As the mistress of her brother's Missouri plantation, Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess-and not to question her brother Walker's business affairs. When Walker helps organize the Wildwood Guard for the Confederacy, and offers his plantation as the Center of Operations, Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. As the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, she must also find a way to protect the people who depend on her.
Despite being neighbors, Maggie and Libbie have led such different lives that they barely know one another-until war brings them together, and each woman discovers that both friendship and love can come from the unlikeliest of places.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Whitson (A Captain for Laura Rose) celebrates the strong but unknown heroines who marched off to war with their men, as well as those who maintained the home front, in this Civil War–era inspirational. When the war reaches the divided state of Missouri, Maggie Malone watches her brothers join the boys in blue. Soon she travels to the front to tend their wounds and remains with the regiment, where she becomes an invaluable source of encouragement and support for her brothers and their comrades. Her strength and courage impress their sergeant, John “Colt” Coulter, who courts her, much to her surprise. Meanwhile, back home, Libbie Blair must play hostess to her brother’s Confederate comrades at their prominent plantation, despite her own Union sympathies. When battle comes to their door, pitting neighbor against neighbor, it is the women of war who shine brightest. Without gratuitous descriptions, the inevitable, sobering losses that war brings—of life and limb, property and security—are honestly portrayed. Based on true events, this story will capture the hearts of historical fiction fans. (Mar.)