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Unwilling Warrior (Seasons of Redemption #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  108 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Amid the dangers of the Civil War, Valerie Fontaine longs to know she is loved and saved. Her father, however, is cold and withdrawn. And their Christian houseguest, the photographer Benjamin McCabe, seems arrogant and judgmental. When Valerie commits her own life to Christ she finds herself drawn to Ben. But her father, against her wishes, is prepared to sell her into a l ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Realms (first published 1994)
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Jun 02, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
The Plot:
Valerie comes home after deciding that living away from her father after her mother's death was too difficult. When she returns home she is confronted with a father who is stricken with grief, a beau from childhood, and a house guest who she has never met before.

Ben is on a journey to find his brother who has gone missing. He has agreed to his father's request of checking up on a husband who has recently lost his wife. There he meets the lovely Valerie.

The romance is not a sunshine a
Sarah Elizabeth
Oct 15, 2014 Sarah Elizabeth rated it really liked it
A great historical fiction! I loved the characters. The plot was thrilling and yet laced with reality, and the romance, sweet.

Set during the War Between the States, we get a glimpse of what it was like for those not off fighting for their beliefs. Valerie Fontaine is used to wealth and the luxuries it affords. Benjamin McCabe is a Missouri country boy, healing from a broken heart and searching for his missing brother. God deems it fit to throw them together and life speeds on. When Valerie's fa
Jul 18, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book. Enjoyed reading a romance from the Civil War era. Ben is definitely my kind of guy. I also liked the way Boeshaar weaves Christian messages throughout the story, without overdoing it.
Aug 18, 2016 Stacey rated it it was amazing
I would like to extend a heartfelt 1CThank you 1D to Andrea Boeshaar and her publisher for sending me a copy of "An Unwilling Warrior" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

I have only just begun to read this novel, and my heart and imagination a
Jan 20, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it
When Valerie Fontaine returns home from boarding school, she finds that her father does not welcome her. Furthermore, she has an unwelcome suitor and her father's house-guest to entertain. When she is forced to flee her home, scandal and lies dog her every step. Can Valerie overcome the vicious sabotage that threatens to destroy her?
This was a really good book, it had perhaps a bit more of a romantic plot line than I care for but it had many things about it that I did like. For example, I love
Jun 04, 2010 Wyndy rated it it was amazing
Unwilling Warrior is a Civil War romance. Valerie returns home to New Orleans from her young women's school in Virginia after her mother's death only find that her father doesn't want her there. His house guest is a young man who is a photographer photographing the Confederate army and battles while he searches for his younger brother. It is a delightful book full of anxious moments, good character development, surprises, spys, personal dramas, and realistic descriptions of areas as well as the ...more
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
May 09, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical lovers; everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: FIRST
Andrea Boeshaar is an amazing author! She captured me from page one, as I was immediately drawn into the stroy beside Valerie. I felt the history of the story come to life right away.

This particular story is full of many different emotions-from sadness, heartache and a betraying tragedy to happiness, friendship and love to God's undivided mercy on His children. Valerie and Benjamin's characters are beautifully created and blend perfectly with the story line. While Andrea Boeshaar's story is fic
Jul 02, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Andrea Boeshaar
Publisher: Realms
May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59979-985-8
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Valerie Fontaine didn’t want to remain at boarding school during the winter holidays, but her father didn’t want her come home. The War Between the States were just beginning, and he felt it was unsafe for her to travel. Not only that, but the death of Valerie’s mother has the whole family in a tailspin, and Mr. Fontaine is coping by focusing on work and drowning his sor
Maureen Timerman
Feb 10, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
At first I almost didn't read this book, what a mistake that would have been. I Loved it! It was a real page turner and a fast read. Interesting tidbits of the Civil War are included in this book.
It has it all History, Romance, Murder, and through it all a Love of the Lord.
I also loved that there is an epilogue in this book, something I wish more books had that don't have a sequel!

Product Description
The War Between the States has Valerie Fontaine frightened about her future. She never suspects
Jul 19, 2010 Amydeanne rated it it was amazing
This historical romance will steal your heart; young Valerie Fontaine is alone after her mother dies, so she heads home to be with her father hoping it will fill the hole in her heart and relieve some of the pain she feels. She only discovers that she doesn't really know her father at all. While at home she meets Benjamin McCabe a photographer who seems to have captured more than images. Benjamin is on the search for his brother Luke whom he was separated from during one of their outtings. Throu ...more
Jun 02, 2010 Megan rated it liked it
Valerie needs to feel safe again, as she did before her mother died. She is looking for that love and security from the men in her life: first her father, and later Benjamin McCabe. She initially forgets to look to her heavenly father for the belonging that only he can provide. This is a novel of discovery and real everyday struggles with feelings of jealousy, doubt, and neglect. Unwilling Warrior is a fun and engaging read with romance and adventure. The historical setting of the civil war and ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story and thought it was unique and very well written. The conversations flowed nicely and came across as being realistic. I thought the romance was off to a great start BUT (and here's a bit of a reveal - WARNING) thought the author missed the mark when the groom didn't even kiss the bride before she left and signed the telegram with "sincerely." I know these are minor things but they can effect the story as a whole. I don't think a man in love - that just got married would send ...more
Carol Fleisher
Mar 31, 2013 Carol Fleisher rated it it was amazing

Book Description:

The War Between the Sates has Valeria Fontaine frightened about her future. And when her wealthy father is charged with supplying Federal gunboats in order to save his shipping business, Valerie is suspected of conspiracy. Suddenly she's forced to flee her upscale New Orleans home or be taken into custody by Confederate troops.
Benjamin McCabe has a noble dream to make his mark on the world and has decided that photographing the Civil War is the way to accomplish it. But since t
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Book 1 in the Seasons of Redemption series, this was not quite the traditional historical romance I was expecting. For the most part, I enjoyed the story. Valerie and Ben are terrific characters. James is a cad and Catherine is horrible, almost to the point of being a caricature. I kept waiting for her family members to call her on her abysmal treatment of Valerie and no one ever did.

My assumption is that since this is the first in the series, none of these characters have appeared in other Boes
Lori Twichell
Oct 22, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book, I was certain that it was going to be a typical period romance where the two very attractive people that, at first, don’t look like they belong end up together. Then we get the happily ever after…yadda yadda yadda. You know what I mean. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was much more to this than the typical romance. With some intrigue, twists and surprised, Boeshaar has crafted an enjoyable tale that takes us not only into the opening stages of ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Summer rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute delight. The plot was well organized and the characters well developed. There was a part, however, where I felt that the plot was moving too quickly. But given the circumstances in which the plot was forced to move at such a quick pace, maybe I'm just trying to find something to complain about. I love how throughout the book, the characters had to lean on God time and time again to get them through tough situations, thus strengthening their faith in the process.
I must w
Mindy Detweiler
Jul 06, 2010 Mindy Detweiler rated it really liked it
My Take: To be honest this book took awhile for me to get into. I just wasn't drawn in right away like I am with other books. I would read a few pages then put the book down. This continued until I got about halfway through the book, then I didn't want to put the book down at all. I couldn't wait to find out what happens between Valerie and Ben. I was hoping that James Ladden ,who becomes Valerie's fiancee through a deal made by her father to pay a debt , would be taught a lesson. Would Ben find ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Dawn rated it it was ok
It started out nice, but quickly became predictable and cliche. Not completely terrible, but not great.
Mar 18, 2014 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Season of Redemption Series by Andrea Boeshaar, "Unwilling Warrior", was a good Spring Break beginning on my Nook. It begins the saga of the McCabe family as they struggle to hold on to love and their faith during the Civil War---no matter what the cost.
Electra Masterson
Jul 30, 2015 Electra Masterson rated it really liked it
a little heavy on the religion but a good story with good moral lessons
Sep 18, 2015 Allyson rated it liked it
I realized why I had a hard time getting through this book. It was not because I didn't like the writing style or the characters or even the plot. It's the summary. The summary reveals too much and exaggerates the plot. I didn't start to get into the story until Chapter 14...when I started learning something that wasn't told to me in the summary on the back of the book. When there are only 22 chapters, this is extremely disappointing. Good job at writing the book, Ms. Boeshaar. Bad job on the ba ...more
May 02, 2016 Strawberry rated it it was ok
Valerie and Benjamin feel an immediate connection when they meet. They must triumph over her father, her suitor James, his cousin Catherine, and the Union army to gain a life together and Catherine is certain that Benjamin will her hers. Diappointing that Valerie and Benjamin are separated for almost half of the book, so the story starts out as a 3 and instead of building to 4 it separates the couple and drops to a 2.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Mar 19, 2012 Miss Pippi the Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith-fiction
Valerie Fontaine returned home to New Orleans to seek comfort after her mother passed away. Her father is upset that she left her finishing school. With Valerie around, his plans are crumbling. A photographer, Benjamin McCabe, befriends the Fontaines and seeks to rescue Valerie from a dangerous future.

Time Period: Civil War, 1861
Location: New Orleans & Missouri
Sep 27, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Fabulous! The plot can get a little "preachy" at times, but the messages are very touching. There are nail-biting, keep-you-up-all-night dramas in all 3 of the books in this series: Unwilling Warrior; Uncertain Heart; and Unexpected Love. Read each one in that order, or you won't know what's going on! I read all 3 in 48 hours; they're THAT GOOD!
Glenda L
Jan 30, 2011 Glenda L rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This was a beautifully written Christian book of triumph over tragedy that left me breathless at times. You get it all Christianity, history, and romance. I can't wait to read Book 2. This is a book that I won't soon forget. Andrea Boeshaar writes excellent books.
Lisa M.
Apr 28, 2013 Lisa M. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: diana bartch
A very good book! And it's a series! I love series...this one is set during 1860's in the South at the start of the Civil War. It's an easy good uncomplicated read!

now I need to find book #2!
Hildy Peterson
Jul 24, 2012 Hildy Peterson rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, listmania
Grade: C-

No character development, no feeling of interest for any of the characters. A completely mindless read. I will take a pass on the rest of the series.
Anita Schweppe
Good but pretty standard Christian historical romance. I prefer more history and less romance.
Margaret Chind
May 03, 2010 Margaret Chind marked it as to-read
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST
*Thanks to Strang Book Group for providing a copy for review through FIRST Wild Card Tours.*
Katrina Thompson
Mar 12, 2013 Katrina Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: done-reading
I thought it was a cute book that left me on edge and it was a pretty quick read.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Aug 19, 2015 11:59AM  
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Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar has been married for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Daniel, have three adult sons, daughters-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. Andrea's educational background includes the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where she studied in English, and Alverno College where she studied in Professional Communications and Business Management.

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Seasons of Redemption (4 books)
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  • Unexpected Love (Seasons of Redemption, #3)
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