About the Book
During the clash between Union and Confederacy, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both Rebel and Yankee wounded who seek refuge at her family’s farm. She is determined to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause—until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee. The MacFarlane family fits no stereotype Joshua believed in; still he is desperate to regain his footing—as a soldier, as a man, as a Christian—in the aftermath of his debilitating injury. He will use his time behind enemy lines to gather useful intelligence for the Union—if the courageous Rebel woman will stay out of the line of danger.
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear.
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In My Opinion
As a resident of Tennessee, I can attest there is no shortage of Civil War battle sites, including those highlighted in The Rebel Bride.
I appreciate that Shannon McNear’s novel focuses on a middle class, southern family that doesn’t own slaves who represent the “common” people whose lives and personal rights were shoved aside in the name of the war. I also admired that the characters in this book as hard questions about what they are truly fighting for and recognize the answers aren’t black and white (or Blue and Gray).
Throughout The Rebel Bride, McNear puts readers in the center of the conflict—from those forced to give up their homes and use their own resources for wounded soldiers on both sides to the actual battles—while challenging us to view the Civil War from the perspective of those lives forever changed and the devastation of the sheer number of lives lost.
Bravo to McNear for taking on an era she admits to never wanting to write and doing so with impartiality, understanding, and grace.
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