More than a century ago, an actual Civil War soldier wrote heartfelt secrets to the woman he loved. In his letter, the soldier asks that this woman take his written message:
“…to your heart, and [may] my love be entwined around your heart as the grapevine
around the bush. Long may it stand with you and never be forgotten.”
Author Terra Lynee read the letter from this soldier, who was also her ancestor, in the 1990s. This reading led her to consider the many soldiers of the Civil War who never made it home to their loves. Also in the ‘90s, Lynee inherited her great-grandmother’s Bible. It contained written thoughts and prayers in the margins—a tradition that other family members also practiced. Lynee was inspired by how we are linked to the family that came before us, as we experience love and face tragedies. The result of that inspiration is the novel, Nathan’s Fate.
Nathan’s Fate falls into the genres of Christian Fiction and Historical Fiction. While fighting for the Union, a soldier, Nathan, is faced with choosing between life with his fiancée, Lydia, and saving fellow soldiers on the battlefield. His choice changes his path and his love’s future.
- The book’s setting moves between two periods of war: The Civil War and the War in the Middle East, yet it is more a tale of love than of conflict.
- Lydia’s life is linked to that of her descendants through a Bible and through her practice of putting her prayers into writing.
- Nathan and Lydia are a Civil War couple connected to a modern-day couple—Sara and Dillon.
- Sara is descended from Lydia, while Nathan and Dillon are united by the women they adore and their service as soldiers.