A picture of pure shock and curiosity, Emma placed her empty glass down, "Surely, you are not suggesting I dress as a man and enlist in the Union Army!"
"That is precisely what I am suggesting."
In an era when women are adornments, northerner Emma Mansfield finds it challenging to fit the mold. It becomes an impossible task when her country is torn apart by civil war. Knowing she must take action, Emma finds herself in the midst of danger and intrigue when she takes up the guise of a young artillery soldier for the Union Army. Desperately trying to find out if her two brothers are alive, Emma must maintain her anonymity as she fights for survival.
Please note: this is historical romance. I have represented the historical facts to the best of my ability and done countless hours of research. However, I have taken some liberties and creatively interpreted some items to make the story more entertaining. I hope you enjoy this work of fiction.
©2015 Heather Osborne (P)2015 Heather Osborne
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I'm usually a paranormal romance fan and would not normally give this book a second glance but I won the book in a competition and I’m so glad I did.
There was action as the author tells the story of the historic battles won/lost and well researched accounts of the horrors of the war and the cruelty of soldiers toward the enemy
There was romance in the relationship between Emma and her fiancé Colin which is a slow sweet romance with emotion rather than explicit sex scenes
And there is adventure as Emma and Colin make the journey home from the battlefield
This is a really well written historical romance
Kristyl Dawn Tift was a brilliant narrator who put real emotion into her narration and did a good job with male and female voices
I highly recommend this book!
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I enjoyed listening to this drama which follows the life of Emma during the Civil War and her dressing as a man to enlist in the Union Army. I felt the author took time to develop Emma's character before she went to war and this helped me care about her. For me, the domestic scenes were described very well and evocative of the era. However I did feel some parts of the story didn't work well and were rather coincidental. For example, it was never fully explained why one brother went to fight with the confederates and the passion for artillery of the woman who helped Emma. Whilst the domestic scenes were excellent I was disappointed with the level of detail once Emma reached the battlefield. Everyday challenges like using the toilet and hiding her menstruation were not dealt with and I just couldn't believe she could have hidden amongst men so easily. Also the male characters (Colin and William) behaved in ways I don't think realistic which made the story difficult to believe. I was glad the story however, did have some realism and depth to it in relation to acts of war and casualties.
The narrator did a great job with a clear delivery, good voices and engagement in the subject. I found the standard pace too slow but 1.25 speed was just right. I would recommend this book as a light romantic, easy listen for readers who want a bit more depth to their story.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for a review.
"An powerful exciting listen"
This was a very touching read so much more than a romance but a wonderful read filled of so much pain and sorrow for all of those who fault in a war where really both sides lost so much. The author shows how brother fault against brother, father against son. This is one author that has done her research giving you a wonderful powerful read full of mystery, pain, love and romance.
Heather Osborne as a narrator gave so much too this audio from her wonderful talented voice to her many wonderful characters. She puts so much emotion into the audio giving this a wonderful tear jerker listen. She has a very clear, clean voice that is easy to listen to with wonderful character voices that you have no trouble knowing who is speaking. She puts emotion into the characters never leaving you wondering just what they are feeling. There is no background noise just a clear even tones which will leave you wanting more. Her male voices are just as pleasant as her female ones as she brings the story to live it is almost like watching a movie. You have no trouble picturing each scene in your mind reliving a time where soldiers were left with half a body feeling half a man. I hear no breaks in this audio if the narrator took a break you could not tell. Ms. Osborne did a wonderful job with this narration I am so looking forward to listening to more of her work.
Emma is a wonderful character which took a lot to stand up and dress as a man trying to make sure her love ones where safe. All that she had to go through really tore at my heart she is one brave women who doesn’t back down. She is strong willed and doesn’t back down giving so much to this story at a time when women were to stay home and keep their mouth shut.
The doctor who loves her really is a man after your heart. There is no doubt in my mind that every woman who reads this will fall in love with this wonderful man. The lengths he goes to, to keep her safe are unreal and I doubt most men would have done. He lets her be who she is without taking away her meaning as a woman. He believes in her giving back so much more than any person would.
Yes this is a romance which was lovely but it is so much more showing the true meaning of war and all that was given up in a battle which lost so much. I really enjoyed the characters they seem so real some I didn’t like so much but that is the way it is suppose to be. The author throws a few twist you won’t see coming giving you and exciting thrilling suspenseful read that you will love. There are parts you might need a tissue for as the author and narrator delivers a powerful wonderful read you won’t be able to put down.
"Great story about a strong woman and love!"
This book is more than just a romance. The story has interesting historical references and the heroine is strong and likable. She is placed is a civil war era situation where she is making an unconventional contribution to the war effort, as many women wanted to do at the time, to try and bring her brothers and lover home safe. The romance is appropriate for the situation so it made the love story plausible. The narrator, Kristyl Dawn Tift, did a great job with the character voices. Her narration was easy to follow and entertaining. I really enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it.
The Soldier's Secret was my introduction to the historical romance genre and what a way to start my interest in this genre. This fast paced suspenseful story kept me on the edge of my seat from page 1 till the very last. The characters were relatable and very likeable. Heather Osborne gave me laugh out loud moments and even moments that made me gasp. The narration couldn't have been more perfect for this story. I absolutely loved this story and highly recommend it.
"An All Around Perfect Experience"
My favorite genre is Christian romantic suspense and rarely do I read American historical romannce, but I was intrigued by the summary and I love stories about empowered women. The fact that the main character of this book dressed as a man to enroll in the Union Army in search of her brother got my attention. I was sent back in time from the very moment Kristyl began the narration and I have a new love for this genre or at least Ms. Osborne and Tift. The character's voices came through clearly and I was easily transported due to the excellent detail. I recommend this book. It was a true treasure to listen to.
"Interesting Civil War detail in sweet romance."
Emma is a blossoming, proper young woman living with her family in Rochester, New York. Her father operates a local general store and her two brothers are expected to help in the store as they grow older. Emma meets the local doctor, Colin, and they quickly become enchanted with each other. But war disturbs the plans of everyone.
Will, the elder brother has determined to enlist and fight for the Union. The younger brother, Harrison, is not yet sixteen but he wants to enlist also. All the family tells Harrison that he must stay home to grow and help their father in the business. But Harrison sneaks off in anger to join the Confederates.
Emma becomes engaged to Colin but he feels the call to serve where he is badly needed. When Will’s letters to home Emma becomes more and more upset and concerned about the safety of her brothers. A local friend helps her to disguise herself so she can enlist in the Union army.
“Em” makes it through basic training successfully and sets off with her regiment hoping to find her brothers. She does find Colin and Will and is helping her own unit when she sees Harrison too. Troubles arise with a commander who becomes unreasonably obsessed with this young soldier who seems to do things right and have a charmed life. He continually harasses “Em” and they fear that her secret will be exposed. Colin and Emma make a desperate escape but the obsessed commander is not far behind.
Ms. Osborne does a good job with the vivid portrayal of the bleak hardships of war, camp life and field hospitals. The family drama seems real. There are heartbreaks and joys along the journey as Emma and Colin continue through the Appalachian Mountains trying to make their way back home without being caught by their pursuer.
The story is engaging and I liked the primary characters. I found the sexual scenes a bit more than expected for the nature of the story but it fit the passions of the couple and the basic need to cling in hard times. I recommend this to readers who like Civil War detail with a strong romance element.
Audio Notes: I had to get used to the voice of Kristyl Dawn Tift as it is a bit breathy for a war drama. It does fit the romance though and, as I got used to it, I thought that, overall, she did a good job with the voices and the emotion. I enjoyed the story in audio.
I received this audiobook from AudaVoxx for review. My rating 4.25.
loved the book....Actually felt like I was in the middle of the war....could feel the love between everyone
"Great performance and a great story!"
I really enjoyed the story and the narrator dos great with all the different voices. It was a good listen!
I received this book free in exchange for an unbiased review.
"A sweet love story!"
A nicely written story. The author did a wonderful job and the narrator couldn't be more perfect. I was impressed by the book me the narration and would recommend this book to everyone!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
"Great tale of love and hardship"
Ms. Tift gave the story life-by giving a very moving portrayal of all the characters. (Even the evil ones.)
The author has written a wonderful story of love during the War of Northern Aggression. The H/h were both from the North, but the story played out of brother against brother in this sad time of American History.
Ms. Osborne gave very developed and complex characters in her story-which was a refreshing surprise.
(I was given a copy of the audio book by the author for a review.)
"Narrators voice is perfect!!!"
I liked the book and enjoyed the Civil War history. The narrator was excellent! Her voice was just what was needed for this story and she was great to listen to. Her voice changed for each character perfectly. I was able to recognize characters easily based on her amazing performance! I will look for more books she has narrated.
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