The Lady and the Officer, Civil War Heroines Series #2   -     By: Mary Ellis
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The Lady and the Officer, Civil War Heroines Series #2

Harvest House Publishers / 2014 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736950540
ISBN-13: 9780736950541
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Series: Civil War Heroines

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Publisher's Description

Bestselling author Mary Ellis (A Widow's Hope) presents The Lady and the Officer, Book 2 of her new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women and the men who love them.

Serving for a brief time as a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederate Home Guard. But even though Maddy makes her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a soldier from the North.

However, Colonel Haywood has never forgotten the beautiful nurse, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. But while rubbing elbows with army officers and cavalry generals and war department officials in her aunt and uncle's palatial home, Maddy overhears plans for a Confederate attack in northern Virginia. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends?

Maddy's heart is pulled between wanting to be loyal to those who care for her and wanting to help the man she believes is on the right side of the conflict. Two men love her. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring a devastation of their own?

Author Bio

Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, and Living in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

Editorial Reviews

"Very enjoyable story with strong, likable characters. I highly recommend this one!"
Pegg Thomas, thesheepishscribe.blogspot.com

"Mary really outdid herself with this book. It kept me reading into all hours of the night wanting to know what happen next."
April Barnett

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I cannot more highly recommend a book!
    December 13, 2014
    Jaquelyn
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this book. Mary Ellis is awesome at telling a story. While reading The Lady and the Officer I could picture the scenes she painted. This book was so interesting that I feel it could be made into a movie, not that it would do the book justice. The Lady and the Officer is book two in the Civil War Heroine Series, the first book is called The Quaker and the Rebel. I did not have to read the first book to love this one. But after reading how Ellis writes I am dying to read more of her books. I could not put this book down!

    Madeline has had her share of hardships in her life and she is still so young! When almost everything has been taken from you, little things can set you off. Thats exactly what happened when some soldiers were ruining the flowers in Madelines garden. One of those soldiers was General James Downing. Ever since meeting him Madeline begins to feel in a way she never thought she would again. And James cant shake his fascination of her either.

    It was so interesting learning more about the civil war times. Ellis helped me imagine how hard it would have been back then. When son was turned against father, and soldiers took things whether they were freely given or not. I couldnt imagine watching someone walk off with my livestock and not doing something about it. The Lady and the Officer is a great love story with many great twists and turns. It was hard to put down, and kept me dying to know what was going to happen next. I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction of any type. You will not regret reading this book! I can promise you that! I received a copy of this book from the author, Harvest House Publishers, and TBCN in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Appomattox,VA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book and no sleep!!
    December 1, 2014
    Nicki Olsen
    Appomattox,VA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    *Book Description*

    Madeline Howard can't believe she's managed to become so frivolous as to worry about her flowers being stomped on by her dear Union army. After losing her sweet husband Tobias, her home, her possessions, and even the horses she desperately tried to hide, she has no choice but to move to Richmond, VA...the heart of the enemy's territory. When Union General, James Downing comes to her rescue more then once, she can't help but fall in love. But does James feel the same? Desperately trying to help her country, Madeline finds herself doing things she would never dream of doing otherwise. Will her family forgive her? And will she ever be in her beloved James' arms again?

    James misses the pretty Mrs. Howard he rescued, more then he ever thought possible. After seeing Madeline only a few times, he can't help but put himself in danger for the sweet spitfire of a woman enveloping his dreams. When his thoughts begin to endanger him and his troops, he knows he must keep his focus on his men instead of his one true love. But when a mysterious photo shows up, will his trust in Madeline fizzle?

    Elliot Haywood isn't just indebted to the woman that saved his life, he's in love with her. Only, everytime he wishes to express his feelings Mrs. Haywood stops him, saying she is in love with another. Willing himself to be just her friend, his heart is breaking. When comes a choice that could either save or endanger Madeline, will he allow his heart to shatter for her sake?

    *What I liked*

    I sincerely loved this book. Every bit of it. Mary created sincere characters, a believable,endearing story line, and real danger & suspense. Into my top 5 it goes!! I stayed up forever reading it! I loved seeing how the people on both sides handled the tragedys...from a young girl yearning for ball to a preacher who lost his church. So emotional! Actually, the fact that I live in VA, just 20+ minutes from Lynchburg and a little under 2 hrs from Richmond, made it very intriguing as well!!

    *What I didn't like*

    The main thing people wouldn't like is the deceiving going on throughout the book. However, Madeline makes up for her wrongdoings and ,really, what would we do in her place? Mary really redeems Madeline's faults and turns it into suspense...yay!

    *My Rating*

    I give The Lady and The Officer...

    5 stars!

    *Why my rating is what it is*

    My rating is five stars because even though this book had some lying in it by the main character, this book is faultless. Great, suspenseful characters, lots of history, and an awesome cover make it a top 5 for me!!

    *I received this complimentary book from Harvest House publishers in exchange for my honest review, I was not compensated in any other way.
  3. Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Lady and the Officer by Mary Ellis
    November 21, 2014
    MrsTina
    Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Lady and The Officer,***** Civil War Heroines Series, book 2 by Mary Ellis

    Madeline Howard loved her peaceful home in Cashtown, Pennsylvania, but the battle in Gettysburg shattered that peacefulnessand her home, forever. Now she must make her way to her Aunt Clarisa and Uncle John Duncan's home in Richmond, VAeven though her heart remains in Pennsylvania and with General James Downing of the Union Army. At her aunt's home she soon meets Colonel Elliott Hayward of the Confederate Army. Elliot is falls in love with Madeline, but he learns her heart belongs to another. One day Madeline accidentally overhears a discussion regarding the Confederate's plans for the Union Army, giving her the perfect opportunity to spy and pass along this important information. But Madeline is torn, she wants to save James and put an end to the war quickly but how can she betray her beloved family and Elliott, who is now a friend? How does one go about spying when they have always been an honest, godly woman? What if she is caught? Will God and her family forgive her for spying? If she has to choose between James and Elliott, who will she pick?

    I enjoyed reading The Lady and the Officer very much. I can picture the scenes in my mind as I read the story. I am not sure if I could have even considered spying in order to gain information to pass along to the other side. The characters feelings and struggles are clearly shown regarding the terrible war in which families loyalties were often on different sides. I loved the characters in this story and would like to see them in the next book.

    ~~I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network for my honest review~~
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Both Sides of the Civil War
    October 19, 2014
    KGD history teacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Lady and the Officer is a Civil War tale. What sets this one apart from some of the others is it is told from both sides of the war. In the beginning of the book, Madeline Howard is a widow, her husband having been killed in the early days of the war. She is trying to keep up their horse farm in Pennsylvania. As the Battle of Gettysburg comes to her doorstep, she finds herself in the crosshairs of both armies. General John Downing, a Union general comes to her aide and finds a place in her heart. Even he cannot prevent the loss of all her horses or the destruction of her home. When the battle is over, Madeline finds herself homeless and without the means to pursue her livelihood. Her only surviving family is serving the Confederacy in Richmond, VA. Madeline makes her way south and is lovingly taken in by her aunt and family.

    Her loyalties still to the Union cause, Madeline believes that she has a moral duty to be on the alert for any information which might be of use to the Northern troops so she can pass it on. She never thinks about what her duplicity might mean to those who have loved and befriended her.

    This book takes an interesting point of view by looking at war from both sides. Both sides of the Civil War had good, honorable Americans who were just trying to be loyal to their friends and neighbors. Both sides had people who were willing to betray and steal from those who trusted them.

    I received this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review
  5. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Civil War, Espionage and Romance
    September 22, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mary Ellis in her new book, The Lady and the Officer Book Two in the Civil War Heroines series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Madeline Howard.

    From the back cover: Love, loyalty and espionagehow does a lady live with all three?

    Serving for a brief time as a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederate Home Guard. But even though Maddy makes her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a soldier from the North.

    However, Colonel Haywood has never forgotten the beautiful nurse, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. But while rubbing elbows with army officers and cavalry generals and war department officials in her aunt and uncles palatial home, Maddy overhears plans for a Confederate attack in northern Virginia. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends?

    Maddys heart is pulled between wanting to be loyal to those who care for her and wanting to help the man she believes is on the right side of the conflict. Two men love her. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring a devastation of their own?

    The Civil War has taken everything she has, her husband, her home, her livelihood. The only option she has left is to leave the North and travel to Richmond Va, the Capital of the Confederacy, to live with her aunt and uncle. Maddy is in love with a Northern General however a Southern Colonel is in love with her. On top of that Maddy overhears war plans for an attack on the North. So she risks everything to get these plans to the General.This is an exciting story with the events of The Civil War being played out as Maddy finds herself in an incredibly dangerous situation. And it is a romance too. This book is a lot of fun and it entertains you as you keep flipping pages as you try to find out what is going to happen next. Ms. Ellis has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace. Her characters are wonderful and she gives them life and unique voices. A really enjoyable read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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