I have been hooked on Jocelyn Green's Heroines Behind The Lines series since I first read book one, eagerly devouring each succeeding title. With her signature attention to historical detail Jocelyn Green weaves a tale of love and loss, sacrifice and forgiveness. Yankee In Atlanta is an emotionally gripping story that takes the reader through the fears and separations of war, the highs and lows of human relationships.
One of the more fascinating parts of the story was about the Draft Riots in New York City in 1863. Even though I read a lot of history I had never heard of them before and I was inspired to read more.
Jocelyn Green's writing makes you look beyond the dry dates from history lessons and hollow glory of war. Instead you see real people trying doing the best they can and facing the gut-wrenching day-to-day battles of a country torn apart by war.
Yankee In Atlanta is a wonderful Civil War story, sure to hold readers from page one to the very last.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
I read this book back in September and just now getting around to writing a well earned five star review. I found book three to be as intriguing as the first two books in this series.Women like Caitlin McKae took on roles they never expected to have to take on especially with no men to direct them in this mans world. Most of the women were treated as if they were fragile, that is before their men set off to fight in the Civil War. So much to deal with on such fragile shoulders. Women like Caitlin turned out to be a very strong force on their homefronts and frontlines during the war as they tried to preserve what they had left, not just themselves but for their children and also in hopes of having a home for their sons and husbands to return home to. We learned much about the roles men held in wartime and finally we are learning about the roles women took on during these times in our history. Women can be heroes too!
I highly recommend this book.I rated this book a 5 out of 5.Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book from MP Newsroom and Netgalley for an honest review. I wasin no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
Jocelyn Green in her new book, Yankee In Atlanta Book Three in the Heroines Behind the Lines series published by River North Fiction takes us into the life of Caitlin McKae during The Civil War in 1863.
From the Back Cover: She hid from her past to find a future-and landed on enemy soil.
When Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta, the Georgian doctor believed Caitlins only secret was that she had been fighting for the South disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity as a Northerner and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta as a governess for the daughter of Noah Becker-on the brink of his enlistment with the Rebel army. Though starvation ruled and Sherman raged, could she keep her vow not to run again.
All I can say is that this series just seems to get better and better with Yankee In Atlanta being the best one yet. The title alone should give you the amount of suspense in this book. Caitlin was fighting dressed up a man when she is wounded and taken care of in Atlanta. While unconscious the doctor discovers she is a woman and tries to accuse her of being a spy which she proves she is not. She becomes the governess for the daughter of Noah Becker who will go fight for the South. Once that happens the unspeakable occurs. This is some story. It has the flavor of Gone With The Wind but is much, much better. Ms. Green does an outstanding job of bringing the effects of the war on Caitlin and her new home, on Noah and having to fight against the Germans in the North. If you enjoy history like I do then this book is for you. Ms. Green skillfully brings to life soldiers, those that stayed at home as well as Sherman burning Atlanta. On top of everything there is even a romance worked into the story. Ms. Green makes every one of her characters seem to come alive and it is like actually being back there in 1863 with them. I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next one.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from River North Fiction for this review. 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.
War Between the States through one woman's eyes....
October 23, 2014
Sufficient in Jesus
rites tour-de-force novels that fire your imagination and teach you a history lesson at the same time.
Yankee in Atlanta is the third installment in her Civil War series, and I'm enjoying seeing the three thick volumes together on my bookshelf.
The first, Wedded to War, followed well-bred Charlotte Waverly when she entered the Sanitary Commission and became a nurse to the worst of the wounded.
The second, Widow of Gettysburg, introduced us to spirited Liberty Holloway whose hidden heritage will redeem her or destroy her.
And this one catapults us into Caitlin McKae's story- as an Irish New Yorker, a female soldier, and a Heroine Behind the Lines.
Caitlin's time as a soldier is nearly over when we meet her, so this isn't a book about a woman trying to stay undetected amid the ranks.
(I like those stories, but I'm glad Jocelyn didn't go that direction here.)
Instead, Caitlin wakes after being wounded, lost in Rebel Territory, being tended by a gentle doctor and his sister.
Thanks to the kindness of a dying Confederate, she arrived at the hospital with a tourniquet made out of a grey jacket.
There's no reason for anyone to suspect she's a Northern sympathizer. No reason at all.
So Noah Becker trusts her as guardian of his daughter when the Confederacy sweeps him away to war.
And Caitlin is worthy of that trust. She has come to respect Noah and she adores his child... but she can't protect Ana from Sherman's shelling, and she can't hide her from the Smallpox, and the local Provost Marshal has declared that Caitlin must be a spy.
These are books you can feel good about lending to friends.
They're detailed, but not overwhelming. They're action-packed, but not frenetic.
They're all about War between the States and its devastation, but the individual human element isn't lost.
The characters are spiritually strong, yet their faith and doubt and fear all come across naturally as part of them.
And each book includes a healthy dose of love- between parents and children, between comrades at arms, and between couples who dare to hope for the days when the war ends.
Just like finding the story of Ruth amidst the time of Judges, this series reminds me how the common people survive a national upheaval and/or a personal tragedy. They pick up the broken pieces, they gather their families, they bless their meager food, and somehow they keep on keeping on.
Thank you MP Newsroom for sending me a copy to review. Five Stars, and I'm now waiting for Spy of Richmond. :-)
The research this author put into her work is phenomenal. The situation in Atlanta while Sherman systematically destroyed the city is brought to life in black and white, and if you like that time period I think you will love this book. Don't worry--there is a happy ending.
All Caitlin McKae really wants to do is find Jack. She'd left him on the battlefield, and she didn't know if he were dead or alive. It wasn't like she left him on purpose. Disguised as a soldier, she'd fought alongside him. When she was wounded and out cold, someone found her and assumed the rebel coat wrapped around her bleeding arm meant she was a southern sympathiser despite her Irish accent.
They took her to Atlanta, and she found herself teaching at a school--which was promptly shut down because they needed the building for a hospital. Now what? Her next option would be...what? When southern gentleman Noah Becker offers her a home in return for teaching and caring for his little girl, it seems her only option.
To the north, in New York City, widow Ruby O'Flannery cares for her one-year-old boy and sews dresses for the wealthy ladies in town. Edward Goodrich, a man with a pastorate in his future, seems more interested in Ruby than in the Bible studies they do. He might not be so interested in her if he knew....