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"A vivid portrait of life on the Missouri River, from the cramped quarters of the packet boat, through the outpost settlements up the river, to the squalid docks of St. Louis. . .[A]n entertaining historical tale of faith, action, and romance." ""Publisher's Weekly "on" A Captain for Laura Rose""" "This stand-alone novel has all the makings of a great romance: love, intrigue, mystery and unforgettable characters. Whitson's historical details on female riverboat captains are incredible." ""RT Book Reviews," starred review, on "A Captain for Laura Rose""" "As usual, Stephanie Grace Whitson skillfully weaves unforgettable characters with an unforgettable time in history. Step aboard the "Laura Rose." You will definitely enjoy the ride!" "Nancy Moser, bestselling author of" The Journey of Josephine" and "Mozart's Sister" on" A Captain for Laura Rose""" "Whitson celebrates the strong but unknown heroines who marched off to war with their men, as well as those who maintained the home front, in this Civil War-era inspirational....Based on true events, this story will capture the hearts of historical fiction fans." ""Publishers Weekly""" "The author's gift for multidimensional characters and tight plotting shines through. Romance, family drama, immigrants and dueling factions in the same town add action and intrigue." ""RT Book Reviews""" An inspiring story of discovering courage and friendship through tremendous adversity. Drawing on the actual histories of women who found ways to work on the battlefront during the Civil War, this outstanding historical will attract fans of Janette Oke, Lisa Wingate, and Tamera Alexander. *Starred Review* "Library Journal""Reseña del editor:
As the mistress of her brother's Missouri plantation, Miss Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess-and to not ask questions about her brother Walker's business affairs. When Walker's political aspirations lead him to organize the Wildwood Guard in support of the Confederacy - and to offer his plantation as the center of operations - Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. But she is truly put to the test as the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, and she must find a way to protect the people who depend on her.
Libbie's closest neighbor, Irish immigrant Maggie Malone, wants no part of the war either. She's content to let 'the Americans' settle their differences-until her brothers join Missouri's Irish Brigade, and one of their names shows up on a list of injured soldiers. Desperate for news, Maggie sets off for Boonville, where the Federal army is camped. There she quickly captures the attention of Sergeant John Coulter, who grows to admire her skill and dedication. When circumstances force Maggie to remain with the brigade, she discovers that there's a lot a good woman can do to help the men she has come to think of as 'her boys.' She doesn't see herself as the kind of woman a man would court, but John Coulter is determined to convince her otherwise.
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