Can Love Form Amidst Tensions of War?During the clash between Union and Confederacy, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both Rebel and Yankee wounded who seek refuge at her family’s farm. She is determined to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause—until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee. The MacFarlane family fits no stereotype Joshua believed in; still he is desperate to regain his footing—as a soldier, as a man, as a Christian—in the aftermath of his debilitating injury. He will use his time behind enemy lines to gather useful intelligence for the Union—if the courageous Rebel woman will stay out of the line of danger.
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear.
More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 San Francisco (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 Utah (July 2019)
McNear's poignant second book in the multiauthor Daughters of the Mayflower series (after The Cumberland Bride) centers on an industrious nurse working near Chattanooga, Tenn., during the Civil War. After homes are conscripted for the care of wounded prisoners of war, Josh Wheeler, an injured Union soldier, is brought to Pearl McFarland's farm. Pearl finds nursing the seriously ill and maimed enemy soldiers to be a daunting task, made even more formidable by limited food and medical supplies. To add to Pearl's load, her widowed father has delusional spells; her three older brothers are presumed dead, and her younger brother, Clem, often disappears. Pearl receives assistance from Portius, a free black man who outwardly supports the Rebel cause, and Lydia, her brother's common-law wife, forming a formidable medical unit. As Josh heals, he tries to help the trio of caregivers and soon becomes enamored by Pearl's compassion and faith. In the midst of death and destruction, the pair question whether love can bridge the gap between North and South, or if their divided loyalties will keep them forever apart. McNear does a fine job of depicting the uneasiness of those who begin to comprehend the true nature of their lost cause, adding an emotional dimension to this hope-filled tale.