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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fragile Dreams by Karen Cogan

Fragile Dreams by Karen Cogan
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Historical, Inspirational
Length: Full (160 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

The Civil war unleashes a bitter battle near Caroline's home--and in her heart. Parentless, and with a young brother to tend, Caroline blames God and the Yankees for her difficulties. Then, she finds a wounded Union soldier lying in her lawn, and her world is turned upside-down...

Shot and left for dead, Nate thanks God for the Confederate angel who takes him in and nurses him back to health, but dreams of taking her West with him after the war are dampened by her Southern alliances and hardened heart.

Will the war pull them apart, or can Nate's faith bind them together?

One by one, she was losing the people closest to her and perhaps, her home as well.

The battles have been intense near the plantation home of Caroline. With her mother and father both passed away, her brother off fighting in the war, Caroline feels responsible for the care of her grandmother and her little brother Andrew. Caroline has lost her faith and blames God and the Yankee’s for the problems she is having.

Off on the back part of her land three Yankee soldiers are shot. One survives and finds his way to Caroline’s home. Shot and left for dead Nate thanks God for the confederate angel. Through the help with her grandmother they tend to this injuries. Andrew does not want him in the house, but pleads with his sister not to turn him in. What has made Andrew so upset? And why does he not want him turned over to the sheriff.

Jed, the local sheriff, injured in the war, has become very bitter and is set to kill any Yankee whether he is in uniform or not. As he pressure Caroline more and more to marry him. As she keeps putting him off she finds out things about it that helps her make up her mind that he is not for her.

As her faith grows once again as does her affection for Nate, can it work out for them? Will her brother make it back from the war? What about the rumors going around town that she has been seen with a Yankee.

This is a well written historical novel, that keeps the reader interested. The author writes descriptively, as she must to have a good historical novel. The characters were wonderfully drawn, and the plot superb. This story shows that with faith you can overcome all obstacles. We also see clearly that there is good and bad in all situations and people, regardelss of whether they are from the North or the South. If you're a fan of American historicals, you won't go wrong by picking up this book to read!