The American Civil War was a time of great turmoil within the entire country. Depending on where you lived, you could be fighting with extended family, friends and neighbors. Amanda Belle, a resident of the coastal region of Texas, meets Captain Kent Littlefield of Pennsylvania and the Union army, she is attracted to him and soon falls in love with him. When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother goes off to fight with the Confederates and Littlefield remains with the Union. This contributes to a conflict for Amanda concerning her sense of loyalty to her family and her love for Captain Littlefield.
This was a very interesting book giving us a glimpse into our past and getting some idea of what people had to endure during the war. Along with the story of the war and what people had to endure, we have the family stories of the Belles and the Littlefields and the emotional blackmail of dealing with the strong prejudices of parents who refused to allow a Confederate or a Union person into their family regardless of how the couple in love feel about each other. There is also some glimpses into prison conditions, medicine and treatment of the injured. Soldiers had no real treatment for the PTSD suffered after seeing the horrors of what humans do to each other and having pain and loss infllicted upon so many. All in all, anyone who has an interest in The Civil War and what it was like to live during that time, should find this interesting to read. I do recommend it and did enjoy reading it.
This book was provided to me to read and review by Booksneeze.