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The Yankee Widow

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A richly layered, emotional novel about one woman’s courage and the choices she must make in the face of a dangerous war.

Caroline is the young wife of Jacob, who together live on a farm raising their daughter just outside of Gettysburg. When Jacob joins the Northern army, no one anticipates he will not return. Then Caroline gets word that her husband is wounded, and she mu
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Published May 1st 2019 by MIRA
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
4+ stars!

Beautiful writing. Charming characters. Unforgettable story.

Caroline is a young wife and mother who is left to manage the family farm when her husband, Jacob, joins the army and is sent off into war. Caroline stays strong in the face of the unknown, with the help of her four-year-old daughter, Rachel, her grandmother, Geneva, and hired farmhand, Enoch. One day Caroline receives word that Jacob is wounded on the battlefield. She leaves Rachel with Geneva and the farm in Enoch’s care, to
Brenda - Traveling Sister
As a lover of historical fiction 0f WWII, I jumped at the chance to read something a bit out of my usual by reading this one. While what I thought was out of my usual it wasn’t so much and I was pleasantly surprised. Back in the day, historical romance heavy on the romance was my favorite and I loved stories with the backdrop to the civil war. I was reminded in this story just how fascinated by the civil war I am.

The Yankee Widow is a refreshing, moving and richly layered saga with strong well-d
Norma * Traveling Sister
Immersive, passionate & vivid!

THE YANKEE WIDOW by LINDA LAEL MILLER was an interesting, riveting, compelling, heartfelt, moving and highly entertaining historical fiction novel that immediately grabbed my attention and held taut right to the very end. I was thoroughly impressed and fascinated with this storyline and with MILLER’S storytelling. It has been quite a little while that I have been this entranced and absorbed in a historical fiction novel - I was glued to those pages.

"She cried for mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters. She cried for Mr. Lincoln and the devastating burdens they bore, day by day, night by night. She wept for the nation she loved so dearly, forged in the hardship and hope and courage in the face of impossible odds, only to lie broken and bleeding....."

Linda Lael Miller presents a novel carved ruggedly from the dire sacrifices thrust upon this nation during the Civil War. She pivots her story back and forth through the e
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Beautifully written and rich in detail, The Yankee Widow will transport you back in time to an era that is seldom talked about let alone experienced. With a country literally torn in two with brother again brother and friend and foes alike, this atmospheric novel will make you feel like you are in the very heart of the battle, both on the field and off.

A time when war raged the country side, women had to be strong and independent and children grew up way too fast. When men were gentlemen still
In the past six months, I've grown to love historical fiction. I was stuck in the same two genres for years and I'm so glad that I've finally opened my mind to read a more diverse selection.
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and the opinion expressed in this review is my own.

This novel of historical fiction tells a fantastic Civil War story. The story follows Caroline, a young wife and mother who learns late that her husband was wounded in battle. The story that follows will tug at you
Five stars for the setting of Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War. 4 stars for the two charming and chivalrous war heroes from opposing sides of the conflict who vie for the affections of the beautiful war widow. 3 stars for descriptions of how the war affected one family and their attitudes towards each other, towards blacks, and towards their country. 2 stars for characterization that was just too wooden and one-dimensional. 1 star for too much repetition.
Linda Broday
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about going where your heart leads no matter your beliefs. Miller pulls out all the stops on this emotional, gripping tale set during the Civil War. She puts you smack in the center of the action with multiple viewpoints ranging from a war-torn widow to a slave to two best friends fighting on opposite sides. Grieving widow Caroline Hammond lives on a farm outside of Gettysburg and finds herself in the middle of one of the biggest, bloodiest battles of the war. In the aftermath, ...more
Joanna Park
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Yankee Widow is a stunning piece of historical fiction. I was immediately drawn into the story and the time of the American Civil war. I didn’t know much about this period in history so I found all the historical details really fascinating.

The story is told from multiple points of view from people on both sides of the conflict which helped increase my understanding of the personal impact of the war on the normal people who had to live through it and fight in it. It was often the case that fr
Sarah  (sarahandherbookshelves)
*ARC provided by publisher for review*

I really enjoyed this historical fiction novel! The Yankee Widow is set during the civil war. This is a time period I do not know much about as I am Canadian and I love reading about time periods I know less about. The particular story is about the Hammond family. All the characters in this book where well developed and I felt the emotions they did. This one was told in multiple POV's but mainly through Caroline. I really enjoyed her chapters as she was such
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a lot of LLM's books over the years. I believe this one is her best. When I read that Linda was going to write a Civil War saga set in Gettysburg, Pa I couldn't wait for it to be published. Born and raised in Pa, Gettysburg has always been one of my favorite places to visit. It is hauntingly beautiful and historic. She does a great job of evoking the place and the emotions that must have been present during the battle. Her focus is on the townspeople, especially Caroline, the Yankee ...more
Maureen Timerman
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Reading the title of this book we knew that Caroline is a widow, but we also meet her husband, and the realities of this horrible war, a tear is all that he is offering, and your heart breaks a little.
Most of this story takes place in Pennsylvania, and we put faces, thanks to the author, to what life might have been like during this horrific time in the history of our country.
I was quickly drawn into this story, and was soon hiding in the secret room with those that needed not to be seen.
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an arc in exchange for my honest review.
4.5 stars rounded up. I’ve always been intrigued by the Civil War. My (3x)great grandfather left his family and farm to fight with the northern army. His portrait hung on the wall in my parents’ home. I didn’t truly appreciate the extent of his sacrifice until I began to read accounts of the war – told from various perspectives. Linda Lael Miller’s novel The Yankee Widow is the story of Caroline, a young widow from
Farmhouse Reads
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
”The Yankee Widow is a book that I was excited to read. I have been a devoted reader of the author, Linda Lael Miller since my junior high days. However, I was not overly thrilled with this story. In fact, I would even go as far as to say I was disappointed. This story is in no way a romance novel. Instead, this story is a detailed account of multiple points of views from various individuals of what the civil war had been like.

The fictional telling of the civil war within the story is a mixtur
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars
After reading the first few chapters I was very excited. believing I was about to love this book. BUT, after a while I became irritated. My "pet peeve" (fillers, useless, meaningless words) appeared, and did not stop appearing! The book was inundated with my "pp" which greatly reduced my enjoyment of a, potentially, good novel. The character were terrific, nice romance, the period (civil war, my fave) great....and then the BUT. I wish editors would pay more attention to the annoying "fi
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel set during the Civil War(one of my favorite eras to read about!). Civil War historical fiction fans will gobble it up.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

A richly layered saga is set against the backdrop of the Civil War

In The Yankee Widow, gifted storyteller Linda Lael Miller explores the complexities and heartbreak that families experienced as men took up arms to preserve the nation and defend their way of life.

Told in a smart, assured and
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THE YANKEE WIDOW by Linda Lael Miller is set during the Civil War and takes readers right through the Battle of Gettysburg in all its horror and death. Caroline Hammond, the main character, becomes a widow at the start of the story when her husband, young Jacob, dies after becoming grievously injured at the Battle of Chancellorsville. She travels to Washington City, as it was known then, and finds him at the point of death.

Returning home with his coffin, Caroline prepares to continue to operate
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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She become a young widow due to the Civil War. Mourning her husband and trying to keep the family farm going with the help of a freed slave and a pregnant runaway. War rages around her bringing to her home two men from different sides of the war, who are best friends. Who will survive? Who will she pick? What secrets are revealed and can she love again?

Caroline Hammond needs to find her husband after he's wounded in the battle of Chancellorsville. With help from a Union supply officer and a nurs
Colline Vinay Kook-Chun
Reading The Yankee Widow was interesting for me as I had not yet read a novel describing the viewpoint of a Yankee woman during the American Civil War. The strength the widow (Caroline) had to find within herself was described in the story as well as the many of the obstacles she encountered. Even though the reader is told of the difficulties she faces, we do not see inside her head and truly feel the emotion that she feels.

As with some historical novels, I was unsure of the history behind the s
Carla Hostetter
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Miller certainly did her historical research on this one. The story opens with a long chapter as a young Yankee soldier lies dying and is being robbed by a bummer. A Confederate officer chases off the thief, restores what he stole, and gives the man water before moving on. In the second grueling chapter, Caroline, the wounded man's wife, searches fruitlessly to find in the chaos and filth that is Washington, D.C. Helped by a kind quartermaster, she is able to sit with her husband until he dies a ...more
Terrie Case
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jacob Hammond, who joined the Union army, lies wounded and unable to communicate. Almost left for dead he is saved and sent to Washington City. His wife Caroline searches the faces of many men in hospital tents before coming upon the unrecognizable Jacob. She stays with him as he draws his last breath and then takes him home to Gettysburg.

Caroline and Enoch, the hired hand, are doing their best to keep the farm running. Soon, the fighting is close by and they hear the sounds and vibrations of th
Kim Scace
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love historical fiction, and Linda Lael Miller's Civil War story is a great read for that genre.
When Caroline learns that her husband has been wounded fighting for the Union she leaves for Washington DC. She returns home a widow, and is faced with raising her young daughter and maintaining the farm on her own. She is managing with the help of a loyal freed slave (who has troubles of his own) and the advice of her grandmother when the Battle of Gettysburg happens and her farm ends up as a Unio
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller is an interesting historical read. It is set during the Civil War near Gettysburg. We meet the main characters as the war is raging all around. There is Caroline who becomes a widow due to the war. Enoch, a freed slave on her farm. Rogan, a Captain in the Union Army. Bridger, a Captain in the Confederacy. All are connected and interact with one another throughout the book. The description of these interactions were very believable and showed life’s hardships ...more
Kathleen Gray
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific romantic historic fiction that doesn't spare details- just what you expect from Linda Lael Miller. Caroline Hammond's husband Jacob was so young and they had so much ahead of them when he joined the Union Army and was, sadly, shot at Chancellorsville. He did, however, survive long enough for Caroline to be able to say goodbye in Washington. The detail- graphic and sad- of what happened is well done. Her chance meeting with Rogan, long time friend of Rebel Bridger, leads all three of the ...more
Caroline travels to Washington from her prosperous Gettysburg farm to find her injured husband and bring him home; his injuries are too terrible, however, so she finds herself accompanying his casket. Back at home, we meet Enoch, freed slave who runs the farm in Jacob's stead, and eventually Jubie, who is on the run from slavecatchers and finds shelter on the Hammond farm. Then there is Rogan, Captain in the Union Army, and the handsome Bridger, officer on the Confederate side, longtime friends ...more
Rachel Bhattacharyya
The carnage that was the American Civil War and the bravery of United States citizens who fought on both sides is graphically portrayed in Linda Lael Miller’s The Yankee Widow. Caroline receives word that her husband, Jacob, is injured while fighting in the battle of Chancellorsville and has been taken to Washington, D.C. for treatment. Caroline travels alone to Washington in hopes of locating Jacob – not knowing what she will find. She returns shortly after to her young daughter, Rachel, and th ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A wounded soldier. An enemy officer who offers some comfort before moving on.
A young mother searching for her wounded husband; now a new widow takes her man home.
A hired man. A run-away slave.
Long term best friends meet in battle. A field hospital on the widow’s farm gives aid to their wounds.

There was no time for the luxury of self-pity. There was work to be done; lives to save and, unfortunately, bodies to bury on both sides. Occasionally, a stolen moment to grieve, nothing more.
Donna Hines
Caroline was a Yankee woman and farm owner with her husband Jacob serving in the military.
When the war broke out Jacob was wounded and later succumbed to his injuries.
During that time Caroline had to make drastic decisions in terms of life, love, liberty, and the pursuit of her own happiness.
Who to trust? Who to help? Who to fall in love with...
So many questions with so much going on the front lines during the Battle at Gettysburg.
The North v the South -The Confederates v the Yankees- This was t
Judith Sherrod
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Yankee Widow

I love this book. The Civil War has always fascinated me so when the opportunity came to visit various battlefields several years ago, my husband and I went. We started at Appomattox, Va. and Petersburg, Va. And finished in Gettysburg, Pa. This book spoke to me of such sad times and of the greatest loss to American history of the tens of thousands that were killed, maimed, or simply lost.
Linda Leal Miller has written a fantastic book and it is filled with love, joy, hope, life,
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The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a spacious property ...more
“To Jacob, bleeding into the ground, in the midst of an endless war, that goal seemed more distant than ever, hopeless, even impossible. And still, had he been able, he would have fought on, died not just once but a thousand times, not for the country as it was, but for the noble, sacred objective upon which it had been founded—liberty and justice for all. Whatever the cost, the Union must hold together. So much hung in the balance, so very much. Not only the hope and valor of those who had gone before, but the freedom, perhaps the very existence, of those yet to be born. In solidarity, the United States could be a force for good in a hungry, desperate world. Torn asunder, it would be ineffectual, two bickering factions, bound to divide into still smaller and weaker fragments over time, too busy posturing and rattling sabers to meet the demands of a fragile future or to stand in the way of new tyrannies, certain to arise. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal... That belief, inspiring as it was, had chafed the consciences of thinking people since it flowed from the nib of Thomas Jefferson’s pen, as well it should have.” 0 likes
“But we do have other choices, my dear. We can turn our backs on all that we know is right, sit ourselves down, fold our hands and allow wickedness to go unchallenged and therefore to prevail. We can run away and hide. Or we can stand our ground and fight inequality to our last heartbeat, knowing that if we perish, we have done all that we could and others will carry on, just as those who came before us have done.” 0 likes
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