Jocelyn Green writes tour-de-force novels that fire your imagination and teach you a history lesson at the same time.
Yankee in Atlanta is the third installment in her Civil War series, and I'm enjoying seeing the three thick volumes together on my bookshelf.
The first, Wedded to War, followed well-bred Charlotte Waverly when she entered the Sanitary Commission and became a nurse to the worst of the wounded.
The second, Widow of Gettysburg, introduced us to spirited Liberty Holloway whose hidden heritage will redeem her or destroy her.
And this one catapults us into Caitlin McKae's story- as an Irish New Yorker, a female soldier, and a Heroine Behind the Lines.
Caitlin's time as a soldier is nearly over when we meet her, so this isn't a book about a woman trying to stay undetected amid the ranks.
(I like those stories, but I'm glad Jocelyn didn't go that direction here.)
Instead, Caitlin wakes after being wounded, lost in Rebel Territory, being tended by a gentle doctor and his sister.
Thanks to the kindness of a dying Confederate, she arrived at the hospital with a tourniquet made out of a grey jacket.
There's no reason for anyone to suspect she's a Northern sympathizer. No reason at all.
So Noah Becker trusts her as guardian of his daughter when the Confederacy sweeps him away to war.
And Caitlin is worthy of that trust. She has come to respect Noah and she adores his child... but she can't protect Ana from Sherman's shelling, and she can't hide her from the Smallpox, and the local Provost Marshal has declared that Caitlin must be a spy.
These are books you can feel good about lending to friends.
They're detailed, but not overwhelming. They're action-packed, but not frenetic.
They're all about War between the States and its devastation, but the individual human element isn't lost.
The characters are spiritually strong, yet their faith and doubt and fear all come across naturally as part of them.
And each book includes a healthy dose of love- between parents and children, between comrades at arms, and between couples who dare to hope for the days when the war ends.
Just like finding the story of Ruth amidst the time of Judges, this series reminds me how the common people survive a national upheaval and/or a personal tragedy. They pick up the broken pieces, they gather their families, they bless their meager food, and somehow they keep on keeping on.
Thank you MP Newsroom for sending me a copy to review. Five Stars, and I'm now waiting for Spy of Richmond. :-)