"1920's are shaping into a whole new world - especially for Meg."
2001 HOLT Medallion Award for Southern Theme.
Del Dubois and Meg Wagstaff had survived the San Francisco
earthquake and the Great War. It didn't matter that she was
white and he was black, the housekeeper's son, they were
friends. Changes had come with war, the 19th amendment
[Women's vote] was soon to be passed and prohibition was
soon to come into law.
After an honorable discharge from military, Del followed
his dream of playing jazz in New Orleans. He awoke one
night to police fists and charge of murdering the club's
owner. He is helpless and must call on his friends in San
Francisco, the Wagstaffs [#2 Lost in His Love]. As Cecy &
Linc are due to have a baby, their soon-to-be lawyer
daughter, Meg comes to Del's aid.
Meg met Gabe St. Clair, the prosecuting attorney and the
clash of cultures and 'modern thought' begins despite
common ground of their service in France during the war.
Meg sets out to prove Del's innocence and forces Gabe to
confront his pre-judgments both in home life and in work.
They work together to prove Del's innocence and find
themselves falling in love.
This is a well-written historical novel with an
inspirational and romance sub-plot. The inspirational
message is written into the plot comfortably as the
characters personality and not preachy; so those looking
for a good historical novel will enjoy the story. Those
enjoying inspirational books will find the conflict and
choices made a reaffirmation of Christian values and moral
I think there would have been more enjoyment if I had read
the series in order, but even so, I did not feel I needed
to read the others to enjoy this book. The time period is
one that is not often written about and the political
1920's pre-prohibition atmosphere was an interesting point
Cy Korte © Copyright November 2001
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 4, 2001