Just Read This!: I Shall Be Near To You

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 in Adult Fiction, Historical, Just Read It!, Mini Review | 16 comments

Firstly, we’re going to take a QUICK break from Foodie February for me to introduce this new [spontanteous] feature. 

just read thisA new feature where I highlight a book I absolutely ADORED but don’t want to write  a full review in fear of giving away too much plot info.  This feature will showcase strong aspects of the book, some quotes, and who it appeals to, and who I believe the REACH audience should be as well! So gear up kids, this time around we have…




I Shall Be Near To You

By: Erin Lindsay McCabe

Rosetta doesn’t want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they’ll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she’s always worked by her father’s side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she’s told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier.

With the army desperate for recruits, Rosetta has no trouble volunteering, although she faces an incredubous husband. She drills with the men, proves she can be as good a soldier as anyone, and deals with the tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Rosetta’s strong will clashes with Jeremiah’s while their marraige is tested by broken conventions, constant danger, and war, and she fears discovery of her secret even as they fight for their future, and for their lives.

Inspired by more than 250 documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is the intimate story, in Rosetta’s powerful and gorgeous voice, of the drama of marriage, one woman’s amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life’s challenges side by side.

For Fans Of:

War novels, ROMANCE novels, Civil War, Heartwarming stories, Historical Fiction, Heartwrenching Stories, BEAUTIFUL writing, &/ or Charismatic Characters

Reach Audience:  Those Venturing into Adult Fiction, Contemporary Adult Fans, Fans of JoJo Moyes

An Inside Peek:

“And that is what I would give to you.  I would give you my Love.  I would give you Our Dream.  Even if I am only watching from the Other side, I would give you these things.”


“You don’t make a lick of sense.”

You already knew that, and you married me anyway, I say.

Why Read It?

Well, to be honest, I had this book for review, but before READING it I had bought a finished copy for myself with birthday money.  I proceeded to read my review copy, and fell absolutely, head over heels in love.  I felt it was a sign that I would when I found out that Erin [the author] and I had the SAME BIRTHDAY.  FATE!  yup.  And Dang, was I ever right!  Erin Lindsay McCabe is a debut author that rights with a style that grabs you and takes you right back to Civil War Times.  But the setting isn’t my favorite part of this story. 

Rosetta Is.  Rosetta is a strong character, and a strong woman in general, especially for the time period that we are talking about in this novel.  She has  a snarky side to her and I love it.  She doesn’t take ANYTHING lying down, and she isn’t afraid to show what she truly believes in, and what she loves.  This novel takes us through Rosetta and Jeremiah’s Journey, and it shows us what our nation went through, and what Rosetta herself went through on this soul journey.  She did what she felt she had to for LOVE, and it brought her to something she never imagined.  The rest, you will have to find out for yourselves.

Sell It.

This book stays with me, weeks after finishing it.  Rosetta’s voice echoes in my mind, and I believe that she is one of the most fully developed characters I have ever read about, and I love her story, even though it broke me inside several times over.

To The Author: Erin Lindsay McCabe, you have found a TRUE FAN in me, and I will push your book onto anyone whom I can!

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  1. Oh my gosh! I will DEFINITELY be reading this book! It sounds amazing! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention, Cass. ♥

    Also, I love this idea for a feature. Because when it comes to some books, you just can’t write a full review for one reason or another (usually spoilers). Brilliant!
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    • Thank you my dear! I agree, sometimes you just can’t review it but NEEDDD people to know about it !

      I truly hope u adore this book!

  2. This is a cute feature idea, Cassie! Sometimes the hardest reviews to write (for me anyways) are the ones where I loved the book. I mean, how many creative ways are there to say “I loved this! Just read it!” You’ve come up with the perfect way to highlight a must read, but in a super unique way. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! And, of course, I’ve added this to my TBR. Thanks a lot.
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    • You’re too sweet Meliss!!! Thank you!! :))) I hope you love it!

  3. Yep. Yeeeeeep. I have a brand new box of tissues & a request for this one at the library.

    Be prepared for ALL of the weeping/blubbering tweets!
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  4. Love this feature!! I’ve added this to the maybe someday list haha… if YOU cried, holy smokes, spare me… I will be a disaster :P
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  5. I LOVE books about married couples. I LOVE historical fiction. I LOVE strong female characters so I think this book is an automatic BUYBUYBUY. I’ll echo Sharon, thank you for bringing this to my attention!! This book screams RACQUEL BOOK!!!!! I hope I love it as much as you!
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  6. Dang Cass. Why does this remind me of Letters From Skye? Probably because it hit you emotionally like that one did me. I need to read this asap.
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    • Oh! That one I’ve been eyeing down for a while! Yes. Read.now.

  7. 1. Love this feature, kiddo.
    2. Can’t wait to read this book!
    3. You’ve turned into a total historical fiction lover. I give myself partial credit for that.
    4. Yay for including quotes! For some reason, that always helps convince me to read a book.
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  8. I am really loving and feeling adult books lately, so I think I need to get my hands on this book! It sounds SOOOOO GOOD OMG.
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    • It realllllyyyy was!!!! I definitely think u need it in ur life ;)

    • I’m so glad you think so!!!!!

  9. Ohhh this sounds fascinating! I’ve added it on Goodreads. Thanks for turning me onto this book — I don’t think I would have heard of it otherwise :)

  10. I seriously want to read this book! It sounds like such a great story, first of all. And then you mentioned Rosetta, who sounds pretty endearing and awesome! I’m glad you wound up liking it and am seriously considering picking it up :)
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    • And you should!!! It was amazing

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