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Leisure, Dec 2004, 6.99
ISBN: 0843953063

In 1864 Jake suffers an injury during a battle. He awakens in a hospital thinking that an angel is taking care of him, but also realizes he has no idea who he is. All he possesses is a vague letter inside his confederacy uniform. The angel Shannon Mahoney sees Jake as her salvation to escape an abusive home.
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While Jake tussles with his loss of memory, his other injuries heal. Shannon feels some guilt for taking advantage of Jake's condition, but soon they begin to fall in love even as she worries that he has someone perhaps a wife waiting for him to return. Unbeknownst to him his sister Jenny struggles to save the family ranch from robber land barons while trying to protect a close all alone pregnant friend.

This is an entertaining Civil War family drama that provides readers with an astute tale that focuses on the cost of war on civilians as much as soldiers that makes for an anti-war theme due to the hardships on innocent lives. The story line is insightful but difficult at times to keep track of as so much is going on to several different key players.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Civil war romance Who:    -   sister Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   amnesia In love with caretaker or teacher    -   Yes Falling in love with    -   Homecaring friend

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   homemaker


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   80% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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