Caught in the middle of a massacre in Lawrence, Kansas, during the Civil War, Leah Donaldson, a twenty-year-old Mormon governess, must risk everything to save two children in her care—and she lives to pay dearly for the decision. Young Ethan Pace loves Leah and can hardly stay still as she is taken away by the enemy for refusing to reveal where he and his sister are hiding.
Five years later, Ethan desperately searches for her, trying to reconcile all that has happened and grappling with his feelings for her. Still idealizing Leah, he hopes she has survived and that he can help her get to Zion and her people. But after everything she’s been through since they last met, will Leah overcome her regrets and allow love into her life? Will she come to see Ethan as the caring man he has become rather than the lovesick boy she once knew?
I love historical fiction and learning about events that happened in our country's history. I knew nothing about the massacre in Lawrence, Kansas before reading this book. It always just baffles my mind what we as human beings do to other human beings. This event is heart breaking. It really, truly was a massacre of epic proportions. I'm so glad this author chose to tell this story. It deserves to be remembered and those people honored.
Obviously this is fiction, so the main characters of this book are fictional, but many of the characters mentioned were real. The event was real. Stories always take on a different feel when they are based on true and real events. At least that's how it is for me.
Aside from the obvious devastation of the actual massacre, this book is gentle in nature. It flows slowly and easily. You get to know the characters in a very natural way. It was a good story.
Content: Some violence, clean otherwise
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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