A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Flowing Stream Books on November 7th 2017
Source: the author
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical
The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor falls in love with an injured artist-correspondent on assignment to cover battles near Union occupied Nashville.
The year is 1864 and the Civil War continues to impact families in the North and South. British born James Galloway, a special artist for Harper’s Weekly, travels with the Union troops, sketching battle scenes to bring war news home to those in the North. It’s dangerous work, but he is committed to the Union cause. When he is captured by Confederate troops, he spends several months in a prison camp. Finally, he escapes and travels north, hoping to reach the Union lines, but a bushwhacker attacks him, steals his horse, and leaves him seriously injured at the side of the road outside Nashville.
Rachel Thornton, a kind-hearted doctor’s daughter, takes James into their to home and nurses him while he recovers. Her feelings for James grow, but she has already lost one man she loves in the war. How can she give her heart to James, when she knows he may become another casualty of the war? With family drama, romance, and inspiration, this novella will lift your spirit and satisfy your romantic heart.
This novella was originally titled Though the Mountains Tremble and published in A Blue and Gray Christmas novella collection in 2009. It has been revised and updated for new readers to enjoy.
Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.
Christian or Secular: Christian
Sex&Violence: Mild violence.
Trigger Warnings: None
This story was an enjoyable quick read despite a few complaints. Waiting for His Return is a short story set in Nashville and takes place near the end of the Civil War. When I had the opportunity to read this book, I was so excited. This author puts out well-written novels and I always enjoy a good historical romance.
While this book has very solid writing, I feel that like a lot of other novellas, it relied heavily on a traumatic event and instant love to propel the story forward.
I read James Galloway as a swoon-worthy artist and I was happy that he found love with Rachel. But, when you employ instant love and then introduce a possible love triangle, that’s a bit much for me.
The characters were likable and I honestly think I could have really loved their story in a full-length novel. I just felt that a novella could not adequately tell this story. I wanted0—no—I needed more.
What do you think about historical fiction? Do you have a favorite era? What about a favorite author who writes historical fiction?