Caitlin McKae has learned from her mother not to rely on men. Making her own way in the world has proven rather difficult but she has survived. Well almost. After masquerading as a soldier in the Union Army Caitlin is wounded in battle and in the aftermath mistaken for a Confederate. When she regains consciousness she finds her identity has been discovered and that she has landed herself in Dixie with seemingly no way out. With her loyalties in question Caitlin treads thin ice in an effort to keep her head above the danger. In the course of her treacherous escapade Caitlin must learn to find peace with her past and hope in the future.
This is one of those mixed-feelings type of books. On the outset I had my doubts about it because I had tried to read the first book in the series once before and had failed miserably. But the premise for this particular story sounded very interesting. There is something you must know: I am a sucker for stories involving female soldiers in disguise especially in the Civil War. Anyway I feel the biggest flaw was the fact that it felt like two stories were forced into one; minor characters become major characters with tenuous connections bridging their two stories. It felt oddly out of place and sometimes I wondered which character(s) the story was really about. In some areas it drags very much while other places can be very fast-paced. The suspense regarding Caitlin’s past was very well done as it was craftily dragged out – not to the point that you want to tear pages out in frustration (horror upon horrors!), but that it keeps the reader moving. Also some readers should be aware there were some aspects that were a little graphic.
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