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The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller @LindaLaelMiller @HarlequinBooks #BookReview #BookBloggers

This phenomenal book – The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller is available now!

We have update this post with Lindsay’s added review and are excited to be sharing it with you all!

Brenda’s Review

As a lover of historical fiction 0f WWII, I jumped at the chance to read something a bit out of my usual by reading this one.  While what I thought was out of my usual it wasn’t so much and I was pleasantly surprised. Back in the day, historical romance heavy on the romance was my favorite and I loved stories with the backdrop to the civil war.  I was reminded in this story just how fascinated by the civil war I am.

The Yankee Widow is a refreshing, moving and richly layered saga with strong well-developed characters, well-plotted story that explores duty, loyalty, family and friends bonds and love.   I was drawn into the lives of these characters right from the start and was turning the pages as fast as I could. Linda Lael Miller does a good job here balancing the characters from both sides of the war, with a little romance and weaving the history in as well that allowed me to form my own thoughts for each character and had me feeling for them all.

The Yankee Widow had it all here to make this an interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining read for me.  The romance to the story felt a bit rushed and predictable leaving the eye-rolling to a minimum and allowing me not to have to think about it too much.  Just adding a nice touch to the story that left me entertained.

I loved how the story wrapped up, maybe a bit too neat but certainly, a satisfying feel-good ending for me.  It did leave me wondering and hoping for a sequel with some of these characters. I highly recommend.

Norma’s Review

Immersive, passionate & vivid!

THE YANKEE WIDOW by LINDA LAEL MILLER was an interesting, riveting, compelling, heartfelt, moving and highly entertaining historical fiction novel that immediately grabbed my attention and held taut right to the very end. I was thoroughly impressed and fascinated with this storyline and with MILLER’S storytelling. It has been quite a little while that I have been this entranced and absorbed in a historical fiction novel – I was glued to those pages. 

LINDA LAEL MILLER delivers quite the atmospheric, engaging, intriguing, beautifully written and well-plotted read here that I was totally drawn into. There were so many scenes within this book that totally touched and warmed my heart along with moments that twisted my heart to shreds. The characterizations of place and time along with the characters themselves were absolutely wonderful and so vividly descriptive, placing me easily into the heart of this novel. I absolutely loved all the characters in this book and I was definitely emotionally invested in them.

I do love a little romance within my novels and I totally ate this one right up. I was completely besotted with these male characters and couldn’t decide who I thought was the better catch for our lovely main character, Caroline. The romantic touch to this novel definitely helped with softening the mood to this heartfelt period in time. The historical aspect to this novel with the Civil War and this time period totally fascinates me. Also, I must add that this book opens up with quite the strong opening scene and where the story settles a little bit it is definitely one to savour and enjoy! Loved everything about this novel!

Lindsay’s review

Beautiful writing. Charming characters. Unforgettable story.

Caroline is a young wife and mother who is left to manage the family farm when her husband, Jacob, joins the army and is sent off into war. Caroline stays strong in the face of the unknown, with the help of her four-year-old daughter, Rachel, her grandmother, Geneva, and hired farmhand, Enoch. One day Caroline receives word that Jacob is wounded on the battlefield. She leaves Rachel with Geneva and the farm in Enoch’s care, to travel in search of her husband.

These characters were so extremely loveable! I felt an immediate connection to all of them and was fully invested in their lives and situation. The author, Linda Lael Miller, had me completely engrossed within the Civil War era, creating a storyline that kept me captivated and curious throughout. This is my first book by Miller and I am eager to check out her many other novels.

Historical fiction is my most favourite reading genre, yet most of what I read within the genre centers around WWII. This novel really captured my interest and has me eager to pick up more historical fiction novels focused on the Civil War era. 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Intriguing, lovely, mesmerizing, moving and an extremely fitting and meaningful representation to storyline. #coverlove 
Title: An intriguing, interesting, meaningful, emotive and extremely fitting representation to storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, affecting, vivid, assured, captivating, moving and readable. I totally connected and loved MILLER’S writing style!!!
Plot: Perfectly paced, interesting, refreshing, heartwarming, heartfelt, moving, touching, and fantastic. 
Ending: I was totally taken with this feel-good ending and absolutely loved the direction this novel took. Leaving me feeling totally satisfied and warmed all over. I think there might be a possibility for a sequel with the way that this story ending. I would definitely read it if there was. 
Overall: This novel totally captured my heart and made it into my 2019 Favourite Reads Shelf! Would highly recommend! 

Thank you so much to Eden at Harlequin Trade Publishing and Linda Lael Miller for our complimentary copies and the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. It was an absolute pleasure reading this phenomenal historical fiction novel!

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10 thoughts on “The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller @LindaLaelMiller @HarlequinBooks #BookReview #BookBloggers

    1. Glad to hear she is a favourite author of yours Jonetta! I just finished this as well and I was very impressed with the writing. My first time reading her – I look forward to checking out more of her books!

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