“Yankee in Atlanta” by Jocelyn Green, book review, #3 Heroine Behind the Lines
Caitlyn has been fighting along side her brother, Jack, when she is injured and wakes up as a prisoner in a Southern hospital, accused of being a spy. She recovers and becomes a governess to a young girl, Ana, whose father, Noah, goes off to fight. She stays in Atlanta when many others leave. Noah leaves instructions to help any women and children who are refugees, as he remembers being in a similar position when he was growing up in Germany.
As the fighting comes closer to Atlanta, the conditions become more difficult. Soldier regularly came to the house and took what they wanted: food, fuel, animals. Soon, Caitlyn fears that she and the women in her care will starve. But she keeps her promise to Noah to care for Ana and others who need it.
This book took a while for me to understand who the character were and what the plot was, even though I had read the other 2 books in the series. But after a few chapters, I was hooked. The story moved along and I enjoyed it. There were several sub plots that kept me interested. And many historical events are interesting, especially the parts about how the families were affected, especially when the families were divided by the north and south.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, North River. All opinions expressed are my own.
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River North(June 1, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin’s only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta.
Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman’s troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape north with the girl, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she break them?