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Rating: 3 Cups
Kate Randsome and her brother were just barely surviving while trying to recover from the devastation of the Civil War. When a handsome stranger appears, they quickly take him in to help on the farm. Kate cannot help but fall in love with him.
Soon Kate finds herself alone with a child and abandoned by both the man she loved and her own family and friends. She wants nothing more than to die, but is saved by a most unlikely person.
Faced with the humiliation of having a child outside of marriage and shunned for befriending former slaves and teaching them to read, Kate gains strength and continues to persevere despite the odds. All she wants is to achieve the virtually impossible – to become respected again.
Set in post-war Tennessee, Ms Russell’s moving novel is a work of art. It is a realistic picture of how both women and blacks were treated in the mid to late 19th century. Without being explicitly graphic, a violent portrait is painted of what can come from hate, bigotry and shame. Kate’s Pride is a dramatic and poignant account similar to Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. This is not a light or upbeat book, but rather a raw and emotionally gripping historical narrative of one woman’s never ending struggle against a whole way of life of, and a society.
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