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about the book
The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the home front?
Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?
The three bloodiest days in America’s history bring these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.
War, conflict, tragedy. These aren’t the moments in history most choose to dwell on but most certainly these events, experiences, and precious lives lost should never be forgotten.
Margaret Bryant is a lovely take-charge kind of lady who craves order and security. I was immediately drawn to her level-headedness and compassion. Margaret’s increasing work-ethic and willingness to learn new skills is especially encouraging considering her life of ease within the upper-class.
I love the Doyle family! They are honest, hardworking people of faith who love one another deeply and show genuine care for their neighbors. Younger brother, Adam is easy to love for his dedication, faith, and willingness to sacrifice for his restless older brother Connor.
Gorecki’s vivid storytelling shines as this achingly beautiful saga captivates with the intimate sorrow of two families and inherent tragedy of the Civil War. I encourage readers to open their hearts to the past and embrace the redemption of our shared history through this engaging story. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment of this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction, a blogger, book reviewer and voracious reader.
Taking her life a day at a time as God leads, she is pursuing a career in the publishing industry as an editor in training and as a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
A hopeless romantic, history and Marvel nut, she’s also a redhead (thanks to a box), who knows way too much trivia about movie musicals and the Civil War. Find her on social media and at her blog, A Northern Belle.
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