The Yankee Widow

The Yankee Widow

A richly layered, emotional novel about one woman’s courage and the choices she must make in the face of a dangerous war.Caroline is the young wife of Jacob, who together live on a farm raising their daughter just outside of Gettysburg. When Jacob joins the Northern army, no one anticipates he will not return. Then Caroline gets word that her husband is wounded, and she mu...

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Title:The Yankee Widow
Author:Linda Lael Miller
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The Yankee Widow Reviews

  • Karren  Sandercock

    I loved The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller, I gave her book 5 big stars, I really enjoy reading Civil War historical fiction and I don't mind a story with a little romance.

    The book begins in Pennsylvania during the war, when Caroline Hammond is notified her husband Jacob has been wounded, she leaves her farm and travels on her own by train to find out what happened to him, is he dead or alive?

    This begins the story about Caroline, her husband Jacob and their daughter Rachel.

    Caroline lives in n

    I loved The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller, I gave her book 5 big stars, I really enjoy reading Civil War historical fiction and I don't mind a story with a little romance.

    The book begins in Pennsylvania during the war, when Caroline Hammond is notified her husband Jacob has been wounded, she leaves her farm and travels on her own by train to find out what happened to him, is he dead or alive?

    This begins the story about Caroline, her husband Jacob and their daughter Rachel.

    Caroline lives in near Gettysburg, prior to, during and after the famous battle.

    You're soon reading about the terrible battle at Gettysburg, how it effected the soldiers on both sides and the local people.

    Linda Lael Miller writing style has you engaged in the story, you care deeply about the character's and what happens to them! Caroline's hired hand Enoch, a escaped pregnant slave called Jubie, a Yankee soldier called Rogan McBride and his best friend Bridger Winslow he's a Confederate officer. Later in the book his young sister Amalie Winslow is mentioned and she's living alone at the family plantation in Georgia. I'm sure there will be another book to follow about Amalie experiences during the war and I can't wait to read it!

    I have posted this review on Australian Amazon and Twitter.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Beautifully written and rich in detail, The Yankee Widow will transport you back in time to an era that is seldom talked about let alone experienced. With a country literally torn in two with brother again brother and friend and foes alike, this atmospheric novel will make you feel like you are in the very heart of the battle, both on the field and off.

    A time when war raged the country side, women had to be strong and independent and children grew up way too fast. When men were gentlemen still

    Beautifully written and rich in detail, The Yankee Widow will transport you back in time to an era that is seldom talked about let alone experienced. With a country literally torn in two with brother again brother and friend and foes alike, this atmospheric novel will make you feel like you are in the very heart of the battle, both on the field and off.

    A time when war raged the country side, women had to be strong and independent and children grew up way too fast. When men were gentlemen still and freedom was a thing that not everyone experienced or got the luxury of having.

    Wonderfully told in alternating point of views, The Yankee Widow will tug at your heart strings and keep you thoroughly engaged the whole way through. Truly a riveting story that you will be glad you took the time to read, enjoy, and learn from.

    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends

    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-d

    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.

    Thank you so much to Eden at Harlequin Trade Publishing and Linda Lael Miller for my complimentary copy

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    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.

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    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!

    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 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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  • Joanna Park

    The Yankee Widow is a stunning piece of historical fiction. I was immediately drawn into the story and the time of the American Civil war. I didn’t know much about this period in history so I found all the historical details really fascinating.

    The story is told from multiple points of view from people on both sides of the conflict which helped increase my understanding of the personal impact of the war on the normal people who had to live through it and fight in it. It was often the case that fr

    The Yankee Widow is a stunning piece of historical fiction. I was immediately drawn into the story and the time of the American Civil war. I didn’t know much about this period in history so I found all the historical details really fascinating.

    The story is told from multiple points of view from people on both sides of the conflict which helped increase my understanding of the personal impact of the war on the normal people who had to live through it and fight in it. It was often the case that friends and family were fighting against each other which made for quite emotional reading at times.

    I didn’t realise that the Civil War started due to Lincoln wanting to abolish slavery but enjoyed learning more about the treatment of slaves at that time, the cruel slave catchers and the underground railroad which I found incredibly intriguing. It’s astonishing to think about how people were treated just because of the colour of their skin and some of the passages relating to this were quite uncomfortable to read about, especially as I soon grew incredibly fond of both Enoch and Jubie.

    This was a gripping and thoroughly absorbing story that I found very difficult to put down. There is lots going on, not just to do with the war but also the lives of the main characters as they deal with life during the war. The characters are all incredibly well drawn and developed throughout the book, though they are all very sympathetic ones making it difficult to choose sides! I so enjoyed going on a journey with them and found myself quite sad when the story ended and I had to leave them behind.

    Huge thanks to Harlequin publishers for my copy of this book via Edelweiss.

  • Linda Broday

    A beautiful story about going where your heart leads no matter your beliefs. Miller pulls out all the stops on this emotional, gripping tale set during the Civil War. She puts you smack in the center of the action with multiple viewpoints ranging from a war-torn widow to a slave to two best friends fighting on opposite sides. Grieving widow Caroline Hammond lives on a farm outside of Gettysburg and finds herself in the middle of one of the biggest, bloodiest battles of the war. In the aftermath,

    A beautiful story about going where your heart leads no matter your beliefs. Miller pulls out all the stops on this emotional, gripping tale set during the Civil War. She puts you smack in the center of the action with multiple viewpoints ranging from a war-torn widow to a slave to two best friends fighting on opposite sides. Grieving widow Caroline Hammond lives on a farm outside of Gettysburg and finds herself in the middle of one of the biggest, bloodiest battles of the war. In the aftermath, her farm becomes the site of a hasty field hospital of sorts only without a doctor. She does what can to try to save the wounded and the two friends who fight on opposite sides. In doctoring the Rebel, she's forced to examine her beliefs about the Southerners and this man whose side struck down her husband in his prime. If you're looking for a sweeping romance, this isn't it, although there is a little later in the book.

    I fell in love with LLM's writing back when she wrote historicals many years ago. I loved everything she published back then. No one writes deeper characters or more emotion than she does. Her contemporaries are all right but nothing like her historicals. She truly excels in stories set in the 1800s and The Yankee Widow clearly shows that.

  • Linda

    "She cried for mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters. She cried for Mr. Lincoln and the devastating burdens they bore, day by day, night by night. She wept for the nation she loved so dearly, forged in the hardship and hope and courage in the face of impossible odds, only to lie broken and bleeding....."

    Linda Lael Miller presents a novel carved ruggedly from the dire sacrifices thrust upon this nation during the Civil War. She pivots her story back and forth through the e

    "She cried for mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters. She cried for Mr. Lincoln and the devastating burdens they bore, day by day, night by night. She wept for the nation she loved so dearly, forged in the hardship and hope and courage in the face of impossible odds, only to lie broken and bleeding....."

    Linda Lael Miller presents a novel carved ruggedly from the dire sacrifices thrust upon this nation during the Civil War. She pivots her story back and forth through the eyes of those held captive by their beliefs and by their very actions. As a true historian, she makes no bones about bringing truth to the hell that stormed relentlessly during those years.

    Caroline Hammond has received word that her husband has been seriously wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia. She and Jacob owned a small family farm outside of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. From the very first page we, as readers, witness the taking down of Corporal Jacob Hammond as he's hit with the first minnie ball and lays helplessly upon the ground. We hear the voices of scavengers as they go through his belongings strewn in the dirt. We listen to his raspy, uneven breathing while keeping a vigil for what is yet to come.

    And we follow Caroline as she searches the medical tents for her fallen husband. It is only by chance and by the goodwill of a nurse that she finds Jacob. She spends her husband's last hours kneeling beside his bed refusing to move away. Her only movement will be to accompany Jacob back to their farm for burial.

    Enoch, a free man and Jacob's best friend, will be waiting for Caroline and for Jacob's remains at the train station. Miller will line the story with Caroline's four year old daughter, Rachel, her grandmother, Geneva, and a newly found runaway slave named Jubilee. In time, we will observe the movement of the Union army near the farm and the arrival of a wounded Confederate soldier. Caroline will definitely have little time for grieving with life kicking up dust at her door.

    The Yankee Widow is beautifully written by the talented Linda Lael Miller. Her descriptors of time and place are just remarkable. The characters step forward with dialogue depicting their own life experiences while revealing the heavy impact of the war on both sides. The storyline is a creative one that showcases the quandary thrust upon this young woman vested with such fresh and recent widowhood.

    Even if you're not a typical fan of historical fiction, there is a truly raw view of humanity here. The Yankee Widow is a story of survival and the choices we make in order to keep hope alive.

  • Sheri

    In the past six months, I've grown to love historical fiction. I was stuck in the same two genres for years and I'm so glad that I've finally opened my mind to read a more diverse selection.

    I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and the opinion expressed in this review is my own.

    This novel of historical fiction tells a fantastic Civil War story. The story follows Caroline, a young wife and mother who learns late that her husband was wounded in battle. The story that follows will tug at you

    In the past six months, I've grown to love historical fiction. I was stuck in the same two genres for years and I'm so glad that I've finally opened my mind to read a more diverse selection.

    I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and the opinion expressed in this review is my own.

    This novel of historical fiction tells a fantastic Civil War story. The story follows Caroline, a young wife and mother who learns late that her husband was wounded in battle. The story that follows will tug at your heartstrings but it also paints a striking picture of life during that era. Caroline and all of the other friends and family in the book show the strength and courage that was necessary for survival during that time in Gettysburg.

    This book is a beautiful example of 1863 Southern life, strong men, fearless women, courage and fierce love. Take your time and enjoy the read.

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    4+ stars!

    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

    4+ stars!

    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.

    This was a Traveling Sister read with Brenda and Norma. We all loved it! To find our reviews, please visit our blog at:

    Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing for providing me with a physical copy to read and review!

  • Alison

    Five stars for the setting of Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War. 4 stars for the two charming and chivalrous war heroes from opposing sides of the conflict who vie for the affections of the beautiful war widow. 3 stars for descriptions of how the war affected one family and their attitudes towards each other, towards blacks, and towards their country. 2 stars for characterization that was just too wooden and one-dimensional. 1 star for too much repetition.

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