by Erin Sarocco
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier explores the story of a former soldier named Inman and his lover Ada, who are separated from each other as a result of the Civil War. The book begins with Inman in a recovery hospital and, after meeting a blind man, Inman is inspired to go get back what he has lost. Frazier then tells the story of Ada and a new friend Ruby as they take care of Ada's inherited farm. The majority of the story is Inman's journey as he encounters many women and people whose stories parallel his.
This historical fiction outlines an emotional and inspiring journey that is eye opening to someone who does not know a lot about the Civil War. For me this was very much the case and through this story I learned a lot about the war and the effects it had on families and relationships.
Although it was hard to relate to any of the characters through reading, I formed some emotional connections to them. Cold Mountain is one of the best books I have read yet and I really recommend making it your next read.