Book Review: #TheCopperRoad #RichardBuxton #HFVBTBlogTours

The Copper Road: Beyond the Promise
by Richard Buxton

Publication Date: July 26, 2020
Ocoee Publishing

Series: Shire’s Union #2
Genre: Historical Fiction



Shire is far from home, his old life in Victorian England a fading memory. He’s battled through war-torn America to keep a cherished promise to his childhood companion. Now she’s pushing him away, while the war won’t let him go. Fighting for the Union, Shire must survive the brutal campaign for Atlanta and try to imagine a future without her.

Clara is free from her husband but not from his ghost. After a violent end to an abusive marriage, she struggles to keep her home in the Tennessee hills as the war steals away its treasures and its people.

Tod, a captured Rebel, escapes in Pennsylvania. His encounters on the long road back to his regiment cast the Civil War in a different light. He begins to question his will to fight.

Three young lives become wrapped in the Rebels’ desperate need for copper. Friendships, loyalty and love will be tested beyond breaking point. Shire has new promises to keep.

The Copper Road is the second novel from award winning writer Richard Buxton. Book one of Shire’s Union, Whirligig, was shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award.

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This excellent novel series brings to vivid life the travails of the common Civil War soldier through an uncommon Englishman, Shire. In the first novel, The Whirligig-Keeping the Promise, Shire leaves home to make the long journey to America in order to aid his childhood companion and to keep the promise he will always protect her. Naïve and trusting, once he arrives in the country, he joins the Union army hoping it will carry him to where Clara lives in Tennessee. I recommend you read the first novel to get the full effect of the narrative, the coming of age of Shire and the change in him as he is honed into a soldier for the Union.

The Copper Road-Beyond the Promise reveals not only the treachery behind Clara’s marriage, but the brutality civilians suffered at the hands of soldiers. Shire may have kept his promise, getting to her battlefield by battlefield, step by bloody step, but fate has not done with them yet. The level of detail, the weaving of narrative, the sheer adventure of 19th century America comes alive in these vividly told novels. I could not put them down!

About the Author

Richard lives with his family in the South Downs, Sussex, England. He completed an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University in 2014. He has an abiding relationship with America, having studied at Syracuse University, New York State, in the late eighties. His short stories have won the Exeter Story Prize, the Bedford International Writing Competition and the Nivalis Short Story Award.

Richard’s first novel, Whirligig, was published in 2017 and shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award. To learn more about Richard’s writing visit You can also follow Richard on Facebook and Twitter.

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