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TEMPTING SKIES: BOOK THREE, BEYOND THE WOOD SERIES
by MICHAEL ROUECHE
The Final Chapter in the Award-Winning Beyond the Wood Series
Its four decades after the Civil War, and former Kentucky slave Victoria Richman has passed away. Among her belongings, her bereft family discovers a narrative she’s written recounting the summer of 1864 in Virginia and Washington City. Mrs. Richman’s manuscript describes a defining year in the lives that intersect hers:
• Betsy, a Southern sympathizer stranded in Washington City, tries to escape a scheming sociopath, even as the war’s devastation trudges southward toward her Shenandoah Valley homestead.
• William Richman, at last a legally free man, painfully struggles to scrape away slavery’s emotional scars and remnant self-doubt. Amidst inner disarray and outer humiliation, he battles for his place in a new social order of liberty framed in 19th-Century racism.
• Victoria struggles to find meaning in her new life. Thoughtful and intelligent, she resists a mundane life far from the war and its shifting purpose as she lives the climax of the trilogy.
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