Cole Manning, a Union lieutenant serving during the height of the American Civil War, expects a letter from his best girl who promised to wait for him. But her post contains an unwelcome surprise. Heartbroken, he vows no woman will ever fool him again.Claire Hirsch’s fiancé died in battle during the first year of the war. Scarred by his death, she realizes loving a soldier can only lead to heartache. Not wanting to sit home and mourn, she volunteers to assist doctors in the camps.As the war rages around them, Cole and Claire find solace in each other’s arms. But is their love strong enough to overcome the fear of losing the one they love?
Review: This is a novella at only seventy seven pages including a happily ever after with nice closure. The story itself has the Civil War at its core and takes place on several battlefields including Gettysburg. Cole and Clare only have brief encounters in the field since he’s a Lieutenant and she’s a field nurse. They do have chemistry from the first and it’s enjoyable to see how they both handle it. There’s battles, casualties including dead and wounded, doctors and nurses, love and letters. Much is revealed to us of their past and present and I could envision the skirmishes based on the vivid descriptions of the sights, smells and sounds. An enjoyable read but too short for me. I will give some of the author’s other books a try.
Favorite Quote: “We’ve shared an intimate exchange, and I’d like to share much more with you. I suppose it puts us on a first name basis, at least in private.”