Civil War Women in Love – Rachel Windsor

civil war women in loveThird installment of the Lesbian Lovers through Time series. 1860. In the antebellum South life is tough for women and tougher for lesbians. In this short Kenda is a house slave, Jane is the plantation owners daughter.

When Kenda is transferred to the fields not only her health is threatened. Having grown up spending all day together their sudden separation brings their feelings to a head. But how can two such powerless women find a future together when faced with the almost insurmountable barriers between them?


Another interesting plot concept. House slave who has been sheltered by her mother and her friendship with the owners daughter. Rich white girl, used to getting what she wants, but also excruciatingly aware of her place in the family and the behavior expected of a lady. Having grown up together and only just realizing the depth of their feelings Kenda’s removal to the fields and the abuse of the overseer brings things to a head.

The characters are charming and Ms Windsor succinctly portrays the way their different situations and upbringing has created different expectations and choices. For Kenda there is fear and anger, recognition of what she needs to do to survive. For Jane there is frustration at being powerless and confined by etiquette, but no fear for the future. The relative position of their mothers is also interesting – one a powerless slave, the other a privileged wife who still has little power except persuasion.

Rachel Windsor biogThe girls decisions are brave and their actions courageous. However in this novella, more than the others in the series, you might have to suspend disbelief. Hands up – I am a historian by education and nature, so I struggled a little with the ease of their escape from a slave owner and father’s retribution.

Enjoyable characters and a sweet tale, I would have preferred more tension and a more realistic depiction of the chase. This one should be re-done into a novel – it’s a great story and well written characters – it would make a wonderful suspense thriller.

(review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital (Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J49ZR2OC
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