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Yankee in Atlanta

(Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War #3)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  532 ratings  ·  112 reviews

When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin's only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta.

Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a gove
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by River North (first published April 1st 2014)
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Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yankee in Atlanta is the third book in the Heroines Behind the Lines series.
I did not read this series in order (for the sake of time), but I highly suggest you do. I am interested in reading the rest of the books—hopefully sometime soon.
I loved all of the history woven into this novel! I learned so many new things while reading, and it never felt info-dumpy at any point.
I had some trouble getting into this book, but after 70 pages or so, I was a lot more interested in the storyline. It took
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simply outstanding historical drama with twists and turns around ever chapter! This novel sucked me in from the start and I was immediately invested into the lives of the two female protagonists and secondary characters. The book is primarily split between two female characters, one in New York & one in Atlanta. Both story lines were captivating and at times heart stopping. The ending was extremely satisfying & the two romance stories in the book well worth the slow burn.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Simply delightful marriage of history with two different story lines. I adored this third book in the Heroines Behind the Lines series!

Yankee in Atlanta encompasses so many aspects of the Civil War and the level of detail is amazing. It is clear that author Jocelyn Green has spent a great deal of time researching her topic. I could smell Atlanta burning and hear the riotous crowds in New York City. The imagery was beautifully done.

All of the history was woven into two different story lines. Noah
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The third installment in Heroines Behind the Lines did not disappoint. Green's grasp of the historical era shines, as does her character development. I fell in love with the characters in the early pages and the mystery and intrigue kept me turning the pages. Green shows us the reality of the war, and the pain and heartache for both sides. It's a story of redemption, grace, and God's great love. ...more
Anne Osterlund
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Caitlin is a prisoner of war, though no one in the city of Atlanta knows she was actually serving as a soldier in the Union army before she wound up in a southern hospital. Nonetheless, she has no option of escape.

Except to take on the charge of a young girl whose father, Noah, is off to fight for the South. Caitlin knows her own days of returning to the battle line are done. But as a prisoner in Atlanta, the battle line may come to her.

Caitlin’s story was by far my favorite storyline within thi
3.5 stars.

Moving and compelling, I stayed up way too late last night reading this book. It had everything I've come to expect from Ms. Green: strong historical details, complex characters, and a holy and loving Father. The reasons I can't give more stars are as follows: 1) for one of the story lines, the MCs spent almost all of the book apart (but I guess the sweet epilogue more than made up for it), and 2) while my heart broke for the other heroine of this book, I was still so frustrated by her
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Some of the best historical novels I've read are built around historical facts with some liberties taken to enhance the story to gain the reader's heart and soul and that is just exactly what Jocelyn Green does in the latest novel, Yankee in Atlanta. This is the third novel in her Heroines Behind the Lines Series which I have been a part of since the beginning. This time she utilizes the American Civil War as her setting and places our heroine Caitlin McKae at the forefront of the battle where s ...more
Kate (The Shelf Life)
Can I just start off by gushing about the history! The detail and the events added to the story were fantastic. Jocelyn Green included aspects of the Civil War that aren't touched on by many, and I love that she includes it in her stories.

I love stories set during the time of the Civil War. There is so much there. From both the North and the South, there is so much history to work with and Jocelyn takes it and runs with it. She weaves her fictional characters (some based on true people) flawless
Another excellent installment to the series. The second book, Widow of Gettysburg, is still my favorite of the series, but this was also heart-rending and enthralling. It also led to some lively discussion about "Did Sherman really..." and "Did he know he was firing on civilians...". Any book that leads to the retrospective is a worthwhile read. Was Sherman right in firing cannons into a city of women and children? Could he have broken the backbone of the south without those drastic measures? Re ...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
I read this book back in September and just now getting around to writing a well earned five star review.

I found book three to be as intriguing as the first two books in this series. 

Women like Caitlin McKae took on roles they never expected to have to take on especially with no men to direct them in this mans world.  Most of the women were treated as if they were fragile, that is before their men set off to fight in the Civil War. So much to deal with on such fragile shoulders. Women like Caitl
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book swept me up from the first scene, and didn't let go until the final pages. I can't imagine having to hide loyalties during a time of war, like Caitlin did. I loved how she was determined to make the best of an awful situation, and learned to trust that God saw her and had a plan for her happiness, even when she couldn't see a way past the destruction of the city she'd started to call 'home'.
I loved that we saw more into the life of Ruby (from book 1, 'Wedded to War'), and her struggles
This book begins in 1862 in New York with a story about Caitlin McKae. Escaping a "murder scene" after defending herself from her stepfather's attack, Caitlin joins the Northern Army (as a man) with her brother Jack. Wounded on rebel soil, and separated from her brother, she was found with a dying rebel's coat wrapped around her wound and his bible in her hand. After treatment and release, she has to pretend she's a southern sympathizer, taking a teaching position in Atlanta. After the school cl ...more
Lydia Howe
Why I Choose this Book:

It appears to be a spy book and starts out with the MC masquerading as a man to fight in the Civil War. Now that, my friends, is a big grab for me.

What I Thought About this Book:

I had such high hopes for this book and it started out SO well. I read the first two books in the series just so I would be ready for this book and not miss out on anything. Both books 1 and 2 received three stars and I was pretty sure this was going to be a four star book because it was so promi
Jeanann Barrett
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another heart wrenching page turner. An exceptional read, highly recommended. That said what brought my rating down was the ending. A sucker for happily ever after -- this was just a little much. An awesome fictional write filled with true historic events turned into --- Once upon a time, the "prince" rode in on his horse and "all" lived happily after. But that is my opinion and I hope it does not stop anyone from reading this book. ...more
Hallie Szott
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Yankee in Atlanta is another fantastic historical novel from Jocelyn Green. As the third installment of her Heroines Behind the Battlelines series, it easily maintains the standard Green has established in the previous two novels (Wedded to War and Widow of Gettysburg). Still delving into the history of the Civil War, Green yet again captures expresses a specific and unique female experience. Yankee in Atlanta’s heroine, Caitlin McKae disguises herself
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The third book in this fabulous Civil War era series, Jocelyn Green does not disappoint. As with her others, she takes you behind the lines, so to speak, to give you the feeling that you just experienced the trials that others would have if you were living in that time.

It is hard to describe how this book touched me without giving too much of the story away, but I will say that I struggled to get to read it because I had my sister take it from me and another friend almost grab it to borrow, all
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The third book in the series and the most intriguing story yet.

I love the way Mrs. Green weaves actual history into her fictional stories.

I especially enjoyed the very end of the book tying together the Civil War time with the Orphan Trains and Westward Wagon Trains - historical things like that tend to be compartmentalized in my brain instead of thinking of the big picture of how these things happened at the same time!
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'Yankee in Atlanta' by Jocelyn Green continues the hard to put down series 'Heroines Behind the Lines.' 'Yankee' boasts Green's imagination flexing a bit to bring in character's we've met in previous books, intwining lives we care about. Her historical sense and moral compass bring deeper issues to light that give this story a literary quality. Worth every 5 stars I can give it. Can't wait to read more from Jocelyn Green! ...more
Cindy Nipper
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to read the truth and tragedies of the war! This was well written with love and compassion! Although it was a bit confusing going back and forth between the North and the South, it made sense and I can't think of a better way to write it!

I look forward to the rest of the series! I read them out of sequence but though there are connections this can easily be a stand alone book!
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Jocelyn Green. She manages so well the development of characters and the historical backdrop....weaving them together in a terrific novel. Much to love about this read. The historical research was well appreciated by this reader as well as the view of the war from different perspectives. I definitely recommend this read!
The 3rd installment in the Heroines Behind the Lines took over my evening. I could not put it down. While you can read these novels out of order, I highly recommend reading them as they were published. I loved having the various plots and characters from the previous novels intertwine with this book and our newer characters. Caitlin and Noah’s story was beautifully done, although I will say I felt the feelings were a bit rushed as they spent so little time together (but I can excuse this since I ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the series Heroine Behind the Lines. I listened to the audiobook and loved it! I loved the narrator and how she portrayed each character She absolutely made them come to life for me.
I love strong heroines that’s not so whiny and can stand alone and do things for themselves but when love comes along they can handle that too.
We see some of the north and the south fighting and how it affected each side. The south being so devastated by lack of food and medical supplies m
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yankee in Atlanta, written by Jocelyn Green, is book #3 in Heroines Behind the Lines.
In this book we get to know a couple characters from previous books in the series a little bit better and meet some new ones. Caitlin McKae is a Yankee/Irish girl who gets stuck in the south during the Civil War. Loved the way this character was portrayed. She was the bravest of women, a true Heroine behind the Lines! And then we meet the man Caitlin works for as a governess, Noah Becker, German Immigrant. Then
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this story! I LOVE this series! It never fails to be interesting and full of adventure. This story follows Caitlin who is injured in the war. Even though she is a Yankee, the doctor that treated her thought she was a Confederate. Thing get more interesting from there. She now becomes a Governess while hiding her true identity. She' in enemy territory and must stay safe. Even though Atlanta was fairly safe the war came to the town. She does everything she can to keep her charge ...more
Heather Wood
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Joy Kidney
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two stories intermingle--the North and the South, with secrets on both sides. And secrets from earlier books in the series. Complex and rewarding, the story and the characters and the very real history are fascinating. Learning some history of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was a surprise. I went to college and was married there. I always relish "The History behind the Story," which this book includes, including Cedar Falls' connection to the orphan train adoptions. The author also supplied a Selected Bibli ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This third book in the series is, again, truly remarkable. This author not only constantly surprises the reader with new, unexpected events and information but also brings consistency to the story by including characters from the first two books in the series. Be sure to read "the History Behind the Story" in the back of each book as each gives the reader insight into the true historical facts and the real historical characters that were incorporated into each story. Can't wait to read the 4th b ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books with the Civil War being the setting but these are my favorite. The stories and characters are wonderful. I love the carry over of characters from one book to the next, weaving in and out of the different story lines. I love the blurb in the back that tells when the story line was actually history. I read them out of order and thoroughly enjoyed them anyway. I wish the ride wasn't over. ...more
Amy Gieser
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
So I did finally finish this one. I hate to skip or even skim unless it’s completely unbearable. This got a little better. I did like the new main characters but not the sub story sequel of the prostitute from the 1st book. Didn’t seem very realistic to me. The ending of the main couple also felt unrealistic. Don’t think I’ll read any more of this series. I’ll just stick to her newer books that are much better.
I loved this book SO MUCH. I can hardly wait to read more by Jocelyn Green! She brings the American Civil War to life in such an authentic, breathtaking, and heart-wrenching way. The romances were bittersweet-ly tender. The faith theme raw and deep. Yankee in Atlanta was a complex, painful, engrossing, and beautiful read. So looking forward to reading the books in this series that, for some crazy reason, I haven't yet! ...more
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