Hello readers! Last week you got to meet Carrie Dalby a bit. Today I’m going to talk about one of her books, Fortitude. This book was actually the first time I’ve read a historical fiction for fun, and now I’m totally hooked on the genre.
Carrie does an amazing job of painting a vivid view of the South in the late 1800’s during the Spanish-American War. This story touches on some very sensitive racial issues and handles them brilliantly. Fortitude’s passionate approach to real issues entertains while educating. Would I recommend to others? DUH! Heck yeah! I’m making my youngest daughter read it now!
So, what’s the book actually about? In Fortitude, you follow alongside main character Claire O’Farrell and her Creole best friend, Loretta Davis as they travel to Tampa, volunteering as nurses for the soldiers in the war. With the two being different races in a time where each color stuck to their own, they are slammed into a reality that is heartbreaking and eye-opening.
What’s my favorite part about the book? Well, I kind of know secrets that the world hasn’t been privy to yet. Two of the story’s characters continue on in Carrie Dalby’s newest series yet to be released.
If you want to check out Fortitude, which I highly recommend, click here.
Growing up with a Creole best friend, sixteen-year-old Claire O’Farrell held little regard for the Jim Crow laws and the consequences of befriending those of a different color. But once she leaves the haven of her home on Dauphin Island, the reality of racial intolerance can no longer be ignored. Though she’s underage, Claire makes the bold decision to serve alongside Loretta, her best friend, in the “colored camp” hospital tents during the Spanish-American War, but her idealistic attitude and choice of working location immediately puts her in danger. Claire gives her heart to a soldier in the camp, only to find herself caught in the racial violence besieging the area. When the intolerant attitudes and stigma follow her home, she clings to her faith to navigate through her social isolation and find the path she was meant to travel.