The Last Best Hope by David L Parrott
A Civil War Era Alternative History
Publisher: Storyteller Publishing
Genre: Historical, Fantasy (Alternative History)
Length: Full Length (261 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea
Historians have often asked, “What if the South had won at the Battle of Gettysburg?—what if, indeed?
1865: The South has won The Civil War; Robert E. Lee is President of the Confederate States of America; and Abraham Lincoln is paralyzed and a fugitive, protected by remnants of the defeated Union Army after being shot in the spine when Washington was sacked by the Rebels. Slavery is legal and has penetrated all sectors of the land that was once the United States of America. John Wilkes Booth, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and The Pinkertons all play a pivotal role in the shaping of the now permanently divided nation. Set in the oil boom area of Northwest Pennsylvania, THE LAST BEST HOPE follows the lives of Captain Ezekiel Edwards, Chastity Stottish, and others deeply impacted in the aftermath of both stunning victory and shameful defeat in a sweeping drama of romance, adventure, and hope for a better tomorrow.
What if all you thought about the Civil War was a lie?
History states that the Civil War ended in 1865 with the South surrendering. But with The Last Best Hope the reader is introduced to a world where the South hasn't fallen. In fact, the North surrendered. The concept is intriguing. What would've happened if the South got one last surge and won? What if Lincoln hadn't been assassinated? These are all interesting questions Parrott tackles.
I have to admit, at first I wasn't pulled in by the book. There are moments where the story dragged and I had to fight a bit to keep going. Also, I'm not a huge fan of first person narrative. This book is in parts. While these made the read slower for me, that might not be the case for all readers, especially those intrigued by alternate history. After a few pages, the story did pick up and there were more than a few moments of turmoil and lots of adventure. The charcters are people, though in the past, I could relate to. The small town which has become a ghost story could be any small town. Chastity and Ezekiel made a good pair, both broken in some ways, but just right for each other. I think they were the best part of the book for me.
If you've ever wondered what would've happened if the South hadn't fallen... then this might be the book you're looking for.