Erin Lindsay McCabe. New York: Crown Publishers, 2014. 304 pp. Rating: Striking + 5 Scoops
In an era devoid of modern day technology, you are newly
married and a war is raging. The trickle flow of information sets all on edge.
Hoping for news from loved ones, each mail delivery breeds both fear and anticipation.
Spirited, hand-on-hip Rosetta Edwards refuses to become a
spinster. Persuading her sweetheart, Jeremiah Wakefield, to marry her before he
joins the Army, Rosetta enjoys two weeks of marital bliss. Unable to bear a
year without Jeremiah, Rosetta secretly follows him; temporarily shedding her
identity for that of Private Joss Stone, soldier of Company H of the
Ninety-Seventh Volunteers. Recovering from the shock of Rosetta’s audacious
presence, Jeremiah, failing to convince Rosetta to return home allows her to
stay. What follows is a poignant story of love, friendship, and war.