J. Rivers Hodge Pens Empowering Tale of a Heroic Woman Caught in the Civil War

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New book, The Legend of Anne Southern, brings the American Civil War era to life.

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“These were stories, not so much about battles, but of survival.”

Diana Gabaldon, New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning Outlander novels, describes J. Rivers Hodge’s new book, “The Legend of Anne Southern” (published by iUniverse) as, “A very entertaining, mile-a-minute style, and remarkably vivid characters.”

“When I was a child, my grandfather told me stories about the Civil War,” J. Rivers Hodge shares. “These were stories, not so much about battles, but of survival.” It was this inspiration that Hodge now shares with readers: the acts of bravery, ingenuities, as well as the horrors of this historical conflict.

The year is 1860 and the Civil War looms on the horizon. In Evanston, Illinois, a young, unassuming butcher, Ruse Blackburn, wants what every man wants – to earn a decent living and marry a lovely wife. With these goals almost in his grasp, the privileged stomp on his ambitions. Ruse, rightly accused of murder and tortured, sells his soul and ends up as General William T. Sherman’s aide: charged with keeping the general drunk enough to do evil but sober enough to conduct war. As Sherman’s troops pillage Georgia, Ruse sinks deeper and deeper into madness.

In the meantime, beautiful Anne Southern lives a life of lonely luxury with her two young sons at Meridian Plantation. Her husband, Allen, fires the mortar that begins the Civil War and abandons his family to fight for the Confederacy. When Anne and Ruse meet, their lives are forever changed. Anne finds herself completely without resources and must make difficult decisions.

“The Legend of Anne Southern”
By J. Rivers Hodge with Brenda Hodge
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 552 pages | ISBN 9781475945966
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 552 pages | ISBN 9781475945973
E-Book | 552 pages | ISBN 9781475945980
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
J. Rivers Hodge is a native Floridian and a graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. He lives with his wife and writing partner, Brenda, in Jacksonville, Florida.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations – self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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