November – 2018

What books have you read during the month of November? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in November.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

AHolidayByGaslight  A Holiday By Gaslight by Mimi Matthews

EnchantingNicholette  Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall

ChasingSomeday Chasing Someday by Crystal Walton

DeckTheShelves  Deck the Shelves by Toni Shiloh

AMusketInMyHands  A Musket in my Hands by Sandra Merville Hart

SoBrightAHope  So Bright A Hope by Amber Lynn Perry

TheLibertyBride  The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall

UTSS  Under this Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer

BenjyAndTheBelsnickel  Benjy and the Belsnickel by Bonnie Swinehart

SearchingForYou  Searching for You by Jody Hedlund

Character Interview:

ALoveRestored Benjamin Coulter with Kelly Goshorn

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in December?

 

 

 

A Musket in My Hands by Sandra Merville Hart

Synopsis:

Callie Jennings reels from her pa’s demand that she marry his friend, a man older than him. Her heart belongs to her soldier hero, Zach. Pa won’t change his mind, and Callie has nowhere else to go. Then her sister, Louisa, proposes a shocking alternative.

Zach Pearson still hears his pa’s scornful word—quitter. He’s determined to make something of himself as a soldier. He’ll serve the Confederacy until they win the war. If they win the war.

Callie and Louisa disguise themselves as soldiers and muster into the Confederate army in the fall of 1864. Times are tough and getting tougher for their Confederacy. For Callie, shooting anyone, especially former countrymen, is out of the question—until truth and love and honor come together on the battlefield.

My Thoughts:

War changes things, and for two sisters living in Tennesse during the Civil War, the changes were monumental. This sweeping historical romance is unique in that it focuses on the lives of two women who set aside the expected convention of the day, to join the Confederate army as soldiers.

With vivid, lively characters, and a unique plot this story had me eagerly turning pages to see what would happen next. I enjoyed the intimate look at what everyday life was like for the typical soldier. With little food, little to no supplies, the harsh realities were dismal at best.

Experiences on the battlefield change their future, but will both sisters make it out of this war in one piece? Pick up a copy of this book today to find out!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  A Musket in my Hands

Favorite Quote:

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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 DevoKids.com where she contributes historical articles. She is also an Assistant Editor at the Barn Door Book Loft website.

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First Line Fridays: A Musket in my Hands

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m happy to be featuring A Musket in my Hands by Sandra Merville Hart. This brand-new Civil War story just released this week! I’m currently reading it, so be sure to watch for my review!

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August 1864
Cageville, Tennessee

          Clopping in the yard drew Callie Jennings’ hand to her throat. She rushed to the window and lifted the curtain. 

 

What does Callie see out the window?  Do you think it’s soldiers?  Pick up your copy today to find out!

Pick-up your copy today: 

  A Musket in my Hands

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

 

July 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of July? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in July.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

SonsOfBlackbirdMountain Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

TeachMeToLove Teach me to Love by Kari Trumbo

TheRaveling The Raveling by Tamara Leigh

WhatTheHeartHolds What the Heart Holds by Kari Trumbo

RiverToRedemption  River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

AStrangerOnMyLand  A Stranger on my Land by Sandra Merville Hart

ADefenseOfHonor  A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

TheRoadToMagnoliaGlen The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman

JaneByTheBook  Jane By the Book by Pepper Basham

TheReckoningAtGossamerPond The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

APerfectWeakness  A Perfect Weakness by Jennifer A. Davids

ThePatriotBride  The Patriot Bride by Kimberely Woodhouse

 

Book Tour:

TheLastSummer  The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce

 

Author Interview:

PhotoFunia-1532360528   Jaime Jo Wright – The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in August?

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A Stranger on My Land by Sandra Merville Hart

Synopsis:

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 DevoKids.com where she contributes historical articles. She is also an Assistant Editor at the Barn Door Book Loft website.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter //

 

  A Stranger on My Land