Her Captain's Heart (Gabriel Sisters #1)
by Lyn Cote (Goodreads Author)
Nothing is impossible—as far as idealistic schoolteacher Verity Hardy is concerned. The lovely widow is certain teaching freed slaves in a Virginia town torn apart by the Civil War will help heal bitterness and old wounds. But she's finding that the school's cynical builder, Matthew Ritter, has little reason to have faith in her—or anything else.
An ex-Union captain, Matt h...more
Mass Market Paperback, 277 pages
Published 2008 by Harlequin Books
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For some reason, I had high hopes for this novel. After reading it, I'm not sure why I did. The characters are two-dimensional, vapid, and often stereotyped. The dialogue is stilted and unsuited to the time period in which the story is supposed to be set; much of the time, it sounds more like a history lesson than a conversation. Even worse, the "history lesson" is poor at best. The book screamed "I was written in the 21st century - let me show you this by condensing the events that happened in...more
Another good book by Lyn Cote. She is fast becoming my go to author when I want a good book to read. This story is the first in her Gabriel Sister's series (book #2 –Her patchwork Family is already out – see my review and book #3 is schedule to come out Dec. 2010.) This book is about Verity who moves to Virginia with her daughter after the civil war to teach freed slaves children how to read/write. WOW Verity had a lot of guts – Cote wrote her as a very strong woman but still had a softer side....more
This is a good book with Quaker schoolteacher Verity being sent with her young daughter to teach at the local Freedman's School in Virginia. Matt is a former Union officer who is also employed by the Freedman's Bureau. Matt disagrees with her when she wants to teach both the white children and the black children at the Freedman's School.
I was quite let down by this book. Reading the summary on the back pretty much covers all the good points in the book. THe characters have no depth to them. The story in some ways has been done over and over in many other post Civil War books. I wish I had something good to say about this book, but there just isn't.
Oct 18, 2009 Becky rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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I confess that I couldn't finish this book. Every once in a while I don't mind a good corny, cheesy book that's a clean love story, but even this one was a little much for me. I had a hard time suspending belief on this one. She's a Quaker, but her husband died in the Civil War? Does anyone else see a problem with this besides me? (Quaker's don't believe in participating in war). It also infuses today's belief system on the Post Civil War era that is just not even remotely realistic. I was getti...more
I liked this book. The characters were interesting and the love story was sweet. It was nice to have a story where the characters weren't hiding horrible secrets since that gets old. The book was kind of idealistic but it is fiction. I enjoyed the read.
A Reconstruction-era romance featuring a Quaker schoolteacher and a former solider working together for the Freedman's Bureau in the small Virginia town where the soldier's abolitionist family was run out of, years prior. This is post-Civil War America; there are no easy solutions, and the book reflects that complexity. The characters and the romance really worked for me; I can see the couple in a true and loving partnership, despite the obstacles between them and around them.
Lyn grew up loving books. Her favorite night of the week was Friday night, when the Bookmobile came to her neighborhood in Illinois. She’d spend those two hours chatting with the driver of the Bookmobile and the librarian and making the big decision of the week — which books to check out! In those distant days, children were limited in how many books they could check out. Lyn could only take home...moreMore about Lyn Cote...