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Yankee in Atlanta (Heroines Behind the Lines) Paperback – June 1, 2014
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"Move over Scarlett O'Hara. Yankee in Atlanta mixes grit and grace in ways that transcend stereotypes and tug at your heart." ~Jane Hampton Cook, historian and author of American Phoenix
“Witness ordinary people doing extraordinary things through the anguish and hardship of the Civil War. Jocelyn Green develops the conflict, pulling on our emotions and gripping our minds with the effects war has on soldiers and those left behind. This haunting, heart-thumping drama, and its message of faith, hope and love, will impact you forever.” ~Nora St. Laurent, CEO of The Book Club Network (TBCN) and Book Fun Magazine
“Green has written a rare Civil War novel that hits no false historical notes. In a cruel and violent time that divided loyalties, families and hearts, Green's heroines' enduring courage, compassion and mercy show the wellspring from which a renewed nation could emerge from the fires of war.” ~Marc Wortman, PhD, author, The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta
“Powerful historical fiction at its stunning best. Yankee in Atlanta crests the heights of excellence with a heroic tale of love and war so brutally honest and achingly beautiful, it will rent your heart and heal your soul. “ ~Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Heart of San Francisco series
“Rarely have I read a novel that so envelops you into the excitement and intrigue of 1864 Atlanta. With passion, courage and accuracy, Yankee in Atlanta hits the mark. A must-read for all historians and romantics alike!" ~Amy Reed, Curator of Exhibits and Educational Programming, Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia
"Once again, Jocelyn Green weaves together the intensity of war with the impact on human lives. In Yankee in Atlanta, we see two women on opposite sides of the battle lines, each experiencing the deprivations of wartime, each reeling from historical events, and each struggling personally. This is Civil War fiction at its best.” ~ Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of On Distant Shores
“Richly researched and characterized, multi-faceted and emotional, Yankee in Atlanta is an outstanding period piece. If you want to experience the depth and breadth of the Civil War, Jocelyn’s Green’s latest novel should not be missed!” ~Laura Frantz, Christy Award finalist and author of Love’s Reckoning
“Well-researched, Green’s novel incorporates women’s lives on the home front, and how military decisions impact families, forcing women and men to make heartbreaking decisions. The historical record comes alive with compelling and believable characters and a narrative that reveals real-life dramas in Civil War Georgia.” ~Christine Jacobson Carter, Ph.D., Lecturer at Georgia State University and author of The Diary of Dolly Lunt Burge, 1848-1879 and Southern Single Blessedness: Unmarried Women in the Urban South, 1800-1865
“Yankee in Atlanta is insightful. Green's characters are as complicated as the various battles that divide them, however, they are guided by the hope that the very conflict that separates them will someday lead to their happy reunion.” ~Trevor Beemon, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Georgia
"Jocelyn Green’s stories portray unconventional experiences rarely addressed in modern historical fiction: Northern sympathizers caught behind Confederate lines. The characters spring to life and remain entwined in the readers’ heart long after finishing the book. Yankee in Atlanta is engrossing, wrenching, and uplifting, and I recommend it highly." ~J. M. Hochstetler, author of the American Patriot Series and Northkill Amish Series
“Captivating from the beginning. Yankee in Atlanta contains rich detail, a cast of characters that steal your heart (and sleep), and a smooth-flowing story that readers have come to love in Jocelyn Green's novels. A relevant message from a long-ago era breathes life into barren places within the spirit. It powerfully displays the resounding message that these things are timeless: love and war, personal crisis, and the universal craving for hope. An exceptional novel.” ~Mary Nichelson, lead journalist for TWJ Magazine
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Caitlin manages to keep herself and the child she has been entrusted with alive, and a gentle story of love blooms despite the ravages of war. The battle is not just for the stronghold of Atlanta. Caitlin must wade through secrets and brokenness to find restoration in her own heart and mind.
In the North, Ruby’s story continues (a character we met in Wedded To War). Rescued from the dregs of society, Ruby has worked hard to make a new life for herself and her son- yet her past comes back to haunt her in more ways than one. Will she ever know love and undaunted grace?
A rich historical context is woven into a beautiful tale of redemption and restoration. Presenting compelling story lines, Jocelyn helps us to understand the challenges and heartache of a nation torn apart, as well as the families caught in the cross-fire. It is clear that Jocelyn spends a great deal of time researching, for the difficult details of war are both real and heart wrenching. Still, courage rises from behind the lines as desolation gives way to hope, healing, and new beginnings.
After disguising herself as a man, 23-year old Caitlyn McKae finds herself on the wrong side of the battle lines when she awakens in a Confederate hospital in Atlanta. A northerner, Caitlyn must learn to survive as she awaits either a chance to escape to the North or the arrival of northern troops. She finds refuge in the home of immigrant lawyer, Noah Becker. But war pulls all in the home into its inexorable grip.
There are a lot of things to like about Yankee in Atlanta. The characters are well-developed and easy to relate to. Their struggles, both physical and spiritual, touched my heart. There are two parallel storylines in the book that connect the characters, some who live in Atlanta and others that live in New York City. Historical details of the time period, including the living conditions of both cities during the Civil War give the novel authenticity. I also found myself doing my own bit of research. I love when a book makes me dig deeper into its subject matter. The revival that broke out among the troops from the North and South is explored too. It was heartening to see how God used the worst of times to reach men (and women) for Him. God’s will versus our own is just one spiritual theme. One character, Vivian, expressed that concept so well as she advised “Hope! Always hope, but in God alone. Wait, yes, but on the Lord. Expect Him to do great things and trust His timing rather than demanding that He follows yours.” Those are words I should certainly incorporate daily.
Yankee in Atlanta provided a great deal of discussion — the effects of war on soldiers and civilians, the role of women during the period, the lessons that can be learned even today. If you are looking for a book for your discussion group, this one is a great pick. Part of the 4-volume Heroines Behind The Lines series, it shares some characters with the other books, but is easily read as a standalone.
Great for Book Clubs.
Audience: older teen to adults.
The two main characters, Caitlin and Ruby totally captured me from the very first page. Their stories of hardships in both the north and the south during the Civil War were so filled with history. I always enjoy how Ms. Green weaves her strong faith into her books. This was a wonderful book and I definitely did not want it to end!!!!!
Storyline: Again, because of the changes in POV throughout this novel, it was difficult to become fully absorbed in the story. But at some point, things clicked and I found myself caught up in watching the war come to Atlanta and what that meant for all of the characters in the story. There were also a couple of romantic threads that had me wondering what would happen as well, and how the war would affect those.
My Thoughts: Once I got hooked on this novel, it was quite difficult to put it down. I loved the complexities of this story. A woman from New York who enlisted as a Union soldier, is misidentified as a Rebel soldier and moved to Atlanta, just before the war invades the city that the South thought couldn't be taken. The story was phenomenally well written and became quite vivid with the details in the telling of it. I loved it!
**I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
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