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Two years into the Civil War, Josephine Winters is a 19-year-old orphan with no money or way to make a living. She cuts her hair, dresses in boy clothes and enlists in the Union army under the name of Snipp. She quickly earns admiration for her skill with a musket and bravery. She becomes good friends with Levi Albright who grew up a Quaker and rebelled to join the army and fight for the freedom of slavery. When an injury Josephine forces her to reveal her true identity, she is immediately forced out of the company without the option to say goodbye to her friend.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Series: Forever Freedom
Just over five feet tall and barely weighing as much as a newborn calf, Snipp seems to Levi to be barely old enough to hold "his" gun. But despite being teased by the regiment, Snipp quickly earns admiration for skill with a musket and unequaled bravery. When Levi explains one night that he is a Quaker leading a regiment, it leads to a late-night discussion of faith and a developing friendship.
But Snipps secret can only be hidden for so long. After an injury forces Josie to reveal her real identity, Levi is angered by her deception. Worse, Josie is marched out of the company without a chance to explainor even say goodbye. Will their friendship survive? Or will the hatred saturating the war-torn nation affect even the heart of a peace-loving Quaker? //
"Finely detailed secondary characters add realistic depth to the story, making the world where the Albrights live feel dangerous and alive. Fans of MacLaren will be delighted with this first book in the Forever Freedom series." Publishers Weekly review of Summer on Sunset Ridge
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5civil war novel with a twistFebruary 6, 2018ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a civil war novel with a twist. Josie wants to help the northern cause like her younger brother who died early in the war. She dresses like a man and joins the army. There is a little romance and a bit of intrigue throughout. I love all the different characters. This story will make you laugh and get a little teary eyed. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Deana4 Stars Out Of 5Good Historical StoryFebruary 6, 2018DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed the concept of the story. Josephine was a wonderful character and I admired her determination. The author depicts the Civil War with vivid accounts of what soldiers went through. I never thought about how little food they had to live on as they fought a battle that would cost lives. Josephine or Snipps as she is called in most of the story is a person to be reckoned with. She doesnt back down from whatever chore or duty is given to her. I wondered how long she would be able to keep her secret. As the story progresses, Snipps soon discovers that someone doesnt like her in the unit. Why would someone want to harm her?
Levi was very passionate about God and keeping his troops safe. I liked that he shared God in a subtle way without being preachy. It was interesting to see a friendship develop between him and Snipps. I loved Levis leadership and how he took Snipps under his wing . I dont think I would have lasted very long out there with the sound of gunfire and sometimes weather that was unbearable.
The men seemed to get along pretty well with Snipps even thought many questioned why he didnt have facial hair or whether Snipps was really old enough to be there. I had to wonder why someone didnt figure out who Snipps really was. One of the best parts of the story for me is when a spy is discovered in the midst of everyone. How would you react if you knew someone among you couldnt be trusted? I know I would be looking over my shoulder constantly. I didnt figure out who it was and I was surprised when the person was revealed. Overall the book is a great story with details of the war that were accurate and made you feel transported back in time. Will Josephine be found out? How will Levi react when secrets are revealed ? This is a good story with a bit of action and mystery that kept me entertained. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
MJSHNJAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5a well-written historical romance set during Civil WarFebruary 4, 2018MJSHNJAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Only God could write so perfect a love story."
And this book indeed is a beautiful love story. It is the first book written by Sharlene MacLaren that I have read and I'm hooked. This book blends good writing, a well-plotted story that is perfectly paced, a hint of intrigue and mystery, memorable characters, great dialogue, historical facts from Civil War with a strong element of faith, salvation, redemption and grace to produce a delightful read.
The solid faith Levi and Josie portray throughout the story is commendable and inspiring. Their compassion and care for those wounded, both physically and spiritually, bring them together in ways that neither have experienced before. Levi is strong, faithful, loyal, compassionate, full of God's Word and love, thoughtful, loving, a natural leader and makes for a dashing hero. Josie is determined yet tender-hearted, loyal to family and friends, creative, compassionate yet so innocent about the ways of the world and romance. They go through a lot together during their days in the army and a wonderful friendship emerges even before the romance. A hint of intrigue and mystery regarding a traitor in their midst adds a layer of adrenaline to the plot.
Anyone who enjoys a well-written historical romance taking place during the Civil War will appreciate this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the author/publisher via Celebrate Lit Tour. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Conniet19825 Stars Out Of 5Great 2nd book in the seriesFebruary 2, 2018Conniet1982Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is book two in the Forever Freedom series --- and it is just as amazing as the first one. The Civil War era is one of my most favorite eras in American History and I loved the writing and desciptions of the battles. The author did great research and I felt that I was learning something as I was reading. The characters are well written, the storyline easy to follow.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all opinions are my own.
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5Slow build up of romance and suspenseFebruary 2, 2018Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I do not read too many books where the girl disguises herself as a man. It is not really a favorite storyline of mine but this was an interesting one as it takes place during the Civil War, and Josie disguises herself as a man to become a Union soldier. Her reasons for doing so seemed a bit weak for me and her cousin gives her some pretty good alternatives, but whether it was her pride or youth, 19 year old Josie goes off to war. She is a pretty good soldier and fools her fellow comrades including Levi Albright. Levi is also a conundrum as he is a Quaker but has decided to go to war to keep the Union together. I was pleasantly surprised at how both of these characters were very out of the box with their way of thinking and tried to rely on God and do right.
Besides the tension of the war, knowing a battle was coming soon, and knowing that Josie was a woman and the anticipation of danger to her was great, there is also a spy among them. One who is ruthless and going a bit mad. Besides Levi's and Josie's point of views, we are also given the spy's and were privy to his hit list of the Union soldiers he planned on taking out. I thought the author did a good job of keeping his identity hidden and wondering when this mad man would strike next. We were introduced to several soldiers that had me trying to guess who it was. I did not guess correctly.
The first half of this book was like a waiting game; the second half picks up the dangers of the war, the spys nefarious plans, and ultimately the romance. This was a pretty good read at keeping me on my toes so to speak.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.