This should have been a white-knuckle page-turner. Rather, it is a dreary recitation of facts about an uninteresting person in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Southern Belle of the subtitle was the adored daughter of a wealthy U.S.Congressman. She had anxious moments, but no real troubles, while other affluent Americans in the same circumstances were panhandling on street corners. Theirs are the stories which would provide worthwhile reading; someone should write them up.
The only thing praiseworthy about this book is its relative brevity.