Friday, May 12, 2017

Too Deep for Words - Shenandoah Valley Saga 2 - by Andrea Boeshaar

About the book:

Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days--as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.

As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep--her husband's best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he's a painful reminder of her lost love.

Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?

As fans of Boeshaar's books have come to expect, Too Deep for Words is a meticulously researched novel. Readers are taken directly into the heart of the realities of the Civil War and reminded how, even in the darkest circumstances, faith in Christ offers hope.

My review:

I enjoyed this book, but it was different than I thought it would be.  This was very much a continuation of the first book as it picks up right where that one left off and is mostly about Carrie and her struggle to believe Peyton is really dead and ultimately, her decision to look for him in enemy territory.  Since the beginning started out from Margaret's point of view, I thought it would have more of her story than it did.  I enjoyed seeing how different Margaret had become after the hardships she suffered when Carrie left.  Eli was also a wonderful character who was trying to figure out his place in a world where the Confederacy is dying and he's falling for a Union widow.  Both Eli and Carrie have a strong faith throughout the book while Margaret is just learning about God.  There's some romance.  I love books centered around the Civil War and the intrigues and situations Carrie gets herself in were quite suspenseful and dangerous.  There were some battle scenes and hospital scenes, but nothing gory.  I would recommend this book if you like well-written Civil War or historical fiction, but you should probably read book one first in order to understand the characters better.

I received this book free from Kregel Publications.

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