I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
“In the autumn of 1864, spirited Carrie Ann Bell is searching for her runaway sister in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Disguised as a Yankee soldier, she stumbles into a skirmish near Front Royal-and instead of her sister, she finds trouble.
Colonel Peyton Collier of the Union calvary division arrests her for impersonating an officer, but protects her from worse consequences. Soon the Southern girl finds herself drawn to the chivalrous Yankee horseman, discovering that her foe has become her ally-and more than that, someone she could love. But Carrie has promised to keep a dark secret, never suspecting that her silence might threaten the life of the gallant colonel who holds her-and her heart-captive.
Andrea Boeshaar is a new author to me however, after reading this novel, I am now a fan of her works. Her writing is easy to read and understand and her characters are very well developed. A Thousand Shall Fall is a wonderful Civil War story that I will remember for quite a while. The plot is a “page-turner” indeed and the subplots are equally as engaging.
There are a few war scenes that get descriptive to a point that might make certain readers queasy however they were not too bad in my personal opinion. The only thing about this book that was not up to par was the ending, it felt rushed and repetitive concerning Peyton and Carrie and for the first time during the whole book, I began to lose interest. The author did manage to recapture my attention with a final plot twist, but it would have been nicer to end on a stronger note with Peyton and Carrie.
So over all, I rate A Thousand Shall Fall a full 5 stars out of 5 and anxiously anticipate the next book to this series.
Rated: * * * * *
On a side-note, I would absolutely LOVE to see a short-story novella written in the runaway sister’s POV; that would be phenomenal!