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Josiah Simmons was a young soldier in the Union Army. He had fought and been wounded in the Battle of Fredericksburg. A young Rebel soldier saved his life. Repaying the soldier, he headed to Virginia to return the dead man's things to his family. In Virginia, he met and fell in love with a young Southern girl. Honoring his committment to the Union army, Josiah went back to his regiment.
He returned to his home town of Brunswick, Maine to find an enemy he had never thought to fight. Monty Cahill was a rich Northerner who was courting Josiah's sister. The two soldiers hated each other. Cahill did all he could to destroy Josiah. Finally, the two men ended up in a prison camp together.
Patty Patterson was the young Southern girl that Josiah loved. She found herself married to a plantation owner from Georgia. Depending on God to get her through, Patty found it hard to face her life on the plantation.
The main character of Josiah was well written. We get to see the suffering he faced and the questioning of his faith. How he grew to accept that everything that happened to him was part of God's will. The other characters aren't nearly as deep or well-developed. They really just provide scenery for Josiah's development. The story felt rushed at times
IMPRISONED is a character driven story with Josiah's faith in God the foremost element. L.R. Bliss shows that no matter how badly we suffer, God has a purpose for our suffering.