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The Notorious Mrs. Winston by Mary Mackey
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Sep 16, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: civil-war, historical-fiction
Read in February, 2009

I loved this story! Truly one of the best Civil War novels I have read. The heroine, Claire marries a man named Henry just before the Civil War begins. Henry proves to be an awful husband and she falls in love with his nephew, John. Unfortunately, Henry proves to be rather adamant that she remain his wife and refuses to grant her a divorce, which is very difficult to attain in that day and age to begin with. Henry actually deceives Claire with lies and manipulations before abandoning her but by then, John is fighting in a war. Despite the fact that she is a staunch Union supporter and abolitionist, Claire loves, frets over, and desperately misses John, who is on the Confederate side. Unable to consult with him by normal means, she does all she can think to do. She dons a Conferderate uniform and joins the infamous "Morgan's Raiders" to find her lover. Find him she does, as well as adventure, prison time, and battlefield drama. She also attempts to warn the north when the south is approaching. Terrific novel full of adventure and historical details. Not to mention, an amazing, unforgettable heroine.

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