A Union soldier risks everything to save the life of Abraham Lincoln, while a Confederate surgeon races through time to preserve Lincoln's legacy.
Reenactor Dr. Charlotte Mallory has spent years perfecting the portrayal of her ancestor, Civil War Confederate surgeon Major Carlton Mallory. In the middle of the 150th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek, she is hurled back in time and lands in the middle of the battle itself, and from there is catapulted into dangers that threaten her life and shatter her heart.
Charlotte is captured by Union soldiers during the battle and hauled before General Sheridan. The General only sees a Confederate surgeon who can solve a challenging problem for him, so he threatens Charlotte with the destruction of her 200-year-old ancestral home unless "he" agrees to rescue a Union spy from a Confederate hospital. To save her home and possibly her own life, she reluctantly agrees. After a harrowing journey to Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, she finds her target, a handsome, green-eyed spy with a Minie ball in his gut and is now at death's door. Without a thought for long-term consequences, she returns with him to the future, where she has the technology to save his life.
While recovering from his gunshot wound in Charlotte's ancestral home, the spy, Major Michael Abraham "Braham" McCabe learns the man he works for, President Lincoln, was assassinated. Now Braham is determined to return to his century to prevent the assassination. When Charlotte refuses to help him, because it will change the future, he finds another way to get back to his own time.
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What If You Could Change History?
Yes and no. This book was longer than it needs to be. The pacing is rather slow, and some bits are repetitive--although many of those were summarizing events from the first book in the trilogy. If you're coming to this with no knowledge of Volume 1, then of course you wouldn't have my reaction. I love the concept here, but the author could have used a good editor to tighten up the story. The last "act" (focused on the heroine's brother) feels kind of tacked on, like this is two books stitched together rather than a cohesive whole.
I think Katherine Lowry Logan and I have been communicating through our dreams. When I was in eighth grade, I wrote a novella about a time traveller going back to try and stop Lincoln's assassination. I've also been to the Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek reenactment. I've been to the Willard Hotel...the eerie coincidences go on! So it felt like this novel was written just for me. The story is full of awesome ideas, and it was fun to see them play out.
However, I was underwhelmed by our modern heroine's reasons for wanting to let the Lincoln assassination happen. Her thinking is: If Lincoln had never been assassinated, he would be forgotten today. I'm a student of Civil War era/ Lincoln history, and I don't think that's true. He might not be QUITE so famous, but he did plenty worth remembering--and even if there weren't a Lincoln Monument, that's hardly a good reason to let a good man die. In fact, that good man might have done a great deal more for this country had he lived, such as designing a better Reconstruction. This possibility is never discussed. The old "butterfly effect" caution against altering past events would have worked for me, but "he wouldn't be immortal" struck me as a weak argument.
Yep! I remember I wasn't convinced by her Scottish accent in Volume 1 of this trilogy. This time around, I thought it was fine. Either I was wrong before, or Teri has improved her Scottish accent. I think it's the latter, so "Bravo, Teri!" Overall, she's easy to listen to.
Absolutely. Since not all the events would fit into a 2-hour movie, hopefully it would consist of the "best bits."
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- Elyse Becker