In the years leading up to the Civil War, widower Daniel Tremayne leaves his wife's Cheyenne family and returns to the Virginia Amish settlement where he grew up. He joins the church and remarries, but his son Yancy has trouble conforming to civilized life and the rules of the church. He continues roaming the woods and hunting. When the war begins, he jumps into the fray, despite the community's pacifism. He is soon a lieutenant under General Stonewall Jackson. When Yancy rescues a Union soldier at Bull Run, he meets the man's sister, Lorena. Will Yancy finally find a home for his heart?
Award-winning, bestselling author, Gilbert Morris, is well known for penning numerous Christian novels for adults and children since 1984 with 6.5 million books in print. He is probably best known for the forty-book House of Winslow series, and his Edge of Honor was a 2001 Christy Award winner. He lives with his wife in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Prolific author Morris (House of Winslow series) opens a new series set in the years leading up to the Civil War. Widower Daniel Tremayne returns to his Amish roots, but his son, Yancy, joins a Virginia militia and becomes one of "Stonewall's Boys" in the War between the States. The novel is rich with characters struggling to make sense of the war and of Amish pacifism while maintaining loyalty to family. Yancy's grandmother says, "I saw that you'd decided to be a soldier. And we always told you that we would respect your decisions, and we do. But I have to tell you that it grieves me, it truly does." Injured in battle, Yancy is nursed back to health by Lorena, who wrestles with her own past. The first in "The Last Cavaliers" series combines adventure and romance in a thick historical and religious setting that fills the page with believable missives, news reports, and a love story in the midst of war. (Feb.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
Morris has written a wonderful Civil War story with an unusual twist and true-to-life characters. The Amish don't believe in taking up arms against their fellow man, but they do not condemn those who do. The Civil War provides a vivid background to this story of how one person's choices affect those around him.
I'll say as a first timer that I enjoyed his [Gilber Morris] manner of story telling. I enjoyed the way Morris develops his characters over an extended period of time, giving the reader ample opportunity to know the story well. I also like historical fiction so it was a safe bet I'd enjoy this fact-and-fiction tale. I was equally amused that Morris was hitting all sorts of topics that Christian fiction writers love to touch on (i.e., the Amish, talk of horses, southern belles, etc.) I was amused but still entertained in an engrossing sort of way. I rather flew through this book as it was easy to do so. I genuinely wanted to know how this story played out. Knowing at least a little bit about Stonewall Jackson made this story all the more interesting and engaging to me.
For myself, I enjoyed my first experience reading a Gilbert Morris book and have no qualms about recommending The Crossing if you like a tiny bit of romance, historical fiction and a flowing story line. I was never jolted out of the picture that Morris was trying to paint due to poor writing or use of modern expressions. I thought that Morris was pretty faithful to the timeline in which he had placed his story in terms of dress and language.
Through the course of The Crossing, the reader finds himself sitting up straighter, walking taller, treating others with a deeper kindness, and looking more closely at the path that is laid before him, a path of honor, grace, and virtue. An encounter with the characters of Gilbert Morris’s The Crossing will no doubt leave the reader in that state that great stories always do: Changed.