About the Book
When War Reaches Clarissa’s Back Door, the Trustworthy Become Even Fewer.
Journey into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, of 1863 where Clarissa Avery Ross lives a full life. By day she is the daughter of a respectable shoemaker being courted by seminary student Kyle Forrester. But by night she is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, working with a mysterious man called Liberty. She would like to share her work with Kyle, but he refuses to enlist when the war breaks out. How can she remain true to a man being labeled a coward? When the war comes to her back door in an epic battle, the greatest challenges to her faith and love are yet to come.
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In My Opinion…
While some scenes, specifically those transporting slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad and on the battlefield, are full of action and descriptive, I did not connect with (or even like) the main character in this book.
Clarissa Avery Ross is stubborn, brash, prideful, selfish, and annoyingly silly at times. And she’s characterized by her red-headed temper. Granted, some of those traits are what make her so successful as a conductor on the railroad.
There was no surprise in the identity of Liberty—I had that figured out from the book description, but would have enjoyed more hints dropped around Clarissa.
Fans of Civil War history will enjoy this story as the account leading up to and through the Battle of Gettysburg are detailed and evoke the terrors and horrors of both civilians and the soldiers on each side of the conflict.
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