"Reminiscent of Gone with the Wind, The Whistle Walk paints a vivid picture of America at the start of the War Between the States. The treatment of slaves, the economic conditions of the South, the concerns of the soldiers on both sides were brought to life in this breathtaking novel. The story world was so well-developed that I was easily lost in its pages.
This is an intense story written in such detail it gripped my attention. I wasn't sure what to expect and I got a powerful read that left me asking myself “what if” questions for a few days after finishing the story."
Christine Sharbrough, The Christian Manifesto
"It is obvious that McGee knows the time period, etiquette standards, building structures, food offerings, and much more. The Civil War atmosphere is very much present and I was reminded of the novel, Gone with the Wind, in quality of the writing and content. Overall, this is a book I would gladly set on a shelf of favorites. It is a powerful story and I loved both Lydia and Ruth. Their individual growth through the book made for an incredible story. I look forward to the next book in this series."
Susan Faloon, The Christian Manifesto
"This is a story of two women, one white, one black, struggling to live within the confines of what is expected of their lives yet yearning for something better. It is beautifully told, exquisitely crafted, examining the harsh realities of slavery while allowing one to see the fire of hope and courage. It also shows the kindness and compassion of a young white lady expected to act as others yet yearning to change those expectations. It is realistic and sometimes heartbreaking, yet it delivers a message of hope, love and faith against all odds and in all circumstances, and it does this to absolute perfection! Bravo Ms. McGee!"
Ironwood Series Combo (The Whistle Walk and Heir of Hope)
Advanced reviewers are saying:
"I love Civil War stories, but this one stands unique among them. As with Jocelyn Green’s and Margaret Mitchell’s tales, the reader rides through an historic event with heart in throat.
This story did not disappoint. This reviewer totally loved it."
"Very nice book, this is the first book I have ever read by Stephenia H. McGee. I am very impressed. Very easy to read. Characters are well developed. I can't wait to read how the story continues in Losing Lincoln Next summer!"