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