Kerri Waldo, wife of Commander Waldo, SCV Camp 1524 wrote the following blogpost as an account of the book signing for Kiana Davenport's novel The Spy Lover. Ms. Davenport is a direct descendant of one of the original Prattville Dragoons and her book reading and signing event was held at the Prattaugan Museum in the very room where the Dragoons first met to organize. Kerri is a n author and editor herself and received an autographed copy of Ms.Davenport's WBTS historical novel and she has promised to write a review of the book for a future blogpost.
On Thursday, April 25, 2013, the Prattaugan Museum was graced with a visit from history lover and bestselling author Kiana Davenport.
Surrounded by delectable desserts, ice cold lemonade, and a full house of precious historical artifacts, Ms. Davenport was greeted by an expectant audience. We enjoyed her reminiscence of times past including the life and times of General Joseph Wheeler and the brave men of the original, courageous Prattville Dragoons.
The emotion with which she spoke of her proud heritage (she’s a descendant of General Braxton Bragg) and the passion with which she researched and wrote her latest novel was contagious.
She read from her novel, entitled The Spy Lover, which features a naïve nurse working as a Union spy who subsequently falls in love with a courageous Confederate cavalryman. After sharing a few scenes from the novel (available from Amazon publishing imprint Thomas & Mercer), she handed out several prized copies. Stay tuned, here at the blog, for a full review of the novel.
Following the reading, the audience was welcomed to ask questions about Ms. Davenport’s family history and her knowledge of General Wheeler, a figure with whom she admits to have “fallen in love with” along the way.
The event was a lovely escape into the past and an enjoyable time for me and my family. Thanks to the Museum for hosting the event and I look forward to reading Ms. Davenport’s offering.
|Prattaugan Musuem Director Rachel Deaile with Novelist Kiana Davenport|