Rosetta drills with the men, prepares herself for battle, and faces the tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Fearing discovery of her secret, Rosetta’s strong will clashes with Jeremiah’s as their marriage is tested by war.
Erin Lindsay McCabe studied Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, and taught high school English before completing her MFA at St. Mary's College of California in 2010. She has taught Composition at St. Mary's College and Butte College and resides in Northern California with her husband and son and a small menagerie that includes one dog, four cats, two horses, ten chickens, and three goats.
I was attracted by the title of this book. It sounded sweet but determent. When reading the synopsis I was curious how Rosetta would pull it off. If she was able to stay on her feet and obviously how it would end. I honestly love the cover too. The soldier could be a woman just as much as a very young boy. Well done.
The first fifty pages introduce you to Rosetta and Jeremiah very quickly. It is soon clear that Rosetta is a tough girl who knows exactly what she wants and she does not shy away from challenges. This gave me the feeling I was starting a story where she would just march trough that war, no emotion showing and come out unscathed. I am glad to say I was wrong.
As soon as Rosetta sets out to join the army the tone changes. She is still one tough lady but her voice shines an interesting light on the whole drilling and going to war situation. In a way she just goes with the guys but she reflects a lot too about the differences between the various man. There are a few of the obvious raw guys pretending they do not care but that is only a small part of the group. McCabe managed to give all the people their own voice. Showing the terror of soldiers when they have to run into a field with the enemy well hidden on the other site. Fear and bravery, revenge and believing in a cause and hurt so much hurt my heart broke. The story does not really go into politics or the position of all the woman who fought in the civil war. It tells the story of one woman who did was she believed this was what she had to do giving an interesting fictional insight on a situation that once was true.
I Shall Be Near to You
Author: Erin Lindsay McCabe
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