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My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa's Conflict

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When War Reaches Clarissa’s Back Door, the Trustworthy Become Even Fewer.
Journey into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, of 1863 where Clarissa Avery Ross lives a full life. By day she is the daughter of a respectable shoemaker being courted by seminary student Kyle Forrester. But by night she is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, working with a mysterious man called Liberty
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Barbour Books
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Deanne Patterson
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the My Heart Belongs series and this one was no exception! I live 40 minutes from Gettysburg and have enjoyed going there many times. We get right into the thick of things with the battle ranging around us. The author's descriptions and research are much appreciated and made me feel as though I was right there with the scrap of a red-headed heroine. She's a brave one and won't back down from anyone. Mentions of Quakers,Amish,quilts,abolitionist,Underground Railr ...more
Karen R
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting historical romance full of actual events! Set around Gettysburg, starting in 1860, with characters heavily involved in the Underground Railroad, the story includes events and examines issues leading up to the epic Civil War battle.
The romance is a complex one, with some strong personalities, coming together in surprising ways. Clarissa is a fiery redhead, full of zeal for the antislavery movement, risking her life alongside many others in the Underground Railroad through Pennsyl
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Debbie
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, romance
This book is a romance set in 1860 to 1863 in Gettysburg. In the first half of the book, the scenes where Clarissa led escaped slaves along the Underground Railroad were exciting. But it seemed like most of the scenes were of her 'normal' life, like her romantic walks with Kyle. When war broke out, we got a lot of "I hate you" and "I love you" scenes and love letters while her fiance's at war. Excitement returned when the war came to Gettysburg (and they still managed to spend time kissing inten ...more
Paula Shreckhise
My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by Murray Pura is a book about the Underground Railroad during the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg.

I was pleased to see a book about Gettysburg, since it is close to where my father was born and we visited several times while on vacation. I loved reading about the Lutherans in the town and the Seminary since my husband’s ancestor was a student there.

However, I was not pleased with Clarissa Avery Ross at all. She was petulant and too outspoken
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Loraine
Filled with Civil War historical detail that brings the Battle of Gettysburg to life, this My Heart Belongs was another good read in this series. This book had it all: the Underground Railroad, battles leading up to Gettysburg, Gettysburg, and wonderfully realistic characters. Clarissa was an interesting young lady: daring, brave, adventuresome, opinionated, and courageous. Playing a double role as either a man or a cultured young lady came second nature to her. Liberty was a perfect foil to Cla ...more
Cara
Jan 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, never-again
I want to start by saying that I've been reading the My Heart Belongs in series and have been enjoying it immensely. I've only read 3 or 4 others aside from this one but they've all been 4-5 star reads. So please don't let this review put you off from the series, as it is not an overall reflection of the series as a whole.

Back to this book. I found the Underground Railroad to be an interesting topic to read about.

The major problem I have with this book is that it's labeled Christian fiction but
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⚜️Trea
FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

I was really looking forward to this story, because reading about the Civil War is one of my favorite time periods to read in, but I wound up utterly disappointed by this story!

The timeline seemed to jump around a lot, within the first ha
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Andrea
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Civil War Drama!

Secret identities, Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and love.
This book had a bit more drama and grit than I expected. It is very well written with great historical details.
Clarissa is a smart, brave, outspoken redhead. Though she is a bit forward and not at all shy, I liked how the author showed her vulnerabilities.
Her Gettysburg will never be the same after the battle but it is where her heart belongs.

Bess
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
This was my first book by Murray Pura.
The book takes place in Gettysburg during prior to the Civil War and during it. It follows the underground railroad and a girl who is dedicated to seeing the end of slavery. The hero had to be rescued several times, which was nice.
This book was not for me. I'm finding that I don't enjoy war novels. The author did well painting the pictures of war without being overly graphic.
Give it a try if you enjoy historical war novels!
Julie Carpenter
I did it again...I've had this book waiting to be read for a little bit and I finally read it. My plan...read fast and skim some so I can read through it really fast and move on to other things in life and other books waiting for me to catch up on because life went crazy the last several months and my PERFECTLY planned schedule went kaboom.

And when I mention that I was planning to skim it over, it isn't because of the book, it's life. Well, I started with good intentions and again life happened
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Sarah
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, netgalley, barbour
The Vagaries of War Many aspects of “My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg” reminded me of “Gone With the Wind,” one of my favorite classics. The Civil War setting drew me in, especially since it was set in such a renowned location. In fact, that was one of the striking parts of the reading experience because most of the action took place prior to the famous Battle of Gettysburg, when the town was just a quaint place that outsiders would never have heard of. The heroine, Clarissa Ross, points this out ...more
Vera Godley
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having previously read Murray Pura's wonderful writing on several occasions, I was looking forward to how he would approach a "My Heart Belongs...." story and even more so how he would handle the Civil War battle in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

I found the leading lady in this story, Clarissa Avery Ross, a bit of a character and frankly did not like her flippant attitude about much of life and especially how she interacted with the young men in her life. Her role as a member of the Underground Railr
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Amy
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Clarissa’s Conflict, we are taken to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania during the years of December 1860-December 1863. Clarissa was quite a feisty character, impulsive, independent, and the only child of her parents who allowed her escapades. At the beginning of the story we find Clarissa working in the Underground Railroad and dealing with all the dangers that involved. Clarissa does do some maturing as the story progresses, as she deals with the dangers of the Railroad and then the war is on her do ...more
Jasmine
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical romance fans
Death lies on all sides...

Gettysburg. Probably the most famous battle in the Civil War, and, a name that still strikes solemnity and sadness in the heart even now over 150 years later.

I've been looking forward to My Heart Belongs In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa's Conflict for awhile now, first because it is an era not yet covered by the My Heart Belongs In... series, and second because this is the first book in the series written by a guy. I've read one of author Murray Pura's previous hi
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Suzie Waltner
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
While some scenes, specifically those transporting slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad and on the battlefield, are full of action and descriptive, I did not connect with (or even like) the main character in this book.

Clarissa Avery Ross is stubborn, brash, prideful, selfish, and annoyingly silly at times. And she’s characterized by her red-headed temper. Granted, some of those traits are what make her so successful as a conductor on the railroad.

There was no surprise in the identity of
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Lucy
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading the My Heart Belongs Series, but I loved this one. It is rich in detail and history and happens to take place in my favorite era to read about. Civil War History is so interesting and when combined with a wonderful story that has a mysterious hooded man that assists Clarissa with the Underground Railroad you have the makings of a great book. It is well written and holds your attention throughout. Clarissa is a strong and opinionated woman that you wish you could meet in person. I ...more
Anne Campbell
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What do I love about Murray Pura's books? He's thorough in his research, and he keeps things moving, moving, moving. I haven't read all of his books, but this one is definitely worth five stars. He's a guy who can write romance without getting repetitious.

The novel is set in the pre- and during-Civil War period. I like how his heroine goes from spoiled and feisty to being more mature but still courageous. The hero is pretty much "hero-ing" all the way through. Not quite perfect, but close. The w
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Maureen Timerman
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I enjoyed this read, but I figured it out early in the book, but wanted to know how everything unfolded.
The author has us riding into the full battle of the civil war, and seeing such horrors, with the solace that we know how things ended, but what a high cost.
This story does have a bit of everything, including the War, Underground Railroad, church and family, and a bit of sweet romance.
A glimpse into life in the 1860’s in Gettysburg PA, and we are there!

I received this book through Net Galley
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Dana Michael
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed the My Heart Belongs series. This book was no exception. It was rich in history and the descriptions were vivid. The romance was sweet and heart warming. I loved the characters, especially the red headed heroine. She was quite feisty with her temper and passion. The hero was heroic and tender. This all mixed together and made a page turning book. I highly recommend it
Kami S
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Lots of preaching, situations that would never have happened, annoying heroine, and way too sappy. Some of my friends might like the romance, but like I said, sappy. There were a few pretty exciting parts, but not enough to make up for the flaws.
Regina
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Review to come.
Dawn
Jul 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
Murray Pura books are amazing. The characters are lively and deal with having to keep faith even when things are not going as they should..
Sherry
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-on-kindle
The setting in My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was descriptive in such a way that I, although having never been there myself, was easily transported to Gettysburg and back in time to the events that took place in this book. I avoided history in school yet I was so drawn into this book and interested in the Civil War that I found myself researching it on the internet. The characters are very well developed. You truly feel like you know them. I got drawn into this book and did not wan ...more
B
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is one of a kind! I really enjoyed reading about the Civil War from a woman's perspective, and not your average woman, at that! Clarissa truly is a spitfire and in a league of her own. She's portrayed as a redheaded sass who won't be told by ANYONE what to do. She comes to her own conclusions and sticks to her guns, her beliefs, and her faith.
Mystery and intrigue run rampant in this story with one situation after another taking the characters through a myriad of experiences. I loved t
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Amy
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I believe My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa’s Conflict is my favorite that I have read from the My Heart Belongs in series. It has everything that I love to read most – history, strong heroine, action, romance, adventure and faith. I had no problem what so ever to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next.
I give My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa’s Conflict a well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it!
I received this book from the pu
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Trixi
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Didn't finish the book after about the first 100 pages. I don't care for the heroine and couldn't get past her personality & attitude. She was spoiled, brash, prickly, way too negative, much too forward for a lady of that era, got furious at the drop of a hat and most of her inner dialogue I felt was unnecessary; I skipped way too many paragraphs to be an enjoyable read. Don't get me wrong, while I don't mind a strong female lead, I just felt Clarissa was a little over the top for my taste. Sad ...more
Renee
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I sat down this morning with a cup of coffee and intended to start my day with reading a few chapters of My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarrisa’s Conflict by Murray Pura. I was pleasantly surprised to find this story was much more than I had first thought. I found so much great history about the Underground Railroad, the Civil War and Gettysburg woven into a well written romance. I ended up just sitting back and reading the. whole. book!

The story is engaging, evocative and well
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Annette
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2018
I liked the history in the book but it wasn’t my favorite
Nicole
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
MHB in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa’s Conflict (2018) by Murray Pura is the latest novel in the My Heart Belongs series published by Barbour Books. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 256 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very lively six-year old, this book took me three days to read. I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from the publisher, Barbour Books. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my ow ...more
Emma
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by Murray Pura
Clarissa's Conflict
When War Reaches Clarissa’s Back Door, the Trustworthy Become Even Fewer.
Journey into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, of 1863 where Clarissa Avery Ross lives a full life. By day she is the daughter of a respectable shoemaker being courted by seminary student Kyle Forrester. But by night she is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, working with a mysterious man called Liberty. She would like to share her work with Kyle, b
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Murray Pura was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, just north of the Dakotas and Minnesota. His first novel was released in Toronto and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award. He has been a finalist for several awards in the US and Canada and in 2012 won the Word Award of Toronto for Best Historical Novel. Murray lives and writes in Alberta and is currently published by Barbour, B ...more

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