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By K. Williams

GENRE: Drama, Historical, Romance, War
LOGLINE: An epic journey of love's struggle to survive when a country struggled to unite.


The Conrads are a wealthy dairy family from Vermont, who plan the marriage of their daughter Emily to Evan Howell, the son of a neighboring middle class farmer. When Evan decides to attend West Point, that certainty is brought into question. War breaks out between the states, carrying Evan even farther from the plans their families calculated. During rarely given leave, Evan returns home with his close friend Joseph Maynard, of a socialite Baltimore family. On their first night in quiet Vermont, the Conrad Farm is threatened by fire. Toting Emily's prize calf to safety, Joseph offers the Conrad's more than assistance in a time of need. Can they accept what they have not planned for? Relying on the nurturing assistance of Henrietta Benson, a runaway slave, Emily struggles to come to terms with her new feelings for the stranger and her mother's refusal to give up on the past. Emily and Joseph's relationship strengthens despite her mother's attempts at turning him away. Then the time comes that Joseph must leave to fulfill his duty as a soldier. Courting disaster, the lovers agree to continue their affair on paper. In the shadows, Emily's mother bonds with two young comrades to see the affair ended for good. Now Emily and Joseph must traverse the dangerous gauntlet of both war and treachery. Book is available on (c) 1997, 2009

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