Carrie Ann Bell is determined to find her sister, who ran off with a peddler. In fact, Carrie’s mother essentially told her not to come back if she didn’t find her sister. So, dressed as a Yankee soldier, Carrie Ann heads off through the Shenandoah Valley and finds herself captured by Colonel Peyton Collier. Carrie remembers Peyton from a previous encounter when she stitched him up after a battle, but she had thought him lost at Gettysburg. Having never forgotten him, Carrie is thrilled to find out that he is very much alive and also interested in protecting her.
After allowing Carrie Ann to remain in their camp for a few weeks helping tend to the wounded men, Peyton decides it would be best if she go to Winchester to live with his Aunt Ruth and Tabitha (the freed slave woman). Peyton tells himself that it’s for her protection and the protection of Aunt Ruth, but it’s only after Carrie Ann has left camp that he realizes the force of his love for her. However, he’s heard nothing from Carrie since the night she was whisked away, and suspicions about the men who escorted her nag at him.
The men that escorted Carrie to Winchester were Yankee soldiers, but one of the men was her old playmate from her hometown of Woodstock. However, he wasn’t going by the name Joshua anymore…now he is Major John Brown. As she wonders what could possibly be happening, Carrie decides to hold her tongue and see how it all plays out. When she arrives in Winchester without harm, she figures nothing more will come of it.
What Peyton finds when he (and a few men) sneak to Confederate-held Winchester is surprising to him, but pleasing as well. And when Peyton declares his love for Carrie and they agree to formally be married, they aren’t prepared for what comes next…on the very evening of their wedding celebration. Can their love…and marriage…survive the lies that were between them?
With A Thousand Shall Fall, Andrea Boeshaar weaves a wonderful tale that holds a great deal of historical accuracy and is full of love, fighting, fear, honor, and integrity. I have always loved reading novels based on the Civil War, but Boeshaar really takes it to the next level with her Shenandoah Valley Saga. Well written, intriguing, and engaging. And as a side note, there were a few pages at the end of the next novel in the series…I already can’t wait to read it!
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!
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