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Amongst the Roses
by Meghan Gorecki
From the back cover:
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.
About the author:
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. Connect with her on social media and at her website: www.northernbellemeg.com
The Civil War was hard no matter which side of the Mason Dixon Line you called home.
Amongst the Roses ventures into the heat of the battle–and the hearts of those not only on the field but also left behind. The characters were varied, from the wealthy Phillips family to the Irish Doyles. Their journeys and struggles impacted them in many different ways.
Overall, while the basic story is good, I felt it needed more work. I struggled to connect with the characters and was disappointed with the ending.
However, not everyone holds the same opinion on every book! If you enjoy historical novels and are looking for something that doesn’t follow a predictable pattern, you may find you enjoy Amongst the Roses.
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)