The Lady and the Officer is a Civil War tale. What sets this one apart from some of the others is it is told from both sides of the war. In the beginning of the book, Madeline Howard is a widow, her husband having been killed in the early days of the war. She is trying to keep up their horse farm in Pennsylvania. As the Battle of Gettysburg comes to her doorstep, she finds herself in the crosshairs of both armies. General John Downing, a Union general comes to her aide and finds a place in her heart. Even he cannot prevent the loss of all her horses or the destruction of her home. When the battle is over, Madeline finds herself homeless and without the means to pursue her livelihood. Her only surviving family is serving the Confederacy in Richmond, VA. Madeline makes her way south and is lovingly taken in by her aunt and family.
Her loyalties still to the Union cause, Madeline believes that she has a moral duty to be on the alert for any information which might be of use to the Northern troops so she can pass it on. She never thinks about what her duplicity might mean to those who have loved and befriended her.
This book takes an interesting point of view by looking at war from both sides. Both sides of the Civil War had good, honorable Americans who were just trying to be loyal to their friends and neighbors. Both sides had people who were willing to betray and steal from those who trusted them.
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Mary Ellis in her new book, The Lady and the Officer Book Two in the Civil War Heroines series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Madeline Howard.
From the back cover: Love, loyalty and espionagehow does a lady live with all three?
Serving for a brief time as a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederate Home Guard. But even though Maddy makes her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a soldier from the North.
However, Colonel Haywood has never forgotten the beautiful nurse, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. But while rubbing elbows with army officers and cavalry generals and war department officials in her aunt and uncles palatial home, Maddy overhears plans for a Confederate attack in northern Virginia. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends?
Maddys heart is pulled between wanting to be loyal to those who care for her and wanting to help the man she believes is on the right side of the conflict. Two men love her. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring a devastation of their own?
The Civil War has taken everything she has, her husband, her home, her livelihood. The only option she has left is to leave the North and travel to Richmond Va, the Capital of the Confederacy, to live with her aunt and uncle. Maddy is in love with a Northern General however a Southern Colonel is in love with her. On top of that Maddy overhears war plans for an attack on the North. So she risks everything to get these plans to the General.This is an exciting story with the events of The Civil War being played out as Maddy finds herself in an incredibly dangerous situation. And it is a romance too. This book is a lot of fun and it entertains you as you keep flipping pages as you try to find out what is going to happen next. Ms. Ellis has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace. Her characters are wonderful and she gives them life and unique voices. A really enjoyable read.
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I don't typically read books centered around war, but this one caught my attention. I stopped midway through because I was afraid for Madeline, but it kept calling me to finish. I had to know how it turned out. It was good--very good. I liked the sacrifice and love required to produce the satisfying ending.
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This novel is set in the Ozark Mountains, and by what I have read in other books, it is a great setting if you want to write a book that deals superstitions. Mental health, and Spook-lights are just two of them explored in this book.( I should mention that Spook-light is not just superstition, it is true) The story starts with a shout, as U.S. Marshall Ian Cowley tries to run down the outlaw. Lyric has more than an unusual name to cause her to shy away from the general public, her ill mother, the house they live in and more. Lori Copeland weaves a tale that kept me on edge through out story, reading in long stretches as I followed the people. There were times, as I was reading at night that I looked for the light, so vivid did she write about the things around the characters. And the hole in the barn? Well, I guess you need to read the book to find out about that!
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I've read several of Mary Ellis's books and this one is my favorite so far. A touching depiction of the Civil War from a woman's point of view, it centers on divided loyalties.
Madeline Howard is a widow, left alone when her Union soldier husband was killed at the beginning of the war. During the battle of Gettysburg, she is rescued by a handsome Union soldier from her burning home. Sparks fly between them that have nothing to do with the fire.
With little more than the clothes on her back, Madeline makes her way to her closest relatives. . .in the Confederate capitol of Richmond.
Very enjoyable story with strong, likable characters. I highly recommend this one!