The Gates Of Trevalyan

The Gates Of Trevalyan

by Jacquelyn Cook

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Family. Faith. Love. War. The Gates of Trevalyan brings the turbulent years before, during and after the Civil War to vivid and passionate life. Trevalyan, the beautiful central-Georgia plantation where idealistic young Jenny Mobley and aristocratic Charles King marry and build a life together, becomes a symbol of the heartache and division brought by the nation's bitter wounds.

Author Jacquelyn Cook weaves the King family's story into a tapestry featuring the most compelling figures of the time--from charismatic statesman Alexander Stephens and his doomed love for Elizabeth Craig to Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and many others. Richly detailed and intensely researched, THE GATES OF TREVALYAN breathes the spirit of great storytelling into a fascinating historical era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935661313
Publisher: BelleBooks Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 459,250
File size: 4 MB

Customer Reviews

The Gates of Trevalyan 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
gpsman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! was I pleasantly surprised by reading this book. I expected a romantic dime novel but I got a well focused scope on the lives of real and nearly-real people in middle 19th century Georgia. It was a time of honor vs. greed. It reminded me very much of today.Ms. Cook animates her characters with a rare authenticity I have seldom read regarding the inhabitants of the south during the war between the states. Usually, authors seem afraid to stray from the approved stereotypes. We like to think the times were very different but what her character "lil Alex" observed after the war near the end of the book rings with haunting familiarity, "Honor was forgotten in the pursuit of great wealth. Politicians were bought and sold."The first thing, however, that caught my eye was her unapologetic use of exact if expansive vocabulary that had me reaching for my dictionary to be sure I had the right meaning. This may be a burdensome chore for some but I thoroughly enjoyed the novelty.Be warned. If you only abide stereotypical history and skip words seldom read, this book isn't for you. On the other hand if you enjoy authenticity and precision with some emotion thrown in for seasoning this is a book well cooked!
busyreadin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a young woman who marries and goes to live with her husband at his plantation Trevalyan prior to the Civil War. Intertwined in the stoary are real life characters such as Alexander Stephen, Abraham, Lincoln, etc. This is a work of fiction, but unfortunatly reads more as a history text. The love story moves very slowly, becoming bogged down in the historical facts.
lpmejia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Gates of Trevalyan follows a formula well-covered in Southern fiction - the impact of the Civil War on its genteel aristocratic upper class. Like so many others, it creates a fantasy world that has little basis in the reality of the times, ala the King Arthur mythologies of Britain. While earnest in its attempt at storytelling, the author misses the opportunity to paint a more realistic picture of what life was like for these people, both slave and slaveowner alike.
enyaj2002 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book, Jaquelyn Cook tells the story of how an aristocratic Southern family was impacted by the Civil War. It had promise to be an interesting and compelling story, but I just couldn't get into it. I didn't feel like the characters developed much depth as the story progressed, and so I had a hard time really caring what happened to them. And I would get jarred out of the story by the dialogue, which felt forced and choppy to me. On the plus side, the author included a great deal of information on events from the Civil War and it was that that kept me reading this book. It's not an academic treatise on the subject, but an interesting insight into some of the things that happened during that tumultuous time in our history. Although this wasn't my favorite book ever, as a bibliophile, I am so grateful to LibraryThing Early Reviewers and the publishers of The Gates of Trevalyan for making this book available.
agjuba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this as a Early Reviewer book, and overall, enjoyed reading it. Thank you very much to BelleBooks for making this available!I was very impressed with the amount of research the author did, based on the extent of the bibliography. I learned a lot about Southern traditions that I had not known before.I did think the book was a bit "choppy" in that the story line jumped from character to character rather suddenly, and I had some trouble keeping up with who was who. A list of characters would have helped me keep better track of each person's story line.While the book describes Jenny and Charles King as the main characters, they seemed less "fleshed out" than some of the real historical figures in the book. I was most interested in Alexander Stephens, who seems to be the Civil War equivalent of the Energizer Bunny!Overall, two stars for detailed historical research and making me interested in learning about some of the real figures from the Civil War era.
Fourpawz2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say that this is the second book in a series and I have not read the first book. That said, I don¿t think that not having read the first book made any difference to my enjoyment or understanding of this not awfully well-written second book.Briefly, this is the story of the period of 1844 to 1865 which focuses on the fictional Jenny Mobley of Georgia, her marriage to Charles King and her life at Trevalyan, (the plantation belonging to the Charles¿ uncle) with him and their only child, Camilee, as well as the real life Alexander Stephens - invalid, U.S. congressman and eventual vice-president of the Confederate States of America. The reader is dragged through all of the various political crises and problems leading up to the commencement of the American Civil War virtually all of which seem to involve Stephens to some extent or other. This is followed by a relatively quick romp through the war itself. Along the way, a goodly number of other historical figures make uninspired appearances in this book ¿ President James Buchanan and his sister, Harriet Lane, Abe Lincoln, Robert Toombs, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, U.S. Grant, etc., etc., etc. A brilliant politician and thinker, Alex Stephens has no luck with women. He can attract them (they all seem to admire his mind and find his pale, sickly countenance unaccountably alluring) but something always happens to break up the romance. Always. Early on he is attracted to Jenny Mobley, but cannot make up his mind to pursue her. When he finally does do so, he finds that he¿s missed the boat for Jenny is engaged to Charles. After that, he cannot seem to find a wife even though he is attracted to a number of beautiful women who all appear quite willing to marry him. But then Alex¿s nasty old bad luck raises its head again. Parents die, Alex falls down the stairs or is in a horrible train wreck and the whole romance has to be put on the shelf. After a while, it just wasn¿t a surprise when things went wrong. Whenever Alex seemed about to grasp a bit of good fortune, I just knew that there had to be a banana peel on the stairs somewhere and Alex was about to take a tumble ¿ either physically or romantically. Even when Elizabeth Craig¿s army husband fortuitously manages to get himself killed in the Mexican War Alex can¿t marry her because she¿s required to endure a five year period of widowhood before they can even think of becoming engaged. Typical Alex-luck.Jenny¿s story was even less interesting. There wasn¿t any passion ¿ and I don¿t mean of the romance novel kind. Jenny and Charles are both just dreadfully bland. I know that there are people like this out in the world, but I don¿t want to read a 365 page book about such people. Really ¿ a page would be quite sufficient. And their daughter, Camilee who falls in love with Tom, a Confederate spy, was even less interesting. Everyone is so two-dimensional. And the slaves were just not believable. Cook¿s black folk are right out of Gone with the Wind ¿ all of them fiercely loyal to their owners and quite content with their lot. I mean c¿mon ¿ not even one dissatisfied slave? And the dialogue given them ¿ strictly of the sho nuf variety. The one freed black that is mentioned is Austin Dabney, a Revolutionary War-era slave, who is freed for his part in the war and is awarded land by the Georgia Legislature. For some reason that I never did get, Dabney gives his land to the white family he¿s just been freed from and continues to enrich them with his money as long as he lives. Dabney¿s story is told as if it is very important to the story ¿ his former owners were relations of Charles King - but it is really just a mangled mess. I did not understand the point of it.The message from the editor that came with the book says that it is written in the ¿faction¿ style. Not really sure exactly what this means. If it means that the sorts of people who like this book like it for its retelling of histor
Cherylk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story takes place after the Civil War in southern Georgia, particularly the Trevalyan plantation where our two main characters Jenny Mobley and Charles King make their home as they start their married life together. It won¿t be easy as they adjust to each other. Jenny forms a friendship with her maid Tacey as well as having an eye for handsome, Alexander Stephens. It is a time when the only thing left to do is make friends. The Gates of Trevalyan is a historical novel that encompasses some romance, friendship and some very famous figures like Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis to name a few. While I enjoy reading historical novels as that genre was one of the first types of books that I had a pleasure reading. Unfortunately I can¿t say this is the case with this book. It moved very slowly throughout the whole book. I did finish reading this novel but had a hard time doing so. Even the characters that should have been interesting, I found to be dull and I never felt a connection with them. It did seem though that author, Jacquelyn Cook did have a good vision and I was able to see part of that vision. So the good thing is that I might someday check her out again.
eawsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book recounts the lives of some well-to-do Southerners during the years leading up to the Civil War; it also provides glimpses into life during the Civil War and a very brief look at life afterwards. The book seemed to flit from one place to another, always leaving me wanting more information about the topic that had been under discussion. And while it is supposed to be the story of Jenny Mobley and Charles King, it spent a lot of time providing information about Alexander Stephens. Although he is an interesting historical figure, I found it distracting to be reading about the lives of the Kings and then have the book suddenly jump to Mr. Stephens and his activities.Overall it was an okay book, but it lacked the depth I would have liked for such an important time period. It also seemed to move rather slowly and took me longer than usual to read.
dulcibelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cook is writing a series of novels based on some of the wonderful Civil War era homes to be found in Georgia. (The first is [Sunrise]). This is a classic Southern romance, no explicit sex, no raging emotions, just a story of a couple deeply in love with each other and their home.The book is also peopled with historical figures. According to the Author's Note, most of their dialog comes from actual correspondence or recorded speeches. This gives the novel a feeling of reality that some novels of this genre lack.Cook's writing flows well, and the novel was quite enjoyable. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes their romance quiet.
brendaholmes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second in a series of books, although unrelated in characters, relates to the time period prior to and during the civil war. It is a story of a southern family and city leading up to and their trials during the war. Although many of the characters in the book are true historical figures, there are interspersed many ficitional characters. The story itself is good although it jumps back and forth between two main threads and can sometimes be confusing. All in all it is a good read, although at times it is hard to follow and slow to move.
LibrarysCat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a historian and librarian, thought that I would really love this book. In the beginning, as I was introduced to main characters Jenny Mobley, Emily Hill, and Charles King, I was still hopeful. In many ways this is the classic Gone With the Wind story with large Georgia plantations and all of the trappings of Southern culture and slavery. Unfortunately, for me, the story got lost in the military and political history. I was able to finish the book only by skimming the long drawn out details. I will say that the history seemed to be well researched.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an historical fiction set in the Civil War days, and the events leading up to it in the South. The story is centered on one family and plantation, Trevalyan. Though that family is at the heart of the book, Alexander H. Stephens figures prominently as well. The time period is from about 1850-1870. This book is full of details of the events leading up to war. In my eyes, it seems an idealized South and the issue of slavery are barely addressed. The author, I hope, is trying to help her readers understand the reasons and attitudes put forth by antebellum society to justify their actions in slavery. Possibly I have too much Yankee in me, but the reasons and justifications put forth in this book seemed lame to me and did not address the many horrors of enslavement and prejudice involved. I could not connect with the characters in this book, or care much what their fate was. I found the tale to be tedious and long. Most of the information I already knew and so was not surprised or enlightened. Possibly it is just me, but the romance bits made me gag, thankfully they were far and few between. I do appreciate the author's decency of action and words, the fact that she tried to show the part faith had in the lives of some Southerners and that not all plantation owners were evil. Over all though, it was a hard slog for me.
NeedMoreShelves on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second in Cook's "Georgia Civil War" trilogy, and I actually liked it better than the first. Again, the mechanics of the novel are sound, but in this one I was able to enjoy the characters more. Once again, Cook chooses to write about a fairly extensive time period - we start in 1844, and end in 1866 - but this time, she is able to develop each of her main characters enough that I felt like I actually got to know them.Perhaps the difference was that her heroine, Jenny King, was fictional. Sunrise is the story of Anne and William Johnson, who actually lived, so Cook was forced to stay within the confines of actual historical accounts in telling their story. Jenny King is smart, and vivacious, and strong-willed, and completely made up, so Cook is able to create a much more imaginative world around her. Several of the other characters are real people, and Cook uses their own letters and journals to tell their stories, but Jenny is all her own, and I think Cook shines when she is able to create her own heroines.Once again, The Gates of Trevalyan has A LOT of history - fully the final 2/3 of the book is spent jumping from one battle to the next, one political war to another. Cook obviously researches her novels well, but it would be a bit more enjoyable for the reader if she were able to disguise some of the research a little more convincingly into the flow of the narrative. I also still think that she would be better served to make this installment into a multi-book set - I think her stories would be stronger for more fleshing out. In general, however, it was an easy, entertaining read, and I'm sure it will appeal to many readers.
erinclark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It was very well researched and the fictional Jenny Mobley, Charles King and others were believably woven into historical events. I also read 'Sunrise' - the first book in the series, which even though was not about the same group of characters, helped to get me informed and up to date about the current events of the time. Both books can easily stand on their own. I will say that it was very obvious to me at least, that this book was written by a southern writer. She rarely if ever refers to the slaves on the plantation as slaves, but rather as servants. Interesting to whitewash it like that. I suppose people of that era and geographical area did so on a regular basis. In other books I have read on the subject even slaves refer to themselves as slaves. Also - the hatred the main characters feel towards the North, it seemed at bit much as there were atrocities occurring on both sides, not just the North against the South. But again this book is from the Southern perspective so I guess I can let that go. All in all a good read. Recommended.
TrishNYC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay its taken me about a year to get through this book and the only reason why I kept trying and trying and trying to finish was because I had to submit a review or get penalized by the ER program. This is book is set in 1844 and chronicles the life of newly weds Jenny Mobley and Charles King her new husband as they settle into his home at the Trevalyan plantation. Their marriage is blessed with a daughter, Camille, and the couple remain happily married. But their happiness is marred by the unfolding of the civil war. Many notably historical characters of that time period are mentioned and seem to have some sort of place in the story. But even their presence cannot save this book from itself. I felt like the focus shifted way too much from the main couple that I never connected with them. This book was awfully boring and lack any really depth or focus. The characters and their exploits did little to interest me and though Jenny and Charles were not unlikable characters, they had precious little to add to the story . And the black slaves on the plantation? Oh, they all loved their masters and were loyal a la Gone with the wind. I knew there would be trouble when I read in one of the beginning scenes a description of the two slave boys running after the carriage with the sunlight gleaning off their black faces. Oy vey. I did not at all enjoy this book and I cannot imagine recommending it to anyone.
cyncie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I appreciated being chosen to receive this book, because I am a great fan of Civil War period fiction. Despite my best efforts, I could not stay interested enough to continue reading after the first chapter.The writing seemed disjointed and elementary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jenny Mobley and Charles King marry and build a wonderful life on the plantations of Trevalyan.

You will read about people¿s lives before and during the civil war and how it changed their live forever.

I enjoyed this book in only a few parts. In the beginning of the first couple of chapters I didn¿t feel the urge to read it at all. I even read two books when I was reading The Gates of Trevalyan! I couldn¿t really understand what the timeline was because once it was July then Christmas or it was 1855 then its 1856. I wanted to k now what happened between the months Jacquelyn Cook left out. The book has likeable characters and the story timeline was realistic. At some parts the story went to Congressmen Alexander Stephens, he was one of the characters I liked best in the whole story. I would of liked to hear more of Jenny, Charles and their daughter Camilee though.

I did like to read about Charles and Jenny¿s life together. It¿s a good, clean novel that mostly anyone could read.

The Gates of Trevalyan is a realistic story of people¿s lives before and during the civil war.
Dulcibelle More than 1 year ago
Cook is writing a series of novels based on some of the wonderful Civil War era homes to be found in Georgia. (The first is Sunrise). This is a classic Southern romance, no explicit sex, no raging emotions, just a story of a couple deeply in love with each other and their home.

The book is also peopled with historical figures. According to the Author's Note, most of their dialog comes from actual correspondence or recorded speeches. This gives the novel a feeling of reality that some novels of this genre lack.

Cook's writing flows well, and the novel was quite enjoyable. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes their romance quiet

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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1844 Jenny Mobley and Charles King meet during a fox hunt. Although she is attracted to him, she assumes he is an idle spoiled rich kid. Charles is half way in love with Jenny so he pursues her. She quickly revises her opinion of him as he proves to be hard working, dedicated and caring. They soon marry.

She moves on to his affluent plantation Trevalyan in central Georgia. There as the country marches closer to all out war, they build a happy safe life together. However, when the war finally breaks out with the election of Lincoln, their idyllic lifestyle is threatened as no one is allowed to remain out of the Confederacy side of the fight in their area; not that either would go neutral or Union. Their life together raising a family is over for now and soon Trevalyan is at risk too from Sherman¿s march to the sea, but Jenny knows the source of their true power will survive whatever comes from the war and its aftermath.

This mid nineteenth century epic saga will hook the readers with a strong sense of time and place that transports the audience to two plus decades of life in Central Georgia. The support cast is solid with several having their own subplots embellishing a look at the growing troubles of the period. However, this tale is owned by the lead couple as their actions and reactions reflect the larger stage. As she did with the terrific biographical fiction SUNRISE, Jacquelyn Cook provides an engaging historical yarn that enables her fans to taste life on a plantation before, during and just after the Civil War.

Harriet Klausner
momgee More than 1 year ago
The Gates of Trevalyan by Jacquelyn Cook

This book is like stepping out of a time machine into pre and post Civil War America. Set primarily in Georgia, this is a finely written historical romance novel. We are introduced to the main characters, Jenny Mabley and Charles King during a fox hunt. When Jenny and Charles marry, they move to Trevalyan, a magnificently lush plantation home. Beautifully and richly described as to the social customs of the day along with in depth insights of the political situation, the reader will be immersed into the everyday life of those on the plantation as well as those in power. Physical descriptions of the area and the people bring the images easily to life.

Woven into the tragedy of a country soon to be divided by war are concurrent threads of romance to keep the balance between love and hate. A never ending love story between an older Congressman and a younger widow add to the magic of this tale. A host of peripheral characters at Trevalyan and elsewhere only adds to the delightful story. The horrors of war and how the people dealt with the heartbreaking challenges are aptly portrayed. Throughout it all, the underlying theme is of a people of indomitable spirit and courage with a deep abiding faith in God. The reader can feel the emotions of the characters almost jump off the page whether it is from love of family, the ancestral land or patriotic love of country.

Jacquelyn Cook writes with such an eloquent tone and attention to detail, the reader is enthralled as the story unfolds,seamlessly blending historical figures with fictional characters while bringing both vividly to life. The plot is wonderfully crafted with characters so well developed, they seem to audibly breathe. Cook, a long time Georgia native, has deeply researched the historical details. Much of the characters were drawn, she says, from her own ancestors, early settlers of the area. The extensive bibliography highlights the many and varied resources used. This story will keep your attention to the very last page. This was one of the most interesting and well written books I have recently read.

Highly recommended. 5*****