I do not read too many books where the girl disguises herself as a man. It is not really a favorite storyline of mine but this was an interesting one as it takes place during the Civil War, and Josie disguises herself as a man to become a Union soldier. Her reasons for doing so seemed a bit weak for me and her cousin gives her some pretty good alternatives, but whether it was her pride or youth, 19 year old Josie goes off to war. She is a pretty good soldier and fools her fellow comrades including Levi Albright. Levi is also a conundrum as he is a Quaker but has decided to go to war to keep the Union together. I was pleasantly surprised at how both of these characters were very out of the box with their way of thinking and tried to rely on God and do right.
Besides the tension of the war, knowing a battle was coming soon, and knowing that Josie was a woman and the anticipation of danger to her was great, there is also a spy among them. One who is ruthless and going a bit mad. Besides Levi’s and Josie’s point of views, we are also given the spy’s and were privy to his hit list of the Union soldiers he planned on taking out. I thought the author did a good job of keeping his identity hidden and wondering when this mad man would strike next. We were introduced to several soldiers that had me trying to guess who it was. I did not guess correctly.
The first half of this book was like a waiting game; the second half picks up the dangers of the war, the spy’s nefarious plans, and ultimately the romance. This was a pretty good read at keeping me on my toes so to speak.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.