Mary Margaret Harwell never dreamed she would move to Little Rock, Arkansas, just as she never dreamed she would marry a Yankee. As her radically Republican husband, Thomas, enters the politics of reconstructing Arkansas after the Civil War, Maggie soon discovers that although the war is over, the bitterness of the loss has not diminished.
As Tom and Maggie settle into their new life in Arkansas, she busies herself painting artwork for their cottage, reuniting with her father, and becoming acquainted with the residents of Little Rock—or at least the ones who do not shun her because she is married to a northerner. But racial tensions escalate to new heights, and Maggie becomes the victim of a terrifying assault that leaves two men dead and shakes her to her core. As their journey eventually leads them from Arkansas to the nation’s capital, Maggie is faced with an agonizing decision when President Grant appoints her husband as governor of the Idaho Territory.
In this continuing historical saga based on a true story, a politician’s wife faces one challenge after the other in a world still reeling after the Civil War.
Mary Frances Hodges has both a Bachelor’s in both English and History, and Master ’s degree in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She has been a classroom teacher for over forty years. She has spoken at national conferences and seminars on the Teaching of Writing.. After twenty years of teaching in the Department of Rhetoric Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock , she retired. Currently she is teaching at colleges in the Central Arkansas area. She is the author of numerous published articles, plus has several entries in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.. She is also the author of two books that deal with Arkansas History. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.