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Spontaneous, fifteen-year-old Gretchen vows to help heal the nation from the recently ended Civil War. On the morning of President Lincoln's death, Gretchen finds an amnesiac Confederate in her garden and believes this is her chance for civic goodwill. But reconciliation is not as simple as Gretchen assumed.

When her mother returns from the market with news that a Confedera
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Published March 20th 2017 by Bright Bird Press
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TL
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
*Picked this at random from my Kindle backlog*

Not a bad books, takes awhile to get going and can feel repetitive at times during the first half. Some of the suspense is not there because we know "Karl" didn't kill Lincoln and the mystery of who he is isn't really a whole big focus.

The more exciting parts were after some family drama came into play and peaked my interest. A few amusing parts as well.

I wouldn't mind a novella with Tante Klegg though, would love to see more of her life before this
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Grady
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘The man perhaps could have been her brother. His body was gaunt, worn thin by trials Gretchen suspected she would never understand.’

Ohio author Belinda Kroll devotes her writing talent to composing books of Victorian fiction for children and teens. Not only is she bringing well-sculpted and entertaining stories to life but she also is encouraging young minds to explore and appreciate history. Her books to date are CATCING THE ROSE, HAUNTING MISS TRENTWOOD and now THE LAST APRIL.

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Kaitlin
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
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So The Last April is about a young girl in Ohio who finds a southern boy passed out in her yard, and the distrust her family harbors for him fostered during the Civil War and, most recently, due to the Lincoln assassination. Gretchen, the young lady in question, has a LOT going on with her in this book. Her father and brother are off at war, her mother's an hysteric (not medically, just prone to wild emotional swings), and her soon-to-be sister-in-law is manipulative and, put plainly, just kind ...more
David Styles
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The quality of the writing here is high, and the book is quite captivating in many aspects.

The historical backdrop is very credible (to me, at least; I am no expert on the period, but nothing leapt out to me as anachronistic), and the characterizations, likewise, perfectly believable.

I generally try to provide positive and negative observations in my reviews; in the category of criticisms, there are a few cliches that have been painfully overdone; yet another injured Confederate soldier nursed b
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Carolyn
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to imagine an American child finding much to relate to in THE LAST APRIL, which may be part of its draw. The story begins with the news of Abraham Lincoln’s death. The protagonist is a 15-year-old girl living with her German mother and aunt in Ohio, pining for her older brother and father to return from the Civil War that ended one week prior. She wants nothing more than to act in a way that will help reconstruct her surroundings and the opposing ideologies that still exist within it. ...more
Payal Sinha
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Last April is one book which I will give full five on five because of its theme, portrayal, flow and characterization.

The book takes us in the past when President Lincoln was murdered. The day was April 15, 1865. However in the life of Gretchen Miller the day was important because it brought a Confederate into her life. To make matters worse this Confederate had escaped from Camp Chase and had seemingly lost all his memories. Life then decides to unveil lots of surprises for her- the least i
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KarynH
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story of the war from a young girl’s point of view – An amazing story
The Author has gone to great length to show her prowess when it comes to telling a story. She has
told the story of the war from a different angle from our popular knowledge. While others bothered themselves with the events surrounding the death of the president, Gretchen had more pressing personal issues to deal with.
First the sudden appearance of a man. When she learned the man was from the confederation, she had more ch
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Kate Brackett
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a historical fiction book packed with drama. The main character is a 15-year-old girl who finds a young Confederate soldier in their garden and nurses him back to health. Her mother, her aunt, and future sister-in-law all are against the idea. Their significant others and also the girl's (Gretchen's) kin are off fighting in the war, so harboring a Confederate solider, no matter how young and helpless creates a mini-war at home. The plot heats up when President Lincoln was assassina ...more
Sue Brooks
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll start by saying that Belinda Kroll is a new author for me to read -- and OMG, she is an amazing author!!! She did an awesome job of researching the story - which really made the reading of the book more enjoyable. The amazing American history facts that were written into the story made the reading a pleasant experience.

This story starts by introducing you to Gretchen - a teenage girl who lives in Ohio during the civil war. When she discovers a soldier while working in her garden of her home
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Shanell Meek
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic page turning historical novel

The Last April by Belinda Kroll is a historical novel that takes place in Ohio in 1865. Gretchen is a 15 year old who finds a confederate soldier who escaped from a prison camp not far from her home, she takes him in and nurses him back to health despite the protests from her family members. Gretchen’s family is certain that the young man could have killed President Lincoln but Gretchen is convinced that she needs to help him because they would want someo
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Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Belinda Kroll delivers a wonderful book packed with a lot of historically accurate details and without losing the importance of delivering a strong plotline.
Last April focuses on a teenage girl right after the Civil War period. She founds and takes care of a wounded Confederate soldier only to find out that maybe he’s the one who just killed President Lincoln. When her family finds out what she’s been doing, a lot of secrets resurface and threaten to tear the family apart. It’s a brilliant stor
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Sanjin
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is really compelling and truly excellent book. In the shortest possible sense – get it and read it, it is great.
The Last April is a historical novel, or maybe a really long story, set in the time of Civil War. Young girl finds someone in her garden and it turns out that it may be a murderer of president Lincoln. It is really tense, fast and gripping story, characters are great and I enjoyed every page. It is a really good idea for a story, I love when the author uses a few characters, commo
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Julius Blitzy
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The most amazing thing I found in this book is the wide variety of elements that blended so well within historical and clever facts of the Civil War, it serves a greater purpose not only to add a sense of weight and tragedy about the story but also to enrich and keep the reader engage to what could happen next.
Setting and characters are amazingly built, it’s incredible how the author manages to create such an accurate depiction of that specific time in story while also recreate what could have p
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Renee Spicuzza
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Belinda Kroll’s, “The Last April,” is a very unique take on the experiences of individuals post civil war and simultaneously following the death of Abraham Lincoln. Kroll develops the story line with the accommodation of the history that we all know and are familiar with. Using the historical aspects that many of us are in tune with makes it much easier to follow and connect the dots for where the story could potentially be going. I enjoyed that the innocence of Gretchen as a teenager and her st ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical story which will draw you in quickly

This is a story about a teen age girl living in Ohio during the civil war and the death of Abraham Lincoln. When she discovers a solider in the garden of her home, Gretchen thinks this could be the thing that changed her life. As the journey continues our young star begins to discover things from the past that find her questioning everything she has always believed. This is a well written story with historical accuracy and characters that we can a
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T.S.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author did a great job with world building. I felt sucked right into the world and forgot I was reading a book. The character development and the weaving of the assassination, the mysterious man, and the state of the country after the war were done wonderfully. There were some points where flow had some hiccups but otherwise very well done.

Normally, I'm not a historical fiction fan, but when you can nail down a character and make me connect all bets are off and that is exactly what Ms. Kroll
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Stacy Brunner
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction is my favorite! Historical fiction that can capture the interest of young people is especially dear to me.

The Last April weaves a clever tale into a significant time in our nation's history while also immersing us in local history. It's an exciting story that gives a glimpse into the lives of Ohioans during the time of the Civil War. It takes place on a farm outside Columbus in the home of German immigrants.

A hefty list of references confirms that the author has done her resea
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Archie
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction!
The book is good for kids as its rich in history and a story of 15 year old girl. The setting is around the time when President Lincoln was assassinated and here this girl finds an injured Confederate soldier in her garden. She helps this soldier despite of her family strong resistance. The story is good with message of helping others and hope, in the past and todays tensed political times.
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Belinda Kroll writes fantastical Victorian fiction about secrets and the strong females who unearth them. In addition to being an author, she is a user experience design professional, hobbyist photographer, and lindy hopper. She is obsessed with eyeglasses, Korean dramas, home renovation and cooking shows, and petting every dog that allows her to do so. She lives with her family in Ohio. Visit her ...more

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