In The Quaker and the Rebel by Mary Ellis, you meet Emily Harrison, who is a Quaker from Ohio. She takes a position as a governess for a southern family in Virginia. She is very adamantly against slavery and is bound and determined to continue her work for the Underground Railroad behind her employers backs. You also meet Alexander Hunt, a rich Southern heir to an important horse breeding plantation. Alexander was also raised Quaker but is using a secret identity to steal Union supplies for the Rebel’s cause.
These two very different personalities meet and clash at first. They annoy each other with their strong convictions which makes for a good page turning read. Eventually they admit their attractions to each other but cant quite let go of the cause each are fighting for.
This book brings up good questions about the civil war. Not every Southerner owned slaves (some had employees who were paid and had their freedom) and not every Northerner had a good plan in place for freeing slaves (what happens after they’re free? How do they make a living and raise a family safely?). This book kept my attention from beginning to end. I was rooting for the love growing between Emily and Alex even though there were several obstacles in the way (secret identities, imprisonment, growing friendships with families). I highly recommend reading the book because you will never guess what happens at the end!
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About the Book:
Title: The Quaker and The Rebel (Civil War Heroines, #1)
Author: Mary Ellis
Publisher: Harvest House Publisher
Release Date: January 1, 2014
Category: Historical Romance
Source: Copy received from Author
Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents A Heart Divided, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them.
Emily Harrison’s life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents’ work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there.
Alexander Hunt is the doctor’s handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems–rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily’s antislavery convictions.
The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?