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WITH THIS PLEDGE by Tamera Alexander, Reviewed by Susan Snodgrass

'Sometimes life on this side of the veil is far more difficult than I think it should be. But then, God promises to not eliminate suffering.'


Every so often you read a book, that when you finish, you can't even bear to pick up another to read. I stayed up late to finish this powerful story and then the characters populated my dreams and held my mind captive for a long time. This is such a book.

November 30, 1864. Franklin, Tennessee. The Civil War is raging. Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Clouston is a governess for the McGavocks at their home, Carnton. The battle of Franklin begins that day and rages for 8 hours and kills nearly 10,000 men. Carnton is immediately turned into a field hospital, so full of men undergoing surgery that they spill onto the lawn and beyond. The battlefield is clearly visible from Carnton's windows and it is vicious. So vicious that one soldier said, 'It was as if the devil had full possession of the earth.' An actual soldier of the battle …

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