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The Vacant Chair

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The Civil War has torn Brianna Taylor’s family apart and made her a widow. Determined to ease the suffering of the wounded crowding the Union hospitals and honor the memory of the man she loved, she embarks on a career as a nurse. But then he arrives—a patient who makes her feel alive again in spite of her resolve to stay detached.

Captain Justin Thompson understands the c
Paperback, 375 pages
Published 2013 by Kaylea Cross
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Wonderful, romantic and a heartbreaking tale of love loss and newly found. Set in the 1800's during the Civil War; Kaylea does a great job in setting the vivid scenes showing both the tender and harsh sides associated with the atrocities of war.

This showcases a different facet to Kaylea Cross' writing, as this being her first historical romance, and let me tell you that it's a beauty. To her fans she's well known for her great military romantic suspense and whilst this may not be as fast paced
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: civil-war
4.5 Love this author, thought she did great on her first historical!
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different from her other books

I am writing this review for those who don't normally read historical romance (like myself). I don't really like the genre, for a few reasons. The books tell both history and the story, so they tend to drag on and on over long periods of time. Most historical romances play of in depressing times of history, and are filled with tradegy.

I get that many people love that, and that is great. For this reason I ratedbthe book a 4, because I cannot blame it if I don't
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One for the history books

Loved this heart-wrenching story. The Revolutionary war destroyed a lot, families and towns were hit the hardest. Despite all that Brianna lost, she was able to rebuild her life. Justin "lost" his family to war, but finding Brianna he won back so much more.
Kaylea Cross out did herself with this amazing story.
Sandy N
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best historical romance I have read. I love that civil war genre and kaylea cross did an amazing job. Hope that she will have a new historical book coming up soon. I can't wait. ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at The Rookie Romance Blog.

I'll be honest, I don't know a whole lot about the American civil war. But Kaylea Cross paints such a vivid picture of life at the time. I learnt a lot, and it all felt so accurate and detailed, but it was never boring.
I was very intrigued by the blurb and started reading this story with eagerness. Although, in retrospect, I should not have started reading at night because it was almost impossible to put down!

Brianna and Justin meet briefly when sh
If I could give more than 5* for this story it would be 10 *.

Vacant Chair is one of the best historical romance books that I have ever read. I am impressed by Kaylea's Cross love for details and historical accuracy.

Th story was set in in the 1800's during the Civil War and brings together two people in the most impossible and improbable times that maybe in another lifetime would have never met.

After her husband died at the beginning of the war and seeing that there was a desperate need of help
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
Originally posted on What I'm Reading

Last night I decided to start The Vacant Chair by Kaylea Cross. I really wasn't feeling like reading, so I had to put the book down. I'm kind of glad I did, because this book demanded my full attention. I don't say this to often, but I couldn't put The Vacant Chair down today. I had to finish it. A stellar read. I'm not kidding. Normally, I don't go towards Civil War time frame books. Let's be honest, I tend to read a lot of Regency or Victorian, but this was
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As you may know by now I am a huge history geek and so when the opportunity to review The Vacant Chair, a civil war romance, came around I lept at the chance. I am extremely glad I did. While a work of fiction the accurate historical detail is astounding.

The hero of The Vacant Chair is Justin Thompson a captain in the Fifth Michigan Cavalry known as the Wolverines. Justin and his brother Mitch are both injured and end up in a Union army hospital where a beautiful nurse he met in passing is work
Lexi Buchanan
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There is only one word to describe this book and that is AWESOME!!!

This book was so out of my usual genre, preferring Contemporary Romance, Erotica, New Young Adult, but having read all of Kaylea Cross's other books (Military Romance and Paranormal), I bought this the day of release as well and I loved it too bits and didn't want it to end. This is a full length novel, but I could have carried on and on.

The novel is set during the American Civil War so you also get a bit of a history lesson. Not
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The hardships of war have taken their toll on Bree. Now working as a nurse by chance she meet a wounded soldier named Justin and found a love she never thought she would have again. Their trials aren't over though, they are just beginning for the young couple.

I liked the story overall. There was a part at the ending that I don't think was rally needed but maybe the author wanted to tell a little more about what happened in real life.

Brianna is strong willed and she has a thick skin to be able
I loved this book! I have read everything Kaylea wrote and decided to read this while taking a history class as a complimentary read. I never expected to be drawn in and laugh and cry and feel like I was living everyday next to a woman working as a nurse/doctor in a field hospital during the civil war. I grew to understand how much more complicated the entire situation was emotionally for the women who lived through this time. Women who loved men on both sides and worried day and night. Families ...more
Sue Stewart
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most beautifully written books I have read. The Civil War background, for this historical, represents such a sad time for our country! An ugly war with brother against brother! That being said, what an awesome story! I laughed and cried and fell in love right along with Brianna. I was broken hearted when the book ended - because I so wanted more! I now go and listen to the song The Vacant Chair and relive the book all over again. It is proudly displayed on my KEEPER list! Hig ...more
Jacqui Nelson
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kaylea Cross has written a story with the perfect blend of history, romance and character. Her characters come alive on the page. By the end of the book Brianna and Justin felt like close friends. The historical elements are astoundingly detailed as well - but they don't overwhelm the story. This book has it all. I highly recommend it to readers of any genre. ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best novels I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. A real page turner, it is packed with a perfect blend of romance, history, adventure and has a riveting storyline. I highly recommend it to those who love historical fiction.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Closer to 3 1//2 stars
Alison Higson
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant read by the awesome Kaylea Cross.
Glenda Bettin
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW once again Kaylea did it, a winner! I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Even today I keep thinking about Justin and Breanna. This is a 10 star and a MUST read. You rock girl ! ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really Really enjoyed this read. I cried reading a couple of scenes!! I would highly recommend this book.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nation ...more

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