One of the things we love about E. Ayers, in addition to her story-telling ability, is the way she creates worlds that are both historically accurate and entertaining. It's like chomping at the bit to get to a history class you just love because it doesn't feel like a class at all. You are immersed in the way things used to be, regardless of whether it's politically correct or "old-fashioned."
So many historicals today, particularly in the romance genre, are gentrified and modernized to appeal to the escapism of the genre itself. Attention is paid to clothing and romance, but not so much to the attitude of the people who lived in those times, whatever times that may be.
When we read an E. Ayers historical, such as her newest upcoming release, A Rancher's Request, we find ourselves surrounded by the way things really were. One character in A Rancher's Request who stuck out in our minds as we reviewed this submission, was an old black man who had been born a slave, and who still served the community in which he lived. If you needed an odd job done, he was there for you. If you needed a favor, he was there for you. And he did so with a dignity that belied his station. One might think that would be the very gentrification we were just talking about, but this guy is simply behaving in the way he needed to in order to survive in the post-Civil-War/Reconstruction era of the South. Keep your head down. Don't make waves.
He is countered with another character who is of mixed race and was raised with certain benefits because of his white father. This character went to school, both grammar and secondary, and even college, and his entire demeanor is of the more modern philosophy. The juxtaposition of these two characters, blithely written into the scenery and living on the fringe of the main action, is just one of the reasons we love a great E. Ayers historical novel.
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