The Quaker and the Rebel
The traditional storyline of a romance blossoming between a Confederate and a Unionist is made unique in this novel, with Emily working with the Underground Railroad movement. Meanwhile, Alexander disguises himself as a sort of Robin Hood stealing provisions from Union soldiers to benefit Confederate soldiers, and neither knows the other’s secret as they fall in love. This Civil War story is set in Virginia as it struggles with divided views regarding slavery and war, causing it to split into two states. Alexander plays a wonderful hero as Emily’s character becomes more likeable as pieces of her past are revealed, though her role as a governess seems a bit far-fetched due to her uncouth manners and rash actions. The author chooses to space out events with an authentic timeline and adds a bit of villainy as well. If you look hard enough, you might notice an undercurrent of spirituality, but it isn’t the focus. Pick this one up if you are looking for an intriguing romance set during the early 1860s.