Tennessee native Robert Brandt announces the publication of Painted Trillium, a captivating story of survival and rebirth in the Civil War told through the lives of a Tennessee woman and a Union officer who just happens to have a fiancée back in Ohio. As they navigate the changing landscape around them, they take life-threatening chances and develop a connection that crosses more than state lines. “Long a student of history, I was curious about the impact on women who witnessed the unspeakable horror of a major battle and who suffered through unimaginable deprivation in the Civil War,” said Brandt.
“My own great-grandmother waded into the carnage after the Battle of Chickamauga to care for the wounded. Thinking about what those women went through led me to create Painted Trillium.”
When the war snuffs out life as Carrie Blaylock knows it, it pulls back the curtain of convention and lays bare Carrie’s deepest desire: a future beyond the confines of domesticity. Through a chance encounter in early 1863 while the Union army is based at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Carrie and Captain John Lockridge become friends. Fueled by their mutual love of literature and nature, their relationship deepens, and ultimately takes Carrie in a direction she neither intended nor could have imagined.
Brandt examined nearly fifty Civil War diaries written by Southern women, as well as numerous other related works, and consulted several historians in order to insure authenticity and accuracy in his novel. Painted Trillium will appeal to readers who enjoy stories in which the historical setting plays an integral role, as well as readers intrigued by women who overcome hardship and push beyond what culture expects of them.
Painted Trillium is published by Wandering in the Words Press and distributed through Ingram. The author is available for speaking engagements and book discussions. For more information, email the author, visit his Amazon author page, or contact wanderinginthewordspress.com.