Review of A Blue and Gray Christmas

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by Joan Medlicott

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Pocket; 1 edition (November 10, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416597352
ISBN-13: 978-1416597353

Description (Publisher Website)


In this stunning holiday story, a cache of Civil War-era letters and diaries sweeps the ladies of Covington up into a dramatic and heartwarming historical saga that inspires them to plan an unforgettable Christmas for two families forever changed by war.

When a rusty old tin box is unearthed at the Covington Homestead, longtime housemates Grace, Amelia, and Hannah discover that it contains letters and diaries written by two Civil War soldiers, one Union and one Confederate.

The friends are captivated by the drama revealed. The soldiers were found dying on a nearby battlefi eld by an old woman. She nursed them back to health, hiding them from bounty hunters seeking deserters. At the end of the war the men chose to stay in Covington, caring for their rescuer as she grew frail. But while their lives were rich, they still felt homesick and guilty for never contacting the families they'd left behind.
Christmas is coming, and the letters inspire Amelia with a generous impulse. What if she and her friends were to fi nd the two soldiers' descendants and invite them to Covington to meet? What better holiday gift could there be than the truth about these two heroic men and their dramatic shared fate? With little time left, the ladies spring into action to track down the men's families in Connecticut and the Carolinas, and to make preparations in Covington for their most memorable, most historic Christmas yet.

About The Author (Publisher Website)

Joan Medlicott was born and raised on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She lives with her husband in the mountains of North Carolina. Visit her website at www.joanmedlicott.com

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Review

What a wonderful book! This book isn't just for Christmas, but is a delightful story that should be enjoyed all year round. The plot of the story was unusual, and I loved that the women involved in the story were older, not the usual young heroine. I think it was nice to see older women in roles other than grandmothers. Kudo's to Medlicott for writing books for women of all ages!

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy to review!


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