The main characters Lyndel Keim and Nathaniel King are Amish. After they witnessed the brutal treatment of runaway slaves, their lives are changed forever. They are just starting to fall in love when Nathaniel joins the Army. Some time later Lyndel follows him as an Army nurse. After about a year they finally see each other again.
Now that both have become a part of the war effort, they are banished from their Amish community.
Despite of the war their love grows. And despite of they're being banished they still live up to their faith.
Nathaniel fights in several well known battles. It's nice to read about the camaraderie among Nathaniel's platoon. I almost felt a part of them and could imagine the bullets whistling around my head.
Lyndel cares for the many wounded soldiers. It's not always pleasant to read about the battle injuries, but it was reality.
When loved ones get seriously injured, is Lyndel able to nurse them back to health?
This book truly is a page turner and a masterpiece! Awesome job, Murray!
*Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my review copy. I was not required to write a positive review.*
"The Face of Heaven" by Murray Pura is a romance placed during the Civil War. The novel is heavy on Civil War and light on romance. Lyndel and Nathaniel are friends who live in the same Amish community in Lancaster County during the 1860's. While working the farm Lyndel finds two runaway slaves hiding in her barn. She goes to the aid of her brother and his best friend, Nathaniel, to keep them safe. Eventually they are caught and there becomes somewhat of a civil war between the Amish on whether the Amish should be for or against slavery. For or against fighting for slavery. Nathaniel choses to leave the community and fight on the side of the north to end slavery; Lyndel follows him and serves as a nurse for the North. The book follows them throughout the war.
This novel has a lot of information on Civil War. At times it reads like a text book. The romance and the characters take a backseat to the details of the war. There almost is no plot beyond the war. I, a history buff and not a huge fan of Amish fiction, thought that was in favor of the book, however, I can see someone who was looking for more romance or Amish being disappointed. I would recommend this book to all history lovers, especially women, but not so much to your run of the mill romance reader. I received this book for free from http://www.netgalley.com/.
I read Wings of Morning and was so glad when I received this advanced manuscript free from Jeanne of Wynn Wynn Media to post my reviews.
I like to read about the Amish and I also love history so this book covers both. Coming into the story on the heels of Wings of Morning, Lyndel Keim finds two runaway slaves in her family's barn. But the men are captured and this hurt Lyndel and her boyfriend Nathaniel's hearts so they deside to enlist with the Union Army. She as a nurse and and he as a solider. Nathaniel was hurt really bad in the war of Gettysburg and they just have to trust God to heal him. Lyndel didn't know where he was of if he was alive or dead, as the war rages on.
They both went against the Amish teaching of not fighting in a battle of any kind so they were both banished from the community. The battle and the banishing changes their lives forever.