Book Review

A REASON TO LIVE
by Maureen McKade

Genre: Historical Romance
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: Post-Civil War South and West

2006 American-Set Historical Romance Award Winner

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McKade enthralls readers with a story short in length but big in impact that takes your breath away with its intense emotions and insight into the human heart, reminiscent of Francine Rivers. Brava to the author for being unafraid to put the pain of war and the sacrifice of so many on the page. She let us cry and heal with her characters.

A Northerner living in the South, Laurel Covey's loyalties are torn apart by the Civil War, but not when she nurses the wounded. She watches too many die, and in an attempt to ease their passing, she writes down their last words with the promise to
find their families and relay their
final thoughts.

When she's attacked by hooligans she's rescued by ex-gunslinger/bounty hunter Creede Forrester, who's searching for news of his son. Honor and chivalry demand he accompany her
on her journey, and it pains Laurel to tell him the boy died.

Creede carries guilt over his wife's death and now his son's. Their deep emotional scars draw them together, but is their slowly growing friendship and love strong enough to overcome the shadows of guilt and the pain
of loss? (Berkley Sensation, Sep., 304
pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Published: September 2006

Reader Rating

4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(1 ratings)

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A Reason to Live

Submitted by Robin in PA on May 23, 2010 - 5:38pm.

During the Civil War, Confederate nurse Laurel Covey nursed and comforted the injured and dying. She kept a journal of the soldiers names and last words as they died, promising to deliver these messages after the war. Creede Forester has traveled from Texas to Virginia to find word of his 16-year-old son. When he stumbles across Laurel during her journey, it pains her to tell of his son's death, knowing that he blames himself for driving his son away. Since Laurel is delivering her sad news to families all through the south, Creede decides to accompany her on her journey.

This was a very unique story. Laurel is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after seeing the results of the war in the form of dead and suffering soldiers. She believes that she should have been able to save more of the injured soldiers. Creede is trying to come to grips with his wife's and son's deaths. Together they are both hurting in different ways, but drawn to each other as well. My rating: 4.5 Stars.