Historical Fiction, Review

A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off–only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally – and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.


My Thoughts

Carrie Ann Bell is used to breaking social norms but dressing up like a soldier is quite a bit more daring than working for daddy at the newspaper office! She is no shrinking violet. In a time when many thought women shouldn’t have opinions, Carrie has plenty of them and she isn’t afraid to share. She’s adventurous, compassionate, and hard-working.

Colonel Peyton Collier is a gentleman with no choice but to arrest the independent-minded spitfire in order to protect her. The relationship may have gotten off to a rocky start but it isn’t long before Carrie begins to trust him. Peyton must find a way to keep her safe before the next big battle erupts but she doesn’t make it easy to say good-bye.

This is the first title I’ve read by Andrea Boeshaar and I look forward to reading more of her work! This is an excellent Civil War novel, full of drama, suspense, romance, and a splash of humor.

I received this title from the publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Andrea BoeshaarAndrea Kuhn Boeshaar has been married for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Daniel, have three adult sons, daughters-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. Andrea’s educational background includes the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she studied in English, and Alverno College where she studied in Professional Communications and Business Management.

Andrea has been writing stories and poems since she was a little girl; however, it wasn’t until 1984 that she started submitting her work for publication. Eight years after that, she was convicted about writing for the Christian market. She read books in her genre (Inspirational Romance & Women’s Fiction), studied the market, and worked hard to hone her craft.

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