Amongst the Roses (Keystone Legacy, #1)
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.

Amongst the Roses (Keystone Legacy, #1) Details

TitleAmongst the Roses (Keystone Legacy, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 12th, 2018
PublisherNorthern Belle Publishing
ISBN-139781973786870
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Military History, Civil War

Amongst the Roses (Keystone Legacy, #1) Review

  • Amber Stokes
    January 1, 1970
    One thing I appreciate the most about Meghan's books (even if it can also be a frustration!) is the authenticity of her characters. They have flaws. They have selfish tendencies and often struggle with their circumstances or the people closest to them. And yet, while it's not always fun to read their thoughts or see how they react, it also makes them human and their stories more tangible.Amongst the Roses is not a happy-go-lucky story, but it is a heartfelt one. Vivid descriptions highlight dram One thing I appreciate the most about Meghan's books (even if it can also be a frustration!) is the authenticity of her characters. They have flaws. They have selfish tendencies and often struggle with their circumstances or the people closest to them. And yet, while it's not always fun to read their thoughts or see how they react, it also makes them human and their stories more tangible.Amongst the Roses is not a happy-go-lucky story, but it is a heartfelt one. Vivid descriptions highlight dramatic moments and the uncertainties of a war that hit home. I confess the book felt rather long. While tension grips the story, not every scene seems noticeably unique or memorable. The drawn-out waiting periods and continued emotional trauma definitely feel real and true to the era, but they don't always make for exciting reading... However, like I previously noted, the characters and their bumpy roads to growth are authentic, and perhaps fans of Civil War fiction (more than historical romance) will appreciate this style. :) Regarding the premise, I will say that I didn't completely understand certain characters' motives. I don't know why so many men in one family decided to focus on the path of one adult son while neglecting the well-being of the wife and other children. But however the characters got to where they are, it leads to an emotionally layered journey.On the romance side, it's sweet and subtle. A lot of it is indirectly expressed through thoughts and reactions to letters, as well as the growing connection those letters provide. The next installment in the series (as this is the start of a series and not a complete story in itself) seems likely to bring more drama and possibly a different sort of romance.Amongst the Roses is a story of resilience and the beginning of an epic series of redemption. With flawed yet endearing characters, the pain and suffering of war are explored with honesty, heart, and hope yearning to bloom.*With thanks to the author for providing me with an e-ARC of the book. I was not required to post a positive review, and these opinions are my own.*
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  • Courtney Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Amongst the Roses transports the reader to the northern front during key conflicts of the Civil War, including its society-shaking start. With multiple viewpoints, it explores the home front and battlefields from multiple perspectives that lend a voice to more than mere characters, but to a tragic and heartbreaking time in history.This novel explores themes of hope, family loyalty, and the provision of a Heavenly Father whose presence is constant even when He may seem silent. The intricacies of Amongst the Roses transports the reader to the northern front during key conflicts of the Civil War, including its society-shaking start. With multiple viewpoints, it explores the home front and battlefields from multiple perspectives that lend a voice to more than mere characters, but to a tragic and heartbreaking time in history.This novel explores themes of hope, family loyalty, and the provision of a Heavenly Father whose presence is constant even when He may seem silent. The intricacies of the relationships in this book are fascinating and relatable, even when they illustrate hard truths about sacrifice and consequences.I'm eagerly looking forward to the next story in this series -- especially because "the end" came much too soon (ahem, a little bit abruptly for Margaret, too). I hope the continuing story of the Bryants and Doyles will resolve my questions and bring a few things full circle for the families.Thank you to the author for the complimentary review copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    Meghan Gorecki brings the intense internal conflicts of the Civil War to life in Amongst the Roses, courtesy of the Doyles and the Bryants. Two families who are dear friends but on opposite ends of the social spectrum – a family of farmers vs. high society. Yet, despite the social divide, they remain close. A closeness which will take on new dimension and layers as the war intrudes so rudely on their lives.Bottom Line: I’m not gonna lie. This book is not a light read; it hit me in all the feels. Meghan Gorecki brings the intense internal conflicts of the Civil War to life in Amongst the Roses, courtesy of the Doyles and the Bryants. Two families who are dear friends but on opposite ends of the social spectrum – a family of farmers vs. high society. Yet, despite the social divide, they remain close. A closeness which will take on new dimension and layers as the war intrudes so rudely on their lives.Bottom Line: I’m not gonna lie. This book is not a light read; it hit me in all the feels. Grief is no respecter of persons, and Gorecki traces the same lines. In fact, some of it hits you like a Minié ball in the gut. I’m still reeling from the ending. But tucked away in the pages is also a story of faith, of love, of true friendship and great courage. While some of the book gets a little bogged down, this is the first book in what promises to be an epic historical series and I know in the end it will all come together in an amazing way! Gorecki pours her love of history and these characters into her novel, and it’s clear in the way she crafts their journey.(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Cathy Cermele
    January 1, 1970
    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 A 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.
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  • Brandy Bruce
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story that brings the Civil War to life. With strong characters and thoroughly researched text, you can tell that Meghan poured her heart and soul into this story. And that cover! Swoon! For lovers of historical fiction–especially the Civil War time period–you’ll appreciate this epic novel that’s the first in a series to come.I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not obligated to review. Thoughts are my own.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars"I need you to be strong and kind."The parting words of a loving father, as he leaves his family to answer the call of President Abraham Lincoln. "That terrible whispered word - 'war'", has not only invaded Margaret Bryant's thoughts, but now her very heart and home, as neighbors, friends, and family join the rank of patriot, ready to defend their Union. Her dear sister, newly married and with child, her best friend; whose handsome brothers and father also leave behind a mother and daug 3.5 stars"I need you to be strong and kind."The parting words of a loving father, as he leaves his family to answer the call of President Abraham Lincoln. "That terrible whispered word - 'war'", has not only invaded Margaret Bryant's thoughts, but now her very heart and home, as neighbors, friends, and family join the rank of patriot, ready to defend their Union. Her dear sister, newly married and with child, her best friend; whose handsome brothers and father also leave behind a mother and daughters. Margaret doesn't feel very strong, and finds it terribly difficult to be kind, especially to her own mother, whose delicate nature does not lend itself to difficulty; but as she reaches deep within herself, she realizes that, "war has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don't". "The only reason I sleep passably well at night is that I know God is still on his throne." The words of Adam Doyle after a particularly horrific day of battle along the James River. Adam, and his brother Connor have remained side by side, their reasons for enlisting totally different, but their familial bond growing stronger with each passing day. Adam's thoughts often turn to the lovely young woman back home who caught his eye, years ago, Margaret Bryant. Can an ugly war provide them with a golden opportunity to deepen a friendship towards romance, in spite of the miles and melee between each of their letters?"Amongst the Roses" is a sober reminder of how deeply our nation suffered during the long years of the Civil War; chronicling the thoughts and experiences of two young admirers whose faith and future stand to be mortally wounded before daring any hope of restoration. I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    This civil war drama lingered in my mind long after I read the last page. With an intimate look at the Civil war from the perspective of both the front-lines of the battle and from those left behind to keep the home fires burning; This intense story of innocence and dreams lost in the face of a war unlike any other, will touch your heart in new ways.Margaret Bryant is one of those characters that you start out not liking at all, but over time as the character changes and grows, you begin to unde This civil war drama lingered in my mind long after I read the last page. With an intimate look at the Civil war from the perspective of both the front-lines of the battle and from those left behind to keep the home fires burning; This intense story of innocence and dreams lost in the face of a war unlike any other, will touch your heart in new ways.Margaret Bryant is one of those characters that you start out not liking at all, but over time as the character changes and grows, you begin to understand and appreciate. Raised to follow strict rules of high-society decorum, and left to keep the family together when her father leaves for war. Margaret faces challenges she never expected, yet she rises to the occasion and learns from her mistakes.I found the first several chapters a bit slow, and filled with an abundance of information and details. The characters in this story are realistic and they will touch your heart with authentic honesty. Raw and filled with emotion, this story isn’t a light read. Have a box of tissue handy!Even though there are times the story get’s bogged down with information and historical details, I couldn’t help but want to know what was going to happen next. Left with a cliffhanger ending, I can’t get my hands on the second book fast enough!(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    I think my heart has been shocked into numbness—or a state of disbelief; I’m not sure which. That’s the only possible reason I wasn’t balling my eyes out at the end of this book. I will, however, be stalking the author until the sequel to this novel is released!This story easily draws you into both the physical and emotional challenges faced by its characters as war breaks out between the states, and it does so while bringing together opposing sides of the social spectrum: the family of an Irish I think my heart has been shocked into numbness—or a state of disbelief; I’m not sure which. That’s the only possible reason I wasn’t balling my eyes out at the end of this book. I will, however, be stalking the author until the sequel to this novel is released!This story easily draws you into both the physical and emotional challenges faced by its characters as war breaks out between the states, and it does so while bringing together opposing sides of the social spectrum: the family of an Irish immigrant farmer, and the family of a well-respected lawyer. I loved the different perspectives this brought to the story and appreciated the depth and breadth it gave to the challenges the characters faced.Meghan M. Gorecki did an excellent job portraying the realities of life both at home and on the front, bringing realism to the story without becoming overly graphic. It’s obvious she knows this period of history well, and you get a great sense of both the conflict and the marching and waiting that the soldiers endured, but it's her passion for humanity that shines through—the knowledge that every person, no matter the colour of their uniform, was someone’s father, son, or sweetheart; that everyone is a loser in war, in so many different ways, and yet there is hope and beauty amid the heartache, like a beautiful courtship by letter.If you’re a historical fiction lover, this series is definitely for you—more so if you love the Civil War era. But be warned, there is more to come. And you will definitely want it sooner rather than later once you’ve reached the last page!I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully BookishWar, conflict, tragedy. These aren't the moments in history most choose to dwell on but most certainly these events, experiences, and precious lives lost should never be forgotten. Gorecki's vivid storytelling shines as this achingly beautiful saga captivates with the intimate sorrow of two families and inherent tragedy of the Civil War. I encourage readers to open their hearts to the past and embrace the redemption of our shared history through this engaging sto Full review on Faithfully BookishWar, conflict, tragedy. These aren't the moments in history most choose to dwell on but most certainly these events, experiences, and precious lives lost should never be forgotten. Gorecki's vivid storytelling shines as this achingly beautiful saga captivates with the intimate sorrow of two families and inherent tragedy of the Civil War. I encourage readers to open their hearts to the past and embrace the redemption of our shared history through this engaging story. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment of this series.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I have really enjoyed Meghan's books so I was excited to see her write a historical novel. This book was very slow for me. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the time period but struggled to totally love this book and the story line. I think that Meghan has some great talent so I am eager to read more by her, this just wasn't my favorite. I do recommend reading her previous books and keep an eye out for upcoming releases!"Thanks to the author for providing me with an e-ARC of the book. I I have really enjoyed Meghan's books so I was excited to see her write a historical novel. This book was very slow for me. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the time period but struggled to totally love this book and the story line. I think that Meghan has some great talent so I am eager to read more by her, this just wasn't my favorite. I do recommend reading her previous books and keep an eye out for upcoming releases!"Thanks to the author for providing me with an e-ARC of the book. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own."
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  • Terressa
    January 1, 1970
    A great mix of history and fiction! I loved the story line and the character development was wonderful. I loved reading the point of view from both main characters. I really can’t wait until Book 2...the cliff hanger has me eager to read ASAP.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists,and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positivereviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing thisin accordance with the F A great mix of history and fiction! I loved the story line and the character development was wonderful. I loved reading the point of view from both main characters. I really can’t wait until Book 2...the cliff hanger has me eager to read ASAP.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists,and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positivereviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing thisin accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Jennifer K
    January 1, 1970
    Realistic historical fiction! Meghan Gorecki crafts an engaging Civil War story that shouldn’t be missed. The novel follows two families dealing with the rules of society, relationships and matters of faith, in addition to, the impact of war. These strong characters add depth to the story and are not easily forgotten. I think that it is important to read about our country’s past in order to face our future. Golecki reminds us that hardship and difficulties are real, but they need to be faced. Al Realistic historical fiction! Meghan Gorecki crafts an engaging Civil War story that shouldn’t be missed. The novel follows two families dealing with the rules of society, relationships and matters of faith, in addition to, the impact of war. These strong characters add depth to the story and are not easily forgotten. I think that it is important to read about our country’s past in order to face our future. Golecki reminds us that hardship and difficulties are real, but they need to be faced. Also that perseverance is still possible today. I simply want to hear more of this story. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsMeghan Gorecki is another author to add to my watch list. Within the pages of Amongst the Roses,Ms. Gorecki transports her readers to a turbulent time in our nation’s history. She gives us flawed characters that speak to our hearts. They become stronger as the hardships of war are felt on the home front as well as the battlefield. Ms. Gorecki has provided her readers with well-researched details of the American Civil War, weaving a subtle faith thread throughout.The cliffhanger ending l 4.5 starsMeghan Gorecki is another author to add to my watch list. Within the pages of Amongst the Roses,Ms. Gorecki transports her readers to a turbulent time in our nation’s history. She gives us flawed characters that speak to our hearts. They become stronger as the hardships of war are felt on the home front as well as the battlefield. Ms. Gorecki has provided her readers with well-researched details of the American Civil War, weaving a subtle faith thread throughout.The cliffhanger ending left me impatient for the next chapter in The Keystone Legacy. I canNOT wait!I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Miranda Atchley
    January 1, 1970
    Having read Meghan M. Gorecki’s previous two novels, I was definitely looking forward to reading her novel set during the Civil War. She’s a good writer and that is displayed in Amongst The Roses. The novel is well researched and her passion for this period in history is clearly seen throughout the pages. There are many pretty turns of phrases and nice uses of symbolism used throughout the book, and I enjoyed these aspects. However, I didn’t find the characters to be terribly likable nor relatab Having read Meghan M. Gorecki’s previous two novels, I was definitely looking forward to reading her novel set during the Civil War. She’s a good writer and that is displayed in Amongst The Roses. The novel is well researched and her passion for this period in history is clearly seen throughout the pages. There are many pretty turns of phrases and nice uses of symbolism used throughout the book, and I enjoyed these aspects. However, I didn’t find the characters to be terribly likable nor relatable. I must admit that I didn’t like Margaret Bryant the way that I was hoping to. She’s a somewhat self-righteous character and her obsession with making a wealthy match was bothersome at times. Yet I will specify that this seemed to fade as the book progressed. It seems to me that the author’s intent is to show Margaret’s growth over the course of the series. Connor Doyle was a pretty cocky guy and could try one’s nerves at times, though there were some redeeming qualities to his character, such as his want to protect his family. As with Margaret, I get the impression that his growth will be displayed throughout the series. I feel it necessary to point out that there is some graphic content in this novel due to the various battle scenes. This is to be expected when it comes to novels set during the Civil War and some readers might keep this in mind when considering reading the novel.All in all, Amongst The Roses is a solid start to the Keystone Legacy series. Civil War aficionados will want to consider giving this one a try.I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.*I received an ARC of Amongst The Roses from the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It kept me hooked in the storyline. At first, I had some trouble connecting with Margaret, but that changed pretty quick. I really liked that Margaret was a more “real” and relatable character. She isn’t the perfect-figured beauty queen young woman that you find in most books. She isn’t overly beautiful and super skinny, but she’s beautiful in her own way. I felt like I could relate to her more than some other characters. I enjoyed seeing how the characters changed as I really enjoyed this book. It kept me hooked in the storyline. At first, I had some trouble connecting with Margaret, but that changed pretty quick. I really liked that Margaret was a more “real” and relatable character. She isn’t the perfect-figured beauty queen young woman that you find in most books. She isn’t overly beautiful and super skinny, but she’s beautiful in her own way. I felt like I could relate to her more than some other characters. I enjoyed seeing how the characters changed as the story progressed. The end really shocked me. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book so I can find out what happens! Meghan Gorecki did a great job!I received a complimentary copy of Amongst the Roses from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Amongst the Roses is a rose water naked cake. Appealing to the eye with its layers revealed, this cake sidesteps certain convention with its edible perfumed bites. Whether you acquire the taste for rose water or not, the flavor lingers long.[copy received. opinions my own]Margaret Bryant lives on the lower end of high society with her eyes set on the most eligible bachelor in town. She's frustrated by the connection of her family to the Irish farme On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Amongst the Roses is a rose water naked cake. Appealing to the eye with its layers revealed, this cake sidesteps certain convention with its edible perfumed bites. Whether you acquire the taste for rose water or not, the flavor lingers long.[copy received. opinions my own]Margaret Bryant lives on the lower end of high society with her eyes set on the most eligible bachelor in town. She's frustrated by the connection of her family to the Irish farmers outside of town. But when the War Between the States upsets her family, her plans, and her roses, Margaret discovers safety and love with the Irish family outside of town. When I saw the cover of Amongst the Roses, I absolutely wanted to explore the story as well. The author does a fantastic job of focusing on the time, history, and the difficulty of the choices surrounding the story. This was certainly a page turner because I wanted to know what happened, but some moments dragged. I wanted more of the story and characters. As the story progressed, the characters solidified more, and I came to truly appreciate Adam Doyle, the younger brother in the Irish Family. He kept reminding me of Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey.If you love the Civil War, then Amongst the Roses is for you.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Heart-wrenching, Realistic DramaI was not prepared for the emotional attachment I felt for these characters. It was like peeking into the lives these families in the worst of times. I enjoyed the letters exchanged between the men on the battlefield and their loved ones. Margaret bore the responsibility of her family much better than I thought she would in the beginning. Her personal growth was to be admired. I did not care for her uppity mother at all. The country was at war and her biggest conc Heart-wrenching, Realistic DramaI was not prepared for the emotional attachment I felt for these characters. It was like peeking into the lives these families in the worst of times. I enjoyed the letters exchanged between the men on the battlefield and their loved ones. Margaret bore the responsibility of her family much better than I thought she would in the beginning. Her personal growth was to be admired. I did not care for her uppity mother at all. The country was at war and her biggest concern seemed to be her place in society. The author does not shy away from describing the horrors found on the battlefield, or the senseless loss. Have a box or two of tissues ready when you read this book. I read it twice and even though I knew what was coming, I still cried.This book stays with you long after the end. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. *Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited
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  • Sarah Ruut
    January 1, 1970
    The Civil War was hard no matter which side of the Mason Dixon Line you called home.Amongst the Roses ventures into the heat of the battle–and the hearts of those not only on the field but also left behind. The characters were varied, from the wealthy Phillips family to the Irish Doyles. Their journeys and struggles impacted them in many different ways.Overall, while the basic story is good, I felt it needed more work. I struggled to connect with the characters and was disappointed with the endi The Civil War was hard no matter which side of the Mason Dixon Line you called home.Amongst the Roses ventures into the heat of the battle–and the hearts of those not only on the field but also left behind. The characters were varied, from the wealthy Phillips family to the Irish Doyles. Their journeys and struggles impacted them in many different ways.Overall, while the basic story is good, I felt it needed more work. I struggled to connect with the characters and was disappointed with the ending.However, not everyone holds the same opinion on every book! If you enjoy historical novels and are looking for something that doesn’t follow a predictable pattern, you may find you enjoy Amongst the Roses.(This review was first published on my blog -- sarahruut.com. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Amongst the Roses is set during the Civil War in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. Two Irish brothers, both hardworking farmers, enlist within months of the first shot of the Civil War, much to their family’s dismay. With sweethearts at home, the brothers fight battle after battle, including the Battle of Gettysburg. Meanwhile, their families struggle to be safe and make do, especially when enemy soldiers come through their hometown of Chambersburg PA. Great storylines; well rounded character Amongst the Roses is set during the Civil War in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. Two Irish brothers, both hardworking farmers, enlist within months of the first shot of the Civil War, much to their family’s dismay. With sweethearts at home, the brothers fight battle after battle, including the Battle of Gettysburg. Meanwhile, their families struggle to be safe and make do, especially when enemy soldiers come through their hometown of Chambersburg PA. Great storylines; well rounded characters, and well researched, Amongst the Roses is an excellent read. PS. How many Chambersburg, and surrounding area, residents are aware that “enemy” marched through Chambersburg more than once?
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