“Until Tomorrow” by Jill Marie Landis is a funny, poignant story of post-Civil War Kansas and Alabama. The story begins with ex-Yankee soldier Dake Reed travelling home from Kansas after leaving the army. He stumbles upon a wagon, which has been ambushed by bushwhackers, leaving two Negroes killed and a young woman in the throes of childbirth. She asks Dake to take her child home to her family in Gadsden, Alabama. Not sure how he is going to transport this child, no matter that he doesn’t know the first thing about babies, he is desperate to find help.
Cara James has lived on the Kansas prairie for most of her life and all she wants to do is go to California and live the dream of owning her own store. She has buried all of her family and is alone on the big prairie. She has bundled up her possessions and is ready to leave for California all by herself. When she sees a horseman coming to her dugout home, she gets her gun ready. Dake Reed asks for her help. He offers to pay her to travel with him and take care of the newborn as they try to reach the Clayton home in Alabama to turn the baby over to his grandparents.
This makes a good story in itself, but Ms. Landis has provided a most engrossing tale of the two as they travel across the country, neither of them knowing what to do with an infant, but also becoming attached to the little mite. Since Dake is an Alabaman who served with the Yankee army, he is not welcomed in his ancestral home by his brother and his fiancée. Those problems along with visits from the Klan make for a most appealing read.
I heartily endorse this book and hope that many of you choose to read it. If you do, I’m sure you will become great fans of Jill Marie Landis as I am.
I downloaded a free Kindle copy from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.