Monday, October 17, 2011

A great time for Civil War fiction

April marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. Fort Sumter's guns echoed in publications such as Smithsonian Magazine, accompanying a spate of new Christian fiction. What I had feared dead, interest in Civil War has actually revived in several new releases.

Golden Keyes Parsons has one coming out in November called His Steadfast Love.
The Civil War—a defining time of great sacrifice, change, and betrayal which will determine the fate of the Nation. It isn’t until it comes into her very home that Amanda Belle must face impossible choices of love, loss, and loyalty.

I just read and reviewed another, called Love's Raid by Darlene Franklin.
Clara Farley thinks she'll never marry so she draws up plans to run a school for girls in Maple Notch, Vermont during the Civil War. Daniel Tuttle has returned from war without one of his arms, and believes no woman would have him. He serves as town constable during a rash of bank robberies on the heals of a Confederate raid in a nearby town. As the robberies threaten his family's banking business as well as her plans for the school, Daniel must prove himself competent to the town, to Clara and to himself by solving the crime and catching the criminals. But as he gets closer to the culprit, will he drive away the woman who finally might consider him a suitor?

Yet another is Vickie McDonough's Long Trail Home.
A weary soldier returns from the War Between the States to discover his parents dead, his family farm in shambles, and his fiancée married. Riley Morgan takes a job at the Wilcox School for Blind Children and tries to make peace with God and himself. When a pretty, blind woman who cares for the children reaches through his scarred walls and touches his heart, he begins to find renewed faith and hope for the future. But when he discovers Annie feigned her blindness just to have a home, will his anger and hurt drive him away and ruin all chances for a future filled with love, faith, and family?

Ramona Cecil has Civil War ties throughout Freedom's Crossroad, which is a bundle of three novellas about Indiana history. The Underground Railroad makes an prominent feature in one of those novellas.

So, it turns out that this is a good time to write--and read--Civil War after all.


  1. An entire trilogy--The Sierra Chronicles--Love's Rescue, Hope's Promise, and Faith's Reward--chronicling the Civil War in Illinois, Kentucky, and the West. By yours truly. =)

  2. Thanks, Tammy! I have got to get your trilogy. :D

  3. I LOVE reading and writing about the Civil War period. Here are two that are not brand new, but so worth reading. Both won Christy Awards - William Henry is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfirers. They are by Cathy Gholke. She is an amazing writer!

    I also wrote a Civil War novella, Shelter in the Storm in a Blue and Gray Christmas. It was a Carol Award Finalist last year. It's set in Nashville, TN and is one of my favorite stories. : )


  4. I read Shelter in the Storm, and in my humble opinion, it was the best in the collection.

    I've heard great things about Cathy Gohlke's work as well as Lynn Austin's Civil War books. Thanks, Carrie. :D

  5. Thanks Kathleen

    looks like some interesting reads.