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The Yankee widow
2019
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"Moving and memorable, this novel reveals the impossible choices women face in wartime." --James Patterson

A richly layered, emotional novel about one woman's courage and the choices she must make in the face of a dangerous war.

Caroline is the young wife of Jacob, who together live on a farm raising their daughter just outside of Gettysburg. When Jacob joins the Northern army, no one anticipates he will not return. Then Caroline gets word that her husband is wounded, and she must find her way alone to Washington City and search among the thousands of casualties to find him.

When Jacob succumbs to his injuries, she brings his body home on the eve of the deadliest battle of the war. With troops and looters roaming the countryside, it is impossible to know who is friend and who is foe. Caroline fights to protect those she holds most dear while remaining compassionate to the neediest around her, including two strangers from opposite sides of the fight. Each is wounded... Each is drawn to her beauty, her kindness. Both offer comfort, but only one secretly captures her heart. Still, she must resist exposing her vulnerability in these uncertain times when so much is at risk.

In The Yankee Widow, gifted storyteller Linda Lael Miller explores the complexities and heartbreak that women experienced as their men took up arms to preserve the nation and defend their way of life.
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Romance author Miller (The Marriage Charm, 2015) brings readers a compelling Civil War-era novel that depicts the agonizing fear that people dealt with while the nation was at war. Caroline Hammond is running her family's farm after losing her husband. She is barely able to mourn his passing when the Union Army arrives, led by a Captain Rogan McBride, on his way to Gettysburg. After the battle, he sets up the wounded at Hammond Farm. Caroline is a strong woman with good people surrounding her and they are all ready for whatever troubles may come. This includes a wounded friend of McBride's, Captain Bridger Winslow, who is a Confederate, and whom Caroline must be convinced to house until he is well. Both McBride and Winslow fall in love with Caroline and so begins the romance she must sort out as the war comes to a close. Although somewhat predictable, the story is well told and readers will keep turning the pages to learn what future awaits Caroline and the others who suffered alongside her.--Emily Borsa Copyright 2019 Booklist
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