Book tour stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Love in a Time of Hate, a historical novel written by Matthew L. Cost.
First thing first, let me thank Anne and the publisher, Encircle Publication, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
“A Voodoo ritual?” Emmett stared dumbly at her.
A young man from Maine fights for social equality in New Orleans after the Civil War while pursuing a murderer of prostitutes, becoming enmeshed in voodoo, and falling in love.
“Education is the tool that makes us all equal, whether we are Black, white, Indian, woman, or man,” Manon said.
Much like Louisiana’s famous gumbo, Love in A Time of Hate, is a spicy dish of varied ingredients. The main theme is the struggle for social equality between the whites, Blacks, and Creoles, but flavor is added with the subplots of politics, voodoo, murder, love, and hate.
And then came the Rebel scream, a sound Emmett had not heard since near the end of the Great War.
New Orleans becomes a literal battleground as carpetbaggers, scalawags, Creoles, and recently freed slaves fight against the entrenched southern plantation notion of white superiority.
Publication date: 25/08
Purchase link: Amazon.com
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: Wow. The cover is amazing. I blame the wrought iron design—I adore it, both in RL and on paper. Kindle screen. Whatever.
Love in a Time of Hate turned out to be an interesting book, giving me more than expected. It follows the adventures of Emmett Collins in post-war New Orleans, where he’s trying to make a difference and improve the lives of former slaves.
He’s a good man, our Emmett. Sometimes naivety gets the best of him, but he’s got a solid moral compass, and he’s willing to do the right thing no matter the cost. His heart is in the right place.
My favorite character, however, is Madame Laveau. She’s portrayed in a great way, she’s powerful and demanding the respect she’s due. Manon, the girl Madame Laveau takes in after her mother’s death, is a close second. Those who follow my reviews wouldn’t be surprised by my special mention of Susannah de Villiers, too: her arc is a paradigm of character growth and redemption, two traits that are important to me.
Overall, the plot is interesting, as I already mentioned, and full of teaching moments. Living across the pond, I’m not familiar with many aspects of American history, so some details came as a surprise. I want to thank Cost for that – knowledge, awareness, they’re dear to me.
Was there something I didn’t like? Well, the omniscient voice—third limited is the hill I chose to die on, sorry—and some of the physical descriptions of characters. The rich prose, however, fits the historical setting to a T.
To wrap up this review on a personal note, the end(-ish) made me go all ‘yes!’. I’ve been waiting for that since the moment MacLeod showed up. 😉
MEET THE AUTHOR
Over the years, Matthew Langdon Cost (aka Matt Cost) has owned a video store, a mystery bookstore, and a gym. He has also taught history and coached just about every sport imaginable. During those years—since age eight, actually—his true passion has been writing.
I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution (Encircle Publications, March, 2020) was his first traditionally published novel. Mainely Power, the first of the Mainely Mysteries featuring private detective Goff Langdon, was published by Encircle in September of 2020, followed by book two, Mainely Fear (December, 2020), and book three, Mainely Money (March, 2021). Also forthcoming from Encircle Publications are his Clay Wolfe / Port Essex Mystery series: Wolfe Trap, Mind Trap, and Mouse Trap; as well as his new historical fiction novel, Love in a Time of Hate.