The young women of Rosewood face new challenges--and old enemies--when a wounded black soldier rides into town. Micah Duff is an educated, spiritual man, and even though he and "scatterbrained" Emma are very different, the two soon fall in love.
The young women of Rosewood face new challenges--and old enemies--when a wounded black soldier rides into town. Micah Duff is an educated, spiritual man, and even though he and "scatterbrained" Emma are very different, the two soon fall in love. But an ambitious white man who can't afford any skeletons in his closet--or a black son--plans to get rid of Emma and her boy for good. Can Micah save them, as he once saved Jeremiah? Or this time will he be too late?
Michael Phillips is a bestselling author with more than 70 of his own titles plus serving as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. He is known as the man responsible for the reawakened interest in George MacDonald of the last twenty years. In addition to the MacDonald titles adapted/edited for today's reader, his publishing efforts in bringing back full-length quality facsimile editions also spawned renewed interest in MacDonald's original work. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time between Scotland and their home in Eureka, California. Visit Michael's Web site at www.macdonaldphillips.com
Michael Phillips newest novel, The Soldiers Lady, begins just after the Civil War when a racially-mixed Southern family adopts Micah Duff, a wandering Union veteran and educated black man, into their fold. Micahs new friends, Mayme, Katie, and Emma, begin to share their faith journeys with him while in the background a conspiracy is brewing. As Micah shares Christs love with his new family, Emmas former master plots to murder Emma and her son to cover up a scandal.
Although the book does have some excitement and good points, these are, unfortunately, few and far between. Several insignificant subplots trample the main plot, centering the novel on the characters emotions instead of their actions. Characters are well-developed, but the plot cannot display this character growth. For half of the novel, a pseudo-love triangle is the only thing supporting the storyline.
The novel does have a good message, but stretches on for far too long to be a worthy story. Younger teen girls might enjoy the books characters but will be disappointed with its thin plot. Jennifer Opperman, Christian Book Previews.com