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The Soldier's Secret

4.6  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
A picture of pure shock and curiosity, Emma placed her empty glass down, “Surely, you are not suggesting I dress as a man and enlist in the Union Army!”
“That is precisely what I am suggesting.”

In an era when women are adornments, Northerner Emma Mansfield finds it challenging to fit the mold. It becomes an impossible task when her country is torn apart by civil war. Knowin
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 27th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Mark Tilbury
This is only one of a few books I've read that have featured the American civil war. It was obvious that Heather had done a lot of research for the book as being in among the battles seemed very realistic. The relationships between the soldiers were also really well done.

Emma/Emmet/Em experiences all the horrors of war after concealing her identity and joining the Union army. Wanting news of her brothers, she quickly has to learn to act like a man and fight in war alongside the rest of her regim
William Stuart
Aug 09, 2015 William Stuart rated it it was amazing
I found about this book on Facebook when a friend of mine wrote a review. Intrigued by his review, I decided to step way outside my normal genres to read a Civil War historical romance. Great decision!

Synopsis (from the author): A picture of pure shock and curiosity, Emma placed her empty glass down, “Surely, you are not suggesting I dress as a man and enlist in the Union Army!”
“That is precisely what I am suggesting.”

In an era when women are adornments, Northerner Emma Mansfield finds it chal
Dec 20, 2015 Lilmissmolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Soldier's Secret by Heather Osborne is a very enjoyable historical fiction novel set during the Civil War. The story focuses on New York debutante Emma Mansfield who is unlike any other well to do female of her acquaintance (she is uninterested in dating and only finding a suitable match). After her older brother goes off to war - and then her younger brother runs away to join the Confederacy - she too joins the Union Army in disguise as a young artillery soldier named Emmett Hawkins in an ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Denise rated it it was amazing
The author has written a wonderful story of love during the War of Northern Aggression. The H/h were both from the North, but the story played out of brother against brother in this sad time of American History.

Ms. Osborne gave very developed and complex characters in her story-which was a refreshing surprise.

(I was given a copy of the audio book by the author for a review.)
Alathia Morgan
Most stories about the Civil War are about the girl waiting at home for the boy to fight and come back to her, well not this story.
Emma enlists as a young man called Em who is familiar with artillery. On a mission to find her brothers who were fighting on opposites sides, Em is torn between her loyalty to the cause and saving her family. When an officer takes an interest in Em's rebel brother, she is forced to rescue him and flee to safety. Labeled as deserters they can't make it far on their ow
This was a very touching read so much more than a romance but a wonderful read filled of so much pain and sorrow for all of those who fault in a war where really both sides lost so much. The author shows how brother fault against brother, father against son. This is one author that has done her research giving you a wonderful powerful read full of mystery, pain, love and romance.

Heather Osborne as a narrator gave so much too this audio from her wonderful talented voice to her many wonderful char
Zeecé Lugo
Mar 07, 2015 Zeecé Lugo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Soldier’s Secret is historical fiction set during the American Civil War. The heroine, Emma Mansfield, is engaged to be married to a dashing young doctor, but life has other adventures in store for her. Her older brother signs up to fight for the Union Army, but her younger brother runs away and joins the Confederate Army. Later on, her fiancé also joins the Union as an army doctor. As the war progresses and letters from the field fail to arrive, Emma becomes desperate to hear from the men she ...more
Lorrie Farrelly
Dec 04, 2015 Lorrie Farrelly rated it it was amazing
The gripping story of a young woman whose life as the daughter of a close-knit and wealthy New York family is nearly as fraught with danger and suspense as her life as a passing-for-male Union soldier during the Civil War, THE SOLDIER'S SECRET is an engrossing page-turner.

Desperate to learn the fates of her brothers, one a Union soldier, the other Confederate, Emma Mansfield defies both convention and common sense when she takes the daring and reckless step of joining the Union Army in the guise
C.J. Rutherford
Feb 16, 2015 C.J. Rutherford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've ever read!

I had the privilege to beta read this book. And it was a privilege, believe me.

Let me start by saying that this isn't a genre I normally read, but I'm a huge American Civil War buff, so I was intrigued when I was asked to read it.

I am so glad I accepted. The book tells the story of Emma Mansfield, a young woman from a well to do family living in Rochester, NY. It's the early days of the Civil War, and her older brother joins up on the Union side. Unfortunate
I enjoyed listening to this drama which follows the life of Emma during the Civil War and her dressing as a man to enlist in the Union Army. I felt the author took time to develop Emma's character before she went to war and this helped me care about her. For me, the domestic scenes were described very well and evocative of the era. However I did feel some parts of the story didn't work well and were rather coincidental. For example, it was never fully explained why one brother went to fight with ...more
Sahara Foley
May 03, 2015 Sahara Foley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Soldier’s Secret has been awarded the Readers Favorite Five Star badge. And I certainly understand why. This story is beautifully written and steeped with rich historical events. Not the best from our history, and definitely the most costly in needless death tolls. Heather Osborne depicts the horrible fighting and living conditions during the Civil War in great detail and I can’t even begin to imagine what life as a soldier had to have been like. Why a woman, especially from a genteel ...more
Demelza Carlton
I love historical fiction and I loved the detailed research evident in this book. The rich portrayal of main characters Emma Mansfield and Dr Colin McCafferty brought the story to life brilliantly, drawing me in deeper until the end. I expected a historical romance and found it was just as much historical fiction, with romance the last thing on the main characters' minds most of the time.

Some of the battle details in the book were a bit dry for my taste, though as I imagine the alternative woul
Jalpa Williby
Mar 02, 2015 Jalpa Williby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This historical fiction was truly a great read. It took place during the Civil War era, literally in the middle of the battle field. Worried about her brothers serving in the war, Emma disguised herself as a male and enlisted as a soldier. I really enjoyed Emma's character. She was a strong female and really nothing stopped her from finding her answers. Emma not only had to figure out a way to survive the war, but the villain of the story was searching for her. She found herself on the run as ...more
Ju Ephraime
Jun 07, 2015 Ju Ephraime rated it it was amazing
I bought this book with some hesitation. I’d read plenty of books and seen plenty of movies about the Civil War, why read one more, but I’m glad I did. This book is not only about the Civil War but about its impact on one family’s life and the extraordinary length one young woman goes through to serve her country and be close to the man she loves. Emma refused to follow protocol and remain at home while the men in her life were being injured and put in harm’s way every day, so she joined the ...more
Dena Nicotra
Mar 10, 2015 Dena Nicotra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I started reading this book I was immediately reminded of "Gone With the Wind" - but that quickly changed....this is not a story of female fragility. In fact, it is anything but. Em makes decisions and finds herself in positions that will have the reader both fearful for her and cheering her on. Love, honor, determination, and sheer grit drive her to restore her family under the harshest circumstances of war in a bygone era. The characters are rich, the story is compelling and the pace will ...more
Luke Taylor
Jan 25, 2016 Luke Taylor rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
My stars? Five stars! As Cold Mountain is one of my favorite movies I was predisposed to enjoy this story, especially considering the brilliant twist of the plot; in which Emma Mansfield, out of moral compunction to see to her brother's safety and that of her fiancee, transforms herself into a man to join the Union Army, and in the process, finds herself in the gauntlet of the bloodiest war of American history. Heather Osborne writes the battle scenes with a plucky hand, and by squinting through ...more
Lucinda Moebius
Apr 21, 2015 Lucinda Moebius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Little Romance with the Historical fiction

I enjoyed the sweet romantic element of this story. Set against the background of war, this story has all the elements of romance, history, conflict and surprise necessary for fantastic story-telling. The female protagonist isn't a delicate flower waiting for her hero to come home to save her. She is a strong character who has the chance to be a hero herself. The romantic aspect of the story doesn't overwhelm the plot and allows for a well-developed c
Jan 29, 2016 April rated it it was amazing
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

This is a historical fiction set during the Civil War. It explores many facets of the conflict and how it affected one family in particular , and friends and neighbors as well.

I would read/ listen to other works by this author .

The narration was excellent,
Cheryl Richards
Mar 01, 2015 Cheryl Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written

The journey of Emma and Colin felt almost real and Emma's quiet courage was held through out the story. This author took me effortlessly from scene to scene, and her descriptions never overpowered, but expertly placed me standing next to her characters. Very well written.
Cherime MacFarlane
Jan 18, 2016 Cherime MacFarlane rated it it was amazing
There were some twists in this one and a great deal of history. The plot was out of the ordinary. I've read a couple with the same general premise, but his one took things further and did a good job. Interesting, engrossing read. I enjoyed it.
Nov 24, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually a paranormal romance fan and would not normally give this book a second glance but I won the book in a competition and I’m so glad I did.

There was action as the author tells the story of the historic battles won/lost and well researched accounts of the horrors of the war and the cruelty of soldiers toward the enemy

There was romance in the relationship between Emma and her fiancé Colin which is a slow sweet romance with emotion rather than explicit sex scenes

And there is adventure as
Kimberly Westrope
May 29, 2016 Kimberly Westrope rated it liked it
While I love the premise of this story, it felt a bit too generalized rather than an in depth look at what it was like to be a woman posing as a male soldier during the civil war. I didn't really feel emotionally attached to any of the characters, except when one young man was killed. I don't think we are given a close enough look at the characters to really get to know them and become attached.

I listened to the audio version and I found the narration a bit hard to follow at times. Many of the m
Kim Murphy
Mar 02, 2015 Kim Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoy stories about the female soldiers of the Civil War in both fact and fiction. In The Soldier's Secret, Emma Mansfield joins the war effort after her brothers. Like in so many families, one brother joins the Union and the other, the Confederacy. Then something else happens, Emma falls in love with Dr. Colin McCafferty. He also gets drawn into the war, and Emma becomes Emmett Hawkins.

The Soldier's Secret is more than a love story. It has action, but not the gore of war. More impo
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Heather Osborne was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Victimology, as well as coursework in Early Childhood Education. In 2009, she met her husband and moved to Scotland, very much a dream of hers since she was a small child. Heather has been writing short stories for as long as she can remember. She also has written and directed several plays. In her ...more
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