Angela Elwell Hunt: The Velvet Shadow

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The Velvet Shadow is the third installment in Angela E. Hunt’s four-part book series, The Heirs of Cahira O’Connor. In the two previous novels Kathleen O’Connor learned about two women in her famous lineage who broke free from the molds that society had placed them in, Anika and Aidan O’Connor. This time, Kathleen discovers the most recent woman in her lineage that made her mark on history; Flanna O’Connor. The Velvet Shadow deals with subjects such as war, racial tensions, rash decisions, grief, sacrifice, and love. Flanna O’Connor and her family lived in the Civil War Era, a time of great turmoil and confusion. Flanna was born into a wealthy family who had a prominent position in society. The tiresome and petty demands of this lifestyle have driven Flanna to her wits’ end, as she has never enjoyed catering to society’s expectation of how she is supposed to live. All this is regardless of the fact that there is an impending war between the Northern and Southern states. In the midst of it all, she has her own dreams and goals in life, the most important one being her long-held dream to become a doctor. However, both her gender and her position in society have made that goal virtually impossible to achieve. Flanna’s parents would like nothing more than for her to marry a man that she does not love, in whom they see all of the impeccable qualities of a matrimonial prospect. In a moment of desperation, a confused Flanna reluctantly agrees to become engaged to said man, however, she almost instantly regrets this decision. Seeing no way out of the path she has chosen for her life, Flanna decides to disguise herself as a man and join the Union Army, with the purpose of using her position as a soldier to care for the wounded, rather than kill others. As she journeys to battle with the Southern states, Flanna will discover that war is not what she expected, and neither is love. Will Flanna survive the perils of the Civil War? Will she find the one whom her soul loves? To answer these questions, read the book!:) This novel would make a great third installment in a four-part Christian/Inspirational miniseries. However, it would also be an excellent action-adventure/romance standalone film. There is really no way for Christian filmmakers to go wrong, if they choose to make movies out of timeless novels such as these!


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