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The Last Silk Dress takes place in the Civil War, except not from the noble Yankee’s view. Instead we learn from the Confederates, a beautiful young lady named Susan Chilmark, determined to help the Confederates win the war. So Susan and Connie (her best friend) ask for a silk dress from all the families in her town, for building a hot air balloon to spy on the Yankees. But when Susan stumbles upon her banished brother, she finds that the war isn’t as black and white as it seems. She must deal with her unloving and raging mother, her scandalous brother, and her brother’s Yankee friend who is a bit cuter than Susan likes to admit. And most of all, a box full of secrets Susan feels she was never meant to uncover. With its intricate details, and a good balance of romance, action, adventure, and war, Ann Rinaldi will take you to another level with this Civil War based LAST SILK DRESS.