire to make a difference, to write wrong for the atrocities they see others enforcing on their fellow human beings.
Though the topics this book brings to the forefront are a difficult part of our history, the author handles them with grace while challenging readers to be the change in our worlds.
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