The Lady and the Officer by Mary Ellis
Madeline Howard lost everything when she lost her husband and then her house during the Civil War. Before losing her house she meets an officer in the Northern army who makes an impact on her heart. AT the same time, Madeline in a brief stint at a medical hospital ended up helping Colonial Haywood from the South and saving his life. She is forced to move to the South even though her heart belongs to the North. Trying to help her Northern officer, James, she begins to spy for the North.
This historical fiction book is the second in a series and can be read as a stand – alone. The story moves quickly along and keeps the reader engaged. The reader begins to understand the impact on how the civil war impacted the citizens of the war as well as the men who served. The book was well researched with information about a variety of battles and strategic movements of the troops as well as the struggle of the troops getting supplies. Although a historical fiction book there is a love triangle that takes place and it isn’t until the end of the book until the reader discovers who Madeline picks. The romance is not the main focus of the book but helps move the character Madeline through living on both sides of the war as many folks living in that era experienced. Highly recommend to any reader who enjoys historical fiction especially during the civil war period.
Note: I received an electronic version of this title through Net Galley and the publisher, Harvest House