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Bregdan Chronicles Books In Order

Publication Order of Bregdan Chronicles Books

On To Richmond (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spring Will Come (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Chaos (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Storm Clouds Rolling In (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last, Long Night (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carried Forward By Hope (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glimmers of Change (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shifted By The Winds (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Always Forward (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Walking Into The Unknown (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Looking To The Future (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Horizons Unfolding (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The Bregdan Chronicles is a series of historical fiction novels written by Ginny Dye. The books take readers back to a time when slavery in the United States was so commonplace.

+The Story

The word ‘Bregdan’ is Gaelic. It means weaving. One assumes that Ginny Dye chose to use it for her series because her books weave so many stories from different plantations together.

The Bregdan Chronicles are categorized as historical romance. However, in truth, the romance aspects are not particularly prominent, though they do play a part. In fact, the Bregdan books place more emphasis on the religious and historical elements of the story than anything else.

Carrie Cromwell takes center stage as the protagonist of the series. The heroine is 18-years-old when she is first introduced to readers in ‘Storm Clouds Rolling In’. The United States is at a precipice.

Slavery is pretty commonplace in the country. However, there are those who would rather see the black community in the United States given its freedom. Some of these slave sympathizers have even secured political position, and talk of legislation designed to prohibit slavery has actually begun to spread.

That is problematic for people like Thomas Cromwell, Carrie’s father. Thomas is a plantation owner and he has numerous slaves to his name. And Carrie has been around enough slave owners to know that most Southerners will not take the idea of slave emancipation lying down.

Carrie is drawn into this turmoil when she begins to more actively participate in the running of her father’s plantation. Because of her age and her place in the family, Carrie has always enjoyed more freedom than most, with her father even permitting her to form a few scant relationships with the slaves on the farm.

Carrie was raised to believe that the Black Man was inferior to the White man. Her preachers taught them all that God made the White race better than the black race and, as a result, it fell on the shoulders of the white race to control the black race.

If the white man failed in his God-given responsibility to control the black man, he would return to the primitive tribes of Africa where he would regress into the animal he once was before the white man found him.

Carrie took these lessons to heart as a child. She came to believe that the black man was indeed incapable of caring for himself. But then she grew up. She watched the slaves in her home.

She observed as they cooked and cleaned and farmed and built, and she realized that the black man was more than capable of leading his own life without the involvement of the white man.

By the time the events of ‘Storm Clouds Rolling In’ come around, Carrie has been introduced to an underground movement that resists slavery. And those people have begun to use the same bible as her childhood preachers to show her that God made all men equal and, thus, abhors slavery.

Carrie is initially conflicted. She doesn’t know who to believe. But as she gets to know even more slaves and as her bonds with them grow stronger, she is brought into the Underground Movement and begins to do her part to give slaves their freedom.

However, her new convictions only make her life worse. For one thing, her father is still a plantation owner who supports slavery. She must learn to do his bidding and keep the plantation operational while also fighting against the very beliefs her father espouses.

Carrie cannot afford to simply leave the plantation. Her managerial position allows her to ensure that the slaves are well cared for. She is also better placed to help them escape, but only when they choose to.

The Bregdan Chronicles series is primarily categorized as romance because of the relationship that eventually develops between Carrie and Robert Borden. Carrie’s mother introduces them.

She is determined to see Carrie marry into a wealthy family and acquire the status she deserves as a southern mistress. And Carrie cannot help but fall for Robert Borden. Even the revelation that the man of her dreams is a young plantation owner does little to sway her feelings.

As the Bregdan Chronicles series progresses, Carrie has to learn to balance her feelings for Robert with her hate for his beliefs.

This whole plot is allowed to develop in the wake of the Civil War which is merely a rumor at the start of the series but then it explodes into a full-blown conflict that further tears Carrie Cromwell apart.

Because she has slaves, northern and southern soldiers and even plantation owners for friends and family, Carrie doesn’t know where her sympathies should lie. She loves them all but she knows that a time is coming when she will have to let some of them go.

It should be noted that the Bregdan Chronicles have a strong religious aspect. In fact, some readers think the books are a little preachy.

+The Author

Ginny Dye was born in North Carolina, though her travels eventually took her all over the country. The author loves the outdoors, especially the beach and the mountains. She also has a passion for people and works hard to help them to achieve their best life.

+Storm Clouds Rolling IN.

Carrie Cromwell is the young daughter of a plantation owner and her country is about to crack right down the middle. Talks of a Civil War have begun to brew. Carrie was raised to believe in the righteous nature of slavery.

But the Underground Railroad has convinced her otherwise. Carrie has a difficult decision to make, one that might put her at odds with her heritage.

+On the Richmond

Carrie Cromwell might be young but she has an entire plantation for which she is responsible. The United States has already begun to tear itself apart over the issue of slavery. Carrie has her own battles to fight.

Despite all the teachings with which she was raised, Carrie opposes slavery. But she does so in secret. With a father and a lover whose beliefs stand at odds with her own, Carrie doesn’t want to choose sides.

But with the way things have progressed, she might have little choice but to break her loyalties to the people dear to her.

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