A Thousand Shall Fall: A Civil War Novel   -     By: Andrea Boeshaar
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Carrie Ann Bell a southern girl; disguises herself as a Yankee soldier in the Shenandoa Valley of Virginia, while searching for her runaway sister.  Carrie is arrested by Colonel Peyton Collier.  Is he really her enemy?  Is he really protecting her?  Could she fall in love with him?  If she tells her secret, could the Colonel get hurt?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825443814
ISBN-13: 9780825443817
Series: Shenandoah Valley Saga

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Deeper Read
    September 15, 2016
    eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Civil War has long been a topic that fascinates me, especially the lives of the civilians who literally lived on the battlefield of the bloody conflict. For that reason, I was eager to read a story where characters are in that exact situation, that then adds a dash of mystery and a little romance, delivering a powerful story of family and relationships that sticks with the reader.

    Sometimes I forget that people who lived in the past not only experienced the broader historical context but also personal crises that happened at the same time. Our heroine must find a runaway sister or lose her own home, all while a war is fought around her, making that task even more difficult. It takes courage and tenacity to attempt the impossible, and Carrie Ann has both. She is a spunky heroine that I enjoyed reading about.

    Many passages strike home for me, like one in particular where a character believes that bringing an end to the war is more important than winning it. One of the soldiers remarks that with that outcome, those who had died during the conflict did so in vain. That scene struck me as so relevant to our own timemy younger brother served in the Marine Corps and his feel is the same: all the sacrifice is for nothing if we just give up before achieving victory.

    But this book did not leave me the same as when I began reading it, either; it also challenged my thoughts and perceptions, including one about respect, that coddling an adult who behaves as a child is actually disrespectful. I wrestled with that one for a while. I still am, to be honest. I tend to think that it shows deference to an elder if I try to help and provide for their preferences; I had never considered that by not encouraging them to participate in real life with me that I was limiting them and treating them as somehow ill-equipped to handle the challenges of life. Put that way, it does seem impertinent for me to assume the adult cannot handle the situation by trying to shelter them from it.

    Big-picture spiritual questions get asked but I found it very realistic that not all of them receive answers. Why DOES God allow war? What purpose does it serve? Still other things made me see spiritual concepts a bit differently or more strongly, like the reminder that even a war, in all of its brutality and horror, is merely a glimpse of the Christ-less eternity awaiting those who have not accepted Him.

    This book is a deeper read than some, both in terms of subject matter and spiritual discussions. The historical detail is excellent and adds to the atmosphere and storylinefrom deserters and bushwhackers, to boys too young to enlist acting as couriers and assisting with horses, to how people lived day to day in the middle of a war zone, the information is well-incorporated into the narrative without overburdening the plot. I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romance, especially those with an interest in the Civil War or wars impact on civilian life.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) to facilitate this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Civil War Romance, Action, History & More
    July 11, 2016
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A Thousand Shall Fall, is Book One the Shenandoah Valley Saga series by author Andrea Boeshaar. It is a !!!!! page paperback book published by Kregel Publications. This civil war historical novel is the story of Carrie Ann Bell. It is a story of love, hope, faith, and healing during a turbulent time in our country's history. Set in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, this novel is right in the midst of American's War Between the States.

    Author Boeshaar does a fabulous job taking readers to beautiful Virginia in the 1860's. Her descriptive words and dialogue takes us on a journey starting with feisty farm gal, nineteen year old Carrie Ann Bell. She is on a quest to find her younger sister, Margaret, who has foolishly run away from home in the middle of a war. Being her older sister, Carrie Ann feels responsible to go after her and bring her home. She disguises herself as a Confederate soldier to safely travel but ends up being captured by Union soldiers. Her childhood friend, Confederate Major Joshua Blevins, has warned her about the Yankees and how ruthless they are. He has told her stories of what they do to young women. Carrie is a spunky, independent girl, and Union soldiers are the only thing she is afraid of. Now she is their prisoner. Union Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for impersonating an officer. He is a dashingly handsome gentleman who rescues and protects Carrie Ann. He is nothing like her friend had described. A budding romance begins, and then her old friend, Joshua, comes into camp as a spy.

    This book started just a little slowly for me but I am glad I stuck with it. It began slow but picked up the pace quickly after the first thirty or so pages. The characters are likable and relatable, even the secondary ones. Of course it is set in war time so some characters were not likable but believable. Some were downright ugly or mean. There is a lot of historical tidbits that I found interesting and even "icky" when it came to medical treatment and health. It was nice to learn about the beautiful, lush Virginia Shenandoah Valley and some facts about civil war life.

    The story has something for everyone. There is romance, action, adventure, mystery, inspiration, humor, history, intrigue, surprises, inspiration and life lessons. The author touches on topics of: secrets and the consequences of keeping or telling secrets; mental health and the affects of mental illness; prejudices and how it is taught or learned, Faith, Friendship, and Family - the importance of God, family and friends in one's life. It emphases a strong faith in God and His plan for our lives. It tells the importance of a strong bond.

    At the back of the book after "A Thousand Shall Fall" is a preview for Book Two, "Too Deep for Words." I am looking forward to reading it, also. There are no discussion questions at the end of this book. It would still be a good one for a book club. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. The author did a great job with researching the time period and area. I liked her writing style. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from The Book Club Network.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Thousand Shall Read
    June 27, 2016
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I found the title A Thousand Shall Fall to be very ominous (it still gives me shivers), and why shouldnt it be? This book takes place during the darkest part of the history of the USA, the Civil War.

    It starts off when Carrie Ann Bell, a sassy, independent barmaid/aspiring journalist receives a letter from her younger sister Sarah Jane informing her that she has run off with a peddler. Sarah Jane is only fifteen, and Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back home before she completely soils her reputation forever. That resolve is strengthened when her emotionally and mentally unstable mother tells her that she cannot return home until she brings Sarah Jane back. Disguised as a Union Soldier she sets out across Shenandoah Valley to find her sister.

    Enter, Colonel Peyton Collier, a Union officer whose arm Carrie Ann once sutured when no one else would help a Yankee soldier. Peyton is a kind, gallant young man, and once he learns what Carrie Ann is up to he arrests her so she that she cannot follow through with her crazy plan of tramping across Confederate controlled land dressed as a Union officer and consequently getting herself killed. However, since he cannot very well keep her at the Union camp against her wishes without actually filing charges against her, he sends her to stay with his Aunt Ruth as a hired companion hoping that perhaps Aunt Ruth will be able to keep her out of trouble... boy was he wrong

    I must admit that I found the first one hundred and thirty pages of this book to be rather slow; but, after you get past that, the story certainly picks up. I couldnt put the book down, and read almost the entire second half of this book in one afternoon. Whew! Then I went back and reread the ending twice, just cause I liked it.

    My thanks go to The Book Club Network, Inc. for providing me with a copy for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
  4. Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Engaging Civil War Romance
    April 3, 2016
    Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Goeshaar is a great historical romance book for lovers of these two genres. Readers are introduced to Carrie Ann, a plucky farm girl who has gone to search for a foolish younger sister during the midst of the Civil War. Disguised, she makes it through Confederate lines only to be captured by the Yankees. Enter the Colonel, a fine Union officer and handsome to boot. And the action and adventure begin. Can the Colonel keep Carrie safe? Can Carrie trust the Colonel and what about her childhood friend--just how does he fit into her life? Will they find her sister? And ultimately, will the Colonel be able to capture Carrie's heart? The author brings reality to the story with her depiction of the Civil War battles and heartaches. The characters are delightful and believable. Boeshaar touches on several themes as the story unfolds, the consequences of keeping secrets, the impact of mental illness, the importance of family and a strong faith in God and His promises for one's life.

    I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well done!
    March 1, 2016
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    The first in the Shenandoah Valley Saga, A Thousand Shall Fall is an exciting and unpredictable narrative of the Civil War and those who lived and fought in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Descriptive and picturesque, the Shenandoah area comes to life through Ms. Boeshaar's detailed novel. Well researched and documented, the war and the lives of those who lived during that difficult time in our country's history come to life.

    Characters are very well depicted and developed throughout the book, bringing the reader closer to the characters who are presented. There are strong and vital characters, sensitive and warmhearted individuals, and others who brought out the anger in me. Many of these characters will remain with me as time goes on. This author has a gift of creating memorable events and characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

    If you're fond of Civil War history you'll surely enjoy this well written documentation of believable and well founded information throughout this book. It's memorable!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network, Book Fun's For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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