This book had several elements to it. Clarissa is a lover of her home town of Gettysburg, a believer in freedom for everyone and at times a secret conductor on the Underground Railroad. She amazed me with her strength and courage. Kyle, a seminary student, also believes in freedom but to Clarissa's dismay refuses to enlist when the conflict between the north and the south heats up. Liberty, a hooded conductor on the Underground Railroad, also gets under her skin but she admires his convictions and his courage. They were both doing very dangerous work that could get them killed if caught. As a parent myself I cannot imagine letting my nineteen year old daughter do such risky actions but her parents seemed to fully support her. The cause of helping slaves get to a safe location was much more important.
The civil war is also brought to the front and to Clarissa's home town. The author did a very good job of describing the conflict and the atrocities of the war. I could almost feel the musket balls whizzing over my head.
The emotions were real, the descriptions of the town spot on and a big surprise is unleashed among the pages. And yes, there is romance for those of us that need it to make a story complete. History comes to life in the works of fiction within this novel. I love learning history in a fun and "entertaining manner"!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.