The Civil War battlefield is the last place Quakeress Faith Cathwell thought she’d find herself. But with a gift for nursing, Faith seizes this opportunity to join the fight for abolition—and to search for Shiloh, a freeborn childhood friend who was kidnapped and sold south by unscrupulous slave catchers.
Knowing it’s much too dangerous for her to search enemy territory alone, Faith enlists the help of Colonel Devlin Knight, who is indebted to her for saving his cousin’s life. A career soldier, Dev is committed to the preservation of the Union but conflicted about freeing his own slave and confidant, who plans to enlist as soon as Dev gives him manumission papers.
Blazing a trail east with the rest of Grant’s army, Dev and Faith fight their personal battles—and a growing attraction to each other. When beliefs clash and passions flare, they quickly find that the only thing more dangerous than the war surrounding them is the battle within their hearts.
I have really enjoyed the story of Faith. As a lover of history this historical fiction was right up my alley. The story of Quakers during the Civil War seems far fetched but with the times changing more and more people from different walks of life banded together to save lives.
Witnessing Faith’s strength as she deals with disease and death to save the men who are fighting is heart wrenching. Of course Faith has an ulterior motive. Her only way to find her friend that was a freeborn woman of color that had been kidnapped would have been impossible before the war. As she continues her search for Shiloh as the troops move from camp to camp and battle to battle she saves the cousin of Colonel Knight.
Colonel Knight begins to help Faith look for her cousin whether because he feels indebted to her or his growing attraction to this strong willed woman he is not sure. However, it is not secret that they have feelings for one another and Colonel Knight wants to keep her safe.
The characters feel real. As if this could very well happen during this time period and they follow real battles and real historical figures during this time. Which makes this story even better. Lyn Cote is a very talented writer and she really knows how to develop characters in a real life way.
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