Monday, November 30, 2015

Ten Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

From the publisher:
Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off--only to find she's fallen into the hands of the enemy.
Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they're all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.
Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally--and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?
I was eager to read this book as the setting is very familiar to me.  I loved to read all the historical details that Andrea Boeshaar put into this book.  The conversations of the characters were rich which historical information.  Yet, Boeshaar doesn't bog you down with the details and instead just makes it a part of the conversation so that the story ebbs and flows. I already want to read her sequel to this novel, not only to find out more about the characters but also the war history.  She also did not glorify the war but let its horror show.  However, this was not in a gory way, but still it allowed you to feel the pain of war.
Some of the book was a little frustrating because of the interactions between Carrie Ann and Peyton.  They declare that they love each other but their actions did seem to show it up until they said it.  Also, there were tragic events about Carrie Ann's family that she seemed to just brush off in certain circumstances, and then in others it effected how she responded to others.  In general the characters seemed to say things instead of showing them in their actions.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

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