Gone With the Wind by Mary Christensen – A Review
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a beloved book written by American author Margaret Mitchell, who is best known for her novels “Gaslight” and “A Bend in the Ganges.” The book is set in Clayton County, Georgia and Atlanta, Georgia, during the roaring Civil War and reconstruction era. This book tells the story of a young woman named Milly Cook who moves to a new home after her parents are killed in a terrible house fire. Milly is less than a happy woman since her sweet heart is stolen by a cruel man named Joe Harper, who runs a railroad known as the Underground Railroad.
Milly soon finds herself working hard on her newly-acquired fortune while struggling to deal with the death of her love. As she grieves for her lost love, she finds herself falling in love with another man, Freeman Davenport. But before any of this relationship can start, Milly must escape from a mental hospital where she is locked away due to her insane behavior. With the help of a former inmate named Ben Corbett, who happens to be an escaped slave, she escapes from the mental institute and begins a life of crime. Soon she meets up with a band of escaped slaves who also have their own struggles to deal with.
Gone With the Wind by Mary Christensen is based on the true story of Milly Cook. In this novel, we learn more about how these characters formed their unique bond, and how that helped them form a successful and loving relationship despite the difficult circumstances they were living. This book is not only a historical account about the Civil War. It is also a story about how a family and individual can learn lessons that can benefit them throughout their lives. As we learn more about these characters, we learn more about the true meaning of love and how hard work can be in overcoming adversity.
Going with the wind tells us a compelling love story in a modern setting. The novel opens up with the story of Milly Cook, a young woman who has been institutionalized after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. Following her release from the mental institution, she is forced to work in a wood mill as an apprentice plumber. While having a great time, she is also trying to grapple with how to accept her tuberculosis diagnosis and move forward with her life. As the story progresses, we see her struggle to overcome all of the obstacles that come along the way.
One of the things I like about this book is how it manages to combine the personal and the fictional. Christensen manages to tell her story while keeping the readers involved in her world. While some books may try to do this by using action, Christensen relies more on her descriptive writing style and powerful emotions to bring her characters and the reader closer to understanding the circumstances she describes. The story is told through the point of view of the main character as she tries to cope with her life and learn to accept those around her.
The book isn’t only a tale of hope, but also a tale of the trials and triumphs that many women endure in their lives. Christensen shows us that while illness and death can be a cruel hoax that attacks our dreams and sacrifices, they really can happen to anyone. This book teaches its readers that no matter how hard life may throw at us, there are people and situations who will help us find strength. With the support of her friends and loved ones, Milly eventually discovers the strength to face her fears and triumph over the disease that was once plaguing her.
I enjoyed reading this novel, and the characters within the book impressed me so much that I wanted to write a full book review on them. However, it wasn’t long before I found out why this book is different than most women’s books and romance books in general. While the main character, Milly, finds herself in a post-apocalyptic world in which disease runs rampant and people are either zombies or demons, the man she loves, Matt, isn’t so lucky. This man suffers from a horrible disease called Scraps, and every time he gets near Milly, he contracts the disease, which slowly eats away at him and he falls into a coma.
I found Gone With the Wind to be a fast paced, enjoyable book that explores a great subject in a manner that’s educational for all ages. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good romance and wants to experience a more realistic version of this scenario. I feel that readers of this book will enjoy the story and learn something new about cancer and its treatment through the story’s protagonist, Milly. This review was done with an unbiased standpoint, and my opinion of the book wasn’t tainted by my love of the story and the author.