Stranger on My Land by Sandra M. Hart

Title:  Stranger On My Land (Civil War Romance Series #1)
Author:  Sandra Merville Hart
Pages:  92
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas   
My rating is 5+ stars out of 5
My heart and mind were instantly engaged in a tale that is set in 1863 on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee during the Civil War.  During the war, emotions, pain and suffering wore on both sides whether union or Confederate.  Here a family consisting of a young woman named Carrie and her brother Jay and all that they owned live in a cave while caring for an ailing elderly aunt since Carrie’s father went to serve in the army.
Attempting to remain hidden yet occasionally venture out to gather wood, water and necessities where possible was made more dangerous as the fighting on Lookout Mountain was neither diminishing nor the Union troops leaving.  Carrie and Jay were out early one morning gathering what they needed while the troops were fighting when they heard a quiet call for help, which is when a wounded Union soldier was discovered and taken back to the cave for care.
In time, it becomes apparent that Carrie is beginning to grow to love the Union soldier named Adam, and Adam is wondering if his budding love for her will grow into something more someday.  The novel was more than enjoyable due to the bravery Carrie had to act upon in order to save Adam yet keep her small family unit intact.  Carrie’s character is bolstered by her faith in God and continuous prayers lifted for those she knows and loves.
Adam is a man whose own personal faith is broken as he witnesses deplorable sites during battles and while living with the army.  Both Carrie’s and Adam’s faith are challenged during the war, but how God mends their hearts in the story is really touching.  I highly recommend Sandra Melville Hart’s short story as a way to be reminded of what others endured during a totally different time period as well as to experience the hope that God restores in the lives and hearts of the characters.  Though fictional the characters can remind all of us to lean on the Lord, allowing Him to touch us, encourage us and restore our hearts.
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