Confederate Rose

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Confederate Rose

Disguised as a man to serve with her husband as a soldier in the Confederate Army, Irish immigrant Katie Rose O'Reilly vows to remain in the ranks and seek revenge on Yankees after her husband is killed at Sharpsburg. When she falls and almost drowns in a swollen stream, Southerner Alexander Hart, a Yankee spy, saves Katie from drowning, then nurses her through a resulting fever, keeping his identity secret from the feisty and beautiful Rebel soldier even as he finds himself falling in love with her.
 
Can Katie reconcile her loyalties with her love?
 
Confederate Rose was a book rich in history and the premise of a woman dressing as a soldier intrigued me. However, I didn’t feel very connected to the hero and heroine, they fell flat with me. I also was pulled out of the story by the sudden appearance of the Captain Bernard’s point of view which dragged me out of the story.
 
I also found it strange that Katie didn’t pursue the matter of her missing mail satchel further, or that no one in the regiment questioned the disappearance of the bag.
 
The author’s historical detail and knowledge of the Civil War was very rich and well researched, and I did enjoy that aspect.
 
I would have liked to see more chemistry between Katie and Alex. I just wasn’t feeling their connection.

Book Blurb for Confederate Rose

Historical American Rose
Rating: Spicy
Page Count: 240
 
Disguised as a man to serve with her husband as a soldier in the Confederate Army, Irish immigrant Katie Rose O'Reilly vows to remain in the ranks and seek revenge on Yankees after her husband is killed at Sharpsburg. When she falls and almost drowns in a swollen stream, Southerner Alexander Hart, a Yankee spy, saves Katie from drowning, then nurses her through a resulting fever, keeping his identity secret from the feisty and beautiful Rebel soldier even as he finds himself falling in love with her.
 
Can Katie reconcile her loyalties with her love?

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 3.25