About Victor’s Blessing:
A 6’5″ Half-Osage blacksmith is an unlikely hero for a Civil War story. But many things about Victor’s Blessing are unusual. Set in 1830 in the quaint French and German village of Ste. Genevieve Missouri, Victor Gant’s life is full of twists and turns. Orphaned and uneducated, he pulls himself out of poverty and into the halls of the patent office in Washington D.C.
He marries the town beauty, has 6 children with her, and everything is blessed. But blessings like life can be fleeting. When the war breaks out Victor will have to make choices, and to keep one promise another must be broken, forcing him to bestow an agonizing blessing of his own.
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Barbara Sontheimer has not have lofty literary credentials. She attended a little college in the bootheel of Missouri obtaining a B.A., not a B.S. because “I could not handle the math!”
Victor’s Blessing was 15 years of researching and writing. The author wants to tell a story about life in the 19th century, and less about the battles.