Yankee in Atlanta, Heroines Behind the Lines Series #3   -     By: Jocelyn Green
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When Union spy Caitlin McKae wakes up in Atlanta, the doctor believes she's been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. Seeking employment, she accepts a job as governess. But when starvation forces Caitlin and her charge to flee north, she's arrested for being a spy! Will she break the rules for love?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .78 (inches)
ISBN: 0802405789
ISBN-13: 9780802405784
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Series: Heroines Behind the Lines

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When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin's only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta.

Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman's troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape north with the girl, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she break them?

For more information on this series, visit www.HeroinesBehindtheLines.com.

Author Bio

JOCELYN GREEN is an award-winning author, freelance writer and editor. A former military wife, she authored, along with contributing writers, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody 2008) and Faith Deployed . . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody 2011). Jocelyn is also co-author for Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan (AMG Publishers 2009), which won the Gold Medal from Military Writers Society of America in 2010. She maintains her own award-winning Web site for military wives at www.faithdeployed.com. She holds a B.A. in English from Taylor University, and is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Christian Authors Network. She and her husband have two children and reside in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Editorial Reviews

"'God bless the women and the hardships they endured,' writes author Jocelyn Green. While this powerful novel intermittently dismounts upon the Civil War battlefields, this story is really about the courageous heroines behind the lines and the impact this war bore on them. Jocelyn proficiently and expressively pens an emotive journey into the Civil War era that encompasses families torn apart, the bombardment of shells and musket-fire; terrifying riots; gnawing hunger; reckless disease and injury; prejudices; and the taxing scarcity of sleep and strength. But mostly it is an entrancing story of hope and love amidst destruction, and the survival and victory of the battle-worn yet courageous heart and spirit.

This is a Civil War story with enormous heart, effortlessly capturing your senses and absorbing you into the lives of the strong, yet vulnerable characters that Jocelyn has skilfully created. Historical figures that played a vital role in the war also appear in this exceptionally researched novel. Likewise, many notable Civil War events are seamlessly interwoven into 'Yankee in Atlanta' - all of it making this novel, an overall feast of stirring history featuring two achingly beautiful love stories." ~Noela Nancarrow, http://cfpagels.blogspot.com/, June 17, 2014

Excellent ending to the trilogy! Jocelyn Green has done a wonderful job of portraying the Civil War through the eyes of the women who were adversely affected.

Yankee in Atlanta is the story of Caitlin McKae from New York. An Irish immigrant, she flees her step-father and follows her brother off to war. Found wounded on a battlefield, she is mistaken for a Confederate and taken to an Atlanta hospital. She accepts the responsibility for raising a young girl, the daughter of German immigrant Noah Becker, who enlists to fight for the Confederacy.

Trapped in a hostile land, charged with the care of a daughter not her own, living under the suspicion of being a spy due to her accent, Caitlin has to find a way to survive not only her enemy, but her own army's invasion.

Gritty. Realistic. Powerful. Emotional. These books are well worth your time.

-Pegg Thomas, http://thesheepishscribe.blogspot.com/2014/07/yankee-in-atlanta.html, July 7, 2014
 

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  1. Pegg Thomas
    Ossineke, MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent!
    July 7, 2014
    Pegg Thomas
    Ossineke, MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female

    Excellent ending to the trilogy! Jocelyn Green has done a wonderful job of portraying the Civil War through the eyes of the women who were adversely affected.

    Yankee in Atlanta is the story of Caitlin McKae from New York. An Irish immigrant, she flees her step-father and follows her brother off to war. Found wounded on a battlefield, she is mistaken for a Confederate and taken to an Atlanta hospital. She accepts the responsibility for raising a young girl, the daughter of German immigrant Noah Becker, who enlists to fight for the Confederacy.

    Trapped in a hostile land, charged with the care of a daughter not her own, living under the suspicion of being a spy due to her accent, Caitlin has to find a way to survive not only her enemy, but her own army's invasion.

    Gritty. Realistic. Powerful. Emotional. These books are well worth your time.

  2. Terri
    Wisconsin
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Brimming with detail
    June 24, 2014
    Terri
    Wisconsin
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    A woman masquerades as a man to enlist in the Union Army so she can keep an eye on her younger brother. She's wounded and wakes up in Atlanta. The Confederates think she's a Southerner because of the Confederate jacket used to bandage her arm. Her Irish accent hides her northern identity, at least from most people.
    Caitlin experiences the siege of Atlanta, the hunger and cold of war-induced poverty, and love.
    A parallel story set in New York City shows the grim existence of Irish immigrants. The men can't afford to hire substitutes to fight for them. Many women are reduced to prostitution. Violence is a way of life even without the war.

  3. DMcVay
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fabulous!
    June 20, 2014
    DMcVay
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Another great book from Jocelyn Green! The lives of the characters are so cleverly intertwined and I couldn't put it down. The ending sums up very nicely, without feeling rushed. Historical facts and situations are dispersed throughout the book, increasing my enjoyment. Very enjoyable book!

  4. An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Brimming with historical detail
    June 17, 2014
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4

    In the third of her Heroines Behind the Lines, Jocelyn Green explores life in Atlanta during the Civil War and what happened to the Yankees living there. Caitlin McKae dressed as a man and joined the Union Army to keep an eye on her brother, but an injury and case of mistaken identity brings her to Atlanta, where she gets by with her Irish accent, though many suspect her for a Union sympathizer, if not an outright spy. When the school closes where she is teaching, German immigrant Noah Becker hires her to be a governess for his daughter while he joins the Confederate army. Trapped in Atlanta during Sherman's siege and falling in love with a Confederate soldier, her loyalties are torn. Not a Rebel, yet not quite a Yankee anymore either, will there ever be a place for her in this divided country?

    Unlike Widow of Gettysburg, Yankee in Atlanta ties in closely to the first novel of the series, Wedded to War, continuing the stories of Ruby O'Flannery and chaplain Edward Goodrich. I was glad to find out what happens to the two familiar characters, though since the story is billed as being about Caitlin and Noah, I would have liked there to be a little stronger focus on them; in truth it was almost fifty-fifty Caitlin/Noah and Ruby/Edward. If the two plot lines were not so entwined, I would have enjoyed them as two separate stories.

    Like Green's other two novels, this one is clearly well-researched, brimming with authentic details that ground it in reality. I was shocked at the quoted prices of groceries from the height of the war, and I had no idea that there were violent draft riots in New York. Besides the starvation and battle affecting the civilian population of Atlanta, epidemics swept through the city, preying on weak and strong alike.

    The author does an excellent job painting Caitlin into a corner where she is on both sides of the war yet belongs to neither. While she believes in the Union, she cannot help but be horrified by what her fellow troops do to the city of Atlanta and all the women and children who reside in it. The issue of slavery clearly separates her from the South, yet Sherman's assault ruins her for the North. What does one do when one is part of both sides of an issue yet accepted by neither side?

    Ruby and Edward's tale of grace is both painful and uplifting. In both their tale and Caitlin's, a strong thread of hope runs through. There is no doubt that it can be hard to hang onto that thread, but it is there, in the midst of battle and uncertainty, in a rocky marriage, when separated far from all that one loves, and even when it seems there are no options left. Another excellent novel by Jocelyn Green - 5 out of 5 stars!

  5. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovers of women in the Civil war will want this!!!
    June 16, 2014
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Some of the best historical novels I've read are built around historical facts with some liberties taken to enhance the story to gain the reader's heart and soul and that is just exactly what Jocelyn Green does in the latest novel, Yankee in Atlanta. This is the third novel in her Heroines Behind the Lines Series which I have been a part of since the beginning. This time she utilizes the American Civil War as her setting and places our heroine Caitlin McKae at the forefront of the battle where she was disguised as a man and enlisted in the Union army. Little did she believe that she would be shot by the enemy. When she wakes up from her injuries, she is immediately questioned as being a spy since when would a woman want to disguise herself as a soldier and go to war. This is based on the fact that hundreds of women did just that by disguising themselves as men and enlisting in the army on both sides of the war.

    Noah Becker represents another minority, the German immigrant living in the Confederacy with more of them fighting on the North than on the South. His relationship with Caitlin is to hire her as a governess for his children before he heads off to war. Yet before he leaves, he cautions Caitlin to assist any women or children in Atlanta that need help as war refugees remembering what that was like for him in Germany. It is his way of paying it forward. But just like Gone with the Wind, soon soldiers find their way into the house and soon take what they need from food, fuel and animals not caring what the women or children need. This is war, and everything must be done to ensure their side has an advantage in the war.

    The best part about this novel is that is defines for the reader by involving them in the story of Noah and Caitlin, how difficult it was for families that were torn apart by the war, from often times fighting against one another and then coming to terms with not knowing what happened to those that were left to fight, not knowing if they were wounded or killed or even if they were coming home at all. For those that love American history and novels involving the Civil War, then this is the perfect novel to settle down with. The characters and their stories are enough to gain your sympathy and have you turning pages as fast as possible to learn their fate as soon as it is revealed. There is a great section at the end where the author shares how she formatted the basis for this novel and the historical facts from the Civil War as well as a compelling discussion guide that is perfect for book clubs!

    I received Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green compliments of River North Publishing and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I would rate this Historical Christian Novel a 4.5 out of 5 stars and this is the third novel in the series with Wedded to War and Widow of Gettyburg being the first two in the Heroines Behind the Lines Series. Word has it that a fourth novel is coming soon!

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