"And then I see the map, still on the bedside stand. I sit on the edge of the bed and unfold it carefully. Jeremiah has made a heart at Flat Creek and...more"And then I see the map, still on the bedside stand. I sit on the edge of the bed and unfold it carefully. Jeremiah has made a heart at Flat Creek and a star at Herkimer. But in the Nebraska Territory he has written, I shall always be near to you."
That old adage "you learn something new every day" is never truer than when you are a reader of historical fiction. For example, I never knew that there were women who disguised themselves as men and fought in the front lines of the American Civil War. Erin Lindsay McCabe's I Shall Be Near To You was inspired by the more than 250 reported cases of women fighting as men in the Civil War, and it's as fascinating as it sounds!
I Shall Be Near To You is an incredibly intriguing read! It didn't take long for me to get hooked and I hated having to put it down. It's the perfect mix of history, love, war, friendship, hardship, and hope. I was thinking as I was reading how it would make an amazing movie. I could totally see Hailee Steinfeld (the young actress from the movie Grit) as Rosetta.
Rosetta Wakefield is a woman after my own heart! Strong-willed, strong of heart, and tough as nails. If you are a lover of strong heroines then you will love her!
McCabe is an excellent writer, I was really impressed that this is her debut novel. The dialogue and dialect of the time felt genuine and authentic. I don't know about you but when I read in my head it always has the accent of the characters, and even though I've finished the book I find myself talking in her southern drawl and it makes me giggle. You'll find when you read the book that Rosetta isn't an easy character to forget. Her strength, passion, and determination were inspirational. I am very happy to have read I Shall Be Near To You and I whole-heartedly recommend that you check it out. It would be an excellent addition to an historical lovers bookshelf!
"He shakes and it is dark enough I can still say I ain't ever seen him cry. My heart goes cracking wide open, but at least I am alive to feel it. I am a different woman now, a wife who knows what this war really is. At least I am part of this war, part of the things Jeremiah's done here, things that will always be hiding somewhere in his heart."(less)