Historical Fiction Review
|Through A Glass,
by Charlotte Miller
New South Books, 2001
Through a Glass, Darkly is the second in Charlotte Miller's trilogy of southern novels set in the hills along the Alabama-Georgia border.
Behold This Dreamer, Miller's debut novel, introduced Janson and Elise Sanders. Janson, a half-white, half-Cherokee farmer from Alabama moves to Georgia to earn his living after the death of his parents and the loss of their farm. There, he falls in love with Elise, the daughter of a wealthy landowner. After their elopement, her father throws them out. Economic circumstances force the young couple to return to Alabama where they find
themselves reliant on Janson's grandparents and relatives.
Through a Glass, Darkly takes up the couple's saga during the Great Depression. Janson's dream of recovering his family's farm is deferred as he tries to earn a living to support his wife and growing family. His desperation forces him to work for the man who killed his father. Yet he believes with Elise at his side, they can overcome the poverty and prejudice
Charlotte Miller's storytelling skills have been praised by : Robert Inman, Helen Norris, Vicki Covington, Madison Jones, Helen Blackshear, Sena Jeter Naslund, and Melinda Haynes.
The author, who was born in Roanoke, Alabama has never lived outside the south. Ms. Miller began writing novels while still a student at Auburn University. She works as a certified public accountant and writes in her spare time. She is currently at work on the final volume of her trilogy.
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