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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.
Actually, there are documented cases where women dressed as men, joined and served during the civil war; so, the story is very believable. Reading this novel was like taking a short history course in the American Civil War. I found it educational as well as entertaining. I thought the setting was fascinating, as few writers write in this period, choosing instead earlier European history.
I enjoyed the clean, precise language which make this an easy reading. I loved the leading character, Emma, and her unwavering determination to find her brothers. Colin, so devoted and honorable, was also a great character. Captain Louis Timmons emerges as a perfect villain, cruel and evil to the end.
What would I have liked to see done differently? I thought that some scenes were rushed, such as the scene when Emma first brings up her plan to Mrs. Hastings. Also, There was so much opportunity for description missed. I would have liked to have a clearer image of Colin, Will, and Harrison. I would have liked to see Emma as she endeavored to keep her secret. How did she handle bathing, her monthly periods, changing clothes, in a crowded camp full of men? How did she handle their habits, so markedly different and unfamiliar to a sheltered female?
Overall, I enjoyed this novel very much and read it in record time. It did not, at any time, bore me. I found it a romantic and original work. I highly recommend it.
Synopsis (from the author): A picture of pure shock and curiosity, Emma placed her empty glass down, “Surely, you are not suggesting I dress as a man and enlist in the Union Army!”
“That is precisely what I am suggesting.”
In an era when women are adornments, Northerner Emma Mansfield finds it challenging to fit the mold. It becomes an impossible task when her country is torn apart by civil war. Knowing she must take action, Emma finds herself in the midst of danger and intrigue when she takes up the guise of a young artillery soldier for the Union Army. Desperately trying to find out if her two brothers are alive, Emma must maintain her anonymity as she fights for survival.
What I liked: Heather Osborne did a fantastic job of capturing the mannerisms and speech patterns of the Civil War era. While not a history buff, I have seen many documentaries of that period and read passages written by both the men and women of the time, and Heather Osborne’s characters were true to the times. Likewise, her portrayal of the horrors of wars and the cruelty of soldiers toward the enemy rang true. The story itself, though, was more than a tale of unbelievable courage in battle. It was, at its heart, a love story that was well told and wonderfully written and I enjoyed the way the story ended (but no spoilers from me).
What I didn’t like: There were a few things that didn’t add up for me, chief among them was how Emma was able to maintain her disguise. I mean privacy, especially for a low-ranking enlisted soldier, would have been difficult and for her secret not to be discovered was straining credibility a little. Other than that, not much to dislike about the book!
Overall impression: The Soldier’s Secret is a wonderful read set in an awful time in US history. I was impressed that the story didn’t delve deeply into the causes and consequences of the war, but instead maintained its focus on the love between Emma and Colin and Emma and her family. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance or just an excellent read! Well done Heather Osborne!!
My rating: 5 Stars!
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