Friday, November 23, 2018

Review: My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa's Conflict by Murray Pura

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About the Book:

Clarissa Avery Ross has everything a young woman could dream, including the undying devotion of the handsome Kyle Forrester. But she never dreamed a war would take the love of her life away from her. And she never dared hope the war would bring him back again in the summer of 1863. 

My Thoughts:

In Clarissa’s Conflict, we are taken to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania during the years of December 1860-December 1863. Clarissa was quite a feisty character, impulsive, independent, and the only child of her parents who allowed her escapades. At the beginning of the story we find Clarissa working in the Underground Railroad and dealing with all the dangers that involved. Clarissa does do some maturing as the story progresses, as she deals with the dangers of the Railroad and then the war is on her doorstep and in her town of Gettysburg.

Clarissa is a woman ahead of her time. She fights for the freedom of slaves in all that she can do and expects her love, Kyle Forrester to do the same. But though Kyle is against slavery, he goes about things much different than Clarissa. And then we are given a mysterious character by the name of Liberty, who is not only masked and resolute, almost terrifyingly so in his work on the Railroad, but has many secrets hidden that Clarissa is dying to uncover.

This story takes the reader from the start of the war, all the way through the battle of Gettysburg and gives us an eyewitness account of what it may have been like to be a young woman watching her town being turned into a battlefield. I have been to Gettysburg and could just imagine that horrible conflict there. Even though Clarissa could be over the top in her character at times, the romance was sweet and fierce, and the battle was a great reminder of thankfulness to those who fought for freedom and the preservation of the United States.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All views and opinions are my own.

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