About the book:
The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the home front?
Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?
The three bloodiest days in America’s history bring these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.
I honestly lost track of time while reading, Amongst the Roses. It was just one of those books that I wanted to savor and read slowly, yet at the same time, I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next, so I continued to read chapter after chapter.
I loved the civil war setting and battles they fought. The author allowed us to see her characters were war-weary and at times frightened which made perfect sense. The Doyle brothers, Connor and Adam enlist for different reasons. I loved Adam and his loyalty to his brother. To me, he is the epitome of a brave, kind, caring and loving man. I could fully understand why Connor felt so compelled to enlist with his hope for a better life than he has.
Of course, with strong male characters, you need strong female characters, right? I’ll start with the mother and siblings of Connor and Adam, who are left to take care of the home and crops. I guess since they had no choice, it was best not to whine and complain. I’m not so sure I could have handled what they did quite so well. . I just loved this family so much and only wanted the best for them.
The Bryant family stole my heart, too. I wasn’t so sure that I would like Margaret, but she turned out to be one of my favorite characters. As she matured and showed a softer side, she became more relatable to me. She had more strength and stamina than I originally thought she would. As she shouldered more responsibility, I enjoyed her relationship with her sisters and mother.
The correspondence between Adam and Margaret was something that I looked forward to as much as they did. I was so disappointed when they had to wait for long periods of time between letters.
I really felt like I was a part of the characters lives. I felt their fears, disappointments, frustrations and a longing for the war to end.
Overall, this book is well written and thoroughly researched, with some fantastic characters that I grew to love. I felt all kinds of emotions while reading this and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.