GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: By the Vine Press
RELEASE DATE: October 9, 2018
An unnatural thunder rumbled through the air, carrying withit not thoughts of rain but of smoke and trepidation…
After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.
Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?
Based on first-hand accounts from the Civil War and with a strong romantic thread, this is a tale of faith, espionage, hope, and courage historical fiction fans won’t want to miss.
“In the middle of a war that sought to divide, love had found a way to unite.”
First, can I say how much I love that cover?!? So pretty!
Second, I have two words for you: Closet. Kiss.
That’s right. Cue the fans and the fainting couches because there is a supply closet kiss you won’t want to miss! (Find out more why i love closet kisses here)
I won’t say much more about it but whew. There’s so much outer & inner turmoil-tension that builds between Samuel and Evelyn, a mix of the danger of the war & the intrigue and heightened alert all around them – not to mention that they are on opposite sides of the fight. After all, one is a doctor for the Federal Army, and the other is almost a spy for the Confederates. All of this translates into deliciously romantic, curl-your-toes, blissful-sigh tension. And Samuel’s mental nickname for Evelyn & the inspiration behind it? Oh! Be still my heart.
Speaking of… the kids in Eternity Between Us will swoop right in and steal your affections right away. They are precocious and precious all at once, and their relationship with each other (as siblings) as well as with Samuel and then Evelyn is the source of both humor and a few tears. Can i put in a request now for follow-up stories with Benjamin and Emily as protagonists, all grown up?
Bottom Line: Civil War fiction is always thought-provoking for me, especially stories like this one that really focus on the complexities of both sides of the war and the internal struggle for truth and direction that went on in the hearts and minds of many key players. McGee presents these inner battles with as much care as she does the physical battles and war-time situations she has so keenly researched. In Samuel and Evelyn, she has given us two dynamic and layered protagonists with strength beyond their own realization – and a tender love story wrapped in history, grace, romance, and faith. I loved the ‘real’ tidbits of Civil War espionage history & I definitely want to read more about these women spies on my own. A story full of heart with a smartly-done plot and great characters!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 3.5 / May forget to breathe on occasion – and keep the fans handy!
Stephenia McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currentl
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Prize package includes: 1 signed paperback of Eternity Between Us, “I love God, coffee & Christian Fiction” book cover coffee mug, 1 ebook (reader’s choice), Her Place in Time audible audiobook, $25 amazon gift card, and a few southern goodies in celebration of the release of Eternity Between Us! (US address only) *not pictured ebook & audio book
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