This book had all the feel goods for me the Civil War and Chattanooga It was a perfect book to continue the Daughter of the Mayflower series I whooped at the mention of the Wisconsin Minnesota family Halvorson I will forgive the author for choosing this variation because it is common in that area, even though mine is Halverson NE NW Iowa.This is the story of Pearl MacFarlane, the granddaughter of Kate and Thomas MacFarlane from The Cumberland Bride, along with her father and younger brother, Clem, whose home becomes a hospital for Northern soldiers injured in the Battle of Chickamauga How she is trying to keep the farm going even after it has been savaged by soldiers on both sides, care for an ailing father, keep her younger brother in line, and morn the loss of three of her older brothers all in different battles.It is also about Josh Bledsoe a soldier from Ohio who looses part of his arm during the battle and is sent to the MacFarlane home to be nursed back to health before possibly being sent to prison in Richmond But once he lays eyes on Pearl he knows he has to avoid being sent away at all costs Even if that means having to leave and rejoin the Northern forces for the upcoming Battle of Chattanooga But Josh is not going to let anything harm Pearl.The Christian faith both Pearl and Josh have keeps their spirits high But it is not easy when each thinks their side is the right one to fight for If I haven t said it before, I think this is my favorite of this series, although I think I say that about every book in this series This one just had so many positives in it for me Chattanooga is a favorite vacation spot for my family we go at least 4 times a year, we have had a private tour of the battlefield at Chickamauga 3.5 hours long , and the Civil War is such a diverse time in history that you learn something new in each book you read This is a 5 star read for me, and I would highly recommend it.I was given a free copy of this through Netgalley and Barbour Publishing All opinions are my own. The Daughter of the Mayflower Series is a great way to take trip through history In The Rebel Bride, readers learn about life during the Civil War Main character Pearl lives with what s left of her family just south of Chattanooga, Tennessee Three of her four brothers died in battle and her father has what we now know as dementia Pearl s cousin asks her to care for Yankee prisoners of war that were injured in battle It seemed very realistic to see how her opinions changed as she got to know the prisoners individually Pearl was in a difficult position and I was tired just reading about all she had to accomplish day after day.My favorite part of this novel was the author s note to readers shared prior to the beginning of the novel I also enjoyed the afterward which shared additional details about the Civil War.My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own. I have enjoyed every book in the Daughter of the Mayflower series, but this book really stands out in my mind It is obvious that McNear did an incredible amount of research to present this one tiny area and the big battle near and around it She also obviously looked at both sides of the war and the perspective of the Union and Confederate armies as well as the individual soldiers involved It was and still is a complicated war that divides opinions even to this day Each and every character was unique and special particularly Pearl and Josh Their conflicted feelings as their attraction grew and their differing opinions as a Secesh and a Unionist were beautifully portrayed The role that Pa played both with his increasing senility as well as his love for God s word and sharing it with everyone no matter what side on which they fought was a warm touch Her strong spiritual thread wove it s way throughout the story The inclusion of both her thoughts as she researched, reasons why she did or didn t include something within the story, and her Bibliography just added to the depth of this novel I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley Opinions are mine alone I was not compensated for this review. Another captivating story in the Daughters of the Mayflower series A grieving family is prevailed upon to harbor wounded enemy soldiers in their home near Chattanooga, Tennessee in the fall of 1863 Nursing the enemy challenges Pearl to put her faith into action in ways she d never imagined If thine enemy hunger, feed him if he thirst, give him drink Great characters that grew in depth as the story progressed, and descriptive writing drew me into this interesting tale I felt like I was there, watching and listening from the sidelines Much than a historical romance, the author s careful research of the time and complexity of the issues, is cleverly woven into the story The extensive notes at the end were interesting to read, filling in details of the real events I like how questions of faith were a part of their struggle, and scripture was used to bring hope and guidance What an awful time that must have been with families divided, suffering so much grief and loss The romance is a tender one and seemed believeable given the circumstances Wait on the Lord be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart Recommend for fans of Christian historical romances based on real events Civil War fans in particular may enjoy this one 4.5 stars An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley All opinions expressed are my own. Can Love Form Amidst Tensions Of War During The Clash Between Union And Confederacy, Quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane Is Compelled To Nurse Both Rebel And Yankee Wounded Who Seek Refuge At Her Family S Farm She Is Determined To Remain Unmoved By The Yankee Cause Until She Faces The Silent Struggle Of Union Soldier Joshua Wheeler, A Recent Amputee The MacFarlane Family Fits No Stereotype Joshua Believed In Still He Is Desperate To Regain His Footing As A Soldier, As A Man, As A Christian In The Aftermath Of His Debilitating Injury He Will Use His Time Behind Enemy Lines To Gather Useful Intelligence For The Union If The Courageous Rebel Woman Will Stay Out Of The Line Of DangerJoin The Adventure As The Daughters Of The Mayflower Series Continues With The Rebel Bride By Shannon McNearMore In The Daughters Of The Mayflower Series The Mayflower Bride By Kimberley Woodhouse Set Atlantic Ocean February The Pirate Bride By Kathleen Y Barbo Set New Orleans April The Captured Bride By Michelle Griep Set During The French And Indian War June The Patriot Bride By Kimberley Woodhouse Set Philadelphia August The Cumberland Bride By Shannon McNear Set On The Wilderness Road October The Liberty Bride By MaryLu Tyndall Set Balti December The Alamo Bride By Kathleen Y Barbo Set Texas February The Golden Bride By Kimberley Woodhouse Set San Francisco April The Express Bride By Kimberley Woodhouse Set Utah July The Rebel Bride By Shannon McNear Set Tennessee December The Blizzard Bride By Susanne Dietze Set Nebraska February The Chisholm Trail Bride By Kathleen Y Barbo April The Rebel Bride Daughters of the Mayflower Series 10Shannon McNearhttps m.facebook.com ShannonMcNearARelease date 12 01 2019Publisher Barbour BooksBlurb Can Love Form Amidst Tensions of War During the clash between Union and Confederacy, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both Rebel and Yankee wounded who seek refuge at her family s farm She is determined to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee The MacFarlane family fits no stereotype Joshua believed in still he is desperate to regain his footing as a soldier, as a man, as a Christian in the aftermath of his debilitating injury He will use his time behind enemy lines to gather useful intelligence for the Union if the courageous Rebel woman will stay out of the line of danger.Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear.My review When a Southern miss finds herself taking care of North wounded soldiers, can love get a chance when war is all around This book is number 10 in a multi authors series, but no need to have read any of the previous stories to understand this one, it is a perfect standalone.I do not often read Christian stories, I am not a very good believer, and even if I regret it, I am probably biased, afraid of them to be too very prone to biblical quotes and lessons Sure, there are but it was not cheesy like I assumed it would be In fact I was quickly caught up in the story, the storyline was not burdened by anything too ostensibly sectarian, this even enlightened the main characters thoughts.In fact it is truly a historical romance as I love them, with a third voice added to the classical two ways point of view, the one given to God by his people.I have read very few stories with the Civil War as background, why I had to google a bit about the specific events which bring the main couple together.Both Pearl and Joshua are flawed characters, when they meet, each one sees the other for what they are, the enemy I loved how Mrs Shannon McNear voiced their struggles, their angst but also the moment they perceive the other as someone else as a foe.Pearl is a kind and charitable soul but asking her to take care of Yankees when she has lost three brothers under their riffles, is asking a lot Why she kept everyone at arm s length, until she slowly sees them for whom they are also, brothers, sons and husbands.Joshua reawakened crippled and a prisoner in a Rebels home When the miss of the house seems rather plain at first, her devotion and her determination to see him staying among the living stirs firstly respect from him then a profound emotion.This tale was full of twists and turns all the while Pearl and Josh explore at length their feelings, as they are caught in between two fires, and whatever might be the outcome of this battle they are still one another s enemy on paper.5 stars for this amazing story, I so enjoyed learning about the historical details, the way of life during these harsh times and the conflicted romance Pearl and Josh has to navigate through.I will definitely read the books to come in this series.And do not miss the dedication and historical notes left by the author, they are full of informations.I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Barbour Books through Netgalley.Here is my true and unbiased opinion.https www.facebook.com 429830134272 Shannon McNear has once again pierced through history, bringing the Civil War to life with accuracy and authenticity The story of Pearl and Josh will haunt you like a melody carrying through time You ll find yourself cheering not for one side or the other in the conflict that tore our country apart, but for a Rebel girl and a wounded Yankee soldier to find not only common ground but a foundation for love 4.5 stars I received an ARC of The Rebel Bride but was in no way obligated to post a positive review Denise Weimer, historical romance editor and author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and The Witness Tree I ve been loving this series since the Mayflower and it just keeps getting better and better There s just something about the Civil War that fascinates me I don t know what it is Maybe it had to do with courage, beliefs, who knows.I liked this book for what it had to offer.Trust is the issue here And we can t leave out Hope at the end of the line.Trust is the hardest thing to do in life Heck it s even hard to put our love and trust in God All because we think we can do it on our own including myself.Perl is a firecracker I love her spirit and I feel just like she does when I m thrown into uncertainty I love her Pa too Imagine what he must ve been like as a young man His faith astounds me I wish mine was a strong I am working on it We all fall short of the Glory of God as we re all a work in progress Not anyone of us is perfect.Josh is an amazing man too I m pretty sure he was as unhappy as Perl considering the circumstances.The author has painted a vivid picture of the wave of bluecoates going up the mountain side I could clearly picture it I m sure my mouth must ve opened and closed several times.I enjoyed this book for various reasons Psalms is one of my favorite books of the Bible Especially the 23 Psalm.Im looking forward to the next book in this series.My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book NO compensations were received All opinions are my own. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review The Rebel Bride By Shannon McNear REVIEW I m new to the Brides of the Mayflower Series, but The Rebel Bride is fine as a standalone This story is a compelling look at the Civil War from both sides Pearl lives near Chattanooga, and circumstances demand she care for wounded Yankee soldiers Although experiencing her own grief, Pearl tends to the wounded men with grace and kindness, thus forming a relationship with one, Josh, who lost his hand Pearl and Josh are natural enemies, but they don t view the situation that way They endeavor to see the opposite point of view and its humanity This story gives you something to ponder about good and evil, right and wrong and the grey area where reality exists A must read for anyone interested in the Civil War era and daily life. The Rebel Bride is deftly woven with strands of dignity, thoughtfulness, and grace With admirable attention to historical detail, Shannon McNear has given us story of quiet determination set to a backdrop clamoring of war Lovers of Civil War era novels will appreciate the depth of character explored within these pages.
Shannon has been writing one thing or another since third grade and finished her first novel at age fifteen but waited than thirty years for her first book contract In the meantime, she graduated from high school, attended college, met and married her husband, birthed nine children, lost one, taught five to drive, revised that first story innumerable times, and completed six others.Her first
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