This review is for the book "A Thousand Shall Fall" by Andrea Boeshaar. This is book one in the Shenandoah Valley Saga. In this novel we meet Carrie Ann Bell in the year 1864. Carrie's sister has just run away and Carrie is frantic to find her. So frantic, in fact, that she risks her life by disguising herself as a Yankee soldier, right in the middle of some of the biggest battles of the Civil War. Carrie not only risks being wounded or killed in battle, but she is breaking the law by impersonating a soldier.
We find out that the soldier who rescues/captures Carrie has a past with her. This is probably in her favor because he doesn't send her to jail or kill her right away. In fact, he is extremely kind to her and does his best to keep her away from the skirmishes to keep her safe. They fall in love under some very difficult circumstances, even with all their differences. But Carrie is holding some secrets that could be very damaging if she is found out.
I really enjoyed this novel. I don't enjoy a lot of historical romance novels but this one kept my attention and I enjoyed the characters. The only complaint I had is that some of the things spoken of in the novel made me think there was a prequel to this story that I had not read. The characters spoke of things that had happened in the past that made me think they would have been in a previous novel, so they weren't fully explained. It wasn't anything that made the story confusing or hard to follow. If you like historical fiction, you will enjoy this novel.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.