I Shall Be Near to You

I Shall Be Near to You

Large Print - 2014
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Rosetta doesn't want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she's always worked by her father's side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she's told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier. Rosetta drills with the men, prepares herself for battle, and faces the tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Fearing discovery of her secret, Rosetta's strong will clashes with Jeremiah's as their marriage is tested by war. Inspired by over 250 documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410468659
Branch Call Number: LP MCCAB-E
Characteristics: large print
491 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Aug 25, 2015

Easy-to-read historical fiction based on letters of a young woman who served as a Civil War soldier with her husband and neighbor boys. Laird Hunt's 'Neverhome' that I read earlier this year is similar and maybe better.

Mar 06, 2015

An emotionally charged book with memorable characters. I thought the Civil War setting was well done.

ValleyViewLibrarians Apr 08, 2014

McCabe uses evocative uncluttered prose to tell a very compelling story about love, loyalty and personal strength. Rosetta is a lively and engaging protagonist and readers will be pulled into her story as she makes one decision after another that will dictate the rest of her life. The daily drudgery of war, the absolutely horrific conditions, and the terror young soldiers felt when thrown into battle is palpable; the author clearly did her research for this book and has done a beautiful job portraying the time period. Recommended for Civil War fans and readers who enjoy a strong tale of survival, independence and nonconformity.


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