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The Quaker and the Rebel

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by Mary Ellis
 

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Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them.

Emily Harrison’s life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents’

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Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them.

Emily Harrison’s life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents’ work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there.

Alexander Hunt is the doctor’s handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems—rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily’s antislavery convictions.

The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
Governess Emily Harrison finds her peace-loving Quaker ways under attack during the Civil War. She walks a fine line between honoring her ideals—helping slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad—and serving her slave-holding Virginian employers with integrity. Soon, she must fight her growing attraction to her employer’s handsome nephew, Alexander Hunt, a seemingly spoiled and lazy slave owner. But Alexander is himself a Quaker trying to support the Rebel cause without violence. His secret nighttime missions have earned him the name “the Gray Wraith” and the ire of the enemy. Emily and Alexander must navigate lies, misunderstandings, betrayal, disparate convictions—and a war—in order to even consider a future together. Ellis (A Widow’s Hope) brings to life the hills and plantations of West Virginia, chaotic war-weary Richmond, and the plight of runaway slaves. She touches on faith lightly, primarily identifying it with Quaker ideals. While the pacing and relationship development are erratic, readers will find the book enjoyable and engrossing. Agency: Seymour Agency (Jan.)
From the Publisher

"I love Civil War-era romances, and I'm certainly a fan of this one. I'm hoping this is the first of many from Mary Ellis set in this time period!"
Laurie Kingery, author of The Preacher's Bride Claim

"The story moves quickly and kept me turning the pages...If you're compiling your 2014 reading list, for a quick and entertaining read, consider adding Mary Ellis's The Quaker and the Rebel."
Sandra Ardoin, sandraardoin.wordpress.com

"Mary Ellis has woven an intriguing historical story of honor, trust, and love. Readers will care about the characters and feel compelled to continue reading until all the issues are resolved. I highly recommend The Quaker and the Rebel to fans of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, and romance. If you are not a fan of one of these genres, you may just become one!"
Susan Simpson

"I am very impressed at how well the author handled both discussions and individual characters' thoughts because they seemed neither stilted nor unfitting for each character's education and station in society."
Carrie C. Wolfgang

"The Quaker and the Rebel is one of the best Civil War novels I've ever read. One thing I loved about this novel that I haven't seen in other novels about a Yankee and a Confederate falling in love is that neither sacrifices their principles and the issue of slavery is not watered down to make it palatable. That's what makes this novel so good, and it's what makes the obstacles between Alex and Emily seem so insurmountable. If you love Civil War fiction, I highly recommend this novel."
Tamera Lynn Kraft, author, tameralynnkraft.com

"Don't pick up The Quaker and The Rebel expecting just a romance. Because you'll get a whole lot more."
Dora Hiers, author of Heart Racing, God-Gracing Romance

"Mary is an excellent writer and I loved the twists and turns the book took along the way. The insights she gives into the daily lives of both the Quaker and the Southern lifestyles is enlightening. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Civil War."
Carol Lee Shevlin, Inn Keeper, Simple Pleasures Bed and Breakfast

"I very much enjoyed The Quaker and the Rebel. Keep up the good work, Mary."
—April Barnett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736950503
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2014
Series:
Civil War Heroines Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
482,810
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, and Living in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

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The Quaker and the Rebel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
Oh my word. Never before has a book changed my mind so strongly on any particular subject than     “The Quaker and the Rebel”by Mary Ellis! What a story! I have never been a fan of war romances… WWII, WWI or Civil war – but here I sit, a converted FAN! And I can not wait until the next book. This book will make you laugh, make you cry and it will give you an entirely new outlook on the Civil war era! Reading about the outcome of so many tragic battles and the stealth need to help abused slaves escape to freedom in a dry history book simply can not give you the same impact as reading about your heroine’s reaction to the horror and danger associated with the very same things. Mary Ellis gives us all of that - first through the eyes of a staunch Quaker who is disturbed by the Southern lack of understanding as to why owning another human being is wrong, and then through the eyes of a gentile southern gentleman who is trying to do everything he can to help his precious south move into the future with as little bloodshed as possible. It is an adventure that won’t soon be forgotten and it has given me an entirely new outlook on this portion of our country’s troubled past. I will never look at another Civil War battlefield the same way again, I can assure you! Not only that… the book is extremely well-written. You can hear the skirts swish, the hooves pound and even feel the pain of corset stays. The experiences are written with such emotion attached, as well as descriptive language. And, while it is not described in the ugliest terms, nothing about the tragedy and hardship about this particular time on our bloody history is glossed over. Mary Ellis has made a fan out of me - a new reader who is eagerly awaiting her next book and wondering if I dare read anyone else’s books, for fear that they may not be in the same ballpark. I suppose I have no other choice, at least until her next book arrives in stores. I shall have to haunt the local library and find anything else that I can and hope it is equally appealing. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
DTChantel More than 1 year ago
I've read quite a few historical romances over the years but very few can really pull you into the story in such a way that you feel you're actually living each moment of the characters' lives.  "The Quaker and the Rebel" by Mary Ellis is just such a novel. we are reintroduced to Emily Harrison, the plucky protagonist from the prequel short story "Romance on the River," who is now embarking on a whole new life.  She is headstrong, determined and very independent for a woman of her status and upbringing and you wouldn't normally expect a woman of her times to be so resourceful.  These were the qualities that made me take such a liking to her character.  She was also, as all great characters should be, quite flawed as well.  She was too impetuous at times, would speak before thinking and tended to see only one side of the picture.  But without these failings, she might have come across as a cardboard cutout instead of the extremely delightful and multi-layered character that she was. Mary Ellis' writing is outstanding and the plot flowed at a great pace, neither lagging nor rushing so fast that you couldn't get a feel for the time and place and immerse yourself into the story.  Civil War novels abound, but I would have to say that this one did the most to really get me to think about the day-to-day effects of the war on both sides.  Not only the North-South issue, but the slave vs. freedom issues as well.  There were many times I thought to myself, "well, I knew that but I never really thought about it in that way before."  With the exquisite detail that Mary provides, I felt like I was actually living during those times and felt for myself how things must have really been. I would definitely recommend this book as one of the finer examples of historical romance, and Civil War romance in particular, and if you're trying to choose among the many offerings out there, you can't go wrong with this one.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I connected with the characters, I enjoyed reading about the escapades of Emily and Alexander as they each did their part to help in the Civil War. I'm not usually a fan of war era books, no matter the war, but this one was interesting. I don't know much about historical accuracy, but Ms. Ellis did an excellent job of keeping me enthralled in the goings on in the Bennington and Hunt households as they dealt with their heritage and the war the best they could. ***I received this novel from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite The Quaker and the Rebel, book 1 in Mary Ellis’ Civil War Heroines Series, is an excellent and exciting start to this new series! Emily is beginning her life over in the south; however, she has not given up all of her old ways as she is continuing her secret work as an Underground Railroad Conductor. Alexander has noticed Emily, who works for his uncle as a governess. Alexander has secrets of his own as well. As Emily and Alexander spend more time together and get to know each other, their hearts are falling for each other. Yet, this is just the Emily and Alexander that they each know of the other, not the secret identities each of them has.  I really enjoyed spending time with Emily and Alexander in Mary Ellis’ new historical novel. Emily and Alexander are both strong, independent individuals and both their lives are affected by the Civil War. They have each chosen to support the war, but on opposing sides; however love does not care what side of the war a person is on. I have always enjoyed reading stories set during the Civil War and I was so excited to hear about this new series. This novel takes the reader right into the midst of the action and really shows how lives were completely changed because of this war. This is a story of love, betrayal, danger, and God’s guidance; one that historical fiction fans will really enjoy!
Tamera_Lynn_Kraft More than 1 year ago
The Quaker and the Rebel is one of the best Civil War novels I’ve ever read. During the war, Emily is a Quaker from Ohio who uses her job as a governess in the South as an avenue to continue her abolitionist activities on the underground railroad. Alexander was born a Southern gentleman and is from a family that owns slaves. He is so loyal to the Confederate cause that he has pledged his allegiance and his life to the Confederacy. Neither wants to fall in love with the enemy, but that’s what happens. And the results and horrific and heart-warming. One thing I loved about this novel that I haven’t seen in other novels about a Yankee and a Confederate falling in love is that neither sacrifices their principles and the issue of slavery is not watered down to make it palatable. That’s what makes this novel so good, and it’s what makes the obstacles between Alex and Emily seem so insurmountable. If you love Civil War fiction, I highly recommend this novel.
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
Emily Harrison is a Quaker who believes no person should be the property of another. After the death of her parents, she is hired as a governess by Dr. and Mrs. Bennington, a wealthy Virginia family--Confederates. She leaves her Ohio home to live in Virginia where she secretly carries on her parents' work with the Underground Railroad. Alexander Hunt is the nephew of the Benningtons. Seemingly uninvolved in the war, he is actually a colonel in charge of the rangers who raid Union supplies to help Confederate soldiers. He is, in fact, the notorious Gray Wraith. Sparks fly when Emily and Alexander meet. Despite their differences, though, an attraction grows. How can two such different people fall in love? Will their love survive the secrets they each harbor? What will happen when the war ends? Will the Gray Wraith be captured? Will Emily hang for treason? Mary Ellis has woven an intriguing historical story of honor, trust, and love. Readers will care about the characters and feel compelled to continue reading until all the issues are resolved. I highly recommend The Quaker and the Rebel to fans of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, and romance. If you are not a fan of one of these genres, you may just become one! Thanks, Mary, for another great story!
LaurieKingery More than 1 year ago
THE QUAKER AND THE REBEL by Mary Ellis, published by Harvest House publishers, is a delightfully different Civil War-era love story—different in that it wasn't the usual conquering-Yankee-officer-falls-for-feisty-Southern-belle story that historical readers saw a lot of decades past. In Ellis's novel, the heroine is a fiery Abolitionist who takes a job in a southern household so she can help slaves find their way to the Underground Railroad and freedom, only to fall in love with a Scarlet Pimpernel-like rebel officer who conducts raids on the Yankees while appearing not to have joined the Cause at all. I liked that neither the hero, nor the heroine, nor the southern household was stereotypical. Heroine Emily Harrison is not perfect—at the beginning she is haughty and judgmental about slave-owning southerners, and undergoes great character oath as she falls in love with hero Alexander Hunt and learns that all situations are not as cut-and-dried as they may first appear. Her employers have actually already freed most of their slaves, who remain to work for pay. Alexander falls for her because she isn't one of those fawning Southern belles, and she can't help but fall for him because he is gallant, daring and handsome—not at all the lazy, spoiled rich man he first appeared. Alexander and Emily have to experience danger and betrayal before they reach their happily-ever-after. I love Civil War-era romances, and I'm certainly a fan of this one. I'm hoping this is the first of many from Mary Ellis set in this time period! This book was provided free for review from the publisher. Laurie Kingery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emily Harrison is strong-willed and opinionated on topics she knows nothing about. She’s always in a temper, a holier-than-thou Yankee who thinks herself superior to dissipated Southerners. Alexander Hunt clearly sees all that. She’s patently wrong for him. So why can’t he get her out of his every waking thought? From a hardscrabble Ohio farm, Emily takes a position as governess for Margaret and Annie Bennington, Alexander’s cousins in Virginia. When their father sends them to Paris to avoid the war with the North, Emily stays as companion to their mother, Augusta. Her fiancé died in the Battle of Bull Run. There’s no one and nothing for her to go back to in Ohio. When they travel to Hunt Farms, Emily goes to work on the Underground Railroad. She has to lie continually about why she misses meals and is so tired. She feels justified, helping slaves escape from the evil, blackened hearts of the Southerners. And yet she comes to love the Benningtons and the Hunts. They’re good people despite slavery. As for Alexander, well, he’s an arrogant, lazy, rich Southern who must have gotten someone else to do his fighting for the Confederacy. She doesn’t know Alexander is the Gray Wraith, a Southern Robin Hood who’s stealing horses, food, medical supplies, and money from the Union Army. He leads his band with orders there be no killing and no profiteering.  Some of the men resent his edict and help themselves to blunder. His second-in-command believes Alexander is blinded by the Yankee “spy” and follows Emily to discover her activities. When Alexander dismisses nine men for an unauthorized raid, one of them reveals his identity to the Union. Both Emily and Alexander are in danger with nooses as their likely fate. Harvest House provided a free copy for the purpose of review. I was not required to make it positive.
klobucher More than 1 year ago
Awesome!! This is a must read. This book takes place during the Civil War, different from Mary's wonderful Amish novels but you will  love  it. I think that  The Quaker and the Rebel  could be classified with "Gone with the Wind", I am sure I will read this book more than once  Mary Ellis makes you feel like you are one of the characters. The homes and plantations were described beautifully, I even learned a little  more about the Civil War and the underground  railroad. I look forward to the next book in this series. This book would make a wonderful Christmas present