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Love on a Battlefield

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  44 reviews
The tug Andrew and Shep have felt since the day they met might be pointing their way home. Not every compass points north.

Andrew Summers is forced to spend his vacations reliving Civil War battles with his father. He hates every minute until a blue-eyed, red-haired boy behind enemy lines catches his eye.

Shep Wells would much rather travel the world than play at boring war
Kindle Edition, 126 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Boho Press
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Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc

"I've been yours since you stole my heart in a cornfield."

Andrew is dragged along by his father every summer to take part in reenacting Civil War battles.Something he absolutely hates but one particular summer a blue eyed boy with red hair,that everyone seems to be drawn to,catches his eye.He might just watch from the enemy camp but when both boys are 18 they share some steamy stolen moments that will stay with them long after the pretend battles are over.....

To Shep the reenactments
“Not every compass points north.”

Love on a Battlefield is a story of love and hope and second chances. Sometimes life doesn't go as planned, but the real test is how you cope with unforeseen roads and challenges.

When Andrew and Shep first meet on a reenactment battlefield, their association was already forbidden. They were on opposite sides of the reenactment war and Andrew's father was insistent on not fraternizing with "the enemy". Some things are just inevitable, though, and Andre
Emily Seelye
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, m-m
These two meet and fall in love over a Civil War re-enactment one weekend in Texas. They remain pen pals for the next 5 years until a time they can be together.

I like that this is told in a combination of present and past tense, and we get to read some of the letters Shep wrote to Andrew. We get to learn about their lives, and see Andrew’s growing acceptance of his sexuality. I found this quite romantic, particularly in the scenes where they are reunited.

Joyfully Jay
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Love on a Battlefield is a well-executed, complete story told in a shorter number of pages. It certainly is not easy to accomplish all of those things while creating compelling characters that have chemistry from page one. The story starts present day and then takes us back five years in the past to when Andrew and Shep first meet. Their meeting was brief, yet intense, and Andrew was not at all ready to acknowledge what it meant to be attracted to Shep.

Andrew’s li
Lost in a Book
4 Stars


I devoured this book. The synopsis drew me in and then I saw the cover and just had to read it. The Civil War reenactment is a unique by itself but the letters… *happy sigh* Letters. Actual hand written letters to each other. Over many years.


Andrew and Shep meet while at a Civil War reenactment with their dads. They're on opposite sides of the North/South line. The two meet at a water pump and later are drawn to each other during the actual battle. Right away their conne
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
The meeting of Andrew and Shep at a civil war battle reenactment becomes a transformative event for them both. While Shep goes on to pursue his dreams of world travel and the study of art history, Andrew is faced with a now uncertain future and questions about his own sexuality. His life takes an unexpected turn and the letters he continues to exchange with Shep become a necessary lifeline. When Life deals another harsh blow, Andrew must decide whether to continue tiptoeing through life or go af ...more
The Novel Approach
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a sweet novella this was. I’ve been a big fan of Posy Roberts’ stories for so long, and Love on a Battlefield is another great example of why. So lovely in its simplicity yet still a powerful story, I love where Roberts took these characters and how she wove their story together. In the author’s acknowledgements at the beginning of the book, she talks about the restorative power of writing and how it helped heal her in a way no other conventional method could when she was going through some ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: disability
3.75 stars

I liked, but I think I was expecting something quite a bit different.
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> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
A singular male form is seen standing in a field with arms stretched wide. Fairly non-descript cover. If not for the fact that the author's name caught my attention, I might have passed this one up.

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> First Person. Andrew's perspective.

Andrew and Shep first noticed one another at the site of a battlefield recreation but it was not until they'd turned 18 that they were suddenly brave enough
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
3.75 Stars

Andrew and Shep meet on a Civil War reenactment battlefield in Andrew's home state of Texas. The two 18 year-olds are attracted to one another, but at the end of their time there, they head their separate ways. Shep goes off to travel and see the world, while Andrew stays in Texas with plans to attend a local college. His plans are foiled when he discovers his father has gambled away his college fund, so to get his college education, Andrew is forced to join the military.

It’s been five
Kim Krogh
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

“Love on a Battlefield” is a compelling and sweet romance between two long time pen pals—one a bright, wandering spirit with a passion for life and art, the other a broken soldier who feels every dream he ever had is lost. Told from Andrew’s POV and interspersed with the snippets of the letters they shared, the main portion of the story takes place five years after then eighteen-year-old Andrew and Shep share a few sweetly passionate stolen moments during a Civil War reenactment. After being
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Andrew meets Shep while on a civil war reenactment with his father. He's always done what's asked and even though he doesn't want to do the reenactments anymore he does what his father wants. Late at night while getting water he meets a boy he's never seen before. Shep is a free spirit and is here to experience it but not take it too seriously. They both sneak off and spend time together that leaves Andrew questioning himself. He goes back to his life at home and ends up enlisting in the service ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful story of second chances. Love lost but found again.
Andrew feels off because of his injuries in the war. He feels like no one will accept him. But in his kind, he only wants one man anyway, Shep. A young man he met on the 'battlefield’. The had a whirlwind romance for a few days, and decided to write. Over the years, they wrote about everything to each other. Except for how they really felt. Andrew couldn't even accept he was gay for a while. When he finally did, he felt better. He wish
Inn Auni
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The war reenactment, where Andrew and Shep met and discovered their attraction, was the best part about this book. They met again five years later after so many had happened in their life. Andrew was there, mainly because it was his pov. But, Shep always felt like a dream. I felt not much connection with Shep.

The cover presented Andrew so well. He finally got his freedom to choose. The title sounded like it's a tragic romance. Both worked well with the story. It was liberating, tragic and happy
Helena Stone
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. Totally a feel-good read. Full review to follow soon.
Jules Lovestoread
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a sweet story. <3 I loved Shep A LOT. Full review coming to ! ...more
I like the bits set in the present more than the flashbacks where there was too much retelling.

I enjoyed this pair of mis-aligned boys, and their journey to each other was fun and sweet.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this well written novella that’s told in present day scenes and some flashbacks, charting the romance that develops between Andrew and Shep.

Their first meetings at the battle reenactment weekends are lovely, despite Andrew’s controlling father. I loved the attraction that sparks between them, Andrew’s shyness, his first feelings of love and their precious stolen moments. I wanted more of this immediate storytelling and time together like this!

The two teens go their separate ways and do
2.5 stars
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
I waited so long for a new release from Posy Roberts that I was very much happy to finally have Love on a Battlefield in my hands, especially since I adore second chance at love and the author is a favorite of mine. And I think Posy delivered a really well done story. I truly felt the romance here and the deep connection that linked Andrew and Shep together, it was pretty clear from the few moments they spent with each other.

Every year Andrew’s father took him to Civil War reenactments since he
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
A very charming feel-good love story about finding your true self and getting a second chance at love.
Shep and Andrew meet on the battlefield, a pretend one that is. It is love at first sight, although Andrew hasn’t been interested in guys before. But there is something about Shep that pulls him.
After two days, they parted ways again. Andrew wanted to go to college, but instead, he saw no other way than to join the army. Shep is a wanderer at heart, and he goes out conquering the world.
There’s something about the way this story is told through Andrew’s point of view that I think gives it an edge. You learn how Andrew and Shep met on a civil war re-enactment battlefield and how they were instantly pulled to one another. Then after their weekend together they get pulled away and life takes over. There are so many layers to this story and you’re really rooting for these guys. Andrew is such a loyal person and Shep is a wanderer but you learn more about him when they meet up again ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Andrew meets Shep at a Civil War battle reenactment when they're both eighteen years old. They share some wonderful private moments before they separate to go on with their individual lives. The young men begin writing letters to each other, though they don't see each other again for five years. During this time, Shep is traveling the world, making friends, and enjoying life. Andrew meanwhile, has his plans for his future ripped away and joins the military. He returns to his hometown of Austin, ...more
Sarita Chapdelaine
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This was an interesting story with great characters. Andrew & Shep meet once when they are eighteen then they don't see each other for five years. They correspond with letters while Shep travels the world and Andrew joins the Army. Andrew stops responding to Shep's letters after he is injured by a mine and he is back in Austin and trying to deal with his injuries and figuring out what to do with his life as all of his plans were derailed. Shep finds out where he is and arrives in Austin ready to ...more
Exquisite, lyrical and poetic. "I've been waiting for you for years. You're the only one I've ever wanted this with." Andrew and Shep meet when they're 18 serving on opposite sides of a Civil War re-enactment. Andrew has noticed Shep for some time but is afraid of the feelings he has. His father is small-minded and racist and would freak if he finds out Andrew is pining after a guy. Shep is confident in his sexuality even at 18. They have a few stolen moments on the battlefield and then separate ...more
Izzy Ferreira
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you read a book that just calls out to you. This morning I started reading Love on a Battlefield. Within minutes I was hooked and couldn't put it down until I finished. At just over 100 pages it can be read in one sitting but I guarantee that the words within will stay with me for a lot longer. This story was so well written that I wish it was a longer book. I want to know more about Andrew's years in the military, his relationship with his parents, I want to know more about Shep's tra ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Advance copy courtesy of author.

This book promised so much but it felt like it lost a little of its way towards the end. The letter writing plot was underused, we only read snippets from Shep's letters to Andrew after the events, I would have liked to see the correspondence to be a bigger part of the book.

The love story is sweet and you can feel that there is a real bond between these characters just didn't quite do it for me. As always, this is just my very personal opinion and shoul
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Posy Roberts started reading romance when she was young, but textbooks eventually replaced the novels, and she somehow existed without reading for fun. When she finally picked up a romance years later, it was like slipping on a soft hoodie . . . that didn’t quite fit right. She wanted something more.

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