Over the holidays I caught up on the first two seasons of Downton Abbey. I’m now watching the third season on PBS. I am totally hooked. I adore historical fiction. What I love most about Downton is its depiction of the cultural shift caused by war. Out of something so horrific comes a miraculous evolution in the human condition.
I got to thinking there should be an American version of Downton Abbey. After all, the Civil War drastically altered American culture and society. Lo and behold, the book was in my Kindle the whole time awaiting my attention. I just finished reading and reviewing Anni’s Attic by Anne McGee. I have a feeling there are some Downton Abbey fans reading this and I have just the book for you.
By Anne Loader McGee
last thing 11-year old Jennine Nicòle Parkington wanted to do was live
on an old cotton plantation in Georgia, and share a bedroom with Annise
Loréal Bouvoir, la cousine terrible. But that was exactly what
happened. After her mother died, Jenn was perfectly happy living with
Grandmère and Grandpère in their New Orleans mansion while her father
Phillip Parkington, a businessman from England, went about his
international affairs. But the Civil War had changed everything.
Southerners were choosing sides and Mr. Parkington had chosen to fight
in President Lincoln’s Army. He told Jenn, “Believe me, living with
someone your own age will be the best thing for you, especially now I’m
Be that as it may, the two cousins had nothing in
common. Jenn spoke French and took pride in her impeccable manners. Anni
made friends with the Negro slaves and didn’t know the meaning of the
word “etiquette.” In spite of their animosity, friendship sprouted and
bloomed through four brutal years of the Civil War. Together Jenn and
Anni shared secrets and adventures like all young girls. Then, as the
war dragged on and closed in around them, the secrets and adventures
became much more terrifying and dangerous.
friendship of Jenn and Anni, the intertwining of the Parkington and
Bouvoir families, and the politics of war, Anne McGee skillfully weaves
Confederate and Yankee sympathies into this epic tale. McGee’s intricate
details of Southern life during the Civil War Era transport the reader
to another time and place. Anni’s Attic is the American version of Downton Abbey. Fans of the series will absolutely love this book.~ Copyright (c) 2013 by Peggy Tibbetts
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