Alabama in the late nineteenth century still labors in the "Age of Mules", an era which demands hard labor for little return. William Pefley is intent on building a legacy amongst what he views as the godless and unworthy people of his county, a legacy of industry and a god-fearing family. In this first volume of the William's House tetralogy, William must court and win the future mother of his children, borrow more money than he ever dreamed existed, and pit his wits against a landscape of blistering heat and shuddering cold. The Builder drops the reader into the world of the Confederate ghost, with preachers, liberated slaves, farmers, and an emerging middle class all fighting for survival against poverty and moral decay. Against a backdrop of Southern poverty in which the wound of the Confederate defeat still burns fiercely, William will have to draw upon every reserve of his resolve, religion, and strength of will to establish himself and his future family, or face losing everything he has worked for.
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Arktos Media Ltd, Paperback, November 2015, ISBN: 978-1910524350