Tuesday, March 14, 2023

BEYOND WOUNDED HEARTS by Cynthia Roemer, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

A heartfelt story telling of Adelaide, who is injured during the fall of Richmond in the closing days of the Civil War. Luke, a Union soldier, saves her and looks after her, though his attentions are not welcome. Addie is bitter toward God and the Union troops who she considers usurpers. She has a long road to healing, recovery and forgiveness.
This is a layered story with spiritual lessons to learn. God is faithful and even uses perceived enemies for our benefit. And His will prevails in the end. God can change the stoniest heart back to Him and make a family when Addie has lost everything.

I like the way Ms. Roemer wove real people and events into the story. She also gave warmth to the characters of Luke, his mother and his sister. She told a story with a rich heritage behind it to help us see that God was with His people on both sides of the conflict.
This was a great companion book to Beyond These War Torn Lands, Drew and Caroline’s story. I look forward to more from this author.

* I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a solid faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
They were North and South ~ Faithful and Faithless

After suffering disabling burns during the fall of Richmond, Adelaide Hanover awakens in a hospital alone and destitute, escalating her already stanch hatred for Yankees. When the Union soldier who freed her from the rubble begins paying her visits, she wants nothing to do with him … or his faith. Yet, his persistent kindness penetrates her resolve and forges a much-needed friendship. But after a dangerous man threatens Addie, she flees Richmond, intent on solving the mystery to her aunt’s dying wish before he does.

Haunted by a tragic failure in his past, Corporal Luke Gallagher takes Adelaide’s plight on as his own. Though his strong beliefs collide with his growing feelings for her, he offers his family’s home as a place to convalesce. Adelaide’s initial rejection, followed by her sudden willingness to accept his benevolence, hints there’s more to the decision than a mere change of heart. When trouble follows her, endangering her safety, as well as his family’s, Luke must lay his life and his convictions on the line to save them. 

Scrivenings Press, March 14, 2023
Available in digital ebook, and paperback 

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