It is a soggy one here in SW Louisiana as we brace for a couple more days of rain. Our state is easing into re-opening and everyone has to stay inside due to weather. UGH.Alas that's how it normally goes this time of year as hurricane season barrels down upon us. Anyway, enough about that.
Today's guest has visited before, Andrea Boeshaar has shared Words with us and been in our Spotlight so please welcome her back with book 2 in her Shenandoah Valley Saga.
Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days—as blissful as life can be in the midst of the War Between the States. But all too soon her happiness is shattered when her beloved husband goes missing in battle.
Lost in sorrow, Carrie doesn’t know where to turn. People close to her insist she’s a widow. No one believes her claims that Peyton is alive—no one except her sister Margaret. Together, she and Margaret embark on a dangerous journey to Richmond, posing as two single women on their way to visit to their cousin’s home. They procure the necessary passes and obtain an escort. While in Richmond, Carrie hopes for some answers. She feels certain that Peyton was taken prisoner and resides in rat-infested Libby Prison.
After arriving in Richmond, Carrie is reacquainted with Lieutenant Colonel Elijah Kent, her husband’s best friend, despite their political differences. Eli is also the executor of Peyton’s estate. He promises to aid in Carrie’s search. However, when he turns up nothing. Eli manages to convince her that Peyton was killed in the battle in Middletown. He was there, and even wounded by the same cannon fire that took Peyton’s life.
At long last, Carrie accepts the fact that Peyton is in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As the weeks pass, Carrie and Margaret settle into life in Richmond with their cousin and his wife. Due to her cousin’s prodding, Carrie and Eli are thrown together time and again. She finds herself falling for Eli and she’s torn in two, being a recent widow and now developing strong feelings for Eli. Truth be told, she’d spent more time with Eli than with Peyton.
Then just when she thought her shattered heart might be on the mend, her cover as a single woman is revealed by the jealous daughter of a friend. Carrie and Margaret could be hanged as spies. With Eli’s help, they flee the Confederate Capitol.
Once safely on Union soil, Carrie learns three pieces of news that will change her life forever!
Carrie crossed the foyer and entered the study where Aunt Ruth was engaged in polite conversation with the general over the lovely October weather.
However, as soon as Carrie closed the door, the commander’s placid expression vanished. “Please sit, ladies. We have much to discuss.”
The general reclaimed his seat and Aunt Ruth took the matching leather armchair. Carrie selected the small side chair, moving it into the circle of three. Collecting her skirts in shaking fingers, she seated herself in proper fashion.
“First, I will address Mrs. Collier’s message.” General Sheridan’s eyes were midnight black and he spoke from behind a thick, curling beard. “You have my word, Major Tucker will be punished for neglecting his duties.”
“Sir”—Carrie clasped her hands tightly—“it goes far beyond neglect.”
She’s right, General.” Aunt Ruth relayed the sordid account of the young Confederate who lost both legs to amputation—when one of them was perfectly good.
“That is a disgrace!” Sheridan slammed his right fished into his left palm. “The Union army has no use for officers of such ill caliber. Why, General Ramseur was wounded yesterday and he was brought behind our lines and cared for at Belle Grove. The surgeons did everything in their power to save his life.”
“Is General Ramseur dead?” At Sheridan’s slight nod, Carrie’s heart sank. Stephen Dodson Ramseur, “Dod” to his friends, was a hero in the Shenandoah Valley. Living in Confederate Woodstock, she had heard all the tales of his daring. “What a shame.” She caught Aunt Ruth’s troubled regard. “But it’s good to know that the Union doctors threated a Confederate general to the best of their abilities. We cannot say the same about Major Tucker.”
“He will suffer the consequences of his actions. Believe me.” The general’s additional promise was enough for Carrie. An ounce of tension left her shoulders. “And now some hard news, I’m afraid.” Sheridan’s dark eyes rested on Carrie and she held her breath. “Mrs. Collier, your husband and his men were heroes during yesterday’s battle. They bought the Union army time to regroup from what began as a devastating rout. Once we re-formed our lines, we had little trouble overpowering the enemy.”
“And Peyton?” Carrie whispered, fearing the worst. Her eyes clouded with unshed tears.
“He’s missing, Mrs. Collier, and presumed dead.”
Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar is a Wisconsin author of over 40 books with ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD! The three components in all of her stories are faith, family, and forever relationships. She also blogs and writes devotionals and magazine articles with the hope of encouraging readers wherever they are in their spiritual journeys.
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Now for a special note from Andrea.....
Thank you for stopping in for this week’s Saturday Spotlight. I’m pleased to announce that the long-awaited third book in my Shenandoah Valley Series will be released on July 6th – my husband’s birthday. You can preorder it now! Simply log on to Amazon.com and search for “There Is A Season.” You may have to put in my last name as well. While the book is in pre-order status, the price is $0.99!!!! After July 6th, the price goes up to $4.99 for the e-book and $9.99 for the paperback.
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