3 out of 4 stars
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Hallowed Ground by Cindy Ziperman talks about the dispute between a commercial development company and a historical preservation society. The development company wants to buy up plots of land to build a mall, whereas the historical preservation society wants to preserve this land. The plots under discussion were the scenery of several important battles during the Civil War.
Samantha, or Sam as she prefers, becomes entangled in this discussion when she moves to her uncle's farm in Franklin, Tennessee. She lost her job as a nurse at a hospital after an incident and wants to start again in a spot surrounded by plenty of happy childhood memories, living with her loving uncle and aunt. Her uncle’s farmland is one of the plots at stake, and her uncle does not want to sell to the development company. Sam wholeheartedly agrees with this and steps up to help her uncle protect his farm from being bought away from him. During all this, Sam gets emotionally and romantically involved with one of the protagonists, despite her strong ideas that she cannot have a meaningful relationship with a man.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I like the pace of the book, the style of writing, the dialogues. From the start, you’re in the story knowing the different personages and their beliefs with regards to the mall development. For the most part, the book invites to immediately start the next chapter after finishing one. The book gives some historical background information on the Civil War. I would have liked to have had more details on this, to learn more about a major piece of US history. The book also has some funny lines (such as ‘Rome wasn’t destroyed in a day’) which made me chuckle.
I was a bit disappointed with the number of chapters dedicated to romance. Where it is quite obvious from the start that Sam will have a romance, it becomes the major if not the only topic in the middle part of the book. For me, this was a bit overkill and it slowed the pace of the book. I would have preferred to read more about the historical background of the Civil War, the actual dispute and the actions of the stakeholders, the reasons why certain people take surprising decisions.
I do recommend this book to others, it is entertaining, a good way to pass a few enjoyable hours.
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