Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Knights of Dixie Wild by K. Meador


No period in the history of the United States of America forms a field so rich with chivalry, romance and drama as the years between 1865 and 1870, the so-called days of the reconstruction of the South, during which period the Nation was born again and started on its climb to the top rung of power among the nations of the world. 

The Tyler family relocates from Mississippi to Texas for a new start after having to give up their plantation and over one hundred slaves as a result of the War Between the States. 

Buck Tyler, also known as The Knight of the Dixie Wilds, is tested in courage, strength, loyalty, endurance and love. Facing hardships, deception, enemies, prison, and death, the years of reconstruction takes a toll on his energy, body and faith. 

Buck finds himself in love with two different women. Maggie, the dark skinned woman of his childhood and Kate, the delicate girl-child he found lost in the woods. 

Would he stand firm through the scenes of bloodshed, disappointment, and sorrow? Would he stand the acid test and, in the end, find victory, peace, and happiness? Or would he weaken in the strenuous struggle ahead and fall ingloriously? 

A harrowing adventure, based on true events, that is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat and thinking upon days past…

What reviewers are saying: 

"Knight of the Dixie Wilds was a surprising romp through history. K. Meador takes the reader down a historic path, through brush and bramble of the Civil War era where we meet Buck Tyler, an extraordinary young man whose well-to-do family has fell on hard times. They move to Texas and Buck's adventures ensue. Through passages of careful symmetry of text and with the historic verbiage of the age(1861-1865), page by page, I was taken to a world of florid, genteel times entwined with the absolute horrors of the Civil War and the dealings of the KKK of the times. I was at once captivated with Buck's heroic nature and the fact that the story is based on true events made this book a true must read! By the end, I was chiming the sentiment, "There was never but one Buck Tyler, Knight of the Dixie Wilds!"-Kindle Customer

"A fascinating story about the reconstruction years following the end of the Civil War. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first began reading this story. In school, we learned about the Civil War but never went much beyond the years of reconstruction that took place after it ended, but this work of American fiction with its engrossing characters and a well-crafted storyline about a young man, Buck, and the losses, struggles and trials he and his family had to endure to start their lives over again cast light on what life must have been like trying to set roots in a wild frontier. These people who'd once had servants and didn't have to do manual labor had lost it all in the war and were now challenged to start over in recovering their losses while trying to survive in an untamed country running amok with bandits and criminals. Told in the genteel language and manner of the time period, is a great example of how well-written fiction stands the test of time.

Throughout Buck's adventures and mis-adventures, he garners the faith and loyalty from those surrounding him, from a freed Negro slave to a small tribe of Indians. Much like Civil War/reconstruction classic, Gone With the Wind, there's language and references in this story that reflects the beliefs (and prejudices) of the time period that, to me, shows how far we've come, and how far we've yet to go. 5 Stars to The Knight of the Dixie Wilds."-BookBelle

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