The Angry Wife

When I think of Pearl Buck, I think of the Good Earth and China.  This book is totally different.  Three main characters.  Two brothers who return from the Civil War to their plantation in West Virginia.  One brother, Pierce, is married to Lucinda.  Pierce loves Lucinda and wants life to return to pre Civil War happiness.  Lucinda lives as if nothing has changed.  Younger brother Tom returns after having been horribly treated as a prisoner.  He is nursed back to health by Bettina, a gorgeous servant/slave.  Bettina, half black half white, is a beautiful and sensitive character, as is her sister Georgina.  Issues of race, power, love and loyalty, family and traditions dominate this fabulous book.  It is well worth reading.  I enjoyed every minute!