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Two Southern sisters, disguised as men, who join the Confederate Armyóone seeking vengeance on the battlefield, the other finding love.
The Hempinstall’s execute the setting with precision, the reader transported to the harshness, lurid and barbarous acts of the Civil War.
Quite a burning narrative. The dichotomy of the two sisters – hate, love, revenge, mercy, addled, clearheaded was a plus. The contrast added scope and a certain unpredictability to both narrative and characters. The reader is on edge as dark secrets are reveled at random, an element of surprise welcomed.
As much fondness as I felt for this book, I was let down by the lack of character development. We really don’t know much about Libby and Josephine “pre war.” I understand Arden is the quasi reason bringing them to war but their motivation failed to evoke emotion from this reader, I blame it on what felt like a rushed condensed abbreviation of circumstances. Each woman was so self absorbed they canceled out recognizing each other’s varied emotions, feelings, the sisterly bond of understanding divided and veered off.
The ending surprised me, I thought for sure it would have taken a different turn, the way it stands it is the calm after the storm leaving me pleasantly neutral. Brutal story of love and war slanting more towards war. Historical fiction fans, Civil War buffs will find this novel absorbing, graphic details bringing the cruelty of Civil War home.
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Kathy Hepinstall grew up outside of Houston, Texas. Kathy is the best selling author of The House of Gentle Men, The Absence of Nectar and Blue Asylum She is an award-winning creative director and advertising writer. She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California with her husband. Visit Kathy’s Blog.
Becky Hepinstall grew up outside of Houston, Texas. She holds a degree in History from the University of Texas in Austin, and currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, a Navy pilot, and their four children.
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Wednesday, March 4
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Friday, March 6
Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish
Saturday, March 7
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Monday, March 9
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, March 11
Review at Beth’s Book Nook
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Review at 100 Pages a Day
Monday, March 16
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