Atlanta, Georgia, 1864: When Caitlyn McKae awoke in Atlanta her doctor believed her only secret was she was a woman disguised as a man fighting for the Confederacy. Knowing if the truth comes out she will face arrest or worse she hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself as governess to the daughter of Noah Becker. But the Union army is coming ever closer to Atlanta, and things are getting worse for the citizens of the city.
Noah fought for freedom in his native Germany and now feels he must protect his new home from destruction. Therefore he joins the Confederate army though he does not completely agree with their beliefs. Will Caitlyn and Noah survive the battle to come? Find out in Yankee in Atlanta book three of the “Heroines Behind the Lines” series by Jocelyn Green.
I really enjoyed this book, but the beginning was a little slow. About halfway through the story really picks up and I could not put it down. While each book in this series is almost a stand-alone novel, I appreciated that a few of the characters from the first book appear in this one, along with a relative of one of the main characters in the second.
While Caitlyn and Noah are the main characters here there truly are two stories: theirs and Caitlyn’s family in New York City. It was interesting to see the two perspectives on the war one in the far North and the other in the Deep South. They are in strikingly different circumstances, but there are some similarities too.
This book begins in May 1862 and ends in April 1865, so it covers most of the American Civil War. It gives an interesting picture of what life was like in the heart of the south during the war and the hardships endured. I learned so much and found the story fascinating.
Fear is a major theme in this book. Caitlyn lives in fear of being found out and of what will happen to her, and several other characters are dealing with this as well in their own situations. But through the story they learn how to deal with their fear and to trust God with their situation.
Overall this is a page turning adventure. I give it four and half out of five stars.
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Soli Deo Gloria!