A Heart Torn Between North and South

Camellia by Diane Ashley & Aaron McCarver / Song of the River Series Book Two
December 2012 / $12.99 / 320 Pages / Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-61626-543-4

This December Camellia Anderson’s riverboat life is shattered by the siege of Vicksburg and a secret love for a Union soldier in Camellia book two in the Song of the River series by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver.

In 1859 Natchez, Mississippi, Lily Anderson is determined to thwart a marriage of convenience. She embarks on a riverboat venture to keep her and her two sisters afloat financially. But gambler Blake Matthews has won part ownership of Lily’s riverboat. How will their business profit if he and the feisty Mississippi miss disagree about almost everything? The affluent Jean Luc Champney will do anything to get back what he lost in a card game, including wooing and endangering the pretty new owner. Will the siren song of the river evolve into a serenade or a somber lament?

Diane Ashley, a “town girl” born and raised in Mississippi, has worked more than twenty years for the House of Representatives. She rediscovered a thirst for writing, was led to a class taught by Aaron McCarver, and became a founding member of the Bards of Faith.

Aaron McCarver is a transplanted Mississippian who was raised in the mountains near Dunlap, Tennessee. He loves his jobs of teaching at Belhaven University and editing for Barbour Publishing and Summerside Press. A member of ACFW, he is coauthor with Gilbert Morris of the bestselling series, The Spirit of Appalachia. He now coauthors with Diane Ashley on several historical series.

Q & A with the Author

1. Camellia is book two in the Song of the River series. How is this title different from the first book in the series?

Instead of showing commerce on the Mississippi River, it’s showing the struggle between the North and the South as it is played out on the river. The spiritual issues dealt with in Lily are characters trying to reconcile with their earthly fathers in conjunction with their Heavenly Father. In Camellia the characters are seeking to discover God’s will for their lives and how to use the talents He gave them in ministering to others for Him.

2.       What type of research did you have to do for Camellia?

We did a lot of research about the Civil War, particularly the importance of the Mississippi River during that time period. We looked into all the battles that took place on or near the river, specifically the siege at Vicksburg.

3.       This book is set during the time of the Civil War. What action scenes will readers experience?

There are so many action scenes we could not tell you all of them. The book starts with a battle in Boonville, Missouri, told by the hero. The heroine has to escape New Orleans after it is captured by the Union. The hero is nearly killed during the naval battle near Memphis, Tennessee. The characters’ lives are at risk each time they take to the river.

4.       How is the main character in Camellia different from the main character in Lily?

Lily loves the river and is not interested in balls, fashions, or anything that typically concerned ladies of that time. Even though Lily has her own spiritual struggles, from the beginning, she does want to follow God’s will. Camellia is almost exactly the opposite. She is only concerned about balls, parties, a rich husband, and having the finest plantation. God is not a part of her daily thoughts and decisions—spirituality is for Sunday when one attends church.

5.       Will any of the characters from the first book in the series be in this second installment?

Yes, almost everyone we introduced will appear in Camellia since it deals with the same family, less than two years after the end of Lily.

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