Annie, Between the States

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Annie, Between the States
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October 26, 2004
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0060012110
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The civil war has broken out, and Annie Sinclair's Virginia home, Hickory Heights, is right in the line of battle. Caught up in the rising conflict, Annie and her mother tend to wounded soldiers while Annie's older brother, Laurence, enlists in the Confederate cavalry under Jeb Stuart. Even Annie's rambunctious baby brother, Jamie, joins John Mosby, the notorious "Gray Ghost." Faced with invading armies, Annie is compelled into a riskier role to protect her family and farm. She conceals Confederate soldiers and warns Southern commanders of Union traps, and the flamboyant Jeb Stuart dubs her "Lady Liberty." Annie's loyalty is clear until a wounded Union officer is dragged onto her porch. Saved from a bullet by a volume of Keats' poetry he keeps in his pocket, Thomas Walker startles Annie with his love of verse. After several chance encounters, Annie is surprised by her growing interest in the dark-eyed Northerner as they connect through a shared passion for poetry.

As the war rages on, Annie begins to question some of the values driving Virginia's involvement. Then tragedy befalls Hickory Heights, and Annie becomes the subject of a shocking accusation. She must confront the largest quandary of all: choosing her own course.

L. M. Elliott crafts a stirring novel that carries readers from the Manassas battlefield to fancy-dress balls to the burning of the Shenandoah Valley while capturing the tenacious spirit of a young heroine facing an extraordinary, complex time in American history.

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Reader reviewed by Amy Ward

I just finished reading the book Annie, Between the States by L.M. Elliott. What a wonderful, inspiring, and courageous story!! Annie, the main character, is a Southerner caught in the middle of the Civil War. Through Annie, the reader meets and converses with many of the war's greatest figures. Annie's struggle becomes the reader's struggle. Not only does she have to protect her home from raids, she must contend with her own heart. In the midst of the war, Annie meets and falls in love with Thomas, a Yankee soldier. Talk about complicated!! In the end, Annie is accused of being a spy and sent to prison. Will Annie be saved or excecuted? Will Thomas come to her rescue or shun her for her activities? The lengthy book is worth the read. I would compare it to another great Civil War novel, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
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Reader reviewed by Megan

The Civil War was hard on all of them at the time, but Annie seemed to take it personally. As a Southerner living in Virginia, Annie and her mother witnessed enough fighting to last them a lifetime. So when she and her mother save the like of a Union soldier, Annie thinks nothing of it. She is more concerned about her older brother Lawrence in the middle of the fray and her younger brother Jamie whose sights are set to kill all Yankees. She rides out to help the Confederate troops. She holds the family together when her mother falls ill and the Yankees raid their home. But when the Union soldier she once saved appears in Annies life again, she has to ask herself what is more important, her heart or her homeland?

Im usually not a fan of historical fiction, but Annie, Between the States captured me from the first page. L. M. Elliot gave each of his characters something special that is hard to forget after the book is finished. His character Annie especially amazed and inspired me with her bravery and courage to stand up for what she wants and what she believes in. I highly recommend this novel to not only readers everywhere, but also to all girls who seek a book about a woman powerful enough to fight for not only herself but for others, also.
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Engrossing and thrilling historical fiction
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Annie Sinclair lived a life of peace and serenity until the beginning of the Civil War, when the Yankees invaded her southern homeland. Annie is frustrated that she must stay around the house and bandage men with horrible wounds instead of attending parties and balls like a young lady usually would. With her older brother Laurence fighting in the war, and a hot-headed Yankee-hating younger brother, Annie is her mother's right-hand during the many trials they face throughout the war; it is she who uses her wit and courage to help her family and the way of life they believe in. When she meets the romantic, Shakespeare-quoting Captain Farley, Annie is swept off her feet, but is troubled by the handsome northern-born Thomas Walker who keeps popping into her life. Will her family and loved ones survive the war? And if they do, will they ever be the same again?

L.M. Elliot weaves Annie's thoughts and feelings into the narration so seamlessly that I kept forgetting that it is written in third person--and that the characters weren't real people. "Annie, Between the States" is a wonderful historical novel set in Manassas Virginia and the surrounding areas that fans of Ann Rinaldi will love, and even people who aren't history lovers might find it interesting.
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