Friday, March 16, 2018

Amongst the Roses by Meghan M. Gorecki

About the Book
The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the home front?
Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?
The three bloodiest days in America’s history bring these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.

My Thoughts
A sweeping tale woven through the beginning years of the Civil War. Meghan gave us a glimpse at both sides of life during this time, the homefront and on the battle lines. And while that meant months would go by at a time it was easy to see how it was necessary to keep the story flowing.
Margaret was a heroine that took me a little to warm up to, a bit too uppity at the start, but that just made the change in her all the more rewarding. When face with a life completely turned upside down she didn't cower and hide but rose to the occasion doing whatever was necessary to take care of her family. By the end of the book she was someone to be admired. And honestly there was a lot about her that I could relate to which definitely helped me like her even more.
Conner was rather reckless and had a devil-may-care attitude but he had good qualities too that kept you rooting for his character. I especially loved his determination to protect those close to him.
Adam was the guy you couldn't help loving. A true gentleman with a strong faith and compassionate heart.
The brothers were polor opposite, one brash the other soft-spoken, one determined to make his own way the other trusting God to make a way, but despite their differences they were close and always looked out for each other.
I really don't want to give anything else away so I'll close by saying that this book made me smile and it made me cry and I cannot wait until the second book comes out!

About the Author
Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Connect with her on social media and at her blog/website at:


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