Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday: I Shall Be Near To You

There’s nothing like a Wednesday for thinking about the books we want to read! My Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday post is linking up with two fabulous book memes, Wishlist Wednesday (hosted by Pen to Paper) and Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).

My most wished-for book this week is:

I Shall Be Near to You: A Novel

I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
(published January 28, 2014)

Synopsis via Goodreads:

An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband, inspired by the letters of a remarkable female soldier who fought in the Civil War.
   Rosetta doesn’t want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they’ll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she’s always worked by her father’s side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she’s told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier.
With the army desperate for recruits, Rosetta has no trouble volunteering, although she faces an incredulous husband. She drills with the men, proves she can be as good a soldier as anyone, and deals with the tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Rosetta’s strong will clashes with Jeremiah’s while their marriage is tested by broken conventions, constant danger, and war, and she fears discovery of her secret even as they fight for their future, and for their lives. Inspired by more than 250 documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is the intimate story, in Rosetta’s powerful and gorgeous voice, of the drama of marriage, one woman’s amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life’s challenges side by side.

I absolutely love the sound of this one — and one of my most trusted book friends has been raving about it. The book is already out, and I really can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

And besides sounding like a fascinating book, it made me think of this… which brings back tons of old camp memories, near and dear to my heart:

What are you wishing for this Wednesday?

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16 thoughts on “Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday: I Shall Be Near To You

    • Thanks, Ula! I’m kind of obsessed with getting this book now… I may have to give into temptation, even though I’m so behind on all my other reading! 🙂

    • I love well-researched historical fiction that also gives an emotional connection to the characters — so this one sounds like my cup of tea! I can’t wait. 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m kind of all over the place when it comes to genres… and sometimes I just can’t resist really good historical fiction. I’m so looking forward to reading this one! 🙂

  1. Wow, that sounds incredible! Kind of like a Mulan type tale, just set during the Civil War. Very interesting pick!

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