A Stranger on My Land by Sandra Merville Hart - My Review

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Stranger on My LandA Stranger on My Land by Sandra Merville Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Carrie and her little brother, Jay, find a wounded soldier on their land after a battle which later became known as "The Battle Above the Clouds." Adam, a Union soldier, has been shot twice in the arm. Though Carrie is reluctant to take Adam to their cave where her family hides their livestock from both armies, she cannot turn her back on him.

But her Aunt Lavinia, bitter over what Yankees have done to their land, urges Carrie to allow Adam to die. Carrie refuses, but cannot remove the bullets. Adam's friendship with Jay softens her heart toward him. It's not long until his gratitude and teasing manner spark a friendship between the young couple. Even though Carrie's father fights for the Confederacy in far-off Virginia, her feelings for the handsome young soldier begin to blossom into love.

When Adam's condition worsens, Carrie knows a Union surgeon is needed to save his life. How can she accomplish this and keep her family's hiding place a secret?

Sandra Merville Hart loves to find unusual facts in her historical research to use in her stories. She
Sandra Merville Hart
and her husband enjoy traveling to many of the sites in her books to explore the history. She serves as Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes articles about history and holidays. She has written for several publications and websites including The Secret Place, Harpstring, Splickety Magazine, Pockets Magazine, Common Ground, Afictionado, and ChristianDevotions.us. Her inspirational Civil War novella, A Stranger on My Land, released on August 21, 2014. Her book is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Stranger-My-Land-Sandra-Hart/dp/1941103278/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405606746&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Stranger+on+my+land.

Hart's research helps her add details that put you into the middle of the fighting and the aftermath. Both sides are suffering in this tale set on the fringes of the Battle of Lookout Mountain. Carrie and Adam are the kind of characters that you'd want to spend time with long after the story is finished. I can see a series following Carrie's little brother, Jay.

Although is this a romance, Hart doesn't filter the effects of war. Through her wonderful descriptions, you feel the cold chill of the Tennessee morning and the dampness of the cave where they live. If you love historical romance, especially those set in the Civil War, you'll love A Stranger On My Land.

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