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The Widow of Rose Hill (The Women of Rose Hill Book 2)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Widowed during the war, Natalie Ellis finds herself solely responsible for Rose Hill plantation. When Union troops arrive with a proclamation freeing the slaves, all seems lost. How can she run the plantation without slaves? In order to save her son’s inheritance she strikes a deal with the arrogant, albeit handsome, Colonel Maish. In exchange for use of her family’s prope ...more
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Published February 12th 2018 by Smitten Historical Romance
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Randy Tramp
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Natalie Ellis is responsible for Rose Hill plantation. Union troops arrive with a proclamation freeing the slaves. Rose Hill is thrown into turmoil.

Colonel Levis Maish provides workers to bring in the cotton crop in exchange for use of Natalie's land.

Can the past be forgotten in order for love to survive?

There were so many things I hadn't thought of as I read this book. The struggle after the war wasn't an easy transition. The South giving slaves their freedom caused a lot of economic failures.
Cindy Huff
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Readers Copy of the Widow of Rosehill. I am under no obligation to give it a good review. Which made me feel comfortable checking it out. I loved the first book in the series The Planter’s Daughter. But I didn’t care for the secondary character of Natalie. She was spoiled and spineless. She is the main character in the Widow of Rosehill. Six years later with the Civil War just ended and her horrible husband dead Natalie has grown up a lot. Her focus is raising her son. Bei ...more
Oct 24, 2019 marked it as nope
what the actual fuck is wrong with the author
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: publisher
I hadn’t anticipated liking this novel as much as I do! The Widow of Rose Hill is the fabulously compelling second in series of The Women of Rose Hill. It can be read as a standalone or with the series. The characters, their lively, realistic dialog, their actions, and fast pace make it a great Reconstruction novel set in Texas. What makes is a fabulous book is the changes that each character goes through, including challenges to their faith, in the new world they awoke to in June 1865.

Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
​I discovered Michelle Shocklee through The Mail-Order Brides Collection where her story became one of my favorites! I was thrilled to read my first full-length novel by her! Set just after the end of the Civil War, Natalie and Levi find themselves at opposite ends of the battle. She is the widow of a Confederate soldier who now owns a cotton plantation that uses slave labor. He is a Union officer whose troops have been sent to Texas to ensure the freed slaves are actually released from their se ...more
LuAnn Rodriquez
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE WIDOW OF ROSE HILL by Michelle Shocklee is a well-written, very enjoyable historical romance about a young woman, Natalie Ellis, whose husband is killed early in the war between the North and the South. She is raising her young son with the help of the slaves her family bought and is not only responsible for the Texas plantation left to her by her mother and her father but also the one she lives on that belonged to her husband’s family. The story begins with the arrival of a Union Colonel, L ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story! I love stories of the plantation south, since it's so close to home for me, living in south Mississippi. This book about the resilient widow Natalie of Rose Hill, as she tries to survive and run her plantation, days after the Civil War ends. It's quite a tale, from the beginning with union soldiers gathering on her land, with her not knowing what they intend for her and her family. Freedom has come for the slaves, and the lonely widow doesn't know how she and her son will survive, ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the men in the South went off to war, leaving women and children to run the plantations, the struggle was real. When the war was over and the slaves were declared free, many of the slaves left their homes because they could. This book shows the hardships of those that had left along with the hardships of those plantation owners. There is history weaved into this story, things we've never thought about. One thing unfamiliar in this day of the internet and instant news is that the Army had to ...more
Mererid Evanna
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful and very satisfying historical romance. It provoked my curiosity about this time of great social change in the South, though it comes in a rather gentle form on the plantation of Rose Hill. Natalie, the lady of Rose Hill, is sympathetic to the former slaves, willing to work alongside them and to teach them to read. Levi, not just a Union colonel but an ardent abolitionist, has some struggles in accepting his attraction to the beautiful widow. They are wonderful characters, a ...more
Irene S
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful characters enrich this story…Wow, I loved this book. I read it all in one day. This is the story of Natalie, a Confederate widow and owner of a Texas cotton plantation and Colonel Levi Maish, who came to read the proclamation that slaves were free in every plantation. What I loved about the story was seeing their changing views of each other. Even more to me was seeing the changes in Natalie and her relationship to her former slaves. All the secondary characters added so much to the st ...more
Sherry Westendorf
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. She is responsible for her plantation Rose Hill. She is running it with slaves even though the war is over. Along comes a union soldier and his troops with the proclamation to free them. Well how does she get her crop in? What about her young son? She talks him and his troops into bringing her crop in. But as he grows to care for her it is OK until he finds out how her husband died and that causes big problems. Can they overcome them? You can't help but think of the history of sl ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This was a really good book! It not only was a good also can learn a lot of history from it. I have read a good deal about the Civil War and I still learned things from this book. This book brought up lots of emotions that left you reaching for the tissues but it also made you think about the people of that time and how they managed throughout that chapter in our history. Good and bad on all sides (North, South, slave, slave owner, male & female) and shows that we are all more a ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author and I thought it was really good. I would consider this a standalone although some things from book one were mentioned. I did not feel lost or confused with anything having not read book one. I will be going back and reading book one when I get a chance though. This story was well written and I loved the characters, Natalie and Levi. I would recommend reading this one.
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This is my honest r
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book chronicles the life of Natalie and her struggles to run Rose Hill Plantation after the death of her husband during the civil war. Without slaves to help, picking the cotton crop became very difficult. She begins a relationship with a union soldier who is attracted to her and her young son, but is against slavery, etc. A sweet read that I read as a reader copy and voluntarily chose to write a review.
Georgiann Hennelly
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Widow of Rose Hill is the story of what happened after the Civil War. When the slaves were declared free. Some left and it shows the hardships the slaves faced and also the hardships of the Plantation owners faced. The Army had to go tell the Plantation owners the slaves were freed. There is also a couple of love stories in the book. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic story with interesting characters and plot.
You will love it... I'm looking forward to read another story from this author.
I received a free book from publisher and this is my voluntary and honest review
Page Turners
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great continuation in the series. This book captured me at page one and I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t wait to find out the end but at the same time I didn’t want it to end. I love Michelle Shocklee’s writing style. Thanks for a fantastic read keep them coming.
Katie Smith
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly beautiful!

I could not put it down! A beautiful story of Forgiveness, Grace & Restoration! Well done Michelle Shocklee! Looking forward to another one of your novels!
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story was well written and the characters were so well developed that I was totally enthralled until the very last page!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Sharon Kirby
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous read!! Set in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, this book deals with the realities of southern families and the changes that took place upon the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation - the ugly truth of the impact of freeing of those held in slavery as well as the beauty of that freedom. A marvelous story that follows a widowed plantation owner and the personal sacrifices and adjustments she made to keep her home and to provide for her family and the former slaves wh ...more
Oct 28, 2019 marked it as not-gonna-read
Shelves: nope
Yes, how inconvenient emancipation must have been for the poor innocent plantation owners. What the actual fuck is wrong with this person.
Heidi Harsch
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Second Great Book in The Series WOMEN OF ROSE HILL

Michelle Shocklee has done it again! This second book in the series had me totally engrossed from the first page. The author quite successfully continued the story of the Rose Hill Plantation featuring characters that were mentioned in the first book in the series; THE PLANTER'S DAUGHTER. Ms. Shocklee also did a great job melding factual historical events with fiction. Clearly, she did quite a bit of research and wove these events in through out
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautifully nuanced, well-researched, and wonderfully-written historical romance exploring the real-life consequences of instant emancipation for both whites and blacks in post-Civil War Texas. Natalie Ellis, a widowed plantation owner receives the bombshell from dashing Colonel Levi Maish, whose soldiers offer to help Natalie run the plantation in exchange for a place to stay. The conflict between Natalie and Levi is quite believable and multifaceted, with both leads experiencing a great deal ...more
Honeymoon Reader
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

I enjoyed the story. Very well written. Although i did like the first book, The Planter’s Daughter much more, this one a - as the sequel - was vivid and kept my interest! I enjoyed this book very much! Michelle Shocklee, I know you wrote at the end of the book that all these people helped with the writing and things, but I just have to tell you, you really have a gift in your ability to transport your readers to another time with your writing! I highly recommend your books!
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good clean historical Christian novel

This 2nd book in the series was a wonderful ending to slavery. The majority of the people loved and cared and treated them as equals. Of course some were not happy they had freedom but the Lord brought them out of that horror. I 'recommend the book and author
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very interesting story about what it was like for the people from the North and south after the Civil War. in Texas.
It wasn't easy for them until they realized they had to think about both sides of the war.
A good history and romance book.
Voluntarily reviewed.
Lynn Campbell
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Story

Ms. Shocklee did it again! After reading The P!anter's Daughter I wanted to read the second book in the series. I was not disappointed. The characters came alive as well as the history and places. Hopefully there will be a third book in the series.
Marjorie Hill
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read!

Michelle Shocklee once again drew me quickly into the story. During a difficult time of turmoil and trouble following the Civil War, her strong characters show hope and healing are possible. If you like this period in our nation’s history, this is a must read for you.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely enjoyed this series it has truly touch my heart. You felt like you were right there with the characters, what a beautiful ending I can't wait to read more.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Nope. No. Nonononono. The author needs to stop.
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Michelle Shocklee is the author of several historical novels. Her work has been included in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books, magazines, and blogs. As a woman of mixed heritage--her father's family is Hispanic and her mother's roots go back to Germany--she has always celebrated diversity and feels it's important to see the world through the eyes of one another. Learning from the past and c ...more

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