Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: The Quaker and the Rebel by:Mary Ellis

The Quaker and the Rebel (Civil War Heroines, #1)
About the Book:
Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents A Heart Divided, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them.

Emily Harrison's life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents' work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor's family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there.

Alexander Hunt is the doctor's handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle's newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems--rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily's antislavery convictions.

The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?

About the Author:
Mary Ellis and her husband live near the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, home to the last remaining GAR Hall in Ohio, and Hale Farm and Village, home to annual encampments and reenactments of Civil War battles. She is an active member of the local historical society and Civil War Roundtable where she served as secretary for several years. She has enjoyed a lifelong passion for American history.

My Review:
 Set during the turbulent backdrop of the Civil War, Emily Harrison is forced to seek employment in a whole new place. She counted on the fact that it would be tough but never counted on it being this tough. With Matthew away it seems difficult to go on without him. He is fighting in the volunteer infantry and soon when this war is over and his fighting is done they can get married. But until then she will have to earn her place in this world and that all seems to begin at the Bennington's in Virginia, where she is governess to the Dr. and Mrs. Bennington's two daughters.

 Everything sort of got off to a slow, rough start when after a kitchen mishap Emily meets Alexander which is the Bennington's nephew. Emily forgot about Matthew for a second after setting her eyes on Alexander. She couldn't really understand why he would effect her the way he does if she is promised to another. But its not far into the book before you can see the chemistry between the two.

 It isn't long before Emily's plans are turned upside down. Will Alexander be able to trust a woman again or will he walk away from Emily knowing the intense feelings she gives him? And poor Emily she has become so heart broken will she be able to accept another love so soon? This book is very difficult to put down. I love the mystery, intrigue, and the romance that is created between the two main characters. Can't wait for the second book in the series.

**Disclosure** This  book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Harvest House.