The Second Mrs. Hockaday



The Second Mrs. Hockaday SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZEAll I Had Known For Certain When I Came Around The Hen House That First Evening In July And Saw My Husband Trudging Into The Yard After Lifetimes Spent Away From Us, A Borrowed Bag In His Hand And The Shadow Of Grief On His Face, Was That He Had To Be Protected At All Costs From Knowing What Had Happened In His Absence I Did Not Believe He Could Survive ItWhen Major Gryffth Hockaday Is Called To The Front Lines Of The Civil War, His New Bride Is Left To Care For Her Husband S Three Hundred Acre Farm And Infant Son Placidia, A Mere Teenager Herself Living Far From Her Family And Completely Unprepared To Run A Farm Or Raise A Child, Must Endure The Darkest Days Of The War On Her Own By The Time Major Hockaday Returns Two Years Later, Placidia Is Bound For Jail, Accused Of Having Borne A Child In His Absence And Murdering It What Really Transpired In The Two Years He Was Away Inspired By A True Incident, This Saga Conjures The Era With Uncanny Immediacy Amid The Desperation Of Wartime, Placidia Sees The Social Order Of Her Southern Homeland Unravel As Her Views On Race And Family Are Transformed A Love Story, A Story Of Racial Divide, And A Story Of The South As It Fell In The War, T He Second Mrs Hockaday Reveals How That Generation And The Next Began To See Their World Anew.

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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • The Second Mrs. Hockaday
  • Susan Rivers
  • English
  • 21 April 2018
  • 1616205814

10 thoughts on “The Second Mrs. Hockaday

  1. Diane S ☔ says:

    Placidia is only seventeen when she agrees to marry Major Hockaday, a man much older than herself, a recent widower with a small child After spending only two days together, he is recalled to service in our Civil War Now she is expected to manage his large farm, take care of his little boy and all with little help When he finally returns it is to find that she has given birth, and said to have murdered the child What really happened in the two years he was away.Told almost entirely in journa Placidia is only seventeen when she agrees to marry Major Hockaday, a man much older than herself, a recent widower with a small child After spending only two days together, he is recalled to service in our Civil War Now she is expected to manage his large farm, take care of his little boy and all with little help When he finally returns it is to find that she has given birth, and said to have murdered the child What really happened in the two years he was away.Told almost entirely in journal entries, letters and court documents we follow Placidia, learning about her life and the answers to this puzzling and horrifically charged event One of my favorite ways to tell a story, seemspersonal and realistic This is in fact based on a true event A dark book, but a book that highlights not only the difficulties ...

  2. Linda says:

    I received a copy of The Second Mrs Hockaday through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Algonquin Books and to Susan Rivers for the opportunity.Some stories are told straightforward with details sunnyside up The Second Mrs Hockaday weaves itself into quite a Joseph s Coat of Many Colors The threads stitch in line and then fall back onto itself through loops of personal letters, inquest notices, and documentations A here, a now, and a long reaching into the past.Placidia Fincher li I received a copy of The Second Mrs Hockaday through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Algonquin Books an...

  3. Jaline says:

    Our enemy isand all people like him, who never question their motives or doubt their desires They are put on this earth to cause misery, because what they take so freely for themselves comes always at great cost to others This novel is constructed in epistolary form there are also diary entries and the records of interviews from an ...

  4. Liz says:

    In 1863, 17 year old Dia marries a man double her age, a major in the Confederate army After two days, he returns to the front leaving her with a 300 acre farm, a baby stepson, an aging female slave and a few field hands to manage When he returns at the end of the war, she has given birth to a baby who had quickly died Given that he hasn t been home at all in the intervening years, there s already a mystery at hand When he brings up charges against her and she refuses to give the paternity o In 1863, 17 year old Dia marries a man double her age, a major in the Confederate army After two days, he returns to the front leaving her with a 300 acre farm, a baby stepson, an aging female slave and a few field hands to manage When he returns at the end of the war, she has given birth to a baby who had quickly died Given that he hasn t been home at all in the intervening years, there s already a mystery at hand When he brings up charges against her and she refuses to give the paternity of the child or tell who has helped her, the mystery compou...

  5. Melissa Crytzer Fry says:

    4.5 rounded up to 5As a fan of Civil War era historical fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed this slim debut An epistolary novel told in its entirety through letters, legal court inquests and journal entries, it mirrors the real life story of a husband and wife in 1864 66 with flashbacks and flash forwards.While the narrative weaves back and forth in time between the 1860s and 1890s and includes letters from at least a half dozen characters in the telling of the story I found it easy to follow 4.5 rounded up to 5As a fan of Civil War era historical fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed this slim debut An epistolary novel told in its entirety through letters, legal court inquests and journal entries, it mirrors the real life story of a husband and wife in 1864 66 with flashbacks and flash forwards.While the narrative weaves back and forth in time between the 1860s and 1890s and includes letters from at least a half dozen characters in the telling of the story I found it easy to follow In fact, it is the author s ability to seamlessly unveil the thoughts and reactions of various characters to the same events but during different time periods of revelation that made this a read full of tension Rivers parses out the right details at just the right time, revealing details through just the right characters, creating a tangible stream of suspense and emotion.I believe the best novels pose a question upfront one that the reader feels she MUST di...

  6. Erin says:

    Find this and other reviews at m going to be entirely honest and admit that I picked up Susan Rivers The Second Mrs Hockaday because it looked absolutely nothing like The Sun King Conspiracy I d just finished the latter and I didn t want anything to ruin the high I d gotten off reading it so I intentionally looked around for something different I d an ARC of Rivers debut on hand and the description bore so little resemblance to the French intrigue Find this and other reviews at m going to be entirely honest and admit that I picked up Susan Rivers The Second Mrs Hockaday because it looked absolutely nothing like The Sun King Conspiracy I d just finished the latter and I didn t want anything to ruin the high I d gotten off reading it so I intentionally looked around for something different I d an ARC of Rivers debut on hand and the description bore so little resemblance to the French intrigue that I thought it d make a decent transition piece, but I was wrong I ...

  7. Erin says:

    The real tragedy in my review is that no one is going to be able to read this book for months I have hope though that people will take note and place it on their TBR if it appeals to your literary tastebuds An epistolary novel in a series of letters, diary entries, and court records set during the time of the American Civil War, The Second Mrs Hockaday took me by surprise I had no expectations going into the story, but I truly became invested in this heart wrenching tale However, that The real tragedy in my review is that no one is going to be able to read this book for months I have hope though that people will take note and place it on their TBR if it appeals to your literary tastebuds An epistolary novel in a series of letters, diary entries, and court records set during the time of the American Civil War, The Second Mrs Hockaday took me by surprise I had no expectations going into the story, but I truly became invested in this heart wrenching tale However, that wasn t my initial impression when I began to read it It had a very Daphne du Maurier beginning which in retrospect, is a bit misleading for me to say bec...

  8. Marjorie says:

    This haunting novel takes place during the Civil War Placidia is only 17 years old when the older Major Gryffith Hockaday speaks to her father about the possibility of marrying her Major Hockaday s wife has died and left him with a young son He and Placidia are married within days of meeting and are only married two days when Major Hockaday has to return to the war He leaves young Placidia to run their farm and to care for his young son When he returns from the war two years later, Placidia This haunting novel takes place during the Civil War Placidia is only 17 years old when the older Major Gryffith Hockaday speaks to her father about the possibility of marrying her Major Hockaday s wife has died and left him with a young son He and Placidia are married within days of meeting and are only married two days when Major Hockaday has to re...

  9. Nicole says:

    Wow This was a very compelling debut novel that takes place primarily in the south during the Civil War, and is told through correspondence While it is considered historical fiction, several of the events are based on true events and give the story a very authentic feel It was easy to get caught up in the narrative of the letters and, like the characters, anxiously await the news that each one brought Parts of the story are told around 30 years after the war by the descendants of the main Wow This was a very compelling debut novel that takes place primarily in the south during the Civil War, and is told through correspondence While it is considered historical fiction, several of the events are based on true events and give the story a very authentic feel It was easy to get caught up in the narrative of the letters and, like the characters, anxiously await the news that each ...

  10. Robin says:

    This novel about a young woman who is thrust into a hard life as the wife of an absent soldier and farmer during the American Civil War is told through letters, diaries, and other documents At only 17 years old, and after only one week at her new home, she is left alone to care for her husband s farm and his son by his previous marriage as he returns to the battle front When he finally returns two years later, he finds his young wife has given birth to another man s child in his absence, and i This novel about a young woman who is thrust into a hard life as the wife of an absent soldier and farmer during the American Civil War is told through letters, diaries, and other documents At only 17 years old, and after only one week at her new home, she is left alone to care for her husband s farm and his son by his previous marriage as he returns to the battle front When he finally returns two years later, he finds his young wife has given birth to another man s child in his absence, and is being accused of murdering the infant.I struggled to read this at first, because all dialogue described through the letters or journals is completely unquoted I m not sure why, because any quote should be in quotation marks, regardless of whether it s within a letter or diary or not It was very difficult to know whether the start of a sentence was going...

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