Sometimes I take some time out to read, then send along my impressions. It is my privilege to do so this week. The Blythe Daniel Agency is representing Amanda Lauer and her “Heaven Intended” Civil War Series. Take a closer look …
A World Such as Heaven Intended
I love history and this story delivers. I saw the horrors of the Civil War through the eyes of Amara McKirnan, a young Catholic girl in Atlanta GA during the Civil War. She grows up fast. With an interest in medicine, she soon joins her uncle and works in his hospital. Nathan is a wounded soldier with secrets that draw Amara. Both are pulled into intrigues. Through help from their Catholic priest, they are able to move through the dangers. In spite of my love of history, the story slowed when there were blocks of narrative to get history across. However, I enjoyed this book and history buffs will love it.
A Life Such As Heaven Intended
I like to plan my life out, so I connected with Brigid. When she stumbles across a Confederate soldier on her father’s property, her plan unravels. Her family has suffered and, in her father’s absence and her mother’s deep depression, Brigid runs the household. And now, what does she do with this soldier? As she takes him in and nurses him, his lost memory heals along with his body. This starts a new chain of events that will take him, Dominic, and Brigid to unexpected places. Back to the life plan, I felt for Brigid when she had to adjust over and over to a very disruptive war and the challenges to her long-held beliefs. I wonder if I would fare as well? I was engrossed with this story.
A Love Such as Heaven Intended
Josephine Bigelow is a wealthy socialite looking for a husband. However, men of any kind are in short supply during the Civil War. But Josephine is undaunted. Determined to have her way, Josephine uses her feminine tricks on her father to gain access to a Federal prison where she thinks she will expose the horrors. She doesn’t find that, but she finds her first love, Michael, a Confederate soldier, incarcerated. Her schemes are thwarted when he is transferred. How will she find him again? And will his secrets pose dangers to her? I had fun reading this story and found it interesting that I could follow this character even though she frustrated me.
Roman Catholics will relate well to these stories. The character’s are all Catholic and the author shows how important their faith was to them in such difficult times.
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