Elizabeth’s War by D.L. Rogers
Publication Date: June 1, 2013
Paperback, AudioBook, & eBook
Genre: Historical Fiction
Read the complete first chapter here.
In a time when raiders, bushwhackers, and Redlegs rode the Cass County, Missouri, countryside bringing fear and destruction with them, Elizabeth Miers and her family barely survived into the next day. When the enemy, in the form of Elizabeth’s neighbors, comes a-calling more than once with mischief on their minds, Elizabeth fights back to keep her children safe against men she once called friends.
On August 25, 1863, following the issuance of General Order No. 11 by Union General Thomas Ewing, thousands of women, children, and the elderly were forced to vacate their homes in the brutal summer heat within fifteen days. With determination and a plan, Elizabeth sets out on a sixty-mile trek toward St. Clair County. Carrying enough prepared food and water on a rickety built sled to reach her aunt and uncle’s farm, she prays her kin are there to welcome them, not knowing whether they lived through the burning of Osceola two years prior—or not.
Facing more than just the lack of food and shelter and the unbearable heat, they’re set upon by raiders and foraging soldiers who try to take more than just their meager provisions. Much more. Left with little after their supplies are stolen and their property destroyed, Elizabeth and her fellow travelers continue south, facing more indignities before their journey is done.
Through Elizabeth and the thousands of other refugees that traveled ahead of and behind her, feel what they felt in the wake of General Order No. 11, an order that took everything and left them destitute and afraid they wouldn’t live to see one more day.
My Review: My very favorite novels involve strong women. Not just strong women; women with backbone. Steel. Good ole’ fashion pluck. Because dang it, if there’s a trial to walk through, women have the ability to do it with spirit. One of my favorite quotes is:
“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye…and gives it a wink.” [unknown]
If that doesn’t make you thankful for your X chromosomes Ladies, I don’t know what will. Except, that is, for reading Elizabeth’s War.
I used to think that I was strong. That I could handle anything. And then I became a mother, and realized what strength truly is. (Y’all…Mama Bear is real and it is u.g.l.y.) In Elizabeth’s War, we get to follow the absolutely incredible story of Elizabeth Miers in the aftermath of the issuance of General Order No. 11. She sets out with her children, and what follows is one of the most prodigious survival stories that I have ever read. The hardships and cruelties that she comes up against took my breath away. On the same hand, the genuine warmth that she encountered were heartening.
Elizabeth’s War is a story of survival, of fortitude, of determination…and most importantly, of the unrelenting will of the human spirit. A brilliant author, a definite recommend.
About the Author
Although born in New Jersey of parents from New Jersey and Tennessee, it was just a matter of time before Diane’s “southern” blood revealed itself. And reveal itself it did, in a passion for all things western and related to the Civil War. Having learned a great deal in her research since her historical journey began, especially in the midwest, Diane has attempted to portray both the west and the war from numerous points-of-view, which is not always the same history as what has been previously portrayed–or taught.
As a kid, Diane played Cowboys and Indians more than she did Barbie, and as she got older, she and her cousin (whose parents were reversed) gave themselves the moniker of “Yebels.” The question of what it would have been like during the Civil War years, when friends and family fought on opposite sides of the war, festered inside Diane until she answered her own question in the form of the novels she writes of the west and Civil War, where everyday people, regardless of what “side” they were on, when faced with difficult situations, rose to the challenge, and survived.
Now living south of Kansas City, Missouri, on fourteen acres of property, when Diane’s not writing or marketing, she enjoys sitting on her front porch, reading when she can or just watching her horses in the pasture and multitude of cats in the yard. When she does venture into town, it’s to work at a lawfirm on the Plaza, or visit her two children and five grandchildren.
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Monday, November 5
Review at Pursuing Stacie (Elizabeth’s War)
Tuesday, November 6
Interview at Passages to the Past
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Review at Locks, Hooks, and Books (Elizabeth’s War)
Friday, November 9
Review at Bri’s Book Nook (Elizabeth’s War)
Monday, November 12
Review at The Reading Woman (Elizabeth’s War)
Tuesday, November 13
Feature at Book Nerd
Wednesday, November 14
Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Friday, November 16
Review at Pursuing Stacie (Crossfire in the Street)
Monday, November 19
Review at Bri’s Book Nook (Crossfire in the Street)
Tuesday, November 20
Review at Locks, Hooks, and Books (Crossfire in the Street)
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