The Copper Road: Beyond the Promise by Richard Buxton
Publication Date: July 26, 2020
Series: Shire’s Union #2
Genre: Historical Fiction
Shire is far from home, his old life in Victorian England a fading memory. He’s battled through war-torn America to keep a cherished promise to his childhood companion. Now she’s pushing him away, while the war won’t let him go. Fighting for the Union, Shire must survive the brutal campaign for Atlanta and try to imagine a future without her.
Clara is free from her husband but not from his ghost. After a violent end to an abusive marriage, she struggles to keep her home in the Tennessee hills as the war steals away its treasures and its people.
Tod, a captured Rebel, escapes in Pennsylvania. His encounters on the long road back to his regiment cast the Civil War in a different light. He begins to question his will to fight.
Three young lives become wrapped in the Rebels’ desperate need for copper. Friendships, loyalty and love will be tested beyond breaking point. Shire has new promises to keep.
The Copper Road is the second novel from award winning writer Richard Buxton. Book one of Shire’s Union, Whirligig, was shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award.
You guys, I kid you not. I have been
patiently very impatiently awaiting the release date of this magnificent book, ever since turning the last page of Whirligig: Keeping the Promise, the first in this brilliant trilogy. My father was a lover of all things Civil War, and I used to sit next to him on our living-room sofa, studying the pictures in his history books, marveling at the uniforms and the men who wore them. But nobody, ever, has brought that era to life for me more than Richard Buxton.
First of all, The Copper Road: Beyond the Promise can definitely be read as a stand-alone, so if you haven’t read the first book, never fear. (Although once you finish The Copper Road, you might want to pull a Star-Wars-Strategy and bounce back around to Whirligig. It gives you some much needed insight into these characters, namely Shire and Clara.)
Secondly, this book is glorious in its scope; the meticulous research that was clearly done, the characters and their quirks, plus the plot itself, all culminate together to bring you one impressively resounding story. The book follows Shire, a soldier in the Union Army and Tod, a soldier in the Confederate Army, as well as a young woman named Clara. However, I will admit to you right off the bat, that Shire stole the show for me. (You just can’t help but love him!)
Just as in Richard Buxton’s first book, the story is not so much about the war itself, as it is about being a soldier during wartime. Following the journey of these characters as they navigate the hardships, the fear, the battles (ever smelled gun smoke while reading? You’re about to) and their own emotions is what makes this story take up permanent residence in your heart. The characters themselves literally refuse to stay on the page, choosing instead to trail your footsteps as you go throughout your day. Before you know it, you’re invested in their lives and dying to see what awaits them.
Bottom Line: This is history and humanity at it’s finest, handed to you by one of the world’s greatest storytellers. There’s just no question: you simply need this book.
Richard lives with his family in the South Downs, Sussex, England. He completed an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University in 2014. He has an abiding relationship with America, having studied at Syracuse University, New York State, in the late eighties. His short stories have won the Exeter Story Prize, the Bedford International Writing Competition and the Nivalis Short Story Award.
Richard’s first novel, Whirligig, was published in 2017 and shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award. To learn more about Richard’s writing visit https://www.richardbuxton.net. You can also follow Richard on Facebook and Twitter.
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