"Cora Mae . . . I know you're powerful scared behind that fierce face of yours. Don't let it turn into hate. . . The good Lord says we are to love our enemies and pray for those who bring us pain."
"Love her enemies" . . . did the good Lord know when He spoke those words that those enemies would come into her town, destroy her livelihood, separate her from a most beloved mother, and demand that Cora Mae and the daughter-of-her-heart move away from everything familiar? As the Union army marches closer and closer to Atlanta, does the kindness of a young sergeant mean enough for Cora Mae and June to sign away their allegiance in order to survive? There are no easy choices, and while Sergeant Ethan Howard might have begun to worm his way into her affections, war offers no guarantees; besides, Cora Mae left her future carefully wrapped up in a promise back home.
"Hope is on the inside. Even if the vessel is battered and scarred. Hope can live within."
A touching glimpse into history, personified by two individuals on opposite sides of the river, so to speak, whose ability to draw strength and courage from their faith changed not only their own lives, but the lives of so many around them.
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars
Cora Mae Stewart’s world collapses when Sherman destroys the Georgia cotton mill where she works and has her arrested for treason and sent North. Faced with impossible choices, she does what she must to keep a little girl safe in an unhospitable land.
Convinced he won’t survive the war, Union Sergeant Ethan Howard determines to make his death count for something. But Cora Mae gives him a reason to live. Trouble is, he’s just arrested her on Sherman’s orders, and torn her from home and family.
Sergeant Howard is the last person Cora Mae wants to forgive, and the only man who can bring her all the way home.