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Fortitude will see you through the darkest times...It was in April 1898 when I, Claire O'Farrell, made a decision that ultimately changed my life forever. I had never been one to follow society's "rules." My oldest friend was a Creole at a time when that simply wasn't done. Then, I made an even bolder decision by serving as a nurse for the Buffalo Soldiers during the Span ...more
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Published March 1st 2019 by Bienvenue Press, LLC
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debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
"Very well," she exclaims after moment's hesitation. "I'm Miss Loretta Davis of Mobile, of the Alexandre Davies of New Orleans." She curtsies and flicks her hand, as if an imaginary fan is within her grasp. "And this is my dearest friend, Miss Claire O'Farrell of Dauphin Island."

Oh my goodness! 5 stars! What a great historical fiction read! As a teacher, I'd definitely recommend this for high school students. It is set in the south at a place I have loved living for many years now. I moved to Mo
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Angela
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

Fortitude is a superb story by Carrie Dalby. This is historical fiction at its best, something I have come to expect from Ms. Dalby. There is friendship, danger, romance, racism, secret love, intolerance, acceptance, drama, secrets, emotion, honour, and is a social and political snapshot of the times.
The story is set during the Spanish-American War, with Buffalo soldiers, the Jim Crow (segregation) laws, forbidden love, and the hardships, violence, and intolerance of the times. We follow
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Liz
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby is one of those novels that crept up and swept me away unexpectedly. I was really not sure what to expect other than an darker coming of age story from what little I read before I was convinced that I needed to read it. I am glad that I did, and will definitely be adding this to my list of books to share with my tween daughter as she grows into that age. Claire O’Farrell is a character that can reach different age groups and still entertain while spreading a much needed ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a historical romance book that I found to be engaging and creative. This book has a few hidden like messages that we could apply to everyday life today. One of which is to look at a person for what is on the inside and not on the outside. Claire is a great character and I loved watching her grow throughout the story. She is strong and I found myself hoping she would get her happy ending. This story tore at my heartstrings a few times, I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Sarah
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great read about bravery. Claire O'Farrell is a woman living in America with her family. She speaks her mind and has strange acquaintances which get her into trouble. One day, she and her friend Loretta decide to sign up as nurses to help soldiers in the Spanish - American War. The story follows her adventure in this vocational calling, through danger and illness and violence as Claire grows as a character with the story. When she gets tangled up in events, will her bravery help her make it ou ...more
Laura Furuta
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fortitude
By: Carrie Dalby
5 out of 5 stars

The story Fortitude by Carrie Dalby is a coming of age book that I loved reading. It is a story that takes you to a time when the societal boundaries are strict and when friendship or love that break the rules can cause scandal. One of the reasons that I found myself loving this book is the character of Claire O’Farrell. She is a young woman who is smart, independent, and strong. She is not one to conform or be told who she should care about. This story t
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Laura Furuta
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fortitude
By: Carrie Dalby
5 out of 5 stars

The story Fortitude by Carrie Dalby is a coming of age book that I loved reading. It is a story that takes you to a time when the societal boundaries are strict and when friendship or love that break the rules can cause scandal. One of the reasons that I found myself loving this book is the character of Claire O’Farrell. She is a young woman who is smart, independent, and strong. She is not one to conform or be told who she should care about. This story t
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E.A.
Fortitude by Carrie Dalby was a pretty okay read, that shed some light onto a dark dangerous time.

Not my first read by this author so I knew going in that the writing would be smooth and the plot well researched. This book was such, though I do have some things that aren't sitting quite right, and that's mainly the ending. I wasn't satisfied, or felt like it tied anything up like an ending should. Now it wasn't bad, I just felt that, it didn't quite fit with the overall story.

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Erica Fish
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fortitude by Carrie Dalby takes place in the late 1890’s. One thing I have to say that I enjoy the most is that Carrie Dalby can pick apart historical time and test the limits of what others may think when they were there in the flesh. This story has romance (forbidden love), danger, racism, acceptance, secrets, drama, and emotions that run high at times. The story is set in the Spanish-American War where racism and Jim Crow laws are happening. Claire is the female main character and one who pus ...more
Katie
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fortitude
By Carrie Dalby
5 stars

Fortitude was an excellent read and one that I found really difficult to put down. I really like historical fiction but I’m more of a romance type of reader so when I read the blurb for this book I was intrigued to try something historical and a little different and I am so glad that I did, I loved every minute of this story. There were some pats that for us today were hard to even comprehend but for the time period that it was written about that is how people thou
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Gail Guerrero
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby

Five Stars

It’s hard for me sometimes to read about the past. The pain and suffering people experienced because of the color of their skin. Claire is very unique in her time. She doesn’t see the issue so she loves and gives from her heart. She stepped up to help when none else would. She didn’t really think of the consequences but that made it more genuine. Her need to help others outweighed her reputation. The author painted us a story that could be true. The life peop
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Stefanie Carney
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I don't know what I expected from this book. Something to take me to another place for a few hours maybe, but what I got was so much more. I found myself fully engrossed in this story and with the characters who broke my heart a few times. Fortitude is defined as courage during pain or adversity, this books shows what fortitude looks like in a way that is relatable and imaginable. Claire is one of the most amazing characters I have read in a long time, she shows what all good heroi ...more
Sheri
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fortitude by Carrie Dalby is a wonderful historical novel. Set in 1898 the story follows Claire, a sixteen year old girl. She experiences racism and the effect of Jim Crow laws on the people around her. She is held in contempt by some of her peers because she in not working in the medical tent for whites instead she is working in the tent for African Americans.
This novel is intriguing because of the historical nature and the topics covered. I liked the detail and the characters used by the autho
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Tracy Wilkin
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fortitude is a historical romance by Carrie Dalby. I was excited to go for a spin with this author, as I haven't read her work before, and I am always keen to try something new and take a chance on the unknown and exciting.


Fortitude is a riveting tale set in 1898, and the leading character, Claire, had her work cut out for her. She went against the norm, in a somewhat volatile world. From having a Creole as a best friend and nursing the enemy, Claire went against the grain, not fitting into wha
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Kerry  carr
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is an amazing story of friendship, love, challenges and racial discrimination during war time.

Claire and Lorette leave their homes to become nurses for the troops. Trouble starts when they place Lorette and Claire into the camp. With the Jim Crow laws that meant there was segregation between white and black people. So when Claire volunteers to work in the camp where she is the only white person problems start to arise.

During her time she falls in love with a solider from that camp which lea
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Michelle Austin
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Fortitude was a great 5 star read. This is a historical romance set during the Spanish-American war.

This is Claire’s story and what she goes through due to her choices. Claire was a brave, independent and strong woman who stood up for what she believed in. She is a nurse for the Buffalo soldiers, caring for them and helping them recover. When things take a twist, she finds herself caught up in racial issues.

Carrie Dalby continues to pull me in with her writing. I really enjoyed this book, there
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Tausha Treadway
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fortitude by Carrie Dalby. This is not the usual type of book that I read but I really enjoyed it. This was a very emotional read set in 1898 when Claire decides to be nurse for the Buffalo Solider's during the Spanish American War. This was unheard of for a red head, freckled, white woman but Claire was not your average woman. Her best friend was Creole which was not popular during the Jim Crow Law days. As a nurse she falls in love with a solider and that throws her into the fire of the racial ...more
Debi
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fortitude by Carrie Dalby

5 Stars

This was an awesome story and written very well, and you could tell the author took time in making sure the facts were straight and very clear and easy to follow.

This is my second read by this author and I almost gave this story 4 stars, but that would not have been fair since it's only that I am not crazy about historical stories that would cause that. I was surprised that in a lot of ways I truly enjoyed this book, although that time period and how people though
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Dawn Daughenbaugh
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Star
Fortitude By Carrie Dalby is a Historical romance story I truly enjoyed reading. I had a hard time putting it down once I started .The authors style of writing grabs your attention and keeps it till the end. This story pulled at my heartstrings at times .One thing I used to always tell my daughter is “its not about what’s on the outside as much as what’s on the inside “ There are good people left .Claire is strong independent woman who doesn’t like to be told who she should or shouldn’t c
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Julie
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FORTITUDE by Carrie Daley is a five star novel. I love historical fiction. I love how I can learn about different parts of our history while I still can enjoy a story of someone who might have actually existed. Claire decides that she needs a change and wants to follow her best friend to be a nurse for the Spanish American war. After arriving, she realizes she has been stationed at the black camp. Many people at the time do not want to work there or even be sent there because of the racial tensi ...more
Katie Kearney
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fortitude By Carrie Dalby. This story was an enjoyable read, while I didn’t quite get completely emerged into it I still couldn’t stop until the end. The author does a good job of writing about a time in history that most people seem to forget. It’s well written and I feel well researched. It’s paced nicely with characters you can connect with on some level. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction but this one wasn’t disappointing, I enjoyed finishing the story the author had to tell. The subje ...more
Eda
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claire is a young woman with an open heart making a journey into a situation she is not ready for. This book is named well and when you see Claire’s trials you will understand why. She is a beautifully written Character. And in a time where racism is rampant. She embodies what most people should be today. The story is well told and Claire truly shines. She is daring smart and fortified with God and the brain he gave her. I think what surprised me is that the religious aspect of this book is subt ...more
Madison Degraffenreid
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby

5-stars

Fortitude is set in the period of time in our history where the Jim Crow laws were still a huge deal. Claire is the story's main female character and she goes against the odds to assist her friend in a colored camp for soldiers. She stands out like a sore thumb with her red hair and freckles but beats the odds by doing her best. She faces many struggles as the story progresses and experiences love and friendship in unlikely ways. I marveled at how strong her chara
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Moriah Venable
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fortitude is a novel by Carrie Dalby. This is my first novel by this author.

At the start of the Spanish- American war, Claire O’Farrel travels to Florida to help with the wounded.

Racial tensions arises causing her to go to the hospital tents for colored people.

Will Claire be able to overcome to prejudices and find a happy life for herself.

I usually don’t read historical novels but with this being my first, I did enjoy it. The pace was a little slow at first but eventually picked up.

For anyone l
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Heather
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fortitude by Carrie Dalby is a coming of age story. This story is set around 1898 featuring Claire, a young woman on the verge of changing her life forever. So many choices at a young age that seem beyond our grasp of understanding today. There was a lot of self discovery within this book, along with growth of the character. Carrie Dalby created vivid imagery in relation to the character and the events that were going on during this time frame.
Bobbi Wagner
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a historical romance book that I found to be engaging and creative. This book has a few hidden like messages that we could apply to everyday life today. One of which is to look at a person for what is on the inside and not on the outside. Claire is a great character and I loved watching her grow throughout the story. She is strong and I found myself hoping she would get her happy ending. This story tore at my heartstrings a few times, I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Heather Lovelace
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Achilles heel is historical fiction. It is the one genre that consistently makes my heart flip flop, melding historic details and events with characters that feel authentic and plots that stand the test of time. Dalby does a beautiful job weaving a Civil War era tale with riveting characters. I simply couldn’t read this book fast enough and was hooked from the very first page.
Sandra Lundy {coffee•books•wine}
This was a read-aloud book for my girls and me. We enjoyed the local setting and the historical romance. This book opened many conversations for us about equality and kindness. It also seems to have fully pushed them into the historical fiction genre so that's a win-win in my opinion!
Carmel Allen
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keeps you wanting to read more.

This story makes you feel like you are part of the book and you can stop reading it. If you like historical plots then this is the book for you.
Katie Abernethy
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! Historical fiction and romance, always a fun combination. The characters came to life very easily and I had to keep reading to find out what happened to them. An added bonus for me was that the story took place in the South, which is where I am currently living. Yes, you should read this book!
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Carrie Dalby's current project is a historical Southern Gothic family saga series for adults, The Possession Chronicles. The first book, PERILOUS CONFESSIONS, released on January 8, 2019 by Bienvenue Press.

Her two young adult novels are FORTITUDE (listed as a "Best History Books for Kids" by Grateful American Foundation) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4... and CORRODED https://www.goodreads.c
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