I don't typically read books centered around war, but this one caught my attention. I stopped midway through because I was afraid for Madeline, but it kept calling me to finish. I had to know how it turned out. It was good--very good. I liked the sacrifice and love required to produce the satisfying ending.
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This novel is set in the Ozark Mountains, and by what I have read in other books, it is a great setting if you want to write a book that deals superstitions. Mental health, and Spook-lights are just two of them explored in this book.( I should mention that Spook-light is not just superstition, it is true) The story starts with a shout, as U.S. Marshall Ian Cowley tries to run down the outlaw. Lyric has more than an unusual name to cause her to shy away from the general public, her ill mother, the house they live in and more. Lori Copeland weaves a tale that kept me on edge through out story, reading in long stretches as I followed the people. There were times, as I was reading at night that I looked for the light, so vivid did she write about the things around the characters. And the hole in the barn? Well, I guess you need to read the book to find out about that!
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I've read several of Mary Ellis's books and this one is my favorite so far. A touching depiction of the Civil War from a woman's point of view, it centers on divided loyalties.
Madeline Howard is a widow, left alone when her Union soldier husband was killed at the beginning of the war. During the battle of Gettysburg, she is rescued by a handsome Union soldier from her burning home. Sparks fly between them that have nothing to do with the fire.
With little more than the clothes on her back, Madeline makes her way to her closest relatives. . .in the Confederate capitol of Richmond.
Very enjoyable story with strong, likable characters. I highly recommend this one!
This book was rather special and personal in a surprising way. I love romantic historical fiction, and so clearly this was a typical selection for me. The fun part for me was the geography referenced in the book. I actually live in Spotsylvania, Virginia near the city of Fredericksburg, just north of Richmond and very close to Culpeper. Author Mary Ellis was spot on in her history and descriptions of the area the characters moved through. I was so absorbed in the story and excited to see my local history come to life.
Author Mary Ellis tells the story of war widow, Madeline Howard whose husband fought for the Union. As the war creeps into her backyard she is rescued by dashing General James Downing. They quickly form an attachment, but Madeline is forced to find shelter with her only family left in Richmond. It is there she finds herself constantly pulled between the the love of her Confederate family and her loyalty not only her country, but her new found love.
I loved the quick whit author Mary Ellis gave to Madeline. Fiction with strong female lead characters coupled with real human emotion always appeal to me. This is an excellent read and well worth adding to your must read list. A Lady and the Officer is the second book in the Civil War Heroines Series. This book stands alone, but having enjoyed it so much, I will definitely go back and read the first book.
This was a perfect read for me, but you need not live here to enjoy it. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated.
After the battle of Gettysburg and the destruction of her house, young widow Madeline Howard travels to Virginia to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Though now in Confederate territory, Madeline remains loyal to the Union and to General James Downing, a Union Army corps commander.
While in Richmond, Madeline again meets Colonel Haywood, the Confederate officer she nursed during her one-day stint as a nurse in a Northern hospital. The colonel has never forgotten Madeline and is determined to win her heart. Madeline, though, wants to do whatever she can to help the Union and James, including passing along military information she overhears.
Will Madeline have to face the consequences of her actions? What will happen to her and her family when they are forced to flee Richmond? Will Colonel Haywood capture her heart or will she be able to have a future with James? Will the war drag on forever?
Mary Ellis has written a wonderful story weaving together elements of history, romance, and intrigue. Madeline is a strong, believable character with whom readers can easily identify. If you like history and romance, you will surely enjoy Mary Ellis' The Lady and the Officer.