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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sisters of Shiloh | Kathy & Becky Hepinstall

Sisters of Shiloh is the story of two sisters who join the Civil War disguised as men. Libby joins to avenge her husband’s death. Josephine joins to protect Libby. For a more complete summary, you can go here.

I’ll be honest, I usually try to avoid anything related to history. I’ve never been interested in it, and I’ve never been really good at understanding it either. I started reading this book because it was my book club’s selection. I don’t like to know anything about a book before I read it. I did see the cover, which looks very pretty and delicate. I was definitely not expecting it to be a war story. To be fair, it was a historical romance, but it was still pretty gory. With that said, I actually got really into this book. 

I felt really connected to the older sister, Josephine. I just felt like I was rooting for her the whole time. I wanted her to have love, independence, and happiness, which she always seemed to put aside to help her younger sister. There is a love story thrown in here, but the core is about sisterhood. 

I really gained a lot of respect for the book and the authors after talking to them. They put so much time and research into every little detail. It is amazing that almost everything in this book—all the events and little details—actually happened. The specific characters were the only thing made up. I felt really fascinated by the whole story, and I actually learned a lot about the Civil War without feeling like I was reading a textbook. But throwing a love story in there definitely helped keep my interest! 

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves romance stories or historical fiction—or anything in between! If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

 ****   4/5 Stars

Also, check out my Q & A with Kathy and Becky!

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