Sunday, September 7, 2014

Book Review-The Lady and the Officer by Mary Ellis

The Lady and the Officer
By:  Mary Ellis
Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers

Madeline Howard, Yankee, widowed by the Civil War is determined to  stay in Cashtown, PA to continue raising horses on the farm she and her husband built.  The War….had other plans.  Her home was ravaged by both the Union and Confederate Armies.  Her horses were taken, her home was burned and she only escaped with her life because General James Downing, of the Union, saved her.  With no family or friends left in Cashton, she has no choice but to take refuge with her aunt and uncle in Richmond, although her political sympathies were with the Union.  While in Richmond Colonel Haywood seeks her attention because during the battle of Gettysburg, during her one-day nursing excursion, she saved his life, even if he was a Confederate.  Because her uncle worked for Confederate President Davis, she had access to information that would help the Union so she became a somewhat reluctant short-term spy.  With the fall of Richmond the family must flee…leaving behind their beloved home and Madeline must sever ties with her family to save them from punishment for harboring a spy. 

MS Ellis did a fabulous job in developing the characters and story line.  She made me feel like I was personal friends with them and that I was part of the story.  However I was somewhat disappointed in the ending.  It left me wanting to know what happened to Madeline’s family after fleeing Richmond and what happened to Colonel Haywood.

If you love anything to do with the Civil War and Historical romance—you won’t want to miss this book.  It is a great book for those with a romantic heart.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harvest House Publishers, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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