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Amongst the Roses Paperback – April 12, 2018
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Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Connect with her on social media and at her website: www.northernbellemeg.com
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Amongst the Roses is not a happy-go-lucky story, but it is a heartfelt one. Vivid descriptions highlight dramatic moments and the uncertainties of a war that hit home.
I confess the book felt rather long. While tension grips the story, not every scene seems noticeably unique or memorable. The drawn-out waiting periods and continued emotional trauma definitely feel real and true to the era, but they don't always make for exciting reading... However, like I previously noted, the characters and their bumpy roads to growth are authentic, and perhaps fans of Civil War fiction (more than historical romance) will appreciate this style. :)
Regarding the premise, I will say that I didn't completely understand certain characters' motives. I don't know why so many men in one family decided to focus on the path of one adult son while neglecting the well-being of the wife and other children. But however the characters got to where they are, it leads to an emotionally layered journey.
On the romance side, it's sweet and subtle. A lot of it is indirectly expressed through thoughts and reactions to letters, as well as the growing connection those letters provide. The next installment in the series (as this is the start of a series and not a complete story in itself) seems likely to bring more drama and possibly a different sort of romance.
Amongst the Roses is a story of resilience and the beginning of an epic series of redemption. With flawed yet endearing characters, the pain and suffering of war are explored with honesty, heart, and hope yearning to bloom.
*With thanks to the author for providing me with an e-ARC of the book. I was not required to post a positive review, and these opinions are my own.*
This book stays with you long after the end. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
*Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited
Ms. Gorecki transports her readers to a turbulent time in our nation’s history. She gives us flawed characters that speak to our hearts. They become stronger as the hardships of war are felt on the home front as well as the battlefield. Ms. Gorecki has provided her readers with well-researched details of the American Civil War, weaving a subtle faith thread throughout.
The cliffhanger ending left me impatient for the next chapter in The Keystone Legacy. I canNOT wait!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
This story easily draws you into both the physical and emotional challenges faced by its characters as war breaks out between the states, and it does so while bringing together opposing sides of the social spectrum: the family of an Irish immigrant farmer, and the family of a well-respected lawyer. I loved the different perspectives this brought to the story and appreciated the depth and breadth it gave to the challenges the characters faced.
Meghan M. Gorecki did an excellent job portraying the realities of life both at home and on the front, bringing realism to the story without becoming overly graphic. It’s obvious she knows this period of history well, and you get a great sense of both the conflict and the marching and waiting that the soldiers endured, but it's her passion for humanity that shines through—the knowledge that every person, no matter the colour of their uniform, was someone’s father, son, or sweetheart; that everyone is a loser in war, in so many different ways, and yet there is hope and beauty amid the heartache, like a beautiful courtship by letter.
If you’re a historical fiction lover, this series is definitely for you—more so if you love the Civil War era. But be warned, there is more to come. And you will definitely want it sooner rather than later once you’ve reached the last page!
I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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