Summary

A picture of pure shock and curiosity, Emma placed her empty glass down, "Surely, you are not suggesting I dress as a man and enlist in the Union Army!"
"That is precisely what I am suggesting."
In an era when women are adornments, northerner Emma Mansfield finds it challenging to fit the mold. It becomes an impossible task when her country is torn apart by civil war. Knowing she must take action, Emma finds herself in the midst of danger and intrigue when she takes up the guise of a young artillery soldier for the Union Army. Desperately trying to find out if her two brothers are alive, Emma must maintain her anonymity as she fights for survival.
Please note: this is historical romance. I have represented the historical facts to the best of my ability and done countless hours of research. However, I have taken some liberties and creatively interpreted some items to make the story more entertaining. I hope you enjoy this work of fiction.
©2015 Heather Osborne (P)2015 Heather Osborne
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5 out of 5 stars
By Debbie on 25-11-16

This is a really well written historical romance

I'm usually a paranormal romance fan and would not normally give this book a second glance but I won the book in a competition and I’m so glad I did.

There was action as the author tells the story of the historic battles won/lost and well researched accounts of the horrors of the war and the cruelty of soldiers toward the enemy

There was romance in the relationship between Emma and her fiancé Colin which is a slow sweet romance with emotion rather than explicit sex scenes

And there is adventure as Emma and Colin make the journey home from the battlefield

This is a really well written historical romance

Kristyl Dawn Tift was a brilliant narrator who put real emotion into her narration and did a good job with male and female voices

I highly recommend this book!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Suzy on 05-03-16

Civil war drama 3.5 stars

I enjoyed listening to this drama which follows the life of Emma during the Civil War and her dressing as a man to enlist in the Union Army. I felt the author took time to develop Emma's character before she went to war and this helped me care about her. For me, the domestic scenes were described very well and evocative of the era. However I did feel some parts of the story didn't work well and were rather coincidental. For example, it was never fully explained why one brother went to fight with the confederates and the passion for artillery of the woman who helped Emma. Whilst the domestic scenes were excellent I was disappointed with the level of detail once Emma reached the battlefield. Everyday challenges like using the toilet and hiding her menstruation were not dealt with and I just couldn't believe she could have hidden amongst men so easily. Also the male characters (Colin and William) behaved in ways I don't think realistic which made the story difficult to believe. I was glad the story however, did have some realism and depth to it in relation to acts of war and casualties.

The narrator did a great job with a clear delivery, good voices and engagement in the subject. I found the standard pace too slow but 1.25 speed was just right. I would recommend this book as a light romantic, easy listen for readers who want a bit more depth to their story.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for a review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cyn on 21-06-16

An powerful exciting listen

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This was a very touching read so much more than a romance but a wonderful read filled of so much pain and sorrow for all of those who fault in a war where really both sides lost so much. The author shows how brother fault against brother, father against son. This is one author that has done her research giving you a wonderful powerful read full of mystery, pain, love and romance.

Heather Osborne as a narrator gave so much too this audio from her wonderful talented voice to her many wonderful characters. She puts so much emotion into the audio giving this a wonderful tear jerker listen. She has a very clear, clean voice that is easy to listen to with wonderful character voices that you have no trouble knowing who is speaking. She puts emotion into the characters never leaving you wondering just what they are feeling. There is no background noise just a clear even tones which will leave you wanting more. Her male voices are just as pleasant as her female ones as she brings the story to live it is almost like watching a movie. You have no trouble picturing each scene in your mind reliving a time where soldiers were left with half a body feeling half a man. I hear no breaks in this audio if the narrator took a break you could not tell. Ms. Osborne did a wonderful job with this narration I am so looking forward to listening to more of her work.

Emma is a wonderful character which took a lot to stand up and dress as a man trying to make sure her love ones where safe. All that she had to go through really tore at my heart she is one brave women who doesn’t back down. She is strong willed and doesn’t back down giving so much to this story at a time when women were to stay home and keep their mouth shut.

The doctor who loves her really is a man after your heart. There is no doubt in my mind that every woman who reads this will fall in love with this wonderful man. The lengths he goes to, to keep her safe are unreal and I doubt most men would have done. He lets her be who she is without taking away her meaning as a woman. He believes in her giving back so much more than any person would.

Yes this is a romance which was lovely but it is so much more showing the true meaning of war and all that was given up in a battle which lost so much. I really enjoyed the characters they seem so real some I didn’t like so much but that is the way it is suppose to be. The author throws a few twist you won’t see coming giving you and exciting thrilling suspenseful read that you will love. There are parts you might need a tissue for as the author and narrator delivers a powerful wonderful read you won’t be able to put down.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen on 06-02-16

Great story about a strong woman and love!

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This book is more than just a romance. The story has interesting historical references and the heroine is strong and likable. She is placed is a civil war era situation where she is making an unconventional contribution to the war effort, as many women wanted to do at the time, to try and bring her brothers and lover home safe. The romance is appropriate for the situation so it made the love story plausible. The narrator, Kristyl Dawn Tift, did a great job with the character voices. Her narration was easy to follow and entertaining. I really enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it.

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