Fragile Dreams

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The Civil war unleashes a bitter battle near Caroline's home--and in her heart. Parentless, and with a young brother to tend, Caroline blames God and the Yankees for her difficulties. Then, she finds a wounded Union soldier lying in her lawn, and her world is turned upside-down...

Shot and left for dead, Nate thanks God for the Confederate angel who takes him in and nurses him back to health, but dreams of taking her West with him after the war...

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Overview

The Civil war unleashes a bitter battle near Caroline's home--and in her heart. Parentless, and with a young brother to tend, Caroline blames God and the Yankees for her difficulties. Then, she finds a wounded Union soldier lying in her lawn, and her world is turned upside-down...

Shot and left for dead, Nate thanks God for the Confederate angel who takes him in and nurses him back to health, but dreams of taking her West with him after the war are dampened by her Southern alliances and hardened heart.

Will the war pull them apart, or can Nate's faith bind them together?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601545138
  • Publisher: Pelican Ventures
  • Publication date: 5/8/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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One by one, she was losing the people closest to her and perhaps, her home as well. Appealing to God had seemed about as helpful as whispering to the wind. If God chose to heap problems on her and not lift a finger to ease her distress, she wouldn't give Him the pleasure of hearing her pray. She could look to no one but herself for decisions that would affect her future.

She stood at her bedroom window and watched the full moon slip between the clouds in an overcast sky. She breathed the comforting scent of the damp earth of her home, shivering in the chilly air as she began to unhook the tiny buttons that closed the back of her dress.

She blinked, staring hard as a dark form moved from the barn toward the pump at the old well. She held her breath as she tried to make out what had collapsed near the well and was now lying still. As the moon made a brief appearance through the layer of clouds, Caroline could see the prostrate figure of a man.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    This story is set during the Civil War on a southern plantation

    This story is set during the Civil War on a southern plantation and presents the ugliness of hatred based on whether a person represents the Union or Confederate cause. The characters illustrate the strong feelings that people grow up with and the changes through grace that only God can give. I was drawn into the story as the author developed anguish, physical pain, and distrust that comes from the stigma of “lumping everyone” into a preconceived concept that is not always the truth. This is a book that will touch your heart and stir your thoughts to how you “lump people” that may be different from yourself in our world today.

    I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Best civil war story I have read in a while!

    I love how Karen Cogan broke through the lines of predjudices from the civil war stand point. I was swept away from page 3 on. I would read again!!! Wondering what ever happens with Andrew? Maybe that could be a book 2.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

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    a sweet/chaste romance and a bit of suspense

    Reviewed by Brenda C. for Readers Favorite


    Melinda Pratt was just a small child and the only survivor when her Indian village was attacked. She was rescued by a kind man by the name of Joseph Pratt and taken home to his wife Rebecca to be raised as their daughter. Melinda fit into the family and though the Pratt's had more children they always loved Melinda as their own, but unfortunately other people didn't see her that way, making Melinda feel as if she were caught between two worlds. She did have one friend who stood up for her when the other children picked on her, and that someone was Will Bentley who lived on the neighboring farm. As they grew older, Melinda's feelings for Will deepened, but she wonders how they can ever be together because he plans to go to Boston to become a doctor. There is also a band of marauding Indians in the area, and when Melinda is captured she wonders if she will ever find her way back home to the ones she loves. What does the future hold for Will and Melinda, and will she ever make it back home?


    I love historical fiction and this book really fit the bill. I actually read it in one sitting because I just had to find out what happened with Melinda. The author easily pulled me into the life of Melinda. I could understand how she must have felt: she was loved and cared for by the Pratt's but some of the townspeople couldn't accept her, judging her by what she was instead of who she was. Will was just an all-around nice guy, and the relationship between him and Melinda was sweet. While I knew where the plot was going the author provided a few twists to keep it interesting. There was a bit of suspense as I wondered how things would work out for Melinda and the Indian child that was in her care. I also thought the author provided an interesting twist on what happened to the Indian village.


    In general, if you are looking for a quick read that weaves together historical fiction, that has a bit of an inspirational feel, as well as a sweet/chaste romance and a bit of suspense, you are going to enjoy reading this one.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    1865-Civil War One by one, she was losing the people closest to her and perhaps, her home as well. 1865-Civil War One by one, she was losing the people closest to her and perhaps, her home as well.

    1865-Civil War
    One by one, she was losing the people closest to her and perhaps, her home as well.


    As the civil war battles on, near the plantation home of Caroline a bitter battle unleashes.
    With her mother and father both dead, her brother off fighting in the war, Caroline has the responsibility of taking care of her grandmother and her younger brother Andrew. She blames God for all that has happened and the problems she is now having, for the war, the death of her parents, her brother off to war. All this has diminished her faith that she just cannot seem to get restored.

    Nate ,shot and left for dead out on the back part of Carolines property thanks God for the angel sent his way. As he recovers with the aid and medical attention from Caroline and her grandmother, Andrew wants him out of the house, but does not want his sister to turn him over to the sheriff. As he pleads with his sister she can't but help to wonder why her brother is so upset over this matter. Just who shot Nate and his 2 soldiers on the back property and who was watching at the time.

    Jed, injured in the war , returned home, took the job as the local sheriff. He has become very bitter and is set to kill any Yankee whether in uniform or not . As he pressures Caroline more and more to marry him, she keeps putting him off. As more things surface she knows for sure that now she will not marry him.

    As her faith grows so has her affection for Nate. Will this work out for them? ..Has her brother been killed in the war as she heard or was it just a lie? Can she live down the rumors that she had been seen with a Yankee?

    If you are a lover of historical novels centered around the civil war era, then you can't go wrong reading this book. The book is well written and you cannot help but come to root on Caroline and Nate, even though they are victims of the war separating the north and the south.

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    As the civil war battles on, near the plantation home of Caroline a bitter battle unleashes.
    With her mother and father both dead, her brother off fighting in the war, Caroline has the responsibility of taking care of her grandmother and her younger brother Andrew. She blames God for all that has happened and the problems she is now having, for the war, the death of her parents, her brother off to war. All this has diminished her faith that she just cannot seem to get restored.

    Nate ,shot and left for dead out on the back part of Carolines property thanks God for the angel sent his way. As he recovers with the aid and medical attention from Caroline and her grandmother, Andrew wants him out of the house, but does not want his sister to turn him over to the sheriff. As he pleads with his sister she can't but help to wonder why her brother is so upset over this matter. Just who shot Nate and his 2 soldiers on the back property and who was watching at the time.

    Jed, injured in the war , returned home, took the job as the local sheriff. He has become very bitter and is set to kill any Yankee whether in uniform or not . As he pressures Caroline more and more to marry him, she keeps putting him off. As more things surface she knows for sure that now she will not marry him.

    As her faith grows so has her affection for Nate. Will this work out for them? ..Has her brother been killed in the war as she heard or was it just a lie? Can she live down the rumors that she had been seen w

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    Posted July 8, 2010

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