The author refers to this as a sweet romance and it’s a very good description. Set in America at the time of the civil war, the book starts with a powerful love between Dawson and Rory. They discover they are destined for each other and marry. All is wonderful, except that war is coming, and it’s only a matter of time before Dawson must join the fight. He and Rory’s two nephews go off to war, leaving her pregnant and in the care of her sister, the one who raised her.
Two other events come into play, one the death of a woman in childbirth and the other a successful birth of a native woman’s baby that Rory midwifed. The husband of the dead woman literally goes crazy with grief and he stalks Rory, leading to a dramatic escalation of events.
It’s a well written story, well placed and with a good plot. War, birth and death are always powerful themes. It is a romance, (no sex scenes though) and so has the hallmarks of the genre. It is a little predictable, but romances often are, and I did wonder at Jon letting Rory go alone to the graveyard. It seemed a little unlikely given her state and the fact that he hasn’t wanted her to go at all. Nevertheless , I enjoyed it enough to forgive such things, and I like this length a great deal. You can read it in one evening. It’s not a demanding story, but I did find it moving.
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