- A Rebel Among Us by J.D.R. Hawkins
Size: 6x9 in
Size: 6x9 in
After David Summers enlists with the Confederate cavalry, his delusion of chivalry is soon crushed when he witnesses the horrors of battle. Shot by a Union picket, he winds up at a stranger’s farm. Four girls compassionately nurse him back to health. David learns his comrades have deserted him in Pennsylvania following the Battle of Gettysburg, but his dilemma becomes much worse. He falls in love with the older sister, Anna, who entices him with a proposition. To his dismay, he must make a decision. Should he stay and help Anna with her underhanded plan, or return to the army and risk capture?
She glanced at Maggie and back down at the soldier. Dust and specks of blood covered his anguished face. Sweat and tears had trickled down, leaving tiny trails along his cheeks and temples. Anna’s heart grew heavy at the sight, but she resolved to save him. Her pity gave her power. She knew what she had to do, so she mustered her own authority.
“I’m sorry I don’t have anything to give you for the pain,” she said sympathetically. “I only wish we had some laudanum or chloroform.” She walked over to the black kettle, used the prongs to extract the needles and knife from the scalding hot water, and proceeded to thread a needle. “Abigail,” she said, “please fetch Father’s good bourbon.”
Her little sister ran downstairs, followed by Claudia.
Maggie pulled a wooden chair from its place against the wall and moved it over to the bedside. Seating herself, she proceeded to thread the needle Anna had given her.
Abigail ran back in, panting, and handed the amber bottle to Anna. She uncorked it and held it to the soldier’s lips. He took a swallow. She prompted him to take a few more.
“Abigail, when I tell you to, place a towel in his mouth,” Anna instructed her little sister.
“Why?” Maggie asked sarcastically. “So no one will hear him scream while we torture him?”
Anna sneered at her sister. She looked at the soldier, surprised to see he was gawking at her, his eyes wide with fright and his lower lip quivering.
“Are y’all—witches?” he asked, terror sweeping over his face.
“Now see what you’ve done,” Anna scolded.
Anna glared at her sister. Looking back at the young man, she said, “No, we’re not witches.”
She didn’t think he believed her.
Maggie sat near the foot of the bed, gazing down at their new discovery. “Why are we going to all of this trouble, Anna? He is a Confederate, after all.”
“Because it is our Christian duty. If we don’t try to help him, God will surely cast his wrath upon us later on.”
This explanation seemed sufficient enough for Maggie, who glowered.
Elaine Bertolotti, Reviewer wrote:
"I felt the author captured a 'Romeo and Juliet' effect during a very trying time in our nation's history. I fell in love with the secret romance and dangers that it could potentially bring! I felt the geographic history was well researched and proper dedications were made. I enjoyed it greatly."
5.0 out of 5 stars -- A great read!
I admire the author's ability to take us back into the past. I've read her other historical novels (A Beautiful Glittering Lie and A Beckoning Hellfire ) so I know how well she can weave a story set in the Civil War period.
The characters are well developed and we get the feeling that we too are involved in their lives. Love knows no boundaries, no limits and no questions of North and South during the dramatic Civil War. Fact and fiction are the author's food for thought as she mixes both to give an exciting tale.
Love, war and the difficulties we can only imagine, leap up from the pages of this book. An intriguing read that I recommend to all but especially those historical novel fans in particular.
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