Welcome to another Friday, friends! I was blessed with a short week and an extra day to read. That’s going to make this coming weekend seem short.
Right now I’m reading a book by an author that’s new to me. To tell you the truth, sometimes I hesitate to pick up a book by a new-to-me author simply because I already have too many favorites! #bookloverproblems
Check out the first line from this book, share the first line of the book nearest you in the comments, then head on over to the Hoarding Books Blog to see what others are sharing (you’re sure to find some more reads for those TBR piles).
“Josephine Winters! What do you think you’re doing?”
About the Book
Levi Albright rebelled against his Quaker roots to fight for abolition in the Union army in the first year of the Civil War. Two years later, 19-year-old destitute orphan Josephine Winters, with chopped hair, boy’s clothes, and new name, “Snipp,” enlists in the Union army out of sheer desperation.
Just over five feet tall and barely weighing as much as a newborn calf, Snipp seems to Levi to be barely old enough to hold “his” gun. But despite being teased by the regiment, Snipp quickly earns admiration for skill with a musket and unequaled bravery. When Levi explains one night that he is a Quaker leading a regiment, it leads to a late-night discussion of faith and a developing friendship.
But Snipp’s secret can only be hidden for so long. After an injury forces Josie to reveal her real identity, Levi is angered by her deception. Worse, Josie is marched out of the company without a chance to explain—or even say goodbye. Will their friendship survive? Or will the hatred saturating the war-torn nation affect even the heart of a peace-loving Quaker?