The Soldier's Secret: An American Civil War Historical Romance Kindle Edition
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First of all, it is evident that the author knows her stuff. I think she did a really good job with the historical aspect of the book. One has to remember when reading historical fiction that the important word in there is fiction, otherwise, why would we read historical fiction when we could get the same information from a text book? So what if every finite detail is not perfect, it doesn't matter, it's fiction. It is entertainment, and this book is by far more entertaining than a textbook.
I love history and I'm pleased that I learned a few things while I was reading which is always a good thing in my opinion. I like to read books that entertain and also teach me something I didn't know. This book did both!
The storyline or `fiction' part of the book is phenomenal. Emma Mansfield is someone I would want to know in any era! She is strong, courageous and fearless. The author does a simply outstanding job with her writing, putting you right there on the battlefield with the characters. You can almost smell the gunpowder and hear the cannons as you read. The writing is rich and descriptive, and the colloquial speech throughout the book is very well done.
However, in the midst of all this learning and action is the heart of the story, and the heart of the story is the love story of Emma and Colin, and it doesn't matter what era it is, the story is timeless. The author again has done a wonderful job. The characters of Emma and Colin are so well done, you truly do feel like you know them by the end of the book.
I was genuinely sad to see the book come to an end. I'm anxious to find out what happens next in their lives.
Heather Osborne as a narrator gave so much too this audio from her wonderful talented voice to her many wonderful characters. She puts so much emotion into the audio giving this a wonderful tear jerker listen. She has a very clear, clean voice that is easy to listen to with wonderful character voices that you have no trouble knowing who is speaking. She puts emotion into the characters never leaving you wondering just what they are feeling. There is no background noise just a clear even tones which will leave you wanting more. Her male voices are just as pleasant as her female ones as she brings the story to live it is almost like watching a movie. You have no trouble picturing each scene in your mind reliving a time where soldiers were left with half a body feeling half a man. I hear no breaks in this audio if the narrator took a break you could not tell. Ms. Osborne did a wonderful job with this narration I am so looking forward to listening to more of her work.
Emma is a wonderful character which took a lot to stand up and dress as a man trying to make sure her love ones where safe. All that she had to go through really tore at my heart she is one brave women who doesn’t back down. She is strong willed and doesn’t back down giving so much to this story at a time when women were to stay home and keep their mouth shut.
The doctor who loves her really is a man after your heart. There is no doubt in my mind that every woman who reads this will fall in love with this wonderful man. The lengths he goes to, to keep her safe are unreal and I doubt most men would have done. He lets her be who she is without taking away her meaning as a woman. He believes in her giving back so much more than any person would.
Yes this is a romance which was lovely but it is so much more showing the true meaning of war and all that was given up in a battle which lost so much. I really enjoyed the characters they seem so real some I didn’t like so much but that is the way it is suppose to be. The author throws a few twist you won’t see coming giving you and exciting thrilling suspenseful read that you will love. There are parts you might need a tissue for as the author and narrator delivers a powerful wonderful read you won’t be able to put down.
I had the privilege to beta read this book. And it was a privilege, believe me.
Let me start by saying that this isn't a genre I normally read, but I'm a huge American Civil War buff, so I was intrigued when I was asked to read it.
I am so glad I accepted. The book tells the story of Emma Mansfield, a young woman from a well to do family living in Rochester, NY. It's the early days of the Civil War, and her older brother joins up on the Union side. Unfortunately, her headstrong younger bother, who is too you to join the Union army runs away to join the Confederates.
She then falls for a handsome young doctor, who eventually joins the Union army as well. When her older brother is listed as missing in action, she enlists the help of a family friend. Disguising her identity and enlisting as a 'powder monkey' in the Union artillery, she intend to find news of both her brothers.
What ensues is an adventure that takes us into battle, with all the blood and guts associated with cannon and gunpowder. Heather has done her research here, with the dialogue in keeping with the period and all other details feeling incredibly authentic.
Her timeline of the war is perfect, and her characters live their lives alongside the battles and trials brought on by the conflict. The lives of simple everyday folk living in hardship are a joy to read, and the love story which the book is based around provides the warm heart of this amazing book.
There is something for everyone here. Action, romance and an evil villain, but the show is stolen by Emma herself. I've seldom read a better female lead.
Five stars. If I could, I'd give it fifty.