Daughter of the Regiment   -     By: Stephanie Whitson
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Irish immigrants Maggie Malone and her brothers love their adopted country. When her siblings join a Civil War Union regiment, Maggie's compelled to follow---and though she never intended to fight, she soon discovers how capable she is of helping the men she comes to think of as "her boys." Will she find unexpected romance, too? 336 pages, softcover from Faithwords.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8 X 5.00 X .75 (inches)
ISBN: 1455529036
ISBN-13: 9781455529032

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Irish immigrant Maggie Malone wants no part of the war. She'd rather let "the Americans" settle their differences-until her brothers join Missouri's Union Irish Brigade, and one of their names appears on a list of injured soldiers. Desperate for news, Maggie heads for Boonville, where the Federal army is camped. There she captures the attention of Sergeant John Coulter. When circumstances force Maggie to remain with the brigade, she discovers how capable she is of helping the men she comes to think of as "her boys." And while she doesn't see herself as someone a man would court, John Coulter is determined to convince her otherwise.

As the mistress of her brother's Missouri plantation, Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess-and not to question her brother Walker's business affairs. When Walker helps organize the Wildwood Guard for the Confederacy, and offers his plantation as the Center of Operations, Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. As the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, she must also find a way to protect the people who depend on her.

Despite being neighbors, Maggie and Libbie have led such different lives that they barely know one another-until war brings them together, and each woman discovers that both friendship and love can come from the unlikeliest of places.


Author Bio

Stephanie Grace Whitson is the author of over 20 inspirational novels and two works of nonfiction. When she isn't writing, speaking, or trying to keep up with her five grown children and perfect grandchildren, Stephanie loves to take long distance rides aboard her Honda Magna motorcycle named Kitty. Her church and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum take up the rest of her free time. She received her Master of Arts degree in history in the spring of 2012. Her passionate interests in pioneer women's history, antique quilts, and French, Italian, and Hawaiian language and culture provide endless story-telling possibilities. Stephanie resides with her husband in Lincoln, NE.

Editorial Reviews

An inspiring story of discovering courage and friendship through tremendous adversity. Drawing on the actual histories of women who found ways to work on the battlefront during the Civil War, this outstanding historical will attract fans of Janette Oke, Lisa Wingate, and Tamera Alexander. *Starred Review*—Library Journal
"Whitson celebrates the strong but unknown heroines who marched off to war with their men, as well as those who maintained the home front, in this Civil War-era inspirational....Based on true events, this story will capture the hearts of historical fiction fans."—Publishers Weekly
"The author's gift for multidimensional characters and tight plotting shines through. Romance, family drama, immigrants and dueling factions in the same town add action and intrigue."—RT Book Reviews
"A vivid portrait of life on the Missouri River, from the cramped quarters of the packet boat, through the outpost settlements up the river, to the squalid docks of St. Louis. . .[A]n entertaining historical tale of faith, action, and romance."—Publisher's Weekly on A Captain for Laura Rose
"This stand-alone novel has all the makings of a great romance: love, intrigue, mystery and unforgettable characters. Whitson's historical details on female riverboat captains are incredible."—RT Book Reviews, starred review, on A Captain for Laura Rose
"As usual, Stephanie Grace Whitson skillfully weaves unforgettable characters with an unforgettable time in history. Step aboard the Laura Rose. You will definitely enjoy the ride!"—Nancy Moser, bestselling author of The Journey of Josephine and Mozart's Sister on A Captain for Laura Rose

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  1. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Impressive to Always
    July 30, 2015
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Im always impressed by Stephanie Grace Whitsons books, by her writing, by her characters, by her historical accuracy, and by the way she manages to weave those things together to always produce a novel worth reading. I admit, Daughter of the Regiment wasnt the easiest novel to get in to, at least for me.

    Its set in Missouri, and Im not American so I had no idea where it was. It appeared to be in the South but it wasnt a state thats featured in other fiction Ive read about the War Between the States (its really more West than true South, which might explain my confusion). And I was initially confused about which side was whichIm used to North and South, not Confederate and Union (I read this before the recent fracas about removing the Confederate flag from whichever building it was on. Ill know for next time. Confederate is South).

    Anyway, its the early days of what later becomes known as the Civil War, the War of Northern Aggression or the War Between the States (depending on where you live and, I suspect, how old you are). Maggie Malone is left alone on the family farm in Little Dixie, Missouri, after her two younger brothers go off to fight for the Union. She goes off to search for them after raiders destroy the farm and she realises the local sheriffa Confederate supporterisnt exactly proactive about rounding up the miscreants.

    Maggie manages to make a place for herself in the regiment, and what follows is a fascinating insight into a different side of army life. Theres also an unlikely friendship with a planation belle, a love interest, and a subplot which addresses deeper issues of faith, love and family. The writing is excellent, and I very much enjoyed the story. Recommended for fans of historical fiction.

    Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Daughter of the Regiment - Stephanie Grace Whitson (4-4.5 Stars)
    June 30, 2015
    Brittany_BnBblog
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Stephanie Grace Whitson's Daughter of the Regiment focuses on the unique position of Missouri in the Civil War. In a region that directly pitted neighbor against neighbor, the novel follows two women who come to represent the polarizing nature of the conflict and the enormous socio-economic differences present among the population. Before the war, Irishwoman Maggie Malone spends her time working alongside her brothers and uncle to manage their family farm. After receiving word that her brother has been injured fighting for the Union, Maggie becomes a vital member of the Irish Brigade. Nearby, Elizabeth Blair lives with her brother on his successful hemp plantation, living a lifestyle not far removed from her childhood in Tennessee. When her brother forms the Wildwood Guard to fight for the Confederate cause, Elizabeth soon finds herself protecting the plantation from Union forces, including her neighbors serving in the Irish Brigade. While Elizabeth discovers the maturing effect of imminent war, Maggie realizes how her unorthodox childhood may have perfectly prepared her to serve "her boys" in the regiment.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading Daughter of the Regiment. By far, Maggie's perspective on the war and her involvement in the Irish Brigade were the most fascinating parts of the novel. Her work as the "daughter of the regiment" raises awareness of this significant, yet infrequently described, women's role during the Civil War. In comparison, Elizabeth serves as an interesting foil to Maggie, although she seems typical enough to the genre that her sections feel less intriguing as a result. Altogether, the novel feels true to Ms. Whitson's writing style, historical research, and character development. While the timeline of the book seems relatively limited in terms of the overall war, Ms. Whitson utilizes this focused period to thoroughly develop her story and characters.

    Thanks!

    Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
  3. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Civil War, A Plantation, Two Women Historical Excitement
    May 27, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Stephanie Grace Whitson in her new book, Daughter of the Regiment published by FaithWords takes us into the life of Maggie Malone.

    From the back cover: Daughter of the Regiment

    Irish immigrant Maggie Malone wants no part of the war. Shed rather let the Americans settle their differences-until her brothers join Missouris Union Irish Brigade, and one of their names appears on a list of injured soldiers. Desperate for news, Maggie heads for Boonville, where the Federal army is camped. There she captures the attention of Sergeant John Coulter. When circumstances force Maggie to remain with the brigade, she discovers how capable she is of helping the men she comes to think of as her boys. And while she doesnt see herself as someone a man would court, John Coulter is determined to convince her otherwise.

    As the mistress of her brothers Missouri plantation, Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess-and not to question her brother Walkers business affairs. When Walker helps organize the Wildwood Guard for the Confederacy, and offers his plantation as the Center of Operations, Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. As the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, she must also find a way to protect the people who depend on her.

    Despite being neighbors, Maggie and Libbie have led such different lives that they barely know one another-until war brings them together, and each woman discovers that both friendship and love can come from the unlikeliest of places.

    The Civil War was a terrible time as the country was fighting itself and no matter who won it was a time of great loss. 1861 Missouri and Maggie Malone really doesnt want anything to do with the fighting but her brothers join up. When one of them is injured she is off to care for him and a Federal officer is attracted to her. Elizabeth Blair is trying to run the plantation by herself. As the War rages on around them these two women must learn to work together so that each one of them can succeed. This is Historical fiction at its best! I think this is one of the hardest stories to write as it is all character driven and takes a steady hand to guide the characters through the story while remaining true to each character and these characters are memorable. You come to love Maggie and Elizabeth as if they were alive (and they are within the pages of this book) and it is a thrill to watch them interact, grow and put aside their distrust, fear and the hurts of their pasts and find peace in their present. Many kudos to Ms. Whitson for a truly memorable book. I am so looking forward to the next book from the very talented Ms. Whitson.

    If you missed the interview for A Claim Of Her Own, another novel by Ms. Whitson, and would like to listen to it and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from FaithWords. 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.
  4. Perkiomenville, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting historical facts intertwined in fiction
    April 11, 2015
    Joan K. Landis
    Perkiomenville, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed this book, especially the main character Maggie Malone. She is Independent, skilled with a gun, hard worker and thinks of her brothers as her responsibility. This family loyalty sends her on a journey to find her injured brother and she ends up being accepted by the union regiment with various duties. The other major feminine character Elizabeth Blair is also a woman to be admired. Her character develops as she faces hard decisions. This civil war book has well developed characters and scenes that draw the reader into the event. I would recommend this book.
  5. Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating!
    March 25, 2015
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Irish Immigrant, Maggie Malone lives in a man's world on the farm her father built after moving to Missouri. After her brothers join Missouri's Union Irish Brigade, leaving her and her Uncle Paddy to run the farm on their own Maggie takes things into her own hands. A strong and strong-willed young woman, she braves the journey to find her brothers after her farm has been ransacked, livestock killed, animals stolen, and her Uncle Paddy badly beaten.

    Maggie is so well described in "Daughter of the Regiment," she comes alive in every detail. All of the characters throughout this book are portrayed in poignant and believable descriptives. The author's use of such strong characters brings the reader into the story, making the story tangible. I felt I walked alongside Maggie throughout whatever circumstances presented themselves.

    A wide variety of characters come to life in this moving depiction of the life and times of the Civil War. Strong, colorful, sensitive, each individual is developed with care. The landscape is pictorial and described with detail and clarity. Knowing only the more talked about locations where the Civil War was fought, the Missouri involvement was new to me. The author transports the reader from plantation life to the fields and ravages of war, and evokes emotions of the deepest kind.

    I became so engrossed in this novel that the hours flew by as I became a part Maggie's life, and the lives with whom she was involved. I will undoubtedly read this book again. It was a deeply moving portrayal of life at a time when no one knew who to trust or believe. I highly recommend "Daughter of the Regiment."

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Hachette Book Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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