Victor’s Blessing by Barbara Sontheimer
Victor Gant a 6’5″ half-Osage blacksmith is an unlikely hero for a Civil War saga, but Victor Gant’s life has been blessed. Although his mother was an Osage slave, he is a valuable member of the French community of Ste. Genevieve Missouri. As the town’s blacksmith, he is respected and liked and makes a proper living. All of his dreams come true when he marries the town’s shy beauty. But blessings can be fleeting. When the Civil war breaks out Victor will have to make choices. Torn between what’s best for his family or following his conscience, between keeping promises or following his heart, to finally bestowing an agonizing blessing of his own.
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Barbara Sontheimer has a B.A. from the little college in the bootheel of Missouri and spent 15 years researching and writing Victor’s Blessing while working full-time and raising three children.
Her greatest hope for her novel is that someone will turn out the light a bit too late on a work night, or hide (like she occasionally did) hide the laundry room to finish a chapter!
Barbara is married and lives in Lake Ozark, Missouri.