A BEAUTIFUL GLITTERING LIE
A Novel of the Civil War
THE RENEGADE SERIES
by J.D.R. Hawkins
Fiction / Historical
Publication Date: March 2012
Available from Ingram Book Group, Baker & Taylor and iUniverse, Inc.
Winner of the 2013 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award
2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Winner of Editors Choice Award
Honorable Mention – 2013 DIY Book Festival
Honorable Mention – 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival
In the spring of 1861, a country once united is fractured by war. Half of America fights for the Confederate cause; the other, for unification. Rebel forces have already seized Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, a new Confederate president has been elected, and the Constitution has been revised. In north Alabama, a farmer and father of three decides to enlist. For Hiram Summers, it is the end of everything he has ever known.
After Hiram travels to Virginia with the Fourth Alabama Infantry Regiment, he is quickly thrust into combat. His son, David, who must stay behind, searches for adventure at home by traipsing to Huntsville with his best friend, Jake Kimball, to scrutinize invading Yankees. Meanwhile, Caroline – Hiram’s wife and David’s mother – struggles to keep up with the farm as her world revolves around the letters she receives from her husband, whom she misses dearly. As Hiram and his son discover the true meaning of war, they soon realize that their choices have torn their family apart.
In this historical tale, the naïveté of a young country is tested, a father sacrifices everything to defend his home, and a young man longs for adventure – regardless of the perilous cost.
Her "Renegade Series" includes the debut novel, A Beckoning Hellfire, recipient of two awards. Her new prequel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, is also an award winner. Both books tell the story of a family from north Alabama who experience immeasurable pain when their lives are dramatically changed by the war.
Ms. Hawkins is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and the Mississippi Writers Guild, and is an artist and singer/songwriter. She is currently working on a nonfiction book about the War Between the States, as well as two more sequels for her series.
A BEAUTIFUL GLITTERING LIE was a wonderful story. It is the prequel to A BECKONING HELLFIRE. In the spring of 1861 the country was torn apart. Divided. One part of America fights for the Civil War and the other half the unification. The story is about the Summers family and the war that tore their family apart. Families struggled to keep the family together. The Civil War like any war wreaks havoc on so many. The author writes a thoughtful fictional plot with historical quotes and history blended together. The violence of war is an important part of the book. War is nothing but violence. The Civil War and what the people went through is told by common people along with the terrors experienced by foot soldiers. The author not only gave the view of the war but also the ones left behind to keep the home fires burning. This is an excellent read about family, love, coming of age and fighting for what you believe in. This was a book I would recommend to anyone. Those who like history, stories of wars, or just interested in trying a new read, this is for you. We need to know and understand what our history was and how it affected people then and how we have evolved through it. I would give this book