Love and War (North and South, #2)

ISBN: 0451200829
ISBN 13: 9780451200822
By: John Jakes

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The Hazards and the Mains -- the first fatal shot fired at Fort Sumter divided them irrevocably with loyalties more powerful than family ties. The young would clash on the bloody battlefields of Bull Run and Fredericksburg, while in intrigue-ridden Washington and Richmond strong-willed men and beautiful women would defend their principles with their lives...or satisfy illicit cravings with schemes that could destroy friends and enemies alike.This surging drama is the second part of the trilogy that includes NORTH AND SOUTH and HEAVEN AND HELL

Reader's Thoughts

Brecht Denijs

If you only ever read ten books in your life, this should be one of them. I already loved the first one, I was blown away by the second. It explores every single, gritty, horrible war that was one hand a senseless waste of human life (like all wars) yet on the other such an important leap in american history. What sets this masterpiece apart from other literature about this event is that we follow not the generals and presidents but the "common" (albeit quite rich) people which had little to no say in how the war was done and could only hang on and hope for the best. I find it hard to do this book justice in a review. It will touch you deeply, leave you gutted and wretched yet hopeful. A book that truly makes you feel and think. Highly recommended.

Louise Jennings

I really loved reading this book. It follows straight on from the first so you aren't confused about if you have missed something. I like the fact that although you have major characters in this book it's based more on the civil war because the first one set the characters up. You follow there lives with you and really feel how they do. You start to feel about the two sides of opinions of the civil war and realise what they must been going through. I would recommend this book completely to anyone who has read the first. But be warned that it is more based on the civil war than the characters.

Ndlela Ntuli

It was longer than Book 1 I think. It felt like it.Gosh war is dreadful, it really is.Anyway, while this book does not necessarily establish causality, it has put some context behind my perceived division between the American north and south. I had this simplistic idea that America is divided along ideologies of the Republican south against those of the Democrat north. I thought this book may help, though it is fiction based on history. I find it is a little bit more complex than that and I should look elsewhere for the answers. The fictional saga continues and I hope to read book 3 before end of year.


This generation of characters didn't capture my interest the way the first generation did in North and South, the first book in this trilogy. This book dragged a bit, but it definitely picked up towards the end. I think the last book in this trilogy will probably be the best based on the ending to this book! I can't wait to read about what happens to Charles- he's my favorite character.

Crystal Lindsey

After reading the first book, North and South I had to find out the continuation of the story. I wasn't disappointed and became so enthralled with the characters. A Great and brilliant book.


Quite honestly, I don't remember much about this book. I remember liking North and South, but Love and War is a fleeting idea in my own head. I do remember enjoying the read, and I liked the ideas that immersed themselves in my psyche. As a white kid growing up in the suburbs, the concept of a black man and woman having an affair was something I hadn't been exposed to. This was implanted in my psyche, and has benefited me throughout my life. I was inspired to read this after reading the Novel "Homeland" by John Jakes. I have to admit, I preferred the Homeland novel, but that's why I didn't give this review 5 stars. Besides, who knows how my perspectives would change if I read it again. I haven't read this book in over 10 years, if I read it again, I'm sure my impression of the writing, the characters, indeed my own psyche's interpretation of the concepts and themes would be different.


A great book.

James Peavler

Not as much of a bodice ripper as the first one, mainly because the men were out fighting the war while the women dealt with strain back at home. Despite the length -- nearly 1100 pages! -- it moves quickly through the four years of the war. It was strange to reread it after so many years and realize that I remembered nothing from the story. It's probably been close to twenty years since I first flew through this series of books, when, thanks to Ken Burns, I was obsessed with everything related to the Civil War.It's an interesting story to read and puts into perspective just how brutal the Civil War, especially from the southern point of view. Through the various characters, you see hope and confidence in 1861; by the end, the men are ground down and scarred by the years of fighting. Virginia is portrayed as a virtual waste land where no food or forage could be found after years of battle and tens of thousands of men camped out, living off the land.

Kathy Kramer

I love the North & South trilogy and this book does not disappoint. I absolutely love how Jakes maintains historical accuracy while weaving the stories of his fictional characters into the history. He doesn't just do this with the major historical events, but with smaller details that we don't normally think of when we think of history. Jakes makes the era come alive. While I also loved the TV miniseries for what it was (Patrick Swayze, after all), the books are better. It is a very long book, but it's worth the time spent reading it.

Robert Grant

Originally read in 1995.An excellent sequel to North & South. Extremely detailed. You can almost hear the battles and the horses rampaging out of the pages as you read. Only complaint is that it is a little on the long side. Could have been over and done att least a couple of hundred pages sooner than it was while still serving the story. A little soap-opera-e at the end.Still stand as a classic novel and with the other two books in this series, probably the finest work in fiction I have read on this period of the American Civil War.


I just keep picturing a young Patrick Swayze as Orry Main. Sigh. 4 stars for nostalgia.


This is the second book of the "North and South" trilogy and probably the best of the three because it deals with the actual events of the Civil War. Again, I loved the mini-series that ran after this sequal was published, and I had to see the entire story in print. It has some differences from the movie, of course, including a main character death that doesn't happen until the third mini-series, so I wasn't expecting that at all. It accurately portrays key events of the war surrounded by the lives of the Mains and Hazzards and brings the war to life once again. It's a great read for those of you who love historical fiction or Civil War books. And if you've never seen the mini-series of "North and South," you should watch them - there are three series, and amazingly almost the entire cast remains the same from each series, with only a couple of exceptions.


** spoiler alert ** I did not enjoy this as much as North & South. Up until the last couple hundred pages, it felt more like a non-fiction novel. I do love the descriptions and the history, but it felt like the point was to get the history out, rather than to tell the story of the characters within that history. Nothing happened to any of the characters for the first 700-800 pages, and I found myself skimming a lot. SKIMMING! I hate skimming. I just didn't care about whole chapters. This novel also switched to points of views of secondary characters that I did not care about. Again, this added to feeling like the author used the characters to tell a history story rather than the other way around. Ok, this is the Civil War, with hundreds of thousands of casualties, and you've got two characters that are in the war from the beginning to the end - no battle wounds, really, no deaths! I know he killed Orry but that was so sudden-and maybe that was the point? Billy and Charles survive four years of the war but Orry joins and dies almost immediately...maybe this is some statement about fate, or luck, or what have you. The only character I really felt invested in was Charles. His transformation through the war broke my heart, much more than Orry's death did. The loss of Sport was written more heartbreakingly than the loss of Orry. The author did an excellent job of describing the losses and changes of those people that survived, Charles being the best example. His point that the war changed everyone, everything, even those who didn't die or weren't directly involved, was very well driven home. Just like in the first novel, I think he did an excellent job portraying different points of views and the political atmosphere surrounding the war. Villains and heroes on both sides of the line. That's really the most heartbreaking fact of the Civil against brother, friend against friend, American against American. That sadness was prevalent throughout the novel.


Wonderfully written, beautifully told, and completely heartbreaking. Starting on the third installment now.


Audiobook. Over forty hours of listening. Love and War is the second book in a three part trilogy regarding the American Civil War. Although historically accurate, the primary purpose of this story is not to convey history. It is rather to convey the effects of history of the lives of ordinary people. Sweeping and accurate, Love and War pulls the characters from North and South through the war years as human, flawed, and victims all.Expect the epic-tale style of writing, a different type of presentation than the modern novel. Better, in my opinion, affording the reader the opportunity to savor the time and thoughts of the characters and the author.Listened to this audiobook at 1.5 speed. Grover Gardner, although a terrific narrator for the series, is a bit slow for my taste.

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