Love In A Time Of Hate: New Orleans During Reconstruction By Matthew Langdon Cost

Love In A Time Of Hate: New Orleans During Reconstruction By Matthew Langdon Cost


A young man from Maine fights for social equality in New Orleans after the Civil War while pursuing a serial killer, becoming enmeshed in voodoo, and falling in love. Much like Louisiana’s famous gumboLove in A Time Of Hate: New Orleans During Reconstruction is a spicy dish of varied ingredients.

The main theme is the struggle for social equality between Whites, Blacks, and Creoles, but flavor is added with the subplots of politics, voodoo, murder, love, and hate. New Orleans becomes a literal battleground as carpetbaggers, scalawags, Creoles, and recently freed slaves fight against the entrenched southern plantation notion of white superiority.

My Thoughts:

This was a completely different kind of read for me, I found it interesting and thought provoking and I felt as though I learnt a great deal from reading it. I liked it, the story goes into a lot of depth and the subject has been researched well. The story is about Emmett who is trying to fight for social equality in new Orleans. Emmett is a very busy man whilst fighting for social equality, he is also on the hunt for a serial killer, there is a lot going on in this story along with Emmett getting himself caught up and being in love. But the main aspect is the social equality part which I feel as though needs to spoken about more. But I also like the fact that there are other elements in the story that bring the story alive. This is a very well thought out story that shows that everyone should be able to live in a world happily and freely.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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