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Sweet Glory: A Novel
     

Sweet Glory: A Novel

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by Lisa Y. Potocar
 
Reluctant to shed her riding trousers and fully submerse herself in her role as a growing woman, Jana Brady joins the Union army in the fight for her country. Hoping for Sweet Glory, she cuts her hair and disguises herself as a young cavalryman, eager to fight the Rebels, aided by Leanne Perham, another girl from town who has donned the Union blues. Disguised as

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Reluctant to shed her riding trousers and fully submerse herself in her role as a growing woman, Jana Brady joins the Union army in the fight for her country. Hoping for Sweet Glory, she cuts her hair and disguises herself as a young cavalryman, eager to fight the Rebels, aided by Leanne Perham, another girl from town who has donned the Union blues. Disguised as Johnnie and Leander, Jana and Leanne form a close connection with other misfits in their unit, twelve-year-old Charlie, who's hidden his age to provide for his ma, and Irishman Keeley, who inspires men to abandon their inner conflicts and band together. Jana comes to greatly admire Keeley, who frequently needles Johnnie about the occasional appearance of feminine attributes.

While Jana enjoys the camaraderie within her unit, soldiering and nursing severely test her notions of glory in war. And the possibility of dying as a man hits home when she witnesses a man and his disguised bride die hand in hand on the battlefield. Jana determines to find a way home, with the blossoming incentive of renewing a relationship with Keeley once she is again living as a woman. But this possibility seems even more unlikely when Keeley is captured and Jana is hit by a bullet. Will she be able to rescue him from the Confederates' clutches? And will Keeley love her for her true self? Lisa Potocar masterfully interweaves a moving love story with a sweeping portrayal of the heartache of the Civil War and the courage of key figures in history.

'This book combines historical accuracy with romance and a suspenseful narrative that will keep readers hooked.'

-Publisher's Weekly

Sweet Glory won First Place in the Young Adult category of the 2009 Maryland Writers' and SouthWest Writers' Novel Contests.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613467145
Publisher:
Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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Sweet Glory: A Novel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
As a fan of historical fiction I love discovering new authors whose works make me stay up late at night because I simply can’t put their books down. That’s exactly the case with “Sweet Glory” which kept me up till 2am because I simply couldn’t go to sleep without finishing it. I love reading about Civil War with all its glory, battle scenes, high society, espionage, and of course the struggle for what is right, but when the author brings such a delightful protagonist as Jana in the mix – I’m one happy reader! I love strong female characters, and Jana is as strong as it gets. I mean, how many girls back then would dare cut their hair off and join the army pretending to be a man? But not only her incredible courage and patriotism make Jana such an admirable character; her compassion and the way she looked after her friends, comrades, and even her enemies later into the novel made me respect her even more. This meticulously researched novel deals not only with the Civil War itself; it raises a lot of other important social issues, such as a woman’s place in a man’s world (at least that’s how it was back then), prejudice against not only different races but also nationalities, domestic violence and many more. I can go on and on enumerating all the merits of this beautifully written novel, but I’d rather let you read it and discover them for yourselves. Highly recommended!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Sweet Glory by Lisa Y. Potocar combines elements of adventure, history, and coming of age to offer both young and adult readers great entertainment. Disguised as a man, Jana Brady joins the Union Army to defend her country. With a new identity, she meets a woman like her and other young men. But what awaits them might not be the sweet glory she’s dreamed about. She gets to experience the evils and misery of war at very close quarters and begins to question why she even decided to join the army. Things take a turn for the worse when Jana gets hit by a bullet and when the very man she’s hoped to develop a romance with is captured. Can she make it out of the mess, and can her fate and that of Keeley the Irishman be linked in any way? Lisa Y. Potocar has a great gift for character and plot. As a debut novel, Sweet Glory is a huge success. The prose is beautiful, peppered with powerful descriptions that allow the reader to have a complete picture of the setting and the characters. I enjoyed the way the author integrated historical elements of the Civil War into this tale. There are many surprising plot points that enhance the already overwhelming sense of suspense, making readers worried about the fate of the protagonist and wondering about the outcome of the story. Jana Brady is a well-crafted character and readers will enjoy her in her friendships with others, but most of all, they will love to watch her face her illusions. The romance that develops within the story adds spice to the intense action. This book is a rewarding read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story of the conflicts of the Civil War through the eyes of a young woman disguised as a young man. She’s daring, she’s tough and she’s an inspiration. Wonderful characterizations with a fast moving plot keep the reader turning the page in this well-researched story. This is a story that did happen so many times, and Ms. Potocar tells it beautifully. It’s going straight to my granddaughter’s reading list.
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LASARTOR More than 1 year ago
In this Young Adult Novel-Sweet Glory-set in the period of the Civil War, we meet heroine Jana Brady, a spunky, strong and resourceful young woman who craves adventure. Even when it appears her craving will be the end of her, Jana doesn’t back away, strong in her beliefs. Meeting Keeley Cassidy, Leanne Perham, and Charlie Watson only makes her stronger. The quartet go through the perils of the war together, finding camaraderie, love and life’s calling. The meticulousness of Lisa Potocar’s research plays through the book, so while reading the adventures Jana undertakes, you get a lesson about war, justice, the region. You get to see behind the scenes in a realistic approach that I found refreshing and candid. Lisa is working on her next book, and I can’t wait for it to come out. Great debut novel.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Sixteen year old Jana Brady had grown up listening to war stories and adventures from her grandfather. She soaked up these stories and yearned to live the adventure herself. She wore trousers like a man and could out shoot most men. Hunting and fishing was her sport, not housework. The most important times were spent with her father picking up runaways for the underground railroad. Helping them to the best they could on their journey to Cananda. Speaking with Leanna a girl from town Jana decided she would join Leanna, disguised as young men, and signup with the Union Calvary. Now dressed in Union blues Jana now known as Johnnie and Leanna known as Leander would move out with the rest of the Union soldiers to fight the Rebels. They made friends with a 12 year old Charlie and an Irishman by the name of Keeley. This would be the ultimate adventure for Jana. After a face to face with Johnnie, Keeley was not convinced that Johnnie was a guy. He kept trying to trip Johnnie up hoping for the soldier to reveal his real self, which was surely a female. The troop spent so much time training that it had all of them in a sore mood because they wanted to fight the Rebels now. But when the killing started and it was time to recover the injured and dead they were ready for the war to end. All the while the foursome, Johnnie, Leander, Charlie and Keeley were there for each other and became close friends. I think I went through this book faster than I have read a book in a long time. So I guess you can say I enjoyed the book and that is stating it mildly. The book brought up things about the Civil War to the point I had to keep a box of tissues in my lap. I did not want to take a break or go to bed. I stayed up until I had read the whole book. The author pointed out how badly women in the medical field other roles in the war were treated by men. But being tough women they usually were able to put the verbal abuser in their place. It angers me that women had so little rights even then. This was the later of the 1800's not that long ago. This was when my great-grandmother lived and I do remember her. I am hoping there will be another book about Jana and her friends as they build their lives after the war was over. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Lisa Potocar/Tate Publishing for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.