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THE VELVET SHADOW
After she graduates from medical school in Boston, Flanna OConnors plans to return to South Carolina and work with her father are cut off as the Civil War begins. With no way to get to Charleston, Flanna disguises herself as a man and joins the Union Army, knowing theyll be moving south. Eventually she should be able to make it home. Flanna finds acceptance and camaraderie from her company mates who know her as Private Franklin, but she risks exposure when she dares to defy the drunken camp doctor and performs surgery on the wounded. Flanna counts on God to guide her. What she doesnt count on is falling in love with Major Alden Haynes, her fiancis brother. Both men are part of her regiment, and circumstances brought about in part by Flannas actions put all their lives in jeopardy.
In Book Three: The Heirs of Cahira OConnor, Angela Elwell Hunt continues her dynamic series about the stalwart OConnor women, leaving readers absolutely entranced. And after the surprise ending, they wont be able to wait for Book Four. (Feb., 400 pp., $11.95)
Reviewed By: Diane Johnson
Published: February 1999