by Gwyneth Atlee

December 2001
ISBN: 0-821-77035-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

With the Civil War going on, Rebecca wants to help in some way, especially after her brother was killed in the war. She did not want to sit in her fathersí mansion doing nothing so she became a nurse to join the war effort, stationed with her cousin Drew. Only Rebecca has a very hard time being a nurse - she is sensitive to the plight of the wounded and feels their pain, so much so that it tears her heart apart a little each time she sees someone injured. So she decides to leave it all behind and try to put her life and heart on the mend as best she could. Only it didnít happen like she planned - instead she was kidnapped and held for ransom.

Rebecca has red hair with a temper to match and bossy, but also very caring. She will fight tooth and nail to get what is needed to help the injured union soldiers that were saved from the river, who are now her fellow companions being held until her ransom is paid.

Jacob Fuller is one of the union soldiers retrieved from the river when the boat he was traveling home to Indiana exploded. He will do anything to survive the kidnapping to make his way home, even putting up with the sharp tongued Rebecca!

Gwyneth Atlee weaves a tale of courage and strength needed to survive the different ordeals Rebecca and Jacob faced both alone and together during their captivity. We are also given a glimpse of the struggles the doctors and nurses had to face at these trying times. Although it was historically interesting at times, even with the undercurrents of romance sparking between Rebecca and Jacob and the love they offer each other, it did not quite hold my interest. Even so, Ms. Atlee is a good writer that I will buy the book Against All Odds, which features a friend of Jacobís who was on the boat as well.

Reviewed in April 2002 by Pam.

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