My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa's ConflictMurray PuraBarbour Books / 2018 / Trade Paperback$3.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 60 Reviews
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DB5 Stars Out Of 5Great Story!September 29, 2019DBQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Enjoyed this story from start to finish! Very well written and captivating. If you enjoy historical fiction in the Civil War Era, your interest will be maintained with adventure and excitement by a very talented author who has done his research very well. Super value for the price!
rkfall5 Stars Out Of 5Underground Railroad ReadJune 26, 2019rkfallMy Heart Belongs in Gettysburg Pennsylvania by Murray Pura was an excellent historical read that put me in the place of the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman and all. Liberty was an amazing character, as was the main character, Clarissa. I enjoyed the seminary man, Kyle as well. It was an interesting twist of story lines to see where the author was going to take me. I just wanted to keep reading. It's mysterious; there are feelings of betrayal and intense word pictures of the dangers conductors faced and choices they made while working toward freeing the slaves and the importance of it. A great read!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
J Link4 Stars Out Of 5History comes to life!February 13, 2019J LinkQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Ah, Gettysburg. My parents dragged us there as kids. Summertime is hot with no air-conditioning. We did the tour with the cassette tape playing as we drove around. Great memories! As an adult, I can appreciate it so much more. The sacrifice, the bravery, the danger, and ultimately the great loss. I liked the story of Clarissa aiding the escaped slaves through the Underground Railroad, but I had a hard time reconciling her role as the conductor with the over-indulged teenager that she seemed to be. It was simple to figure out the secret identity of the other conductor, Liberty. The fun was waiting to see how Clarissa figured it out. There are some far-fetched situations toward the end of the book. All's fair in love and war, I guess. The book was interesting, fast paced, and easy to read.
Kudos to the author. I didn't know the author was a man until after I finished the book. I can usually tell the difference.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by Murray PuraFebruary 1, 2019MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa's Conflict by Murray Pura
A great addition to the My Heart Belongs series! I live about 45 minutes from Gettysburg and have been there often, walked the battlefields and visited the visitors' center so I could picture that area as I read. Murray Pura's historical details and vivid descriptions enhance my own visits and bring Clarissa and her story to life. Clarissa is a feisty young woman involved in the Underground Railroad and is very out spoken in her opinions. I was surprised that a woman of such a young age would be courageous enough to do the things she was involved in and that her parents would allow it. I admire her strength, courage, the way she held to her beliefs even in the midst of danger and her faith. The mysterious man behind the mask who often accompanies her on one of her "runs" is a hero that is captivating in every way. I love his dedication to a cause he feels is worth any danger to himself. He is brave, strong, honorable and a bit of a mystery which makes him even more noteworthy. A powerful, heartwarming story that will stay with me for sometime.
vics495484 Stars Out Of 5Good book!December 28, 2018vics49548Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Author Murray Pura writes a wonderfully researched book of Civil War Gettysburg. If you enjoy historical fiction, give this one a read! The dialogue between Clarissa and the men in her life did feel a bit wordy at times, but speech was different at that time and I understand that.
Often the heroine made me shake my head. So bold for a woman of that era but we know they existed. They did indeed work on the Underground Railroad and even put on men's uniforms to do what had to be accomplished for freedom's cause. And Clarissa was a spit fire! I think you'll love her.
Full of historical facts, the book was not dull. Pura wove those facts into an intriguing story with well-developed characters. He also described Gettysburg so well that even though I've never been there I can see it in my mind. It's a great way to travel!
There are, of course, battle scenes with thorough descriptions but never gratuitous gore. They were written with care, you can tell.
I will say that while I expected some romance, I got a bit more than I bargained for. Nothing bad, just a head strong maiden who couldn't make up her mind and wasn't afraid to kiss a man. More than one man, in fact. Goodness, what will this woman do next? Read it and find out!