I really love a good war story. Not because of what it tells of (wars are ugly and horrible), but because when you read a well researched and well written story describing what it was like, you take a moment to pause and think about what so many sacrificed. This book helped to do just that.
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 really enjoyed the character development of both Faith and Devlin, but especially Devlin. I thought Cote captured the viewpoint of many in that era (not “pro” slavery, but not really stopping it either) and I thought his journey of overcoming that was done well.
I also really liked Honoree and Armstrong. Yes, they were secondary characters, but played important roles and I appreciated there was some character development with them as well and not just background people. It was also great to see the characters from the previous two books (though not necessary to enjoy this one).
Overall, I really enjoyed this series focusing on the roles Quakers had before and during the Civil War. They played such an important part in the fight for abolition and after. I hope this also inspires people to keep fighting many of those same battles we’re fighting today.
I’m also going to go watch Glory now :). What are some of your favorite stories set in the Civil War?
(Thank you to Tyndale Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)