A 5-Star review for “Seeds of Magnolia” by Bill Miller

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A True Work of Art!,   By Charlotte

This review is from Seeds Of Magnolia (Kindle Edition)
The book, Seed of Magnolia, gives the reader a unique glimpse into one family’s history of slavery before, during and right after the Civil War.
While Austin Miller, Bill Miller’s great grandfather, treated his house slaves, Elizabeth and Sophia, much better than most slaves, they were
still slaves, and subject to the rules and whims of Miller and his wife.
The author’s remarkable insight and candor into the lives of his ancestors bring them to life for the reader. One feels the fear, pain, and sorrow of their lives as they endure the end of one phase of American history and the struggle to survive the new emerging one.
I recommend this incredible book to anyone interested in the Civil War and to anyone just looking for a great read.

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A review for “Seeds of Magnolia” by Bill Miller

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“Seeds of Magnolia” by Bill Miller
From KIRKUS REVIEWS

In Miller’s debut historical novel set in the years before the Civil War, a Southern family learns to navigate the shifting boundaries of race, love, and history.

Austin Miller is a well-to-do slaveholder with thousands of acres to his name and slaves in multiple states. Among them are Elizabeth and her daughter, Sophia, who stay with Austin as he changes residences to keep up with his various pursuits, including politics and a law practice.

Household politics takes precedence over national politics, however; although Austin treats his slaves well, he’s marked by biases and paradoxes, as he wonders about slavery’s morality. (The moral questions become more pressing when it’s revealed that Sophia has become pregnant by her owner.)

Austin decides, despite his personal convictions, to fight for the South in the Civil War. His wife and slaves remain home at Magnolia Manor, where they later encounter Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman; the former seeks to take over the manor for war housing.

What makes this fictionalized account of a 19th-century American family unusual and noteworthy is that it represents the author’s attempt to come to grips with his heritage. In a fascinating personal note, author Miller explains that he’s the great-grandchild of the real-life Austin Miller and Sophia, making this novel a thorough imagining of his family’s past.

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