For the Colleys of southeastern Missouri, the War between the States is a plague that threatens devastation, despite the family’s avowed neutrality. For eighteen-year-old Adair Colley, it is a nightmare that tears apart her family and forces her and her sisters to flee. The treachery of a fellow traveler, however, brings about her arrest, and she is caged with the criminal...more
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Then, while she…moreYes. She sits and watches Neumann call out for her for a long time. He calls out "Adair! I will not stop looking until I find you."
Then, while she sits and watches him from a distance, the wind comes up, the new moon glints through the trees, Neumann sits on the veranda and lights a cigar, and:
"She rose to her feet and laid the silver brush down on her bundle. She gathered her skirts in her hand and began to walk down the hill, hurrying, before the light failed."(less)
gets you a little off balance on that first chapter.
Just concentrate and you'll get used to it soon.
It is a historical fiction that relates how southern women were treated during the civil war. In particular southern women ...more
In the Ozark Mountains, the American Civil War is happening. 18-year old Adair's home is set on fire, the family's horses stolen, and her father taken away. Adair leaves with her two younger sisters. She wants to find her dad and her horses and bring them back home. Along the way, however, under martial law, she is arrested and taken away from her sisters.
It took me a really long time to get into this book. I only got more interested in the last third of the book, or so (maybe because ...more
Enemy Women is the Odyssean tale of Adair Colley during the final years of the Civil War. Adair has lost her family and her home to a gang of renegade militia men patrolling southeastern Missouri. She is later falsely accused of being a spy for the confederacy, and sent to prison. There she meets Union Maj. William Neumann, who is in charge of deposing her, and in doing so, they both become besotted. Ultimately, Adair escapes prison and spends the remain ...more
Another problem I had was I couldn't find the right tone while reading Adair's dialogue or narration. I couldn't tell if she was genuine, snarky, witty, or naive. When she was speaking with her love intere ...more
On opposite sides of the ...more
Adair Colley is an eighteen-year-old lady whose family vowed to remain neutral during the time of war. However, the Union soldiers ruined their house and took their father away leaving her with the responsibility to take care of her two younger sisters.
But shortly, Adair, like many other women sent to prison, was falsely accused of aiding the guerillas. While behind the bars, Adair caught the attention of Major William ...more
Each chapter has one or more excerpts from actual war records of some sort - correspondence from private citizens, military records, etc. - with subject matter simil ...more
It's the characters in th ...more
Adair is caught and sent to prison which was common during the war. She meets Major William Neumann, a Union officer, ...more
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The lack of quotation marks was awful. It took me twice as long to read because I couldn't figure out who was talking.
As for her relationship, there was so much more that could have been done but it was never fleshed out AT ALL! As others have said, I am much more convinced she loved her horse more than she did him.
The whole book just didn't seem believable to me. I'm not one ...more
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Writing was the same, the pinching of thoughts into marks on paper and trying to keep your cursive legible, trying to think of the next thing to say and then behind you on several sheets of paper you find you have left permanent tracks, a trail, upon which anybody could follow you. Stalking you through your deep woods of private thought.