The Soldier's Secret

  • by Heather Osborne
  • Narrated by Kristyl Dawn Tift
  • 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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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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- Debbie

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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- Suzy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2015
  • Publisher: Heather Osborne