A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War
Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off–only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.
Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.
Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally–and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?
Continue reading for my thoughts on A Thousand Shall Fall, and also for a link to a Kindle Fire giveaway to celebrate the book’s release.
Carrie Ann’s life is spent serving the soldiers at the inn in which she lives and maintaining her father’s newspaper. It’s not a great life, but what else is there when there are debts to be paid and the world around her is burning? When her sister runs off with a peddler, Carrie Ann is forced by her mother to go after her. She’s even told not to come home without her! It isn’t long before she witnesses a battle up close, and runs into a former acquaintance and discovers that you’ll always be rewarded for doing the right thing. She might now be in the hands of the enemy, but this is a man she had previously helped heal when those around her wouldn’t touch him. Colonel Collier now repays her kindness and, after hearing her story, finds a way to keep her safe from both the war and her mother.
A Thousand Shall Fall is the first title in Andrea Boeshaar’s Shenandoah Valley Saga. I’ve visited part of this area of Virginia and it’s fun to read novels set in places you know. I also knew that the Shenandoah saw a lot of action during the Civil War. The book is set during Union general Philip Sheridan’s Valley Campaign of 1864, an event which culminated in the command to burn crops, barns, mills and factories. The battle Carrie Ann witnesses is that of Guard Hill and Boeshaar brings to life the horror of warfare and the rough and ready military camps in which the soldiers stayed. When the action moves to Winchester, the reader gets to experience life in an occupied city where one person might support the Union while their neighbor supports the Confederacy. Carrie Ann and Collier are drawn to each other almost immediately, although it takes a relative’s contrivance to further their relationship. Overall, it shows that two people of different circumstances can find common ground. The included excerpt from the second book also shows that with a meeting between Collier and one of Carrie Ann’s relatives.
Thank you to Litfuse and Kregel Publications for my complimentary copy of A Thousand Shall Fall, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 27 November 2015
Page Count: 256