Title: On Grounds of Honor (My Brothers Flag #1)
Author: Rebekah Colburn
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Whether it is referred to as The War Between the States or the Civil War, this tale is captivating. If you love to read historical fiction, this book is one you’ll enjoy! The characters’ family name is Turner with the father, two grown sons and a large farm in Maryland. The Turners work hard each day from sunrise to sunset when the growing rumble of war edges closer to intruding upon the family’s life.
The Turner sons, Jeremiah and Charlie, have opposing views about the War. Their father urges calm, taking no part in dividing the family let alone the nation. However, soon it becomes apparent that the family can no longer live day-to-day as if the war is somewhere far away. Jeremiah is married to Clara and soon enlists. Clara must learn how to live without her husband, trying not to fear losing the love of her life and keep the home fires burning.
Charlie has been gone from the home and the family has little knowledge of where he is. All they feel they can do is pray for him daily. The author really drew me into this well-written, heart-gripping tale of a torn family, a lonely wife and father. Clara has her family close by and there are things occurring there that cause Clara’s heart to break. I have read many stories placed during this timeframe and each is unique; this one is no exception.
Audiences will find themselves engrossed and engaged in the family trials and that of the soldiers as they await battle or are engaged in the thick of gun smoke. The ending of the tale is written with both heartbreak and hope that to me is realistic. Read On Grounds of Honor and don’t be surprised if you find yourself burning the midnight oil continuously turning pages!
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