Cassie Kendrick was desperate. Enough so to attempt the unthinkable. Would it work? Disguised as a young man, she successfully enlists in the Union army under the name of Thomas Turner, for Cassie would rather be listed as a casualty of war than be forced into an atrocious marriage by her drunken, abusive father.
"Patience, Gabriel. The Almighty has a hard time using those who keep running ahead o'him . . . . "
Gabriel Avery's career takes a huge leap forward when he is commissioned by a renowned photographer to catalog war images from behind the front lines. It's a chance of a lifetime and his determination to succeed matches his winsome personality. Taking a liking to a shy young soldier, Thomas Turner, Gabe trusts Thomas with many personal conversations around the evening campfires, only to discover that he has been duped. Furious, he shoves friendship aside and chooses to harbor an unforgiving spirit, until he realizes what a fool he has been.
" . . where dandelions bloom, hope remains". Tara Johnson has penned an extraordinarily good story, planting plenty of life lessons in between historical events and romantic moments.
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Back Cover Blurb:
Cassie Kendrick is on the run. Her abusive father arranged her marriage to a despicable man, but she’s discovered an escape. Disguised as a man, Cassie enlists in the Union army, taking the name Thomas Turner. On the battlefields of the Civil War, keeping her identity a secret is only the beginning of her problems, especially after she meets Gabriel Avery, a handsome young photographer.
Anxious to make his mark on the world and to erase the darkness and guilt lurking from his past, Gabriel works with renowned photographer Matthew Brady to capture images from the front lines of the war. As Gabriel forges friendships with many of the men he encounters, he wonders what the courageous, unpredictable Thomas Turner is hiding.
Battling betrayal, their own personal demons, and a country torn apart by war, can Cassie and Gabriel learn to forgive themselves and trust their futures to the God who births hope and healing in the darkest places?
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