Edge of Honor: A Novel
Christian author Gilbert Morris gives us the story of Quentin Laribee, a young surgeon conscripted into the Union army at the end of the Civil War. Engaged to Irene, the daughter of a socially connected physician from New York City, he’s considered a lucky man by his fellow interns. Physically plain, but with a gift for healing and a gentle demeanor, Laribee is a fish out of water from the outset. He is in an enviable position, poised to take over his future father-in-law’s practice, yet it is obvious he feels out of place in the social scene he has unintentionally fallen into.
Then comes the news that he will be drafted. Despite the objections of his future in-laws but with the understanding of his sister, Laribee enlists. He is sent first to a military hospital in Richmond, then to Ft. Stedman, where in the confusion of battle he kills an enemy soldier. After being discharged, he is unable to drive the horror of the act from his mind. Following much soul searching and prayer, he sets out for Arkansas, hoping to see that the family of the dead man is cared for, regardless of the protests of his fiancee. What he discovers there is a sense of peace and fulfillment, something he has been unable to find in New York.
While I don’t normally choose to read religious novels, I learned to care for Quentin Laribee and his family and friends, and appreciated their convictions that the Lord would see them through. This is a tender story of the redemptive power of love, of God and of one another, and would appeal to those who enjoy wholesome, family-oriented reading.