Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall + Giveaway

Is the man that she's come to love a foe or an ally? What will he think of her when he finds out her secret?
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Title:  A Thousand Shall Fall : A Civil War Novel (Shenandoah Valley Saga)
Author:  Andrea Boeshaar
Publisher:  Kregel Publications
Release Date:  November 27, 2015

      

ABOUT THE BOOK 



A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

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.

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MY THOUGHTS

When I read the synopsis for A Thousand Shall Fall, I immediately want to read it. It's set during the "War Between the States", better known as the American Civil War, and after visiting historical towns like Gettysburg, it intrigued me even more.  Not that war is intriguing, it's the people. It's always about the people. People who fought on either side, their beliefs and their struggles. 


Back to the book. Ms. Boeshaar gave us, or me a rather unforgettable and compelling read. The story itself just tangles you in and doesn't let you go until the very last page, and even beyond (with a nice beginning chapter to the next book in the series).  That's exactly what I did. I read it so quick and so engrossed that I didn't realize it was the end until the second to the last page. (Why second to the last page? I have no idea. It just so happens that it dawned on me "this is it.")  I've enjoyed the feistiness and individuality of Carrie Ann from the beginning, however, at times she does get to me. Almost felt like doing a little Gibb's back-slap (from NCIS) on her.  I love her interactions with Colonel Peyton. It's so funny, sweet, and aggravating at times. Their banterings keeps this novel from going too "weighty". Aunt Ruth is also a lovable character that brings smiles on everyone at times of war and insecurities.  Speaking of the war, Ms. Boeshaar has done meticulous research and her descriptions, as well as the unfolding of events allows readers to imagine what disunity and war brings forth.  Mind as well also include the beauty of the landscape of the Shenandoah Valley. 

The story, the characters and the twist of events unraveled through the story,  makes for one historical romantic novel that sure will fascinate many, if not all.  My favorite quote lies with the final words of Colonel Peyton in this book, so I won't quote it.  I think you'll agree when you get the chance to read it. 

Interested? Well, scroll down and enter into author's amazing giveaway in honor of the release of A Thousand Shall Fall. Enjoy!
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review. 


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GIVEAWAY

Andrea is celebrating the release of A Thousand Shall Fall with a Kindle Fire giveaway!

400 - a thousand shall fall 

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Thousand Shall Fall
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 10th. The winner will be announced December 11th on Andrea's blog.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs "The Writer's ER," a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards.  Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites. 


Connect with Andrea:  website,  blog,  facebook,  twitter

11 comments :

  1. I reviewed this one for RT Book reviews and really loved it too! Great review, Annie! :)

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  2. A Thousand Shall Fall is a book I definitely want to read. I enjoy reading books about the Civil War. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

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  3. Great review, Annie! This book has definitely caught my eye. Can't wait to read it. I love stories set in this era.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Thanks Marilyn! If you love Civil War stories, this is surely one not to miss. Remember to click on the image to go enter the giveaway!

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  5. Oh wow! Sounds like such a great book. This is a new author to me. I'm looking forward to reading it!

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  6. Karen, I think you'll enjoy this from our interactions on FB. This historical novel has a somber side (which is typical of war settings), but the dialogue and the characters gives it some sunshine!

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  7. NCIS? I need to move this up in my TBR stack :)

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  8. Is it this post or the Isle of Hope post? Who knows?

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