Esther Sullivan has no idea how much she will lose from the Civil War or how much she will gain.
Why did you let David join the army? she asked quietly, sitting below her father and gazing toward Mamas distant grave.
He took a deep breath and let it out slowly. I cannot force him to believe the way I do, and I cannot force him to stay here. So I said I wouldnt stand in his way. He sighed again. Its better this way. He will want to come back home, whereas if he had run off, it would be harder for him to face me.
Esther nodded and leaned against his leg.
I only hope that he will get his fill of it soon. Esthers father reached down and smoothed her hair away from her forehead. And come back to us.
The war becomes real to Esther when her brother David leaves their Pennsylvania farm to join Lincolns army. Her fathers faith and strength help her through the trying days ahead, but when he is drafted and then captured by the Confederates, she feels incredibly alone. Leaving a home haunted with memories, Esther joins a field hospital unit and nurses wounded soldiers. She finds her brothers captain, Daniel Armstrong, dying from a bullet wound infection and ignored by the doctors. She had saved his life once before, and maybe, with Gods help, she can save it again.
Join Esther on her journey to womanhood through the confusing and heartbreaking years of the Civil War. The compelling, realistic relationships in her life bring humor, adventure, grief, faith, and romance as she cares for others, despite all she has lost.
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