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Daughter of the Regiment
     

Daughter of the Regiment

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by Stephanie Grace Whitson
 

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Irish immigrant Maggie Malone wants no part of the war. She'd rather let "the Americans" settle their differences-until her brothers join Missouri's Union Irish Brigade, and one of their names appears on a list of injured soldiers. Desperate for news, Maggie heads for Boonville, where the Federal army is camped. There she captures the attention of Sergeant John

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Irish immigrant Maggie Malone wants no part of the war. She'd rather let "the Americans" settle their differences-until her brothers join Missouri's Union Irish Brigade, and one of their names appears on a list of injured soldiers. Desperate for news, Maggie heads for Boonville, where the Federal army is camped. There she captures the attention of Sergeant John Coulter. When circumstances force Maggie to remain with the brigade, she discovers how capable she is of helping the men she comes to think of as "her boys." And while she doesn't see herself as someone a man would court, John Coulter is determined to convince her otherwise.

As the mistress of her brother's Missouri plantation, Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess-and not to question her brother Walker's business affairs. When Walker helps organize the Wildwood Guard for the Confederacy, and offers his plantation as the Center of Operations, Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. As the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, she must also find a way to protect the people who depend on her.

Despite being neighbors, Maggie and Libbie have led such different lives that they barely know one another-until war brings them together, and each woman discovers that both friendship and love can come from the unlikeliest of places.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/09/2015
Whitson (A Captain for Laura Rose) celebrates the strong but unknown heroines who marched off to war with their men, as well as those who maintained the home front, in this Civil War–era inspirational. When the war reaches the divided state of Missouri, Maggie Malone watches her brothers join the boys in blue. Soon she travels to the front to tend their wounds and remains with the regiment, where she becomes an invaluable source of encouragement and support for her brothers and their comrades. Her strength and courage impress their sergeant, John “Colt” Coulter, who courts her, much to her surprise. Meanwhile, back home, Libbie Blair must play hostess to her brother’s Confederate comrades at their prominent plantation, despite her own Union sympathies. When battle comes to their door, pitting neighbor against neighbor, it is the women of war who shine brightest. Without gratuitous descriptions, the inevitable, sobering losses that war brings—of life and limb, property and security—are honestly portrayed. Based on true events, this story will capture the hearts of historical fiction fans. (Mar.)
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An inspiring story of discovering courage and friendship through tremendous adversity. Drawing on the actual histories of women who found ways to work on the battlefront during the Civil War, this outstanding historical will attract fans of Janette Oke, Lisa Wingate, and Tamera Alexander. *Starred Review*—Library Journal"

Whitson celebrates the strong but unknown heroines who marched off to war with their men, as well as those who maintained the home front, in this Civil War-era inspirational....Based on true events, this story will capture the hearts of historical fiction fans."—Publishers Weekly"

The author's gift for multidimensional characters and tight plotting shines through. Romance, family drama, immigrants and dueling factions in the same town add action and intrigue."—RT Book Reviews"

A vivid portrait of life on the Missouri River, from the cramped quarters of the packet boat, through the outpost settlements up the river, to the squalid docks of St. Louis. . .[A]n entertaining historical tale of faith, action, and romance."—Publisher's Weekly on A Captain for Laura Rose"

This stand-alone novel has all the makings of a great romance: love, intrigue, mystery and unforgettable characters. Whitson's historical details on female riverboat captains are incredible."—RT Book Reviews, starred review, on A Captain for Laura Rose"

As usual, Stephanie Grace Whitson skillfully weaves unforgettable characters with an unforgettable time in history. Step aboard the Laura Rose. You will definitely enjoy the ride!"—Nancy Moser, bestselling author of The Journey of Josephine and Mozart's Sister on A Captain for Laura Rose

Library Journal
★ 04/01/2015
Irish immigrant Maggie Malone and wealthy plantation mistress Elizabeth Blair would never be friends in the pre-Civil War South. Maggie runs a farm and cares for her elderly uncle and two brothers. Elizabeth throws lavish cotillions. When war breaks out, Maggie's brothers leave to join the Union Army's Irish Brigade. After Confederate soldiers ravage her farm and attack her uncle, Maggie travels to her brothers' camp in St. Louis, pleading for them to return home. But realizing how much she could contribute to the cause by caring for sick and injured Union soldiers, she remains with the Irish Brigade as a Daughter of the Regiment. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's cruel and abusive brother, Walker, has transformed their plantation home into a Confederate stronghold. Elizabeth must find the strength to defy her brother and protect those she cares about. VERDICT Whitson (A Captain for Laura Rose) depicts the Civil War from the point of view of two women from very different backgrounds. Her novel is an inspiring story of discovering courage and friendship through tremendous adversity. Drawing on the actual histories of women who found ways to work on the battlefront during the Civil War, this outstanding historical will attract fans of Janette Oke, Lisa Wingate, and Tamera Alexander.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455529032
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
03/24/2015
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
321,852
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

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Meet the Author

Stephanie Grace Whitson is the author of over 20 inspirational novels and two works of nonfiction. When she isn't writing, speaking, or trying to keep up with her five grown children and perfect grandchildren, Stephanie loves to take long distance rides aboard her Honda Magna motorcycle named Kitty. Her church and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum take up the rest of her free time. She received her Master of Arts degree in history in the spring of 2012. Her passionate interests in pioneer women's history, antique quilts, and French, Italian, and Hawaiian language and culture provide endless story-telling possibilities. Stephanie resides with her husband in Lincoln, NE.

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Daughter of the Regiment 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Captivating! Irish Immigrant, Maggie Malone lives in a man's world on the farm her father built after moving to Missouri. After her brothers join Missouri's Union Irish Brigade, leaving her and her Uncle Paddy to run the farm on their own Maggie takes things into her own hands. A strong and strong-willed young woman, she braves the journey to find her brothers after her farm has been ransacked, livestock killed, animals stolen, and her Uncle Paddy badly beaten.  Maggie is so well described in "Daughter of the Regiment," she comes alive in every detail. All of the characters throughout this book are portrayed in poignant and believable descriptives. The author's use of such strong characters brings the reader into the story, making the story tangible. I felt I walked alongside Maggie throughout whatever circumstances presented themselves.  A wide variety of characters come to life in this moving depiction of the life and times of the Civil War. Strong, colorful, sensitive, each individual is developed with care. The landscape is pictorial and described with detail and clarity. Knowing only the more talked about locations where the Civil War was fought, the Missouri involvement was new to me. The author transports the reader from plantation life to the fields and ravages of war, and evokes emotions of the deepest kind. I became so engrossed in this novel that the hours flew by as I became a part Maggie's life, and the lives with whom she was involved. I will undoubtedly read this book again. It was a deeply moving portrayal of life at a time when no one knew who to trust or believe. I highly recommend "Daughter of the Regiment."  Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Hachette Book Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Grace Whitson in her new book, “Daughter of the Regiment” published by FaithWords takes us into the life of Maggie Malone. From the back cover: Daughter of the Regiment Irish immigrant Maggie Malone wants no part of the war. She’d rather let “the Americans” settle their differences-until her brothers join Missouri’s Union Irish Brigade, and one of their names appears on a list of injured soldiers. Desperate for news, Maggie heads for Boonville, where the Federal army is camped. There she captures the attention of Sergeant John Coulter. When circumstances force Maggie to remain with the brigade, she discovers how capable she is of helping the men she comes to think of as “her boys.” And while she doesn’t see herself as someone a man would court, John Coulter is determined to convince her otherwise. As the mistress of her brother’s Missouri plantation, Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess-and not to question her brother Walker’s business affairs. When Walker helps organize the Wildwood Guard for the Confederacy, and offers his plantation as the Center of Operations, Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. As the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, she must also find a way to protect the people who depend on her. Despite being neighbors, Maggie and Libbie have led such different lives that they barely know one another-until war brings them together, and each woman discovers that both friendship and love can come from the unlikeliest of places. The Civil War was a terrible time as the country was fighting itself and no matter who won it was a time of great loss. 1861 Missouri and Maggie Malone really doesn’t want anything to do with the fighting but her brothers join up. When one of them is injured she is off to care for him and a Federal officer is attracted to her. Elizabeth Blair is trying to run the plantation by herself. As the War rages on around them these two women must learn to work together so that each one of them can succeed. This is Historical fiction at its best! I think this is one of the hardest stories to write as it is all character driven and takes a steady hand to guide the characters through the story while remaining true to each character and these characters are memorable. You come to love Maggie and Elizabeth as if they were alive (and they are within the pages of this book) and it is a thrill to watch them interact, grow and put aside their distrust, fear and the hurts of their pasts and find peace in their present. Many kudos to Ms. Whitson for a truly memorable book. I am so looking forward to the next book from the very talented Ms. Whitson. If you missed the interview for “A Claim Of Her Own”, another novel by Ms. Whitson, and would like to listen to it and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from FaithWords. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daughter of the Regiment is a great historical fiction read.   I started reading and couldn't put the book down!  I had never heard of this form of service for women in the Civil War and it was very interesting.  Stephanie Grace Whitson's books always rate 5 stars with me.
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