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My Dearest Cecelia: A Novel of the Southern Belle Who Stole General Sherman's Heart

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As she enters the Commencement Ball at West Point on a spring evening in 1837, Cecelia Stovall looks and feels like the perfect, innocent Southern belle. But at that dance she will meet the man who will change her life--and the lives of her fellow Southerners--forever. Cecelia falls instantly in love with the dashing young Northern cadet William Sherman, and they embark on ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 24th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 27th 2003)
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Connie N.
This book was much more than I had expected when I first started. It began slowly, kind of with the epilogue first, then it gradually grew into a strong love story. William Sherman and Cecelia Stovall are both real people in history, although I suppose this connection between them is fictional. They met and immediately fell in love as teenagers when he was at West Point with her brother. Being a Northerner, even in the 1830's, was taboo, so her brother did all he could to come between them, inte ...more
Amber
Aug 30, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Civil War buffs, historical romance
Recommended to Amber by: Self
So, I meant to write this a while (bold and underline this ...in your mind) ago but time and life was all crazy and work and stuff. I was lucky enough to receive an autographed copy of My Dearest Cecelia and I was beyond overjoyed. Sure ,I love all of Diane's books, but I was wary about reading this one as I am not much into Civil War history and I had just read Lincoln: Team of Rivals. Great book and full of history goodness. I sat myself down and began to read My Dearest Cecelia. It doesn't di ...more
Marilee
Jun 02, 2012 Marilee rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!
"Legend has it that Sherman's love for Cecelia was the reason he spared her hometown Augusta during his infamous march to the sea, when he burned Atlanta to the ground. Diane Haeger has re-created this lost romance in a sweeping and lyrical novel that will be treasured equally by the history enthusiast and the incurable romantic. As she enters the Commencement Ball at West Point on a spring evening in 1837, Cecelia Stovall looks and feels like the perfect, innocent Southern belle
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Denise
Mar 20, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing
Based upon true events, this story is one that many people have experienced. Finding love while young but being forced, through events, family or society, to stay apart except for infrequent (and stolen) moments of searing and blissful passion. A poignant love story about two soul mates whose hearts are forever connected while their bodies are physically kept apart. Very enjoyable read!
Sarah
Mar 24, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book because it combines so much of what I like into a book: historical fiction, a good love story and the Civil War. Wow. Great read. Couple rated-R moments/questionable morality, but intriguing story nonetheless.
Crystal
Mar 02, 2016 Crystal rated it really liked it
great book. haeger takes us inside the mind of the infamous Sherman and his secret love. This is a book about choices and their consequences, about forgiveness and looking past the pain to see the pain of another.
Sandra
This was one of the best books I've read in awhile. Similar to "Gone with the Wind" in some ways, but very different too. A story of love, slavery, Underground railroad, and bravery, as well as the war between North and South. I loved the heroine, Cecelia the most.
Amanda
Aug 06, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really liked this book it was a very sweet story although a bit overdramatic and far-fetched at times
Ethel Doucette
Apr 11, 2016 Ethel Doucette rated it it was amazing
This was a book I couldn't put down, and I didn't want it to end. I didn't know about the great love of Sherman's life and the story behind it.
Gin Tadvick
Apr 18, 2013 Gin Tadvick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I liked this book in general, I felt it dragged in some places and rushed through in others.
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Cathy Ryan
Dec 07, 2015 Cathy Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was wonderful. I'm loving these historical fiction books. Bring me more!!
Amanda
Dec 13, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very predictable & chessy, but it's mindless entertainment and a great beach read.
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Susan
Mar 02, 2011 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A really lame romance that we read by mistake.
Lisa
Jan 14, 2008 Lisa rated it did not like it
usually love historical fiction. This one was more romance novel and unbelievable in all areas.
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Diane Haeger is the author of thirteen historical novels, including Courtesan, The Ruby Ring and My Dearest Cecilia. She lives in California with her husband and family.
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