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Where Can I Flee

(Ancient Words #1)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  44 reviews
War is on the horizon during the spring of 1861. It will be an event that will change the lives of everyone in its path. The Harper family included.

Frank Harper is a young man full of dreams and ambitions. Even when the country is split and war breaks out, Frank will do whatever is necessary to see his dreams come true, even when that means putting on a uniform and leaving
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published August 13th 2014
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Amanda Tero
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! There was a slight self-published feel, but the storyline gripped me and I forgot about any amateur "feel."

The civil war has been an era in which I've delighted since childhood (going to Civil War reenactments....yeah....). I though Mrs. Heath did an amazing job bringing the Civil War to life in the pages of her book. She captured the hopes and anticipation of the soldiers at the beginning of the war, then their fears, regrets, and discouragement as time dragged o
Joanie Bruce
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Since history is not one of my favorite subjects, this kind of book is not one I usually choose to read. However, I found myself drawn into this story and wanted to find out what happened in the end of the book.

What I liked: The plot started out interesting and never became boring. Since the Civil War claimed so many lives, and Claire’s twin, Frank, left home to fight with the southern states, the reader was left agonizing over whether he would be coming home at the end of the book. Even though
Alicia Ruggieri
So excited for the sequel!

A simple story – a Confederate family goes to war – yet never simplistic, Where Can I Flee? managed to tug at my heartstrings more than once. How? Through its candid, three-dimensional characters – I think of the Harpers as real people at this point! Through its very real portrayal of war as starkly foul and the counterpart of God’s redemption as clearly and solidly beautiful.

The author obviously did her research – I loved the little details that she added into the stor
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author, A.M. Heath, for gifting me with a copy of Where Can I Flee in exchange for an honest review!

This was such a refreshing book to read. I haven't read all that much historical fiction so I'm by no means an expert but I have to say that this book tackled a time period I haven't seen before. Let's take a closer look shall we?

First off, the time period. This is totally personal preference but I really like reading about the times back in the 17 and 1800's. All of the chivalry,
Deanne Patterson
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, where to start on this review. I have read many civil war fiction and nonfiction books because I have such an interest in it. For a debut author I was just blown away. Are you sure you haven't been writing for years under another name ? Just kidding. The author definitely has done much research before starting this book and it shows. I could feel Claire's pain as Frank boarded the train to leave after enlisting in the war. A good part of the book took place as letters between Fra ...more
Mary Ann
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a good book! I can tell the author did quite a bit of research in order to make the reader feel as if they were right there with the characters. Her attention to detail impressed me many times.

Set during the Civil War, there's a little bit of everything here- history, mystery, romance, bromance, suspense, love, war, heartbreak and comedy with a thread of God's incredible love woven in from beginning to end.

This book can be read as is- as a light read or you can take time to consider the c
Sharon Paavola
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This intriguing and moving book begins in 1861 in the South. Claire Harper and her twin brother, Frank are facing the reality of life on a small farm with their father and the conflict between the Union and the south over the slavery issue. Frank is fascinated with joining the troops to beat the Union in their tracks. His enthusiasm is not shared with Claire who adamantly opposes his decision. As he leaves Claire steps up to help her dad with the farm chores but with her delicate health the risk ...more
Where Can I Fee is one of the best Civil War era books I have ever read. A.M. Heath research and writing is remarkable and it’s hard to believe this was her debut novel. The research Heath has done for her Ancient Words Series shines through. Olen Harper and his twins, Claire and Frank, are three dimensional characters that came to life from the start. Frank leaves home to fight for his country and rights. Claire’s life has been fragile but she’s determined to assist her father on their farm wit ...more
Krista Noorman
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At the heart of this Civil War story is faith - newfound faith, return and repentance, and a refusal to believe in God at all.

A.M. Heath spent countless hours researching the Civil War era for this book and it really showed, from the bloody battles to the conditions the soldiers faced and back to the families those men/boys left behind. She covered it all in such a way that I felt and understood both perspectives. The story shifted back and forth between war and home with the exchange of letters
Kimberly Williams
Where Can I Flee is full of everything a good story needs. The characters are true to the historical setting, the atmosphere draws you into the Civil War era, you experience what families in that time period lived out. The struggle that Claire and Franks father had when he had to bury his wife, the struggle of a son going to war, the internal struggle with salvation, and the tension that all of these things can bring into a family.

I love how A.M. Heath used this story to present the gospel of C
Karen Hadley
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

I have just finished the first book in this series "From Where Can I Flee". I enjoyed this book, It has a different perspective from one soldier that I don't remembering reading in any other Civil War Fiction Book. The author weaves God's graciousness all through the pages. I was holding my breath when I finished the last chapter, relieved and looking forward to the next book in this series to read more about these characters and what God does in their lives. Hard times are still ahead of them a
Tiffany Reed
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book from a new upcoming Christian author. Rates right up there with Kingsbury and Oke. Left me wanting more and can't wait until the next book comes out. ...more
Esther Filbrun
Jul 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
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I’ve been waiting quite a while to be able to finally read this book! Having enjoyed a lot of Heath’s more recent releases, I’ve been curious about her earlier books—and especially so when I heard people talking about this Ralph guy they loved and something about the Civil War. When the chance came to read it, I took it, and I’m glad I did!

Although this book was a slow read for me, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Claire, her world, and her family. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book before
Angie Thompson
I enjoyed this story and appreciated all the historical detail that went into it. Also, the author's note at the end explaining what was historical and what had been changed for the sake of the story was really neat!

The style felt a bit awkward at times, but I know this is one of the author's earliest works, so that's definitely understandable. There were also some occasions where I felt like some of the word choices (especially in the characters' dialogue and thoughts) didn't reflect the period
Becky Dempsey
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story is partially told through the letters that Frank and Claire send to each other. Though it was different than other books I've read, it was an interesting and fitting way to tell this story. Claire's letters are often filled with her concern for her brother's spiritual life and therefore, the gospel is woven throughout the book heavily.

"Where Can I Flee" is the first book in the Ancient Words Series and the story carries over into the next book. This is not really a romance story and yo
Mandy Paulson
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I first decided to read this book I wasn't quite sure that I would like it. I have never really read anything from this time peroid except for text book material! However, I was invested in this novel and the wonderful characters with in almost instantly. From the opening to the ending I was truly hooked. My jaw even droped when I realized that I had just read the last sectance of the book! The characters are amazingly developed. Claire and Frank Harper now seem like real people to me. I fe ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
:"Where Can I Flee" by A. M. Heath is a ,for lack of not knowing a better word to write, fantastic book. It is filled with all the emotions that this reader wants in a book! It has bitterness and love and fear and forgiveness and acceptance!

This story is about a brother and sister who are separated by war. Claire is devastaed when her brother Frank joins the Confederate army. She is worried about his life but worries most about his soul.

Clare's letters to Frank are written so well by the autho
Dana Kamstra
Where Can I Flee is a novel that captures the everyday of the Civil War. So many times, when we look at the wars the battles become a focal point. A.M. Heath does a wonderful job portraying what life was like day to day for the women their husbands, sons, and brothers left behind as they moved to war, along with the everyday that the soldiers faced.

Told from multiple perspectives and through letters, the reader embarks on a journey of faith with the Harper family. Claire is an extremely likable
Anita Pitts
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where Can I Flee is the story of a girl caught up in the middle of the Civil War. As you can imagine, the turmoil surrounding her during this time proves to provide her with a series of life changing events. Claire Harper has come to terms with the fact that her brother is now a soldier in the Confederate Army. The life she had grown accustomed to living is now drastically different. We all know that the Civil War resulted in divisions between states, but this war also caused divisions between f ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is something special about a story when it leaves you pondering about your choices in life or the choices that you will make in the future. After reading Where Can I Flee, I wonder if I'm living out the Savior's purpose/call for my life.

Claire, Frank, Olen had no relationship with the Lover of their souls, until something major impacted all their lives and they knew they couldn't survive without Him. These characters made this story brilliant, you will get to see a love of a sister for he
Deana Dick
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Both of the books in this captivating series is filled with hope, love and struggle. I enjoyed getting to know Claire and her twin brother Frank in the first book , Where Can I Flee? Claire has a deep love for God and prays daily that her dad and brother will find their relationship with Him again. The story sweeps across an era that has long since been a favorite of mine to read about. The Civil War was hard for the troops as they were supplied with little provisions. As Claire and her brother ...more
Angela Cormier redmond sabbe
I should start out by saying that Where Can I Flee, wouldn't normally be a book I would choose for myself. I typically have a difficult time getting into "period" of historical novels. That said, I LOVE THIS BOOK!! The authors style of writing and delivery of the story really grabbed me and pulled me right in! Where Can I Flee is a civil war era story about a family that has experienced their fair share of hardship. When Frank Harper joins the Confederate Army, his sister Claire is heartbroken t ...more
Kimberly Bowie
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm an avid reader of this time period and I loved this book! A.M. Heath's Where Can I Flee is a wonderfully written story set during the Civil War. This story follows the Harper family and their struggles with life, family, loss, and faith during this difficult time period. This story doesnt' just gloss over, it gives a real picture of the war and a family's real struggles. This story primarily focuses on Claire Harper and her twin brother, Frank. You can really feel Claire's struggle to lead h ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Where Can I Flee
This is my first book by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed Where Can I Flee! Claire Harper is struggling with her brother fighting in the war because she doesn’t want to loose him. After going to church and hearing the gospel, Claire gives her life to the Lord, and her concern for her brother is even more severe because she knows he is not a Christian. A. M. Heath does a fabulous job of giving the gospel of Jesus to her readers through the lives of the
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Where Can I Flee is the debut novel by A. M. Heath and is a richly comprehensive novel of life during the Civil War. The research needed to write the story must have been mind-boggling. However, Heath was able to convincingly convey a tale full of the pain, struggles and suffering experienced by everyone during the war.

Claire and Frank Harper, twins, have been best friends their entire lives. When the War Between the States begins, Frank, wanting to preserve the Southern way of life (to include
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Where Can I Flee" by A.M. Heath is awesome!! She brought the Civil War to life and how it changed so many people's lives. Frank and Claire were twin brother and sister raised by a father who gave up on God when their mother died. Frank goes to war without knowing Jesus and Claire learns to believe and excepts Jesus in her heart. A.M. Heath spreads the word of God's love through Claire's letters to her brother. This book is so well written I felt as if I were standing on the battle field or with ...more
Jennifer Osufsen
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you want a book that delves into the human side of war, "Where Can I Flee" doesn't disappoint. The author is very creative in her approach, telling parts of the story through letters to and from home. A good majority of what we know of the Civil War comes from letters of soldiers and their families; Heath brings history to life in a similar manner.

The twins, Claire and Frank, undergo incredible character changes. Claire finds strength in her faith that she didn't possess before. Frank matures
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Civil War Story. A family is torn apart by the War. It lets us see the family as they deal with separation of a loving family member. Forgiving ourselves is sometimes a hard thing to do. But the author shows us that it's so much better to forgive ourselves and give our life to God and let Him help us through whatever our problems might be. A little romance and a little growing up for some of the characters. Can't wait to see how it's all played out & if Frank makes it home alive in the next bo ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Where Can I Flee was such an amazing story of loyalty, love, loss and redemption set during the Civil War. It is centered around the close relationship of siblings, Claire and Frank. Frank is in the Confederate Army fighting, not only what the North is trying to take away from them, but also belief in the Lord. Claire struggles with an attraction to a man who is her brother's enemy, as well as of those she loves and cares about. There are several "sub stories" within this story and I will look f
Rachel Swander
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader, I was very pleased with this book. The author's intimate knowledge of the setting and diligent research of actual events is apparent. The characters are believable and endearing. The historicity of this story provides a solid foundation. There is just enough romance for sentimental readers, enough facts for history buffs, and the truth of the gospel shines through every chapter.

This is a book you will enjoy and want to share with your mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and grandm
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Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and a retired cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a d

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