I chose to read Yankee in Atlanta based on the author: Jocelyn Green. You may be familiar with her books Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and Faith Deployed…Again. She is a big proponent of the military and fostering healthy marriages within the military community. Her newest book Yankee in Atlanta gave me my first taste of her fictional writing.
Never a dull moment! Yankee In Atlanta follows Caitlin McKae, a woman who has disguised herself as a man in order to enlist in the Union Army during the Civil War. Mistaken for a Confederate soldier, McKae finds herself behind enemy lines with a battlefield injury which results in her hospitalization. Once healed, she decides to make her home in Atlanta and is hired as the governess of the Noah Becker’s household. When Noah enlists in the Rebel army he leaves his daughter, Ana, in the charge of Ms. McKae. As the war rages on and the Rebel army tries to hold its ground, Caitlin battles against starvation, disease, and the discovery of her secret.
Jocelyn Green superbly contrasts the tribulation of the South with events taking place simultaneously in the North. The reader is awarded with two compelling, interwoven story lines which portray strong female characters. The main storyline gets more print, of course, but the second is equally fascinating and significant to the outcome of the book.
The historical details will fascinate history buffs and casual readers alike. Green graphically portrays the effects of the war on soldiers, families, and commerce in this tale. She describes how the war breaks down gender roles and how families in the South struggle to meet their basic needs. She also spotlights prejudices on both sides of the battle lines.
Yankee in Atlanta packs a “one-two” punch with historical intrigue and heart wrenching struggles. Mrs. Green does not back down from difficult subjects! In this book she takes on poverty, betrayal, self-righteousness, and sins committed out of desperation. She blankets them all with spiritual lessons of endurance, forgiveness and grace.
Yankee in Atlanta is the third installment in the Heroines Behind the Lines Series by Jocelyn Green. Before the year is out I will make it a point to read books 1 & 2! Book 3 is worth 5 shiny gold stars!!
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About the Author:
Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.
Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.
Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
For more information on this series, visit www.HeroinesBehindtheLines.com.