TOMORROW CAME EARLY
by Diana Lee Johnson

January 2003
ISBN: 1-59088-093-5
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The tale begins with young Andrew Hamilton in Richmond Virginia. As the Union Army takes Richmond, Andrew seeks a way out of the city for his future wife, Tracy Saunders, her father, Payton, and himself. Not wishing to be a burden to his daughter and Andrew, Payton takes his own life. Though devastated by their tragedy, Andrew and Tracy marry quickly and leave the city for Alabama. On the way, Tracy is the victim of a stray bullet and dies. Andrew is devastated not only by her death but also by the loss of life surrounding him. Disillusioned, he sells everything, except for a few possessions, which remind him of Tracy and moves to New Orleans and starts a new life with a new name.


Meanwhile, Andrew’s siblings are attempting to reconstruct their lives. Their greatest hope is that Andrew is still alive. While rebuilding their estates and relationships, they search for him.


Andrew does not want to be found though. He is not ready to deal with the past. When he meets Samantha Wagner and falls in love, he begins to think about his family and finally lets them know he is alive and well through a mysterious letter.


While traveling by boat, Andrew meets mysterious Count Henri DuLac and his sister, Soiree. He is immediately drawn to them, but he is unsure why. The truth about them may kill him.


Though it is a major component of the story, I did not particularly care for Andrew’s need to stay away from his family. Tragedy affects everyone in different ways, but I would have liked his character much more if he had maintained a better connection with his family. I found it somewhat disappointing that he was selfish enough to let them worry especially his sisters.


Also, the novel got off to a slow start for me. At times, I became a little bogged down in all the historical description and craved more action and feelings from the characters. My patience was rewarded with a cast of fascinating characters and a suspenseful, cleverly written plot.


Well-crafted and vividly sketched with historical accuracy, Tommorrow Came Early is an entertaining novel even if you didn’t read its predecessor Too Late For Tomorrow. The ending of the novel is a heart-warming surprise.


Reviewed in February 2003 by Natasha.

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