Simon the Fiddler

Simon the Fiddler

This story is set at the end of the Civil War, about an itinerant fiddle player, a ragtag band of musicians with whom he travels trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart.

In March 1865, the long and bitter War between the States is winding down. Till now, twenty-three-year-old Simon Boudlin has evaded military duty but following a barroom brawl in Victoria, Texas, Simon finds himself conscripted into the Confederate Army. Luckily his talent with a fiddle gets him a comparatively easy position in a regimental band.

Weeks later, on the eve of the Confederate surrender, Simon and his bandmates are called to play for officers and their families from both sides of the conflict. There the fiddler can’t help but notice Doris Mary Dillon, an indentured girl from Ireland, who is governess to a Union colonel’s daughter.

After the surrender, Simon and Doris go their separate ways. But Simon cannot forget the fair Irish maiden, and vows that someday he will find her again.

Title:Simon the Fiddler
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062966742
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    Simon the Fiddler Reviews

  • Angela M

    News of the World is one of my favorite books . I’ve been remiss since I read it by not reading more by Paulette Jiles. With this novel, I am once again inspired to get to the others that I haven...

  • Will Byrnes

    It was different then. The air was different and the long remote crying of the steamboat whistles as they came down from the Monongahela and Pittsburgh seemed to tell the story of a great nation an...

  • Beata

    Review to follow, all I can say now is that I loved it ....A big thank-you to Paulette Jiles, William Morrow & Edelweiss !...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 The Civil War is near the end. Simon, had managed, helped by looking younger than his years, to escape having to serve in either army. His luck runs out, when the conscriptors, grab him and he fin...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    **THIS BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE***This was a 3 and ½ rounded up to a 4 for the wonderful premise and writing.I so wanted to love this book as much as I did News of the World. I love Paulette Jiles writ...

  • Debra

    Atmospheric - yesBeautifully Written - YesWonderfully researched - yesTale of struggles - yesSpot on Descriptions - yesAttention to detail – yesTransports the reader to another time - yesAnd yet, I ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Shouting, fighting, swearing, drinking, drunks, smoking, bells of churches, armed men, slipping discipline, gambling, and music.... shine the light over the characters. Some of the dialogue made me la...

  • Esil

    I loved the title. I found the time period and setting interesting. The writing was good. But I just couldn’t get into the story. Unfortunately, reading Simon the Fiddler felt like a real slog to me...

  • Joy D

    Protagonist Simon Boudlin is serving as a regimental musician in the Confederate Army. His unit surrenders to Union forces after one of the last skirmishes of the American Civil War. He briefly meets ...

  • Lori Keeton

    I was very excited to easily pick up Simon the Fiddler at my library and couldn’t wait to get to it in my stack because Ms. Jiles’ News of the World had stolen my heart with joy a few years ago. T...