What a delight to read a book set in the town I grew up in, Wilmington, North Carolina. The time was the final days and months of the Civil War and the last remaining sea port for the Confederacy was about to fall. Fortified by Fort Fisher, the mouth of the Cape Fear River was just a few miles down river from Wilmington.
I learned bits and pieces of Wilmington’s history as I turned the pages of Mary Ellis’s novel, The Last Heiress. Well researched, I roamed familiar streets and recalled houses from that era that are still standing in Wilmington. Scenes took place near my childhood home. Third Street, Orange Street, Ann Street, Castle Street – all familiar and all where the characters of The Last Heiress walked.
A very enjoyable read and a pleasure to roam my hometown albeit was many years prior to my actual arrival on the scene.