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Manassas Museum Requests
Book Talk and Book Signing
Dave Button (he is a volunteer who reads all the review copies of books and makes recommendations for me) returned your book today and he REALLY likes it. He is a tough critic, so his praise is quite the honor. I’d like to get some copies of your books to sell in our store and also arrange for you to come and do a book talk (hopefully in your period outfit) and sign books afterwards. I am working on our 2016 book talk schedule. This year’s schedule is completely full. We do our book talks on Sunday afternoons and they will start at 1:30. I already have March 13th reserved for another author. We could do something in January or February, but due to possibility of bad weather, we might be better off to do a Sunday in April. Would you be interested in doing something like that here at the museum? Thank you again for sending the review copy – please let me know about ordering information.
I look forward to meeting you. Jane M. Riley
Museum Store Manager
Visitor Services Supervisor
Echoes, the Manassas Museum Store
9101 Prince William Street
Manassas, Virginia 20110
703 257-8453 Phone
Civil War Day/Book Signing
Reviewed by Michelle Hamilton
Local Author/Historian Be Drowned in Tears": Spiritualism in Abraham Lincoln's White House
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Barnes and Noble Civil War Day
Last Saturday my local Barnes & Noble (Central Park, Fredericksburg, VA) held a Civil War Living History Event. I love Barnes & Noble on a regular day, but to add a Civil War event into the mix, I was over the moon and blocked Saturday off on my calendar. The event lived up to my anticipation.
At the door shoppers were greeted by a Confederate soldier from the 8th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment. This set the tone for the event as shoppers knew that they were in for something special.
Since the event was held at a book store, Barnes & Noble had local Civil War authors on hand for a book signing. Historian Chris Mackowski signed copies of his latest releases in the emerging Civil War Series from Savas Beatie, LLC. I was thrilled to pick up an autographed copy of “Fight Like the Devil”: The First Day at Gettysburg, July 1,
Also on hand signing books was Eileen Kern Goodman author of the novel Storm Over Fauquier: The Foreboding Tempest: 1860-1861. I am looking forward to reading this novel which is based on real people and events.
The event was more than just a book signing though, as Civil War living historians demonstrated period toys and parlor games, music, and dance (performed by the Civil War Dance Ensemble of Spottsylvania. Members of the 8th VA Ladies’ Aid Society were also on hand to show shoppers how Southern women cared for their loved ones in the army.
For those curious about all those layers a Civil War lady wore, Miss Frances Allshouse presented “The Layered Lady” clothing demonstration.
I enjoyed the event and thought that there was a lot to keep shoppers engaged. This was a well planned event and I hope Barnes & Noble Central Park does another Civil War Day.
"As both a history buff and a native of Fauquier County, this book struck a special chord for me. I've read a lot of history and historical fiction. I've read a lot about Fauquier County. It was a real pleasure to read a book that combined these facets.
Author Eileen Goodman has woven a rich tale that incorporates details that I found wonderfully familiar. Many of the character surnames are of long established families of the region. She has utilized era-appropriate names for towns and locations. Her description of the countryside was accurate enough to make me homesick. It is obvious that she is well familiar with and thoroughly researched the history and geography of the area. While I anticipated some of the historic events, what I did not anticipate was her intimate description of how these events impacted the families, especially the women. She touched on aspects of their lives that are not often written about with respect to the Civil War era, especially with her inclusion of the Women's Rights movement of that time. The author's writing style includes both era appropriate and regionally familiar language that transports the reader to northern Fauquier County during the early days of the war. I found the book very enjoyable, engaging, and thought provoking and I certainly recommend it to readers who enjoy well-researched historic fiction."
"I couldn't put the book down once I started reading. And when I got to the end I said to myself, "e;That's it!"e; I want more. I've learned there are sequels and so that is a good thing. This should be a must read for students studying the Civil War because the facts flow from the pages without becoming cumbersome. The story itself reveals the difficulties families went through in this time of history. Great read. Great book. Congratulations."
"As a former history teacher (now retired), I always encouraged my students to read historical fiction. Taking in information from a textbook & attending lectures from professors & teachers is an way to learn about history BUT this type of learning is cerebral. If you want to get as close as possible to EXPERIENCING the time period, read good, historically accurate historical fiction genre. This novel "hit a home run" for me in that department. Walking in the shoes of Caroline Ashby, daughter of a large landowner in Fauquier County, VA. sent me back to that time period just prior to and during the beginning of the Civil War. I really appreciated the different viewpoints that were espoused by the characters in Carolyn's world. From her sister, Martha's, support for more rights for women (Seneca Falls Convention - 1848 took place just prior to the Civil War) to the Dixon's loyalty to the U.S. Government etc, we see that the standpoints of the southerners of that time were not all in lockstep. The battle scenes were all too real & at one point brought me to tears when I envisioned my own precious grandsons on that battlefield. Since I lived closeby in Manassas, VA for 32 years, I was familiar with the many places described in this novel and that was an added delight for me. If you have any interest at all in the time period of the Civil War, I highly urge you to read this novel."
-Barbara J. Clark
"What a great job you have done. I hope there will be more books like this from you in the future. I hope this is not your last book. You have a real talent--can't wait for the next book. Congratulations on a job well done."
"This was a fantastic book! I was unable to put this book down! I love the History which is presented in this book and think it is an excellent read for anyone, but especially anyone who enjoys this era. I am anxiously awaiting the next book from Ms. Goodman! Excellent and highly recommended!!!"
"Ms Goodman effortlessly transports her readers into a turbulent time in American history. At times it is hard to determine where facts leave off and fiction begins. Caroline Ashby is a strong, believable woman and her story will leave a lasting impact on Ms Goodman's readers. I look forward with anticipation to her next book."
-Wendy Spiesman, Reference Librarian
"Fabulous! Great historical novel, my favorite type of book. Great read. Didn't want to put it down, once I started reading. Waiting and looking forward to her next book."
"Your book is great! I enjoyed it completely. It's a good looking book too. You did a good job on the cover layout. Just the right atmosphere for the times and the story. I read someplace that a good book should be conversational and you achieved that in the storyline using the words of that era. So congratulations on a good looking book and a great story. The way it ends it sounds like you could have a sequel!"
"Oh Eileen!!! I just finished your book!! I never liked history or anything about the Civil War. You have changed my thoughts on this! The battle you described in here made me hold my breath for the entire chapter! Plus I ate almost a whole bag of chips because I was so mesmerized in the descriptions of your characters and the beautiful land of Virginia!! It was my honor and great pleasure to be one of the first to read your book!!!! PLEASE hurry up and write part 2!!!!! I will be waiting anxiously to be with Caroline on her next adventure!!!"
"Storm Over Fauquier ties together all the many names and places that I, as a Fauquier native, know so well, places them in the context of national events and adds to them the emotion of everyday life. The way that the characters interact enables the reader to feel and to imagine what life must have been like for these very real people in the time just preceding the Civil War."
-Frances Robinson Allshouse
"I have read to page 200 of your book and am thoroughly enjoying it. What a great job you have done. I hope there will be more books like this from you in the future. I hope this is not your last book. You have a real talent."
"Kept me enthralled from the 1st page..Eileen Goodman: praises to your engaging account of historical events and tragedies that occured in Fauquier...Beautifully written...one I will keep in my collection of favorite books..."
-Susan Kosa Davia
"This is a great book! Would recommend for anyone who loves history and a good story."
"Great book! Richly detailed and thoroughly engaging. Grabs the reader and doesn't let go until the last page. Can't wait for the next book to be