Image of I Shall Be Near to You: A Novel

I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU

Image of I Shall Be Near to You: A Novel

This fascinating historical novel is beautifully written and emotionally charged. Using a female soldier’s point of view for the narration makes McCabe’s story refreshingly unique. Inspired by more than 250 documented accounts of women joining the war effort by enlisting as men, the well-researched portrayal of the realities of war ensures that this novel will be a hit among readers who are Civil War buffs.

When her husband, Jeremiah Wakefield, enlists with the Union Army, Rosetta refuses to be left behind. Disguising herself as a man and renaming herself Ross Stone, she joins alongside him and his buddies. Their marriage and their abilities are strongly tested as the couple moves from training drills to full-fledged battles as the war that everyone expected to be over rages on. (CROWN, Feb., 320 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed by: 
Roseann Marlett