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Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2018
I had a great time reading this comedic romp through skewed history. The mythical war between the states of North Carolina and South Carolina over moonshiners and missing state governors is like watching one of those stage plays full of wild entrances and exits filled with mistaken identity. The book opens with a girl on a train winking at a guy on another train. Apparently, a 1908 wink said a lot as the wealthy young man Ardmore is determined to search until he finds the girl. His travelling companion Grizzy is an academic from Virginia who scoffs affectionately at his buddy. Of course, the tale takes Ardmore to encounter the winking girl, Jerry Dangerfield, daughter of the missing governor of North Carolina. Meanwhile, Grizzy teams up with Barbara Osborne, the daughter of the missing Governor of South Carolina. The novel flames as both daughters take over the duties of running the states to protect their fathers' reputations, enlisting Ardmore and Grizzy as the acting governors of the respective states. A war ensues as North Carolina soldiers try to put the moonshiner Applewhite in a South Carolina jail as the South Carolina militia try to put him in a North Carolina jail. It's all wildly improbable from the modern eye, but nevertheless completely charming. Yes, there are the racial references that would be considered inappropriate 110 years after publication. But I greatly enjoyed my time with Meredith Nicholson's sweet tale. Enjoy!
I guess the good thing about this version is that it shows anyone who wants to self publish that there is an unforgiveness of coding. From the first page, html codes sprinkled over the paragraphs. Too bad. It was too distracting to read. Meredith's stories are tremendous and deserve a well-formatted read.