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Dunaway's Crossing (Historical Women's Fiction) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Brandon
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A small Georgia town paralyzed with disease.

Two women secluded in a remote cabin.

Only one man stands between them and death.


It's 1918 when newlywed Bea Dot Ferguson leaves
her posh Savannah lifestyle to visit her cousin in rural Pineview, Georgia. Her
purpose: to escape an abusive husband, who knows her shameful secret.
Immediately, she learns she's traded one perilous situation for another, for
Pineview has been infected with deadly Spanish influenza. With the help of
Great War veteran Will Dunaway, Bea Dot finds herself fighting for survival,
not only against her husband's brutality, but also against the deadliest virus
the world has ever known.

About the Author

Nancy Brandon grew up in middle Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia. For the past twenty-two years, she has taught college English in Savannah, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Dunaway’s Crossing is her first novel and was named as the finalist for the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Lloyd & Aspinwald (March 21 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NN2C4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical love and family June 6 2014
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I chose thhis book for the southern history. .
I enjoyed the chacters and their strengths.. I would truly reccomend it to anyone who wants to put the hisory into a story of chacters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Dec 16 2013
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The story was good - good characters with a decent story line; looking forward to a sequal. Worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read March 22 2012
By Sabra - Published on
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Nancy Brandon's writing beautifully captures rural Georgia. Her characters are well developed and entertaining. They are the kind of folks you'd like to invite for dinner. Except Ben. He's the kind you hope will just step into a forgotten bear trap. I would recommend Dunaway's Crossing to anyone.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining Story March 26 2012
By Anne - Published on
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Dunaway's Crossing is a historical fiction romance and a story of domestic violence. This first novel by Nancy Brandon set in 1918 is a really good read. It makes the black person's situation, womens' station in life and a soldier returning from WW 1 come alive. Set in middle Georgia, you will recognize the locale if you're from Macon, Savannah or Atlanta. I want to read more by this author.
77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read--I Highly Recommend April 2 2012
By One of the Magnificent Seven - Published on
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I'm a guy, so I would usually not read a book written with a female protagonist. But I read this book because the author is from my home town. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. Yes, it's about two women, but the challenges they face against the influenza pandemic are enough to keep a male reader interested. I don't want to spoil the book for other readers, but there's an element of action and adventure in this book as well. Definitely, female readers will LOVE this book, and male readers will like it as well. I think it would also make a good movie.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Read July 5 2012
By Loves Reading - Published on
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This book caught me up on the first page with Bea Dot's awful situation. As the story unfolds and we learn the full story of what she has had to endure, my heart went out to her. But she carries on stoically and survives. She escapes the attention of her horrible husband, Ben, when she travels to Pineview to be with her cousin for the long-awaited birth of her first child. But fate has a cruel hand, as a flu epidemic sweeps the country, and she ends up lodging out of the town at Dunaway's Crossing, a store owned by Will Dunaway. Will has recently returned injured from the Great War and has his own demons to deal with. But he is a good, sound man, the kind of man any woman would want at her side. In him Bea Dot finds a brief moment of happiness, but her husband has not finished with her yet. The beautifully evoked setting and time period are almost characters in themselves. This is a moving and emotional journey with troubled characters through troubled times. A compelling and memorable read.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Waste of Time... June 3 2013
By Tracey5200 - Published on
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First, this is NOT what I would classify as "historical fiction." It is merely a story set in the past, and that fact, coupled with having one of the characters read headlines from a 1918 newspaper just isn't enough to qualify for this category. Second, the author reportedly holds a doctorate in English. One would expect her to understand, for instance, that the words hay (fodder)and straw (bedding) are not interchangeable ("Buster came to a stop in front of a bale of hay. As the horse munched on the straw..."); or to realize that "nuzzle" is not a noun in the English language, and it is definitely not part of a horse's anatomy (i.e., "He [Buster] lifted his nuzzle in greeting." or "He dropped the reins as Buster lowered his nuzzle to the water."). And you'd expect the author would be able to avoid sentences such as "Only a handful of passengers scattered across the platform..." (Why? did someone toss a hand grenade?)

You'd think that the author would know the difference between "clinched" and "clenched" (i.e., "She clinched her fists in frustration..."); or between wiggled and wriggled (i.e., "She wiggled away from his grasp...").

You'd think, as a Georgian, she'd find a better way to express the thought that Savannah is a coastal city ("Bea Dot found the water soothing, so different from Savannah's Atlantic Ocean..."). Savannah is located on the Savannah River, twenty miles upriver from the ocean, but this sentence makes it seem geographically more like Myrtle Beach.

For someone who claims to have labored three years over this manuscript, you'd expect her to have found such mistakes as using "despite me" instead of "to spite me." Also, on page 85, she mentions "stink bugs." Unless there was another species of insect also known as the stink bug back in 1918 (and there might have been, who knows), what we call stink bugs today are native to Korea and didn't show up in the US until 1998.

Worst of all for me was that I didn't like any of the characters! The two main women characters came across as spoiled, petty, mood-shifting whiners, while the male lead was basically a cad, in my opinion, for his seduction of a married (and very vulnerable) woman still in her teens.

As to the plot, nothing actually "matters" in this novel. It is simply a narrative in story form of what happens to several people over the course of a few months in 1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic in Georgia. Everyone ends up in a different place and in a different condition from where they started, but I didn't really get the feeling that there'd been any character growth for any of them, merely good luck, bad luck, or wish fulfillment, as with the very predictable romantic happy ending for the young lovers. But by the time I got to the end, my only remaining feeling was "So What?"

Finally, what this book lacked most of all, besides compelling characters and a strong plot, was a knowledgeable editor who might have caught some of the more glaring mistakes and at least made the book readable. All the misused words and muddled facts (and I've included only a partial list above) have the effect of knocking the reader out of the story, and then wondering if it's worth it to get back into it.
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