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The Civil War Era is one many of us have studied and often continue to read about in the fiction we pick up. I am happy to have Meghan Gorecki visiting with us again today to share her new Civil War novel, Amongst the Roses. Before we begin our visit, though, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the home front?
Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?
The three bloodiest days in America’s history bring these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.
Welcome back, Meghan! What inspired you to write this series, or Amongst the Roses in particular?
It was fourth grade homeschool and we did a whole year unit study on the Civil War. One of my year-long assignments was to keep a diary as if I were a Northern girl during the war. And so I did, ran with it, and turned it into a book over the next two-plus years. That version will never see the light of day. ☺ I always knew I’d rewrite it someday, and I’m so glad I did.
What a fun assignment that turned out to be! Who is your favorite secondary character, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
Annelise, by far. She is the first one in the story to truly experience a loss that only war can bring, and her story will definitely be told in full someday.
I don’t imagine there were many who weren’t touched by the war in some way. Battles were fought in many places throughout the war. Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I chose the setting of Chambersburg because it was so near to Gettysburg, and saw its own action during the war. I did get to visit there just for a day and explore the main downtown area which was such a gift to get to see for myself the streets my characters would’ve walked.
What do you hope your readers take away from Amongst the Roses?
I hope that readers come away from the story encouraged that God holds us all in His capable hands, and even in the midst of tragedies, He is in the midst of healing and His heart is always good.
That’s certainly a message we need to hear, especially when things are tough. Which authors have had the most impact on your writing?
Lynn Austin, Jocelyn Green, Pepper Basham, and Joanne Bischof have probably been my top four most impactful authors to me for many years.
That’s quite a line-up! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Meghan!
Your turn! Let’s rabbit-trail from Meghan’s great writing assignment. What was your favorite subject in school? Share your answer in the comments below.
More about Meghan:
Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Amongst the Roses Giveaway:
Meghan has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of Amongst the Roses. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.