Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in
battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin’s only secret was
that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order
to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for
herself in Atlanta.
Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who enlists with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman’s troops edge closer to Atlanta. Though starvation rules, and Sherman rages, she will not run again. In a land shattered by strife and suffering, a Union veteran and a Rebel soldier test the limits of loyalty and discover the courage to survive. Will honor dictate that Caitlin and Noah follow the rules, or love demand that they break them?
The third book in this fabulous Civil War era series, Jocelyn Green does not disappoint. As with her others, she takes you behind the lines, so to speak, to give you the feeling that you just experienced the trials that others would have if you were living in that time.
It is hard to describe how this book touched me without giving too much of the story away, but I will say that I struggled to get to read it because I had my sister take it from me and another friend almost grab it to borrow, all while I was reading it.
The one thing that I love about Ms. Green’s writing is that she gives you a historical view of the times from a woman’s perspective. You get to see some of the men’s point of view, but the women, and seeing what they contributed during this very hard time in history is just astounding.
You can tell this book was inspired by real, first person accounts in the writing, and therefore that makes it a great option to use in your high school level history literature. If you would like more info, check out the author’s website
If you are a history buff, check out the whole series. You will not be sorry.