by Mary Ellis
Book 2 of the Civil War Heroines Series
Love, Loyalty, and Espionage…
How Does a Lady Live with All Three?
As a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederacy. But even though she must soon make her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a Union Army corps commander.
Colonel Haywood has not forgotten the beautiful nurse who did so much for him, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. While spending time with army officers and war department officials in her aunt and uncle’s palatial home, Madeline overhears plans for Confederate attacks against the Union soldiers. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends? Is it right to allow Elliott to dream of a future with her?
Two men are in love with Madeline. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring devastation on those she loves?
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I love Civil War fiction, so Mary Ellis’ The Lady and the Officer is one of my favorites. Ellis took great pains to put Madeline in an impossible situation. Her husband was a Union solder who died on the battlefield. She has met another man that she is growing to love, a Union general. The only problem is her house burns down during the battle of Gettysburg and she has no recourse but to take refuge in the home of her Confederate Virginian relatives. If that’s not bad enough, she ends up working at a Confederate hospital where she saves the life of a Confederate officer who wants to marry her.
Does she remain loyal to the cause her husband died for and betray the relatives who took her in, or does she betray her family and the man who loves her to save a man she barely knows? This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat while being historical accurate about a turbulent time in history.