The Soldiers Secret

The Soldiers Secret✪ The Soldiers Secret pdf ✩ Author Heather Osborne – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk A picture of pure shock and curiosity Emma placed her empty glass down “Surely you are not suggesting I dress as a man and enlist in the Union Army”“That is precisely what I am suggesting”In a A picture of pure shock and curiosity Emma placed her The Soldiers PDF or empty glass down “Surely you are not suggesting I dress as a man and enlist in the Union Army”“That is precisely what I am suggesting”In an era when women are adornments Northerner Emma Mansfield finds it challenging to fit the mold It becomes an impossible task when her country is torn apart by civil war Knowing she must take action Emma finds herself in the midst of danger and intrigue when she takes up the guise of a young artillery soldier for the Union Army Desperately trying to find out if her two brothers are alive Emma must maintain her anonymity as she fights for survival. The Soldier's Secret by Heather Osborne is a very enjoyable historical fiction novel set during the Civil War The story focuses on New York debutante Emma Mansfield who is unlike any other well to do female of her acuaintance she is uninterested in dating and only finding a suitable match After her older brother goes off to war and then her younger brother runs away to join the Confederacy she too joins the Union Army in disguise as a young artillery soldier named Emmett Hawkins in an attempt to look after her brothers Thankfully her platoon is stationed near where her older brother is and she actually saves his life after a terrible battle where he is severely wounded and left for deadThe Soldier's Secret has everything I look for in a book well developed characters a good mystery and a hint of romance Emma's character is the perfect heroine who is a stronger than many men in the story; and she is kind beyond measure which is demonstrated most compassionately in a scene where Emma comforts a dying soldier The mystery is a good one too as I couldn't figure out why this one officer was out to get Emma to the point of hunting her down in NY And Emma falls in love with Dr Colin McCafferty who enjoys Emma's drive and determination I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by by Kristyl Dawn Tift who did a great job She differentiated between male and female voices and changed the tempo in the performance when warranted I received a copy of this audio in exchange for an unbiased review Simply put I highly recommend this audiobook I found about this book on Facebook when a friend of mine wrote a review Intrigued by his review I decided to step way outside my normal genres to read a Civil War historical romance Great decisionSynopsis from the author A picture of pure shock and curiosity Emma placed her empty glass down “Surely you are not suggesting I dress as a man and enlist in the Union Army” “That is precisely what I am suggesting” In an era when women are adornments Northerner Emma Mansfield finds it challenging to fit the mold It becomes an impossible task when her country is torn apart by civil war Knowing she must take action Emma finds herself in the midst of danger and intrigue when she takes up the guise of a young artillery soldier for the Union Army Desperately trying to find out if her two brothers are alive Emma must maintain her anonymity as she fights for survivalWhat I liked Heather Osborne did a fantastic job of capturing the mannerisms and speech patterns of the Civil War era While not a history buff I have seen many documentaries of that period and read passages written by both the men and women of the time and Heather Osborne’s characters were true to the times Likewise her portrayal of the horrors of wars and the cruelty of soldiers toward the enemy rang true The story itself though was than a tale of unbelievable courage in battle It was at its heart a love story that was well told and wonderfully written and I enjoyed the way the story ended but no spoilers from meWhat I didn’t like There were a few things that didn’t add up for me chief among them was how Emma was able to maintain her disguise I mean privacy especially for a low ranking enlisted soldier would have been difficult and for her secret not to be discovered was straining credibility a little Other than that not much to dislike about the bookOverall impression The Soldier’s Secret is a wonderful read set in an awful time in US history I was impressed that the story didn’t delve deeply into the causes and conseuences of the war but instead maintained its focus on the love between Emma and Colin and Emma and her family I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance or just an excellent read Well done Heather OsborneMy rating 5 Stars This is only one of a few books I've read that have featured the American civil war It was obvious that Heather had done a lot of research for the book as being in among the battles seemed very realistic The relationships between the soldiers were also really well doneEmmaEmmetEm experiences all the horrors of war after concealing her identity and joining the Union army Wanting news of her brothers she uickly has to learn to act like a man and fight in war alongside the rest of her regiment I really liked her character strength and determination to continue with her 'mission' even when the war goes from bad to worse I also enjoyed parts featuring Ol' Tom the run away slave The dialogue between him Emma and Colin was fantasticThe romance in the story was a gradually built up feature and none of it cliched I don't enjoy romantic cliches over used romantic phrases or over the top sex scenes None of that is in this book This is a really well written historical romance that also highlights how wrong perceptions of people can be I thoroughly enjoyed reading it I bought this book with some hesitation I’d read plenty of books and seen plenty of movies about the Civil War why read one but I’m glad I did This book is not only about the Civil War but about its impact on one family’s life and the extraordinary length one young woman goes through to serve her country and be close to the man she loves Emma refused to follow protocol and remain at home while the men in her life were being injured and put in harm’s way every day so she joined the fray and finds fulfillment in ways than one on the battle field The courage and valor of this young woman is awe inspiring the stuff that legends are made of Great writing with good flow and pacing Lovers of romance and historical fiction will enjoy this book Highly recommended I'm usually a paranormal romance fan and would not normally give this book a second glance but I won the book in a competition and I’m so glad I did There was action as the author tells the story of the historic battles wonlost and well researched accounts of the horrors of the war and the cruelty of soldiers toward the enemyThere was romance in the relationship between Emma and her fiancé Colin which is a slow sweet romance with emotion rather than explicit sex scenesAnd there is adventure as Emma and Colin make the journey home from the battlefieldThis is a really well written historical romance Kristyl Dawn Tift was a brilliant narrator who put real emotion into her narration and did a good job with male and female voices I highly recommend this book The author has written a wonderful story of love during the War of Northern Aggression The Hh were both from the North but the story played out of brother against brother in this sad time of American History Ms Osborne gave very developed and complex characters in her story which was a refreshing surpriseI was given a copy of the audio book by the author for a review This well crafted audiobook is a hit on all fronts and highly recommended to anyone with an interest in historical fictionRead full review in the 2017 October issue of InD'tale Magazine This is an interesting Civil War story with a sweet romance My rating 425Emma is a blossoming proper young woman living with her family in Rochester New York Her father operates a local general store and her two brothers are expected to help in the store as they grow older Emma meets the local doctor Colin and they uickly become enchanted with each other But war disturbs the plans of everyoneWill the elder brother has determined to enlist and fight for the Union The younger brother Harrison is not yet sixteen but he wants to enlist also All the family tells Harrison that he must stay home to grow and help their father in the business But Harrison sneaks off in anger to join the ConfederatesEmma becomes engaged to Colin but he feels the call to serve where he is badly needed When Will’s letters to home Emma becomes and upset and concerned about the safety of her brothers A local friend helps her to disguise herself so she can enlist in the Union army“Em” makes it through basic training successfully and sets off with her regiment hoping to find her brothers She does find Colin and Will and is helping her own unit when she sees Harrison too Troubles arise with a commander who becomes unreasonably obsessed with this young soldier who seems to do things right and have a charmed life He continually harasses “Em” and they fear that her secret will be exposed Colin and Emma make a desperate escape but the obsessed commander is not far behindMs Osborne does a good job with the vivid portrayal of the bleak hardships of war camp life and field hospitals The family drama seems real There are heartbreaks and joys along the journey as Emma and Colin continue through the Appalachian Mountains trying to make their way back home without being caught by their pursuerThe story is engaging and I liked the primary characters I found the sexual scenes a bit than expected for the nature of the story but it fit the passions of the couple and the basic need to cling in hard times I recommend this to readers who like Civil War detail with a strong romance elementAudio Notes I had to get used to the voice of Kristyl Dawn Tift as it is a bit breathy for a war drama It does fit the romance though and as I got used to it I thought that overall she did a good job with the voices and the emotion I enjoyed the story in audioI received this audiobook from AudaVoxx for review A tale of family love and devotion that leads a young woman to disguise herself as a young Union soldier A story of her trials and tribulations of death and fight for life as she seeks information on her missing brothers There is so much to this story that I'm not saying here but I don't do spoilers but I do have to say that the narrator did a terrific job of portraying each of the author's characters magnificently giving us the emotions every writer wants their readers to feel I highly recommend this story This was a very touching read so much than a romance but a wonderful read filled of so much pain and sorrow for all of those who fault in a war where really both sides lost so much The author shows how brother fault against brother father against son This is one author that has done her research giving you a wonderful powerful read full of mystery pain love and romanceHeather Osborne as a narrator gave so much too this audio from her wonderful talented voice to her many wonderful characters She puts so much emotion into the audio giving this a wonderful tear jerker listen She has a very clear clean voice that is easy to listen to with wonderful character voices that you have no trouble knowing who is speaking She puts emotion into the characters never leaving you wondering just what they are feeling There is no background noise just a clear even tones which will leave you wanting Her male voices are just as pleasant as her female ones as she brings the story to live it is almost like watching a movie You have no trouble picturing each scene in your mind reliving a time where soldiers were left with half a body feeling half a man I hear no breaks in this audio if the narrator took a break you could not tell Ms Osborne did a wonderful job with this narration I am so looking forward to listening to of her workEmma is a wonderful character which took a lot to stand up and dress as a man trying to make sure her love ones where safe All that she had to go through really tore at my heart she is one brave women who doesn’t back down She is strong willed and doesn’t back down giving so much to this story at a time when women were to stay home and keep their mouth shutThe doctor who loves her really is a man after your heart There is no doubt in my mind that every woman who reads this will fall in love with this wonderful man The lengths he goes to to keep her safe are unreal and I doubt most men would have done He lets her be who she is without taking away her meaning as a woman He believes in her giving back so much than any person wouldYes this is a romance which was lovely but it is so much showing the true meaning of war and all that was given up in a battle which lost so much I really enjoyed the characters they seem so real some I didn’t like so much but that is the way it is suppose to be The author throws a few twist you won’t see coming giving you and exciting thrilling suspenseful read that you will love There are parts you might need a tissue for as the author and narrator delivers a powerful wonderful read you won’t be able to put down