My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania- A Book Review

About the Book:

When War Reaches Clarissa’s Back Door, the Trustworthy Become Even Fewer.
Journey into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, of 1863 where Clarissa Avery Ross lives a full life. By day she is the daughter of a respectable shoemaker being courted by seminary student Kyle Forrester. But by night she is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, working with a mysterious man called Liberty. She would like to share her work with Kyle, but he refuses to enlist when the war breaks out. How can she remain true to a man being labeled a coward? When the war comes to her back door in an epic battle, the greatest challenges to her faith and love are yet to come.

My Thoughts:

Let me first say that I am in love with theMy Heart Belongs series. I’ve read three so far and I recommend them all! I finished this book at midnight, because I didn’t want to stop until I reached the end.

One of the newest additions, MHB inGettysburg, Pennsylvania, tells us the story of Clarissa Avery Ross, an only child, who spends her days as a civilized lady and her nights conducting a train for the Underground Railroad. She’s a wild and carefree redhead who is stubborn and just a little bit confrontational. The actual battle of Gettysburgdoesn’t take place until near the end of the book, most of the book centers around the Underground Railroad and Clarissa’s growing romance with Kyle… and Liberty. Suddenly, she finds herself with feelings for both men for different reasons. This book covers about a two-and-a-half-year period, from the beginning of the Civil War to the mid-point at Gettysburg. Having visited Gettysburg on several occasions, I loved “visiting” the city and the battlefield again through the story. I could easily picture the locations mentioned and felt an instant connection having seen these places for real.

I loved the Clark Kent-Superman thing going on. This book has adventure, danger, disguises, romance, history, and a rich element of faith and the freedom found in Jesus alone. The romantic elements were beautifully written, and the love story developed naturally.

I learned many new things about the UndergroundRailroad and the Civil War. It was interesting to see the war through the eyes of a Canadian author. I felt that this gave the author a more neutral look at the truth, reasons, and politics behind the war that many may have never known nor even considered.

It’s a war book. There’s a bit of blood and death. This is just a note of warning before you start, in case you didn’t think of that. 😊

I give this book a hearty 5 stars. I can’t wait to read more in this series, and more books by this author.

About the Author:

Murray Andrew Pura was born in Winnipeg,Manitoba, Canada, and has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the UnitedStates, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Ordained as a Baptist minister in 1986,Pura has served five churches in Canada and headlined numerous speakingengagements in Canada and the United States. He has five books published, was acontributor to the Life With God Bible, has been a finalist for The ParacleteFiction Award, The Dartmouth Book Award, and The John Spencer Hill LiteraryAward, and has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 Kobzar Literary Awardof Canada.

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