Review: I Shall Be Near to You

I Shall Be Near to You – Erin Lindsay McCabe

9780804137720; LINKcat978-0-8041-3772-0

As the Civil War rages, newlywed Rosetta Wakefield faces an impossible choice: send her husband, Jeremiah, to fight, or…well, everyone around her tells her there’s only one option.  Rosetta sees another one, however, and shears off her hair so she can join Jeremiah in the Union Army.  As Ross Stone, she witnesses storied battles like Bull Run and Antietam and learns to navigate camp life as a man.  I Shall Be Near to You is written in a jaunty, idiosyncratic language, reminiscent of a rural accent, and features strong character relationships.  For those who enjoy historical novels with a heavy dash of romance, I Shall Be Near to You may be an excellent fit.

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