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Flame From Within is a stirring poignant read. One cannot help but be swept into the historical events of the Civil War, and the aftermaths each family shares...Shirley Kiger Connolly pens a great historical read, depicting many ranges of emotions within her characters. This well-written drama shows the betrayal and hatred that sweeps during the war, as well as the solace each injured soul, in time, is able to find when learning to love and live once more. I was truly captivated with this story... (Five Angels)  Reviewed by Linda L.
~ Fallen Angel Reviews

A larger-than-life novel by a woman who truly knows how to develop a plot. This epic work of fiction is an unbelievable tale of the Civil War story of a young woman who has not one, but four possibilities as her love interest. This saga was written in much the same way at Gone With the Wind! The myriad of characters are extremely believable and give credence to the overall story. Flame from Within is an incredibly well-written, easty to read, impossible to put down, chronicle of one young lady's journey through the years of the Civil War. (Five Hearts)

~ Brenda Talley
The Romance Studio  

This historic romance set in nineteenth century America, the Civil War south is immediately engaging. Truly an affair of the heart it will engage your emotions as well as your imagination. Almost-poetic descriptive phrases, well developed scenes, and penchant for complexity  will make you believe you're looking directly into history.

This  tale  kicks off with strong characters, obvious conflict, extremely well-described locations.  Find a spot by the fire and curl up with this incredible epic. 
~ Long and Short Reviews

From the Inside Flap

"...Well-written, fast paced historical novel by a most talented author..." The Road to Romance

"...Engaging,  well written and entertaining. The author's extensive research into the war between the North and the South shone through the entire story..." Coffee Time Romance

Product Details

  • File Size: 2776 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vintage Romance Publishing (November 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F76AR2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award winning author, Shirley Kiger Connolly, daughter of 1940s mystery writer, CH KIGER, pens historical fiction romances and books filled with lighthearted reflections. A major in English and Journalism, she later joined the graduates of ICL. As one of the winners of the 2014 OKRW-IDA awards for SECOND TIME PROMISE, Shirley was a finalist for the 2015 RONE Award with NOT QUITE AN ANGEL. Shirley was also nominated for the RONE award with THAT IMPOSSIBLE DREAM and joined in the finals for the CAROLINE AWARDS through RWA. Shirley's SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY finalized in the OKRWA-IDA in 2012. She and her husband reside on the beautiful Southern Coast of North Carolina. Readers can visit her at, on her blogs, at her Author Page on Facebook or on Twitter.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Connolly on May 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Shirley Connolly grabs the reader's attention quick by plunging into the devastation of the latter years of the American Civil War. The main character, Aimee, epitomizes the deep bitterness between South and North--an animosity that has all too often been overlooked by the passage of time. This was an ugly conflict and Ms. Connolly does a sound and believable job of using the emotions of the time to drive character decisions that would otherwise seem strange to us today. From the devastation of Vicksburg to the seedy bordello of the French Quarter to the wreck that used to be pre-Civil War Virginia, this love story is about choosing victory over vindictiveness trusting in God to remove the bitterness within your heart in order to let His love and the love of others find room--a profound lesson in this day and age of extremism. I read this in two sittings over two days. It will pull you in and keep you in your chair because you will want to know how it ends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Robinson on January 8, 2014
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Loved Aimee's character and her maid. A wonderful story of loss, heartache, and the discovery that God was always within her. Which cousin will Aimee choose when the Civil War ends? One proposes, and she's fond of him, but the one who has her heart hasn't popped the question. Will she say yes or no to the one who does? In the meantime, she's taken back to New Orleans and the French Quarter against her will. With Palmer's grandfather on his deathbed, will he discover what's happened to Aimee in time, or will she be ruined or murdered for the place her oldest sister left behind? Barefooted when she meets the Yankee soldier, she calls him Billy Yank and has no use for him even though he comes to her rescue. Aimee has no use for any bluecoat, and she doesn't know God in the beginning, but her maid Lulla knows Jesus and prays. Aimee has to find a way from Vicksburg, Mississippi, to her sister's in New Orleans after the home she loved burned. She encounters disrespectful men along the way, some of whom call her poor white trash, but with chin up and her flaming red head held high, she vows to reach her destination. Wounded soldiers need her help as does the captain of the ship. The author has written a realistic story with loveable characters who are well developed. The setting has great details to draw a reader in, and Aimee's situation makes for a page turner. If you love Civil War romance, you'll love this book. I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teryl S. Cartwright on April 30, 2008
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Amethyst Rose is convinced God has abandoned her. She is even more certain that there is no good to be found in any of those blue coated Yankees, epecially any Union officer who tries to help protect her from the dangers that the innocent young lady doesn't recognize. The reconstructionist south is a symbolic setting for this heroine with the fiery hair and past. While she is still at war (even within herself), she must begin the healing process. Aimee's physical and spiritual journeys interwine until her growing love for one of those hated Yankees and her growing faith in God culminate in a wonderful ending. Although Aimee seems drawn back into the same dangers she might have learned to avoid, this repeated 'return to the scene of the almost crime' only emphasizes God's protective presence until Aimee can see it too. I would recommend this book to Civil war romance readers and inspirational readers alike since this is a well balanced and thoughtful story of relationships between God and between other people and the connections to us all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on August 7, 2008
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Amethyst Rose¢s whole life is changed when a band of Yankee¢s set fire to her home and kill most of her family in the process. She vows that she will never forgive them for what they have done to her beloved South. As Aimee makes her way to her sister¢s house she runs into a pair of solders that catch her attention. Will they be able to protect her from her sister¢s schemes?

Aimee will need to learn to rely on God to get her through her pain, but will it be too late?

Flame From Within was an interesting read with plenty of adventure and good common sense. I must admit that while I truly did like reading every page I felt let down at the ending. There was a couple spots in Flame From Within where I wanted more details and at least once they would have a character talking and then the next he had left, but there had been no mention of days passing or even a break in the text. In the end God's grace and mercy shine through and that is what truly matters.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mamacope on July 17, 2008
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Shirley Kiger Connolly has once again brought her readers a story with historical value, with insights into the era of the old south and the lives of those suffering through the Civil War. The story weaves a tale of loss of family, the rebuilding of lives and loves regardless of the the "side" of the North vs South. The character Aimee learns to love, forgive and has a healing of the heart and mind as she comes to have a relationship with God. Her faith grows and walls erected from the war come down. You will find this story compelling and will want to read from page one to the end without stopping. Mrs. Connolly has a talent of telling a story which you find yourself deeply involved and left wanting more with the next sequel! Enjoy a great read!!
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