Bestselling author Mary Ellis (A Widow’s Hope) presents The Lady and the Officer, Book 2 of her new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women and the men who love them.
Serving for a brief time as a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederate Home Guard. But even though Maddy makes her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a soldier from the North.
However, Colonel Haywood has never forgotten the beautiful nurse, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. But while rubbing elbows with army officers and cavalry generals and war department officials in her aunt and uncle’s palatial home, Maddy overhears plans for a Confederate attack in northern Virginia. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends?
Maddy’s heart is pulled between wanting to be loyal to those who care for her and wanting to help the man she believes is on the right side of the conflict. Two men love her. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring a devastation of their own?
My ****4 Star**** Review
I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction and this story did not disappoint. The perspective was different from the other novels I’ve read set in the Civil War, so I appreciated that. I got to see some struggles and concerns, and quite frankly love and understanding that I normally don’t see in other books set during this famous war. It’s common to hear of how family fought against family, but I was happy to see some acceptance in Maddy’s family because that resonates as true to me for many of the families during that time.
The story was unpredictable and kept me guessing. I’ll even have to admit that at 57% in I had to flip to end because I was freaking out not being able to tell how the story would end. I had to know! It was very suspenseful!
I’d definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys historical Christian romance. I’ll personally look forward to reading more from Mary Ellis.
*I received a copy via NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author ~ Mary Ellis
Mary Ellis grew up close to the Amish where she loved their peaceful agrarian lifestyle and strong sense of Christian community. She and her husband now live by the largest population of Old Order in the country where they take weekend trips to research her books. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate—a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. Her debut Amish fiction, A Widow’s Hope, first in the Miller Family series, was a finalist in the 2010 ACFW Carol Awards and received the Award of Merit for the Holt Medallion. She has since written ten best-selling novels. Her previous release, Living in Harmony, first in the New Beginning series, won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction.