The harsh realities of war are brought to the forefront in this tale, which sweeps from the plantations of North Carolina to the foothills of Wyoming. Lives are lost and battles are won, and Catherine Lynch Kincaid wonders if she will fulfill her dream of becoming a mother. Isolated on her husband's family plantation in North Carolina, her only wish is for her husband to return from the battlefield alive and put an end to her lonely days.

Tyler, her husband, is honor-bound to fight in the War Between the States to protect his family home. He only hopes he can get through and return his friends and comrades safely to their homes and families. But will his beloved Catherine be able to withstand the long separation and be waiting for him when he returns?

While the backdrop and historical details are enjoyable, this book-within- a-book is difficult to follow—there are too many characters and plotlines. SWEET (Feb., 368 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Tanya Kacik