In Love in a Time of Hate, a young man from Maine fights for social equality in New Orleans after the Civil War while pursuing a serial killer, becoming enmeshed in voodoo, and falling in love.
“A Voodoo ritual?” Emmett stared dumbly at her.
A young man from Maine fights for social equality in New Orleans after the Civil War while pursuing a murderer of prostitutes, becoming enmeshed in voodoo, and falling in love.
“Education is the tool that makes us all equal, whether we are Black, white, Indian, woman, or man,” Manon said.
Much like Louisiana’s famous gumbo, Love in A Time of Hate, is a spicy dish of varied ingredients. The main theme is the struggle for social equality between the whites, Blacks, and Creoles, but flavor is added with the subplots of politics, voodoo, murder, love, and hate.
And then came the Rebel scream, a sound Emmett had not heard since near the end of the Great War.
New Orleans becomes a literal battleground as carpetbaggers, scalawags, Creoles, and recently freed slaves fight against the entrenched southern plantation notion of white superiority.
Love in a Time of Hate by Matthew Langdon Cost
We learned in school that the Civil War ended social inequality, that no matter the color of your skin, all men were free to pursue their dreams, an impersonal overview that never touched on personal reality. Matthew Langdon Cost takes us to New Orleans, a melting pot of people, religions, politics, love and hate with LOVE IN THE TIME OF HATE and proves otherwise.
Plantation owners felt superior. Slaves were now free, but what were they to do with their freedom? Add to this struggle, matters of the heart, the mystery of Voodoo and the brutal murders of prostitutes by an unknown monster.
Matt Cost does a remarkable job of entrenching readers in a world that, at times seems utterly foreign, yet terrifyingly familiar as post-war life becomes far less clinical than history books. Sometimes a little over wordy, the message IS conveyed, as love blooms against all odds and the search for justice among the masses is hampered by years of mistrust, untruths and polarization.
An intriguing read that is also an eye-opening experience that has it all, murder, mystery, romance and hope for a better future.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Matthew Langdon Cost! This is my honest and voluntary review.