Giveaway & Book Review: I Shall Be Near To You
Title: I Shall Be Near To You
Author: Erin Lindsay McCabe
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher and TLC Book Tours
Locate It: Amazon
An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier’s letters home
Rosetta doesn’t want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they’ll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she’s always worked by her father’s side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she’s told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier.
Rosetta drills with the men, prepares herself for battle, and faces the tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Fearing discovery of her secret, Rosetta’s strong will clashes with Jeremiah’s as their marriage is tested by war. Inspired by over two hundred and fifty documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is the intimate story, in Rosetta’s powerful and gorgeous voice, of the drama of marriage, one woman’s amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life’s challenges side by side.
I actually asked to be part of this book tour. My mom recently discovered I Shall Be Near To You at our public library and wouldn’t stop talking about how much she loved it and how I really needed to read it. Well, she was right. The story of Rosetta, Jeremiah, and their friends is absolutely charming. You’ll find yourself falling in love with both Rosetta and Jeremiah. Rosetta is not your usual mid-19th century woman. She is stubborn and strong and independent. She is willing to fight for what she loves. You quickly find yourself wanting to fight for Rosetta.
Erin Lindsay McCabe did an amazing job of detailing life on a Civil War battlefield. She brought the sights, the sounds, and even the smells alive for me in her writing. McCabe’s gentle use of dialect and first person perspective (a perspective I’m not always fond of) truly immersed me in Rosetta’s life.
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below. If you give I Shall Be Near To You a try be sure to let me know what you think.
*Thanks to TLC Books for giving me a copy of this book in order to participate in the blog tour and for sponsoring this giveaway.
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