by Mary Ellis
Book 1 Civil War Heroines
Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them. Emily Harrison’s life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents’ work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there. Alexander Hunt is the doctor’s handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems—rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily’s antislavery convictions. The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
The Quaker and the Rebel is one of the best Civil War novels I’ve ever read. During the war, Emily is a Quaker from Ohio who uses her job as a governess in the South as an avenue to continue her abolitionist activities on the underground railroad. Alexander was born a Southern gentleman and is from a family that owns slaves. He is so loyal to the Confederate cause that he has pledged his allegiance and his life to the Confederacy. Neither wants to fall in love with the enemy, but that’s what happens. And the results and horrific and heart-warming. One thing I loved about this novel that I haven’t seen in other novels about a Yankee and a Confederate falling in love is that neither sacrifices their principles and the issue of slavery is not watered down to make it palatable. That’s what makes this novel so good, and it’s what makes the obstacles between Alex and Emily seem so insurmountable. If you love Civil War fiction, I highly recommend this novel.