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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,260 ratings  ·  221 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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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Mira Books
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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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
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Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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
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Norma
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.

LINDA LAEL MILLE
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Linda
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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
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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
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Sheri
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Karren  Sandercock
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-reads
I loved The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller, I gave her book 5 big stars, I really enjoy reading Civil War historical fiction and I don't mind a story with a little romance.
The book begins in Pennsylvania during the war, when Caroline Hammond is notified her husband Jacob has been wounded, she leaves her farm and travels on her own by train to find out what happened to him, is he dead or alive?
This begins the story about Caroline, her husband Jacob and their daughter Rachel.
Caroline lives in n
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Alison
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.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
RATING: 4 STARS
2019; Mira/Harlequin

I have read several novels by Linda Lael Miller and on the whole have enjoyed most of them. I really loved the first two historical romances in the McKettrick's series. I have been meaning to go back to them, and then saw this new one being published. I went in with no real expectations, but it was different than what I had assumed it would be. I expected a romance with a good story, but it was more of a historical fiction with a touch of romance. I was 50% thr
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Linda Broday
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Keri
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
As much as I wanted to love this book, it was just ok with me. It came off as more historical fiction and was focused more on the battles then the romance.
Judy
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a librarian, I was familiar with the author, Linda Lael Miller. She has written “296 distinct works” (that according to Goodreads). I think most of her books are romance, and I don’t care for that genre. However, this book is historical romance, and that was what drew me. Miller is a gifted storyteller, which she proves in this book about Caroline, a widow who shows great courage and fortitude as she deals with the consequences she endures during the Civil War. She lives near Gettysburg. The ...more
Melissa
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded down. Enjoyable work of historical fiction set in civil war. Overall, liked the characters, setting and story line. Some parts, particularly the romance pieces, seemed a bit contrived.
Asheley
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
As a historical fiction, I liked it. I love reading Civil War stories, and this one is set at a farm just outside of the town of Gettysburg, 1863-1865. The story takes place leading up to the famous battle, during it, and also in the aftermath. So I loved the perspectives that are provided, namely Caroline (the widow of a Union soldier who owns a farm conscripted to be a makeshift hospital for wounded soldiers) and Enoch (the previously enslaved man who is now free and has been employed on the f ...more
Joanna Park
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Annette
The story is pretty descriptive, making the pace slow. Descriptions could be more to the point to better carry the story. This is not the style-of-writing I like to read.
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
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Mary
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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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.
There
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Hannah
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haven’t read anything set in the civil war in a while so that was a nice change of pace. I liked the characters fine but the plot wasn’t anything too thrilling!
Andrea
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a big undertaking to write about the Civil War, let alone the Battle of Gettysburg.
The story here was decent, and I always give a book credit for making me want to know how it ends. And I'm not going to criticize the ending here for being too neat and happy because, like it or not, I am a sucker for those things.
However, the historical details were lacking. To me, it felt like the author used name-dropping and fact-dropping, rather than actual research, to lend the book its authenticity, as
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Farmhouse Reads
”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
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Mary
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chelsie
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This storyline was so good! I’m not a big romance reader, but this story was really good. Caroline is newly widowed, her husband having succumbed to injuries during the Civil War. She is hardly back home to mourn his passing when the army shows up looking for some safety on her property. She can’t turn them away and is quickly putting all of her energy into save these hurt men. Two in particular catch her eye, but when she learns the truth about one of them- she is torn on what to do, what is ri ...more
Adrienne
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-war
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
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Tory
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5
This book was so addicting; I could not put it down! I am obsessed with the characters and the setting of the Civil War/Gettysburg. Gosh, I know this book will stay in my mind for a long while.
My only problem with the book was I wish the epilogue was a little longer
Jeanann Barrett
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading about this period of time and marvel at the courage, bravery and strength of all (men, women, children, black and white) to not only survive but thrive. Read this and dare to complain next time your shower runs cold or the car doesn't start.
Veda
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a well research, well written book. You feel like you are there in the monent. You feel the pain of war, friendship, and love. You see all sides, feel the pain from all sides. For those that love reading historical romance, this is set during the Civil War, Gettysburg and the end of the war between the states.
Lisa
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s about love, courage and friendships during the American Civil War. The story line was easy to follow and the characters were like real people. I enjoyed this one!
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“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.” 1 likes
“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
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