The Lady and the Officer

The Lady and the Officer

by Mary Ellis


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The Lady and the Officer by Mary Ellis

Bestselling author Mary Ellis (A Widow’ s Hope) presents The Lady and the Officer, Book 2 of her new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women and the men who love them.

Serving for a brief time as a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederate Home Guard. But even though Maddy makes her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a soldier from the North.

However, Colonel Haywood has never forgotten the beautiful nurse, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. But while rubbing elbows with army officers and cavalry generals and war department officials in her aunt and uncle’ s palatial home, Maddy overhears plans for a Confederate attack in northern Virginia. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends?

Maddy’ s heart is pulled between wanting to be loyal to those who care for her and wanting to help the man she believes is on the right side of the conflict. Two men love her. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring a devastation of their own?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736950541
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Series: Civil War Heroines Series , #2
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 Lady and the Officer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
"The Lady and the Officer" by Mary Ellis is quite an excellent read! I highly recommend it! What a story!  This story is so different from The Quaker and the Rebel and yet... so much the same.  THIS time, we are seeing the war from the eyes of a well-to-do "yankee" instead of a quietly rebellious Quaker.  However, both stories have our heroine living with staunch southern supporters and it is an intriguing conundrum to say the least. I highly commend Mary Ellis for being able to switch viewpoints so drastically and write each so convincingly! WOW! I knew Mary was a terrific writer after reading the two previous books but this story has shown me a new depth to that talent and I am in awe! Ironically, seeing this series from so many perspectives has me wondering where my own loyalties would have lain had I been living in the time. I always thought I knew but reading about these heroines and their ideals - and the men they fall for... and their ideals - has me wondering. And that is the best kind of book - one that gets under your skin and into your heart and REALLY makes you think! Review © JCMorrows 2015
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Lady and the Officer by Mary Ellis was a sweeping Civil War story depicting one woman’s life and decisions during the last two years of that most brutal war. Having been widowed due to the war, Madeline Howard has also lost her late husband’s business (he was a horse breeder), her home, and purpose in Pennsylvania. Being a Yankee through and through, she still decided she needed to move to Richmond, Virginia to seek shelter with her wealthy Uncle, Aunt, and cousin. However, before she leaves she has managed to capture the attention of a Union officer by the name of James Downing. He implores her to stay on the North side during the war however she feels she still needs to go to family. Since there is nothing James can do while the war is going on, he promises to write and vows to her and (himself) that he will find her after the war. Now what I found very fascinating was how Madeline, being from the north and very much wanting the Union to win, has learned how to live her daily life in the very capital of the Confederacy. How she still loves her family and they her, yet they have very opposing views. There is intrigue, spies, and a bit of a love triangle when a Confederate soldier steps into her life in Richmond making Madeline’s decisions more complicated. This is my first Mary Ellis book and her romantic historical had me right there experiencing the South with Madeline. This story was very unpredictable and I so very enjoyed the resolution of this book. One particular scene was just amazing to me with how it played out. Thank you to the The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) for my review copy. The opinions are my own.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.  Mary Ellis is awesome at telling a story.  While reading The Lady and the Officer I could picture the scenes she painted.  This book was so interesting that I feel it could be made into a movie, not that it would do the book justice.  The Lady and the Officer is book two in the Civil War Heroine Series, the first book is called The Quaker and the Rebel.  I did not have to read the first book to love this one.  But after reading how Ellis writes I am dying to read more of her books.  I could not put this book down! Madeline has had her share of hardships in her life and she is still so young!  When almost everything has been taken from you, little things can set you off.  That’s exactly what happened when some soldiers were ruining the flowers in Madeline’s garden.  One of those soldiers was General James Downing.  Ever since meeting him Madeline begins to feel in a way she never thought she would again.  And James can’t shake his fascination of her either.   It was so interesting learning more about the civil war times.  Ellis helped me imagine how hard it would have been back then.  When son was turned against father, and soldiers took things whether they were freely given or not.  I couldn’t imagine watching someone walk off with my livestock and not doing something about it.  The Lady and the Officer is a great love story with many great twists and turns.  It was hard to put down, and kept me dying to know what was going to happen next.  I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction of any type.  You will not regret reading this book! I can promise you that!  I received a copy of this book from the author, Harvest House Publishers, and TBCN in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.  
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
  *Book Description*                                   Madeline Howard  can't believe she's managed to become so frivolous as to worry about her flowers being stomped on by her dear Union army. After losing her sweet husband Tobias, her home, her possessions, and even the horses she desperately tried to hide, she has no choice but to move to Richmond, VA...the heart of the enemy's territory. When Union General, James Downing comes to her rescue more then once, she can't help but fall in love. But does James feel the same? Desperately trying to help her country, Madeline finds herself doing things she would never dream of doing otherwise. Will her family forgive her? And will she ever be in her beloved James' arms again?   James misses the pretty Mrs. Howard he rescued, more then he ever thought possible. After seeing Madeline only a few times, he can't help but put himself in danger for the sweet spitfire of a woman enveloping his dreams. When his thoughts begin to endanger him and his troops, he knows he must keep his focus on his men instead of his one true love. But when a mysterious photo shows up, will his trust in Madeline fizzle?   Elliot Haywood isn't just indebted to the woman that saved his life, he's in love with her. Only, everytime he wishes to express his feelings Mrs. Haywood stops him, saying she is in love with another. Willing himself to be just her friend, his heart is breaking. When comes a choice that could either save or endanger Madeline, will he allow his heart to shatter for her sake?                                                                                    *What I liked* I sincerely loved this book. Every bit of it. Mary created sincere characters, a believable,endearing story line, and real danger & suspense. Into my top 5 it goes!! I stayed up forever reading it! I loved seeing how the people on both sides handled the tragedys...from a young girl yearning for ball to a preacher who lost his church.  So emotional! Actually, the fact that I live in VA, just 20+ minutes from Lynchburg and a little under 2 hrs from Richmond, made it very intriguing as well!!                                                                                     *What I didn't like* The main thing people wouldn't like is the deceiving going on throughout the book. However, Madeline makes up for her wrongdoings and ,really, what would we do in her place? Mary really redeems Madeline's faults and turns it into suspense...yay!  *I received this complimentary book from Harvest House publishers in exchange for my honest review, I was not compensated in any other way.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Lady and The Officer,***** Civil War Heroines Series, book 2 by Mary Ellis Madeline Howard loved her peaceful home in Cashtown, Pennsylvania, but the battle in Gettysburg shattered that peacefulness—and her home, forever. Now she must make her way to her Aunt Clarisa and Uncle John Duncan's home in Richmond, VA—even though her heart remains in Pennsylvania and with General James Downing of the Union Army. At her aunt's home she soon meets Colonel Elliott Hayward of the Confederate Army. Elliot is falls in love with Madeline, but he learns her heart belongs to another. One day Madeline accidentally overhears a discussion regarding the Confederate's plans for the Union Army, giving her the perfect opportunity to “spy” and pass along this important information. But Madeline is torn, she wants to save James and put an end to the war quickly but how can she betray her beloved family and Elliott, who is now a friend? How does one go about spying when they have always been an honest, godly woman? What if she is caught? Will God and her family forgive her for spying? If she has to choose between James and Elliott, who will she pick? I enjoyed reading The Lady and the Officer very much. I can picture the scenes in my mind as I read the story. I am not sure if I could have even considered spying in order to gain information to pass along to the “other side”. The characters feelings and struggles are clearly shown regarding the terrible war in which families loyalties were often on different sides. I loved the characters in this story and would like to see them in the next book. ~~I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network for my honest review~~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A/N: I just wated to say thank you to the first reveiw of my book. You are awesome. Stay Gold, NEGU ((Never Ever Give Up)), and MOR COWBELL!!! <p> Amelia was jolted from side to side as her neighbor Miss Gonzalez drove her old truck along the bumpy, hole riddled Bell Avenue in Fortsmith, Arkansas.<br> Miss Gonzalez was driving Amelia to the tiny airport across town so she could fly to Louisville, Kentucky to live with her Aunt Penelope and Uncle Monroe for the summer.<br> She sighed and pulled out her drawing pad and colored pencil she had gotten from her parents for her 12 birthday last week. <br> Amelia opened up the box of colored pencils and pulled out a pretty sky blue, the color of her eyes. She began to color a blue dress. She put the colored pencil back and pulled out a golden yellow, the color of her blonde curls.<br> When Amelia finished coloring, she looked at the finished product. A girl with a blue dress and blue eyes and blonde curls was holding hands with a woman with a woman with the same eyes but curly caramel hair and a man wih blonde hair and brown eyes. <br> Miss Gonzalez parked the truck. "Here we are, sweetie! The airport!" The young woman said. Amelia put her drawing away and shouldered her backpack, opening the truck door. <p> A/N: sorry for so many authors notes! Anyways, sorry this chapter was so short. Hopfully the next one will be longer. It just seemed like a good place to finish. Thanks for reading! ~ &#10023 Hendi &#10023 (mor cowbell!)
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
The Lady and the Officer is a Civil War tale. What sets this one apart from some of the others is it is told from both sides of the war. In the beginning of the book, Madeline Howard is a widow, her husband having been killed in the early days of the war. She is trying to keep up their horse farm in Pennsylvania. As the Battle of Gettysburg comes to her doorstep, she finds herself in the crosshairs of both armies. General John Downing, a Union general comes to her aide and finds a place in her heart. Even he cannot prevent the loss of all her horses or the destruction of her home. When the battle is over, Madeline finds herself homeless and without the means to pursue her livelihood. Her only surviving family is serving the Confederacy in Richmond, VA. Madeline makes her way south and is lovingly taken in by her aunt and family. Her loyalties still to the Union cause, Madeline believes that she has a moral duty to be on the alert for any information which might be of use to the Northern troops so she can pass it on. She never thinks about what her duplicity might mean to those who have loved and befriended her. This book takes an interesting point of view by looking at war from both sides. Both sides of the Civil War had good, honorable Americans who were just trying to be loyal to their friends and neighbors. Both sides had people who were willing to betray and steal from those who trusted them. I received this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review
VicG More than 1 year ago
Mary Ellis in her new book, &ldquo;The Lady and the Officer &rdquo; Book Two in the Civil War Heroines series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Madeline Howard. From the back cover:  Love, loyalty and espionage&hellip;how does a lady live with all three? Serving for a brief time as a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederate Home Guard. But even though Maddy makes her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a soldier from the North. However, Colonel Haywood has never forgotten the beautiful nurse, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. But while rubbing elbows with army officers and cavalry generals and war department officials in her aunt and uncle&rsquo;s palatial home, Maddy overhears plans for a Confederate attack in northern Virginia. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends? Maddy&rsquo;s heart is pulled between wanting to be loyal to those who care for her and wanting to help the man she believes is on the right side of the conflict. Two men love her. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring a devastation of their own? The Civil War has taken everything she has, her husband, her home, her  livelihood. The only option she has left is to leave the North and travel to Richmond Va, the Capital of the Confederacy, to live with her aunt and uncle. Maddy is in love with a Northern General however a Southern Colonel is in love with her. On top of that Maddy overhears war plans for an attack on the North. So she risks everything to get these plans to the General.This is an exciting story with the events of The Civil War being played out as Maddy finds herself in an incredibly dangerous situation.  And it is a romance too.  This book is a lot of fun and it entertains you as you keep flipping pages as you try to find out what is going to happen next.  Ms. Ellis has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace.  Her characters are wonderful and she gives them life and unique voices.  A really enjoyable read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission&rsquo;s 16 CFR, Part 255: &ldquo;Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.&rdquo;
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I don't typically read books centered around war, but this one caught my attention. I stopped midway through because I was afraid for Madeline, but it kept calling me to finish. I had to know how it turned out. It was good--very good. I liked the sacrifice and love required to produce the satisfying ending.  I received the above from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. I've given you my honest opinion.
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
After the battle of Gettysburg and the destruction of her house, young widow Madeline Howard travels to Virginia to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin.  Though now in Confederate territory, Madeline remains loyal to the Union and to General James Downing, a Union Army corps commander. While in Richmond, Madeline again meets Colonel Haywood, the Confederate officer she nursed during her one-day stint as a nurse in a Northern hospital. The colonel has never forgotten Madeline and is determined to win her heart.  Madeline, though, wants to do whatever she can to help the Union and James, including passing along military information she overhears. Will Madeline have to face the consequences of her actions? What will happen to her and her family when they are forced to flee Richmond?  Will Colonel Haywood capture her heart or will she be able to have a future with James?  Will the war drag on forever? Mary Ellis has written a wonderful story weaving together elements of history, romance, and intrigue.  Madeline is a strong, believable character with whom readers can easily identify.  If you like history and romance, you will surely enjoy Mary Ellis' The Lady and the Officer. Susan Simpson
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
 This was a very enjoyable book.  I had no idea that women acted as spies to carry information to the officers in the Civil War.  I would like to seek more information on this topic for my own personal research and learning.   I loved the romance involved in the story.   Some of the more tedious details of war and battles did not interest me though and I was not as enthused with those parts of the story.   The way the wealthy family took to growing their own food to survive was highly engaging to me.  I also really liked reading about the market.   I recommend this book to other readers who enjoy historical romance and I rate it 4 Stars!   I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 
klobucher More than 1 year ago
Awesome. The Lady and the  Officer is a must read, It takes place during the Civil War, Madeline Howard is a very strong  willed  Northerner , she is a widow, she lost her husband during the  War, then she lost  her  farm and her livelihood  and is forced to move  South with family, but her heart stayed in the North. Madeline  meets two  Gentleman  Officers , one from the North and One from The South, she  has  The  Good Lord  and her heart  to help her decide  where here heart  belongs.  
TerrriL More than 1 year ago
Madeline Howard meets Union General James Downing during the battle of Gettysburg. She's been a widow for two years, and now James captures her attention. When she loses her Pennsylvania home during the battle, and with no other family, she goes to Richmond to live with her aunt. Aunt Clarisa's family accepts her into their home with no thought of the Civil War going on around them. The neighbors also seem to blithely accept her presence. Madeline and James try to correspond, but for some reason, she's aroused the hostility of his adjutant, who burns the general's letters. In Richmond, she also has to deal with the maid's ire. Why Clarisa kept the lazy maid is hard to understand. She comes to the notice of Colonel Elliot Haywood, who vies for her affection despite her telling him she favors someone in the north. After a time, she uses his friendship and her uncle's position in Jefferson Davis' government to learn Confederate secrets to send north by way of a fisherman. I didn't always like Madeline. In the brief periods of time she was with James, she often got irritated and snapped at him. Granted, her life hasn't been easy the last few years. Her relationship with Elliot was more interesting. He was a good man, but on the wrong side. I'm not very familiar with the Civil War era, but kept wondering if a Northern would really have been so welcome in the South.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of reading The Lady and the Officer by Mary Ellis, the second in her Civil War Heroine Series. I hate to admit that I&rsquo;m not great retaining the history I learned in school, but you don&rsquo;t have to know everything about the Civil War in order to truly appreciate this series. These books have left a lasting impression on me. Ms. Ellis does a great job describing through dialogue between characters how no one wins in the war - no matter which side is victorious. She is wonderful at showing how it affected everyone equally, no matter which side you were fighting for and whether you were on the front lines or tucked away in a small town. Even though my personality is opposite that of Madeline, I was able to relate to her from the beginning and found her strength to be admirable. I totally fell in love with Aunt Clarisa, Uncle John, and Eugenia, not to mention Micah and Esther. True to Ms. Ellis&rsquo; character, she creates men that are worthy of respect, choose the better road, and remind me of my husband because of their integrity, treatment of women, and family values. I had a hard time figuring out which suitor to root for to win Madeline&rsquo;s heart: Colonel Haywood or General Downing. I truly loved them both. They both possessed qualities which made them attractive and a great fit for any woman. This book, though, was much more than merely a romance. It told a deeper story. And it made me question what I would&rsquo;ve done had I been in Madeline&rsquo;s shoes. Would I have chosen to help the Union while living under the roof of Confederates or would I have sought safety in a Union state, worrying about those I loved? Ms. Ellis showed so vividly that when war is involved, there really is no &ldquo;black and white.&rdquo; The lines are blurred and the &ldquo;bad guys&rdquo; aren&rsquo;t necessarily bad - they are just motivated by love of country, love of Christian values (abolition of slavery) and love of family. That is a question that thankfully many of us don&rsquo;t have to answer in such a harsh way but still&hellip;this book raised it and made me think. Ms. Ellis described the atmosphere surrounding the war so beautifully - I could feel the hunger as the women rationed their food, allowing the men to eat their fill so they would remain healthy and able to fight, I could feel Eugenia&rsquo;s loneliness as parties, friends, and suitable callers were scarce during this devastating time, I could smell the stench of the hospital as men lay dying from disease and infection. and I could see the captives in the prison and feel their pain of separation from those they love, across enemy lines. I could even feel the hatred from the few in the book who held contempt for others and had become hardened in the war, whatever their personal reasons. I think my ultimate favorite part of the book was the scene when Madeline finally reached the man she loved. Without giving anything away, the integrity and selfless sacrifice of one man to the other was moving&hellip;Ms. Ellis wrote in such a way that I will forever have that beautiful memory in my head. I can&rsquo;t wait to read the next book in this series. History is coming to life for me and allowing me to think deeper about a time in America&rsquo;s past that shouldn&rsquo;t be forgotten. Thank you, Ms. Ellis, for your beautiful words and bringing a time period in America&rsquo;s history to life for me.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The Lady and The Officer, takes place during the Civil War, a war that tore our Country apart. This is Madeline Howards story, and a remarkable woman she was, loosing her new husband to the war, then loosing her home, and livelihood, she embarks across enemy lines to stay with the only family she has remaining, in the Capital of the Confederacy, Richmond Va. With her loyalties lying with the North she is now living with her Aunt and Uncle and Cousin in the South. Not only that, but her Uncle works directly with Jefferson Davis, President of The Confederacy. Before she left the North she had an encounter with a Union General, James Dowling, and now she is in the South with Col Elliot Haywood, the only patient, her one-day of nursing, she saved. Now there are two men who are vying for her, and it takes until the end of the book to find out whom God has chosen for her. I loved seeing how these people lived during this tough time, Madeline&rsquo;s family are rather well off, but times and circumstances of the War sure change things. With all the death, and hardships that War brings, we watch these people dig in and give to those who are less fortunate. There are also tidbits of real facts about what is going on at this time, such a black mark on our beloved Country. We of course, living way in the future from this time, know what happens, and who wins, but in a way everyone was a looser. I felt the only way any of them survived was because of their great faith in God, no mater which church they worshiped in. Journey with Madeline on this historic visit and decisions that alter all of their lives, you will be glad you picked up this book. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
5 stars ***** out of 5 Historical Novel This novel is set in the Ozark Mountains, and by what I have read in other books, it is a great setting if you want to write a book that deals superstitions. Mental health, and Spook-lights are just two of them explored in this book.( I should mention that Spook-light is not just superstition, it is true) The story starts with a shout, as U.S. Marshall Ian Cowley tries to run down the outlaw. Lyric has more than an unusual name to cause her to shy away from the general public, her ill mother, the house they live in and more. Lori Copeland weaves a tale that kept me on edge through out story, reading in long stretches as I followed the people. There were times, as I was reading at night that I looked for the light, so vivid did she write about the things around the characters. And the hole in the barn? Well, I guess you need to read the book to find out about that!  I received this Ebook free from Harvest House Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.