Item description for Secret Tides (Southern Tides, Book 1) by Gary E. Parker...
Overview This historical romance kicks off a new trilogy set in the Old South on the eve of the Civil War. When the daughter of a plantation overseer accidentally causes the death of the plantation's owner--the father of the man she plans to marry--life as she knows it will never be the same.
Publishers Description Trouble is brewing on the plantation. When the overseer's daughter, Camellia York, accidentally causes the death of the plantation's owner -- who is also the father of the man she plans to marry, Trenton Tessier -- life as she knows it will never be the same. As Trenton begins to pull away from her, Camellia seeks solace from Josh Cain, an older relative with a quiet, but unshakable, faith. But when Cain's own wife dies tragically, the stage is set for Camellia to discover the truth about her family's past -- and her own destiny. Set against the backdrop of the Old South on the eve of the Civil War, "Secret Tides" is a saga of passion, greed, romance, and faith that you will not soon forget.
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.3" Height: 1" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2004
Publisher Howard Publishing
Series Southern Tides
Series Number 1
ISBN 1582293597 ISBN13 9781582293592
Availability 0 units.
More About Gary E. Parker
Gary E. Parker is the author of several nonfiction books and articles, as well as more than fifteen novels. He and his family live in Suwanee, Georgia, and he serves as a pastor in the Atlanta area.
Gary E. Parker currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia.
Gary E. Parker has published or released items in the following series...
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A great read that will leave you ready for its sequels. Jun 15, 2006
Review by Roseanna White
Most of us have seen the different sides of the South leading up to the Civil War, through movies and books and television. We've learned about the evils of slavery, we've seen the side of the rich plantation owners. In Parker's Secret Tides, we are taken into the heart of South Carolina pre-War, but this time we get to see both sides through a different class, the poor whites that are looked down on by the wealthy but are still a step above the slaves.
Josh Cain is a good man, but one haunted by his deeds in the Mexican War. He loves the Lord, he loves his family. He works with his brother on The Oak Plantation, under the wealthy Tessiers, and he's content with his lot in life. He strives to be better, to be worthy of the forgiveness the Bible offers him. But when his wife dies of a mysterious ailment and numerous disasters strike the rice plantation, he can't help but wonder if he's being punished for his sins.
Hampton York is nothing like his half brother-he knows well that in order to get ahead in the world, he has to seize each opportunity that presents itself. So when he and Josh find a dying man miles from home with a box of money by his side, he pockets the cash. When he returns home to find his master dead, he skims a little here, a little there. He'll do whatever it takes to be the master himself someday-after the blows life dealt him, he surely earned it.
Camellia York has long been in love with the eldest Tessier son, Trenton, but how can she marry him after the way his father died? Marshall Tessier had propositioned her, had threatened to force her, and when she had fought, he had drunkenly fallen and killed himself. Haunted, she doesn't know her own heart. Surely she loves Trenton-but what of their differences in faith? What of their different social classes? Could she ever fit into his world? She learns to read from an educated slave named Ruby who comes to The Oak days after Master Tessier's death, a slave who has her own drive and determination to find something better. But will those lessons be enough to let her belong in his world, or will she forever be beneath him?
Josh can't be strong around his brother, York slips further and further from what is right, Camellia doesn't know whether to love the man who betrays her but swears he loves her, and Ruby can't forget the husband and son she was separated from when she was sold. The tides of fortune threw them all together and threatens to rip them all apart. The only question is who will be left standing when the water recedes again.
Secret Tides was a fantastic, involving read. A little longer than it looks, it packs a lot of story into its pages and gives the reader a good look into many characters' minds. We follow many different threads that will undoubtedly lead us through the rest of the series, and I for one cannot wait to see what happens to the families whose lives revolve around The Oak. I've always appreciated historical fiction, and Parker manages to tell an old story with a new twist. Interwoven with the classic questions of the morality of slavery and social classes, Secret Tides is also a story of personal ambition and pride. Their struggles are real and understandable, even the darker ones of York. Through hurricanes and malaria and love and loss, Parker weaves a tale that doesn't end at the last page.
My only minor complaint is that I'd like to have seen more of Ruby and Camellia, but as this is the first book in the series, I trust they'll be a continued presence in the following books, and though the male point of views may have been more numerous, the females' were just as prominent.
Overall, Secret Tide is an excellent selection for anyone who loves historical fiction in general and the Civil War era or Southern settings in particular. Parker takes great pains to relate the truth of that time without offending those of thus in this one, and he pulls it off beautifully. A great read that will leave you ready for its sequels.