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11.11.2017

Waiting for His Return ~ Review

Waiting for His Return
By Carrie Turansky

It's 1864 and the War Between the States has taken a toll on the divided nation. In Tennessee, the Thornton family though aligned with the North extends their care to all wounded regardless of their uniform. When escaped prisoner of war James Galloway is attacked near the Thornton home, Rachel Thornton acts quickly to help save his life. Helping her father nurse James back to health leads to unexpected feelings.

But James Galloway is a war artist for Harper's Weekly and he has a commitment to return to the war. But when danger draws close to the Thornton home he is forced to acknowledge his growing feelings for the young woman how has aided his recovery.

But war has a way of tearing people apart and though he is not a soldier James is to rejoin the dangers that accompany war. Can Rachel wait for his return? Or will the arrival and attention of another send her heart in a different direction?

This is a standalone novella set in the later months of the Civil War. And just like now, the characters are anticipating both Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you like short historical fiction stories in which a happy ending is not a certainty checkout this newest offering from Carrie Turansky. If you are looking for a quick and enjoyable trip into the past get ready for an enjoyable weekend read.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the author with no expectation of a positive review ~ all opinions expressed are my own.


About the Book:
The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor falls in love with an injured artist-correspondent on assignment to cover the battles near Union occupied Nashville.
The year is 1864 and the Civil War is raging on. British born James Galloway, a “special artist” for Harper’s Weekly, travels with the Union troops, sketching battle scenes to bring war news home to those in the North. It’s dangerous work, but he is committed to the Union cause. When he is captured along with the troops, he spends several months in a prison camp. Finally, he escapes and travels north, hoping to reach the Union lines, but a bushwhacker attacks him, steals his horse, and leaves him for dead at the side of the road.
Rachel Thornton, a kind-hearted doctor’s daughter takes James into their to home and nurses him while he recovers. Her feelings for James grow, but she has already lost one man she loves in the war. How can she give James her heart, when she knows he may be another casualty.