Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off–only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.
Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.
Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally–and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?
Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.
I had a hard time getting into this book. It seemed rather slow to take off and I had some doubts whether I would be able to finish it or not. However, eventually the storyline started moving along a little bit faster and became more interesting to me.
I liked the way that Carrie Ann’s character bucked traditional roles of the time and exercised independence. The way she took care of her family was admirable. I also enjoyed Peyton’s aunt as a very independent woman.
I also enjoyed the descriptiveness of the writing. Boeshaar makes it easy for readers to imagine the places and the experiences on the battlefield during the Civil War.
Overall, this was an ok book for me. I never got to the point where I couldn’t put it down and was racing to the end to find out what was happening. I could appreciate the descriptive writing and the characters, but the plot was just too slow for too long for me to be super excited about it.
On a final note, at the end of the book, Boeshaar gave a sneak peak into book two of the series, Too Deep for Words. As I was reading it, I couldn’t wait to read it. I think that I will enjoy that one much more because I am already familiar with the characters.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.