A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

51i3gRkt9gL__SX322_BO1,204,203,200_A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off–only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally–and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

About the Author

Andrea Boeshaar has been married for nearly 40 years. She and her husband have 3 wonderful sons, 1 beautiful daughter-in-law, and 5 precious grandchildren.

Andrea’s publishing career began in 1994 when her first novel was released by Heartsong Presents (Barbour Publishing). She went on to write numerous romances for the book club and was voted one of the line’s “Favorite Authors” several times over.

Over the years, Andrea has written books for such publishers as Summerside Press, Guideposts, Charisma House/Realms, and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Andrea’s latest novel–her 30th book–is titled A Thousand Shall Fall. Set in 1864 during the American Civil War. Through the efforts of the Seymour Agency, it is contracted with Kregel Publications and will be released in late 2015. Most recently Andrea was contracted with the Prism Book Group for a collection of 3 romantic novellas called Seasons of Love.

In 2000, Andrea co-founded ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) with author Lynn Coleman and served on the organization’s advisory board for a number of years. Although no longer in leadership, Andrea maintains her membership in the organization and her local ACFW-WISE chapter.

Andrea worked as a literary agent under the tutelage of Joyce Hart and the Hartline Agency. Andrea saw much success. But in 2007, Andrea realized she was more of a coach than literary agent. She earned her certification in Christian life coaching. Now she is the purveyor of Steeple View Coaching for Writers. Recognizing one of her client’s gifts and potential, Andrea wrote a novella with debut author Christina Miller called “One Way to the Altar” (Convenient Brides Collection). The anthology made its way to #15 on the ECPA’s Bestseller List for August.

For a complete listing of Andrea’s books, and information about her business, log onto: http://www.andreaboeshaar.com

My Thoughts

This was my first opportunity to read this author’s work.  She did not disappoint.  Andrea Boeshaar’s style of writing is descriptive with flowing dialogue which allows the reader to grasp not only the tone, but also the appearance and emotions of her characters.  I look forward to a sequel coming in November of 2016.

The strength and bravery of Carrie Ann Bell stood out above all other themes in this historical novel.  She took the leadership role in the absence of her father, even to hide out, and eventually join what was considered the enemy army. The search for her sister, which drove her to this action, was heart breaking, but the love which grew from this situation was the joyous thread which wove through this plot.

I enjoyed this book for its historical content, setting of which I was familiar, and the vivid description of its characters.  A Thousand Shall Fall will delight the romantic, the historian, and the adventurer in all of us.

Thank you to Andrea Boeshaar and Kregel Publicatons for a copy in exchange for this honest review.

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