Monday, January 4, 2016

A Thousand Shall Fall

A Thousand Shall Fall
(Shenandoah Valley Saga)
Andrea Boeshaar
(Kregel Publications)
ISBN: 978-0825443817
November 2015/256 pages/$14.99

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off--only to find she's fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they're all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally--and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.


Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs "The Writer's ER," a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards. Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites. Find out more at


Civil War novels have always been one of my favorite genres so I was delighted to have the opportunity to read this first book in Andrea Boeshaar's new series. I thoroughly enjoyed another of her series several years ago, and this one promises to be equally satisfying. Boeshaar successfully puts a fresh twist on the premise of a young woman disguised as a soldier and the result is a compelling tale that transported me to the Shenandoah Valley and the heart-rending conflict experienced by so many who care for those on both sides of the war. Rich historical detail reflects the author's comprehensive research yet blends seamlessly into the story and doesn't weigh it down with excessive details. Captivating characters, riveting events, and a gripping romance combine in this page-turner that simply whetted my appetite for more of this series. Add this to your reading list today!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Kregel Publications for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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