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?

My Thoughts:

This short story leaps off the page with vivid characters and an imaginative setting. I often imagined what it would be like to sleep overnight in a cave. This story finds a family living in a cave to hide from Union and Confederate soldier’s alike. The historical details and research really helped bring the story to life.

I enjoyed reading this short story. The characters are realistic, the setting imaginative. While I did wish the story had been a bit longer, as it felt a bit rushed at the end to wrap things up. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I give this story 3.5-stars. If you enjoy reading Civil War period stories, I’m sure you would enjoy reading this fun short story that is sure to spark your imagination.

(I purchased a copy of this story. I was not required to write a positive review.)

About the Author:

SandraMervilleHart  Sandra loves to visit places where significant historic events happened. These places and the people who lived through the events often inspire her and spark her imagination. She most often writes inspirational historical romances and especially loves the American Civil War period. In fact, her debut novella, A Stranger On My Land, is set on Lookout Mountain where the Battle Above the Clouds took place. She serves as Assistant Editor for where she contributes historical articles. She is also an Assistant Editor at the Barn Door Book Loft website.

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