Murray Pura's American Civil War Series - Cry of Freedom - Volume 1 - Return to Shirley Plantation [NOOK Book]

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150 years ago the history of America changed forever. Live 1863 through the stories of some of our finest writers – the passion, the romance, the tragedy, and the triumph.

Carrie Fancett Pagels. Kathleen Maher. Joy Ross Davis. Sarah Price. Karen Anna Vogel. Patrick E. Craig. Willard Carpenter. Big Daddy Abel. Murray Pura. David Stearman. And many more.

The plantations. The ...
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Murray Pura's American Civil War Series - Cry of Freedom - Volume 1 - Return to Shirley Plantation

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150 years ago the history of America changed forever. Live 1863 through the stories of some of our finest writers – the passion, the romance, the tragedy, and the triumph.

Carrie Fancett Pagels. Kathleen Maher. Joy Ross Davis. Sarah Price. Karen Anna Vogel. Patrick E. Craig. Willard Carpenter. Big Daddy Abel. Murray Pura. David Stearman. And many more.

The plantations. The Underground Railroad. Chancellorsville. Vicksburg. Gettysburg. Little Round Top. Chickamauga. Chattanooga. Missionary Ridge. The soldiers in the field. The families at home. The nurses in the hospitals. The speeches at Richmond and Washington. The prayers in churches North and South. It’s all here in one of the most dramatic series ever produced. A new story by a different author released every two weeks between April and November. Join us for one of the most exciting events in American inspirational publishing – Helping Hands Press presents CRY OF FREEDOM!


Abducted against his will, Matthew Scott is conscripted into the Confederate army because of his Copperhead father’s political leanings. Injured at Malvern Hill, Matthew is taken by the Union army to Shirley Plantation in Virginia where he is tended by seamstress Angelina Rose, a freed slave. Given an opportunity to leave the South and start a new life for herself, Angelina remained for the sake of her sister’s orphaned twins who are still enslaved. Will Matthew’s return to Shirley Plantation settle a mystery concerning his father’s past? And help Matthew find the family he longs for.
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  • BN ID: 2940016542836
  • Publisher: Trestle Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2013
  • Series: Murray Pura's Cry of Freedom, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 332,744
  • File size: 59 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    I was hooked by the first line with the beautiful writing. The

    I was hooked by the first line with the beautiful writing. The story itself quickly reeled me in with the conflicts of its two, endearing, main characters. Carrie makes history come alive with her words and brings her southern setting to life so that I felt I was right there on a gorgeous Virginia plantation in the midst of the Civil War.

    It is 1862 and thespian Matthew Scott is abducted from Ohio and the theater troupe he manages. He is conscripted against his will into serving with the Confederate army because of his father’s political leanings. He is not a soldier and feels lost and out of place as he follows the troops to Shirley Plantation in Virginia. There he meets the lovely Angelina Rose and begins to feel some hope and the stirrings of love. With her fair skin, Matt does not know Angie is a freed slave of mixed race. She was given an opportunity to leave the south and start a new life for herself, but she did not take it because she has been working as a seamstress to earn the freedom of her deceased sister’s illegitimate twins. Matt knows nothing of this. He only knows that he is falling in love with a mysterious woman, and there is something very suspicious about his father’s claims of having no family.

    A lot of story is packed into this beautiful, redemptive novella. It was a pure joy to read and reminded me of why I love reading historical romance novels!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    I've read through "Return to Shirley Plantation" twice

    I've read through "Return to Shirley Plantation" twice now... and have to say I'm very impressed. It shows a lot of maturity in fiction writing that I haven't seen in other stories. I'm also impressed with Ms. Pagels' characters' unique internal conflicts. She doesn't just stop as many do with an external conflict, she goes much deeper into her characters' lives and feelings.

    I also appreciated her details; they lend a very real and sensitive depth to "Return to Shirley Plantation". For instance, I never realized slaves' skin could not come in contact with white owners or their clothing. I always feel if I've learned something new after reading a story, it's enriched it for me all the more. The gentile setting. and lovely way Angelina's & Matt's relationship is handled makes this a memorable debut for this author.

    Ms. Pagels tells a strong story with a delicate touch.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    Truth Unfolds! It was 1862 and the country was in the throes of

    Truth Unfolds!
    It was 1862 and the country was in the throes of the Civil War. Matthew Scott managed a theater troupe in Ohio; however, due to his father's political stance he was abducted and thrust into the Confederate Army. Matthew suffered injuries on the battlefield rendering him unconscious. Upon awakening briefly, a Confederate lieutenant asked him to deliver a letter to Mrs. Mary Braxton Carter at Shirley Plantation in Virginia. Upon discovering the wounded soldier and cognizant of Matthew's true identity, Union troops brought him to Shirley Plantation and the letter was safely delivered. Due to the numerous injured soldiers needing medical attention the plantation grounds subsequently transitioned into a field hospital. 




    A household servant to the Carter family, Angelina Rose had been born into slavery, one-eighth African, with fair skin, blue-gray eyes and wavy golden hair. She was freed from slavery the previous year, but felt God's calling to remain at Shirley Plantation to care for her deceased sister's children. Angelina also worked as a seamstress, saving her money to buy freedom for her niece and nephew. An almost immediate attraction formed between Matthew and Angelina, and time spent together only increased those feelings. With differing backgrounds and secrets untold their future together was questionable at best.




    A new name to Christian historical fiction, Carrie Fancett Pagels has produced an impressive tale of the ravages of the Civil War with a blossoming romance in this poignant novella! Her knowledge of the historic details of Shirley Plantation and Civil War events are well documented and commendable. Characters are very well defined and realistic. I found this story not only enjoyable, but educational. "Return to Shirley Plantation" is a remarkable introduction to "Murray Pura's American Civil War Series - Cry of Freedom." Kudos to this talented author!
      
    Disclaimer: For the purposes of FTC compliance, I hereby state that I have no vested financial interest in this book, and I have received no monetary compensation from the author or publisher. I received a beta copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

    Carrie Fancett Pagels has written a wonderfully detailed account

    Carrie Fancett Pagels has written a wonderfully detailed account of life for southerners in the Civil War.  I was particularly interested in this story as I am a native Virginian and Shirley Plantation is set in Virginia.   I admired the courage and strength shown by Angelina and Matthew.  This story made me think about my own heritage and family history and the skeletons in the closet.   We all have secrets kept by our families and this story will reveal some shocking ones to the characters.   Wonderful work, Carrie! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    A CIVIL WAR LOVE STORY A love story and the Civil War¿two of my

    A CIVIL WAR LOVE STORY

    A love story and the Civil War—two of my favorite things in novels! Add truly rich historical research, a wonderful plot twist, and the clean and crisp pen of Carrie Fancett Pagels, and you have a tender tale of love amidst the clash of the blue and the gray.

    I was stunned that in the few pages of a novella, I found myself swept away into the fascinating background of the Shirley Plantation, the oldest plantation in Virginia, where the author paints a lush canvas of love and heartbreak among the ruins of war.

    Volume 1 in Murray Pura’s American Civil War Series, The Cry of Freedom, Miss Fancett Pagel’s Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance, is the perfect beginning to whet your appetite for what is sure to be a truly outstanding series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2014

    ¿Return to Shirley Plantation¿ was an enjoyable read as well as

    “Return to Shirley Plantation” was an enjoyable read as well as an education in history. Though the story is fictional, it was a treat to read about things that happened which were inspired by actual events that took place in the year 1862 at Shirley Plantation. The added bonus was the love story between Angelina Rose, a freed slave, and Matthew Scott, the son of a Copperhead congressman. A beautiful spiritual thread was woven throughout the story about obedience to God. Carrie Fancett Pagels took great care in researching the details for her part in “Murray Pura’s American Civil War Series-Cry of Freedom (Vol. 1) and the result is a beautiful story.

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    I don't typically read novellas but received this one as a gift.

    I don't typically read novellas but received this one as a gift. I sure am glad that I did.

    This is a beautiful and well written story about the Civil War and some of the struggles during that time period. There are some valuable lessons learned; one being accepting God's timing and another having faith in trusting Him.

    I can't really say that I had a favorite character because they all are well developed and believable.

    I highly recommend this story for anyone who enjoys the Civil War period or historical romance.

    This is the first book that I've read by Carrie Fancett Pagels and I look forward to reading more. She is a very gifted author. I truly enjoyed every bit of this novella.

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

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    an enjoyable civil war story Angelina Rose is a freed slave who

    an enjoyable civil war story

    Angelina Rose is a freed slave who chose to stay in Virginia until she could save enough money to pay the owners of her niece and nephew for their freedom, then she would move north. She had a job lined up as a seamstress up north but declined so she could be with her sisters kids.




    Matthew Scott was abducted against his will and conscripted into the Confederate army because of his Copperhead father’s political leaning but his mother was a strong abolitionist. He ended up on Shirley Plantation as a wounded soldier.




    What I thought would be a war story turned out to be more of a personal story and thoroughly enjoyable to read. Carrie did a wonderful job of holding my interest in this short story and made it a very quick read for me. I've read some books that take place during the civil war and I prefer this kind, more about the people and what they went through.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    Carrie Fancett Pagels' novella combines an intriguing time perio

    Carrie Fancett Pagels' novella combines an intriguing time period, the Civil War era, with great historical detail in her debut novella.




    Angelina, a freed slave and one-eighth African is a servant on Shirley plantation. During the battles of the Civil War, the Union army turns the Virginia house into a field hospital.




    Matthew Scott is an actor in Ohio who leaves to entertain the Northern troops, only to find himself conscripted by the Confederate army and forced to fight for their cause because of his father's past.




    When the two meet, sparks fly, but the romance is complicated by Angelina's heritage and a secret from Matthew's past. Can they overcome the "impossible" odds and find lasting love.




    Pagels' book is rich in historical detail, and the spiritual thread is compelling. She runs into a challenge common in novellas--it is difficult to develop deep and believable characters with fewer pages allotted. I wasn't as connected to the characters as I would have liked. I will definitely read Pagels in the future. In addition to her beautiful descriptions, she has dealt with a controversial topic in history. There are many Christian fiction books about the Civil War, but Pagels deals with the issues of hiding racial background and trying to reconcile with it, a more unusual topic in the CBA.




    **The author provided a copy in exchange for a review.**

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    I have to say if you are a Civil War history buff as I am and yo

    I have to say if you are a Civil War history buff as I am and you enjoy reading historical fiction then I suggest picking to short novella and giving it a try. Carrie did a very good job of creating characters that come to life on these pages. The added factors of suspense and drama with the historical aspect of this book made me not want to put it down, then there is a hint of romance in the book that I took as another little bonus. This book has it all.  What Angelina did was not only dangerous but brave, I am not sure I could have done that. I think Angelina was a very strong person and I liked how Matthew had an attraction to her.  I give this book a high recommendation to all, and be sure to have the next installment in this series ready to read.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    As a historical novelist, Carrie Fancett Pagels has a voice you

    As a historical novelist, Carrie Fancett Pagels has a voice you can trust. Woven into the story are rich historical details and cultural nuances that enriched the story and deepened the characters. I was delighted to find that this novella takes place during the ill-fated (for the North, anyway) Peninsula Campaign of 1862, and love the fact that the hero was part of a theatrical troupe! The novella's length makes it a pleasurable read that can be enjoyed in one or two days, yet still leaves the reader feeling satisfied at the end.
    ~Jocelyn Green, author of Widow of Gettysburg

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    Carrie Fancett Pagels has spun gold in her tale about a real and

    Carrie Fancett Pagels has spun gold in her tale about a real and beautiful place and time, with elements of romance and fiction told by a master story teller. This debut novella, part of the Civil War collection by Murray Pura, depicts the story of a Copperhead senator's son from Ohio who is conscripted by the Confederate army. Matthew Scott is a thespian whose theater troupe makes loose ties to John Wilkes Booth. Before he knows it, Matthew finds himself serving on the front lines in Virginia, and among the wounded transported to Shirley Plantation near Harrison's Landing.
    Angelina Rose is a 1/8 black former slave woman who would have gone North except for two things, her commitment to her niece and nephew still in slavery's grip, and a strong impression from the Lord to wait. When Matthew arrives as one of the wounded, they catch one another's eye.
    How will a Union man escape forced conscription into an army he does not sympathize with? Matthew faces this dilemma and others, wondering why the Lord has led him here. Could it be that God's leading could bring love, answers to long-standing questions of his past, and a new family he never imagined?
    This novella is a big story wrapped in a short package. A heart stealing cast of characters and a lovely, authentic, and well researched setting will delight every fan of historical fiction, and the sweet and satisfying romance will make you wish this book could go on forever.
    A great new voice from debut author Carrie Fancett Pagels will surely make you put her on your watch list of new talent.

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    Posted December 5, 2013

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