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Book Two in Lauraine Snelling's Repackaged Civil War SeriesWhen her sister fights to hold on to the family legacy, Louisa Highwood works tirelessly to save the lives of wounded soldiers. Putting her own safety n the line, she covertly ventures behind enemy lines to procure desperately needed supplies for the army hospital in Richmond, Virginia.Meanwhile, Jesselynn HighwoodBook Two in Lauraine Snelling's Repackaged Civil War SeriesWhen her sister fights to hold on to the family legacy, Louisa Highwood works tirelessly to save the lives of wounded soldiers. Putting her own safety n the line, she covertly ventures behind enemy lines to procure desperately needed supplies for the army hospital in Richmond, Virginia.Meanwhile, Jesselynn Highwood and her ragtag band of freed slaves and Thoroughbreds seek refuge along the Oregon Trail, unable to imagine what awaits them.An exciting tale of courage, adventure, and romance amid the turbulence of the Civil War....

Title : Sisters of the Confederacy
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ISBN : 9781556618406
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Sisters of the Confederacy Reviews

  • Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
    2018-10-22 14:44

    I had a difficult time finishing Sisters of the Confederacy; not because it was badly written but because of the subject matter which became rather monotonous along the way. And without any romance to smooth things over........ *sigh* But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. I got hooked in Lauraine Snelling's A Secret Refuge series when I accidentally stumbled upon book 1, Daughter of Twin Oaks, which is now a freebie. The story narrates the arduous journey of Jesselyn Highwood, from her home Twin Oaks to different parts of Civil war-torn America, in search of safer grounds.In book 1, Jesselyn, masquerading as a boy, was journeying with 3 of her freedmen, a freedwoman and her youngest brother, barely 3 yrs. old Thaddeus. Being the eldest daughter of plantation owner Joshua Highwood, who died of war injury, left Jesselyn with loads of responsibility on her 18yrs. old shoulders. Her mother Miriam had already passed away giving birth to Thaddeus some times before that. The wretched war took Adam, her eldest brother, the next Zachary being MIA for sometimes. Their biggest pride and joy were the thoroughbreds they reared in their stud farm, for which Twin Oaks was famous in the area. Joshua wanted his horses safe from the marauding army and Jesselyn had to take them somewhere safer, far away from Twin Oaks.Before starting her journey, Jesselyn send her two younger sisters, Louisa and Carrie Mae, to Richmond to their Aunt Sylvania, so we get to see their stories simultaneously. Jesselyn journeys pretty much into the unknown, not knowing if her Aunt Agatha and Uncle Hiram, who lived somewhere in Missouri, were even alive or not.Along the way Jesselyn, now called "Marse Jesse" to fit her masquerade, saw more destruction, pain and misery of the war that she ever hoped to lay eyes on. It shakes her strong religious foundation that their mother instilled in them very badly. She questions God's wishes, feels angry at His apparent whimsy at the suffering of His children. She feels that it shows He doesn't care much by letting the suffering going on for so long. Only Meshach, one of her freedman and friend, would tell her otherwise; that she shouldn't lose faith and continue to hope for a better day.The Highwoods' story continues in this installment as it was left quite hanging in book 1. Jesselyn found nothing but distraction in Missouri too. Agatha has been left destitute after Hiram's death; one of the first casualties of war in that area. Jesselyn now had one more mouth to feed in her little mishmash band of people, which now included an orphan girl named Jane Ellen and an orphaned infant named Sammy, both casualties of war. It seemed Meshach and Ophelia married sometimes in between the books, which was never mentioned, with Ophelia now in the family way. They'd also adopted little Sammy as their own.On their journey, they had taken in soldiers as they found them, buried people after people and dodged several dangerous situations. One of those soldiers, before he went home, showed an interest in Jesselyn after finding out her sex quite accidentally. He promised he'd join them again in near future. However, after months of separation, Jesselyn had to come to the decision that it will never work. Sgt. White's last letter confirming him unable to keep the promise only solidifies that.In the meantime, Carrie Mae had gotten married in Richmond and has found herself in the family way. Poor Louisa on the other hand continues her work as a volunteer nurse at Aunt Sylvania's, where they were keeping recuperating soldiers. When she was working in the hospital, she met a soldier, forming an instant attraction to him. Lt. Lessling seemed like the man she'd like to spend her life with. But he also had to go away on an urgent summon from home. At the same time, Louisa stumbled upon Zachary, unrecognizable with his severe head and other injuries. Even though he survives, he's not the same man anymore. Zachary has lost a lot both physically and emotionally, yet Louisa, Carrie Mae and Jesselyn when she learns of it in one of Louisa's letters, are all too thankful to God that their brother was alive! By now, little by little Jesselyn's faith was being restored after months of counseling from Meshach. She was now in search of a wagon train which would take her to Oregon to start anew. They've received heartbreaking news of Twin Oaks being burned by the soldiers. After months spending in different caves to keep her people safe from the war, Jesselyn was a little desperate for a home and a hearth of her own. And she wanted her friends Meshach, Ophelia, Daniel and Benjamin to be as free as God made them. Oregon promised all that and more, including their own lands. They plan to load wagons full with supplies, then start searching for a wagon train to take them there.In Richmond, Louisa receives bad news about her Lieutenant. It broke my heart to know that her dream of settling down would forever remain a dream as it was confirmed that a train wreck has killed Lt. Lessling. Even though I was quite sad, Louisa decides to fight hers by trying to become more helpful to the wounded soldiers, however much she could to keep her own demons at bay. Her heart would cry out for Gilbert but there was nothing to be done about it. Oh how I wish it wasn't true! I kept hoping for some good news as she did, until the last moment. :(I was also losing hope for Jesselyn because the story in this installment is mostly centered around day to day activities detailing their living condition in different Missouri caves, among other things, which made the story a little monotonous. There were plenty of heartbreaking scenes, as here too, they had to bury people more often they'd like. Jesselyn's only dream was now to find that wagon train...Fortunately, they find what they were looking for soon enough and meets the mixed-blooded wagon master, Gray Wolf Torstead. Wolf is part Sioux Indian, part Norwegian and probably got the best of both sides in his looks. :p Both takes a dislike to each-other on their first meeting; Wolf thinking Jesse a weakling for "his" young age and slight built, while Jesse thought him grumpy and presumptuous. :D Of course, sparks fly but not in the way you'd think. At least, not at first... until he got to know the truth about Jesselyn's sex. I knew they were attracted to each-other but the story ended before that had a chance of transforming into something solid.Sisters of the Confederacy also ends in a cliffhanger as the wagon train is on their way to Oregon. On the way, they can't avoid tragedies from happening. But it was also a time for self-discovery for everyone involved. Thaddeus remains the ever happy bundle of joy and energy who brings the necessary breath of fresh air in the story with his antics. I'd so love to see the siblings having a chance to be together again! Louisa keeps missing Thaddy. Her faith in God remains as strong as ever, though the war has taken it's toll. Knowing where Jesselyn is heading, Louisa keeps hoping she'd see her little brother and her sister someday; that God won't be so cruel as to separate them forever. They remain hopeful about returning to Twin Oaks someday, to bring it back to it's former glory. After all, all of Jesselyn's ordeal was for that one dream only. Only time will if their dream will ever come to pass. I feel really sad for both Louisa and Zachary; they deserve their HEA too.As I stated in my review of book 1, this series is clean cut, Christian-themed so don't expect any steamy moments. There were a few kissing scenes but nothing close to a strong romance, let alone intimate scenes. But either way, Lauraine Snelling writes really good, wholesome historical fiction that'll surely touch your heart. I can't wait to dive into book 3 and the final installment, The Long Way Home, in hopes of finding some closure for myself, just as much -- I wish -- for the Highwood siblings. 4 stars.

  • Lori Gronewold
    2018-10-24 19:43

    Again, the author leaves us having to read the final book to find out what happens.

  • Lynette
    2018-11-10 15:40

    I need to know what happens! Good thing I have the next book.

  • Molly Cline
    2018-10-17 17:35

    This is book #2 in this series; although you 'can' read it independently I wouldn't recommend it as it starts right where book #1 left off at. And although Ms Snelling does fill the reader in somewhat you still wouldn't get the full effect of the story without book 1.This story gives the reader a different outlook on the Civil War; one I never thought about. A family torn apart due to having to be sent away to fight some members killed, some missing and the women all wondering about them. All the while the oldest daughter has to do what she has promised her dieing father she'd save the Thoroughbred horses that has made their ranch. So after the war they can start over. She has sent her two younger sisters to live in a different town to be protected from the war again dividing what family is left. She goes against all her mother taught her to be and dressed in britches and cut her hair to live life as a man. She frees her slaves and a handful of them go with her as she crosses over in to the mist of the war with what few horses she has left to rescue them from the war; and her now freed slaves that are more family to her than her 'old slaves' trying to keep them alive from being hanged or beaten up if found. All the while finding people in need in the mist of her own worries of survival. She begins to loose Faith and starts to believe that God doesn't exists anymore. But the main gentleman she took with her his Faith is strong and that is how he survives with daily prayers and thanksgiving among all the strife they have to deal with. She turns to him on many occasions; when she feels she can no longer manage on her own. And when the group band together they do survive through...to do what they need to do next... Book 2 includes history on the Oregon Trail, as Jesse and her family have to join. Also in the book (about a quarter of the way in the book every other chapter talks about Jesse and their travels and ever other takes you back to the town of her younger sisters and their survival with their aunt.) Again because of the war Louisa has to say a few lies to be able to go and volunteer at the hospital where "ladies" aren't allowed. Seeing things they shouldn't see of the men coming in and needing treatment. But widowed ladies are allowed. So she lives a lie to be able to do what she feels her heart is telling her to do and making a difference in many of the men's lives and helping the doctors all she can. In the meantime happiness does come to her in forms she never would imagine. At the end of this book you WILL want to have book #3 on hand; as when it ends you want to read on to see about the various lives within this book. Will all the families get reunited? Or will the war continue beyond Spring when everyone is hoping it will end? This book for me started out slow and I wasn't real sure I liked it at first but by a quarter of the way in I was rating it 3 stars but about half way in I couldn't hardly put the story down and looked forward to having time to be able to read more about what was happening. Thus the four star rating. If you would like something 'different' and something to remind you that people do have to endure trials and it's okay to doubt your Faith as that is when God is carrying and protecting you. And He will bring the people in your life that you need at the time

  • Alleluialu
    2018-11-04 17:46

    This is the second in this series by Lauraine Snelling. I liked it just as much as I liked the first one. The book is about Jesselynne Highwood who leaves her ranch in Kentucky with some of her freed slaves and her little brother along with their Thoroughbred horses to travel across the country to Oregon to keep them safe from the ravages of the Civil War. She pretends to be a boy since she got more respect that way and people would deal with her when she wanted to buy supplies and such when they wouldn't have if she was female. As it starts out, the troup is halfway across the States living in a cave (a big cave) outside of Springfield. When the war cstches up with them, they move on to join a wagon train going to Oregon. Jesse's doubts about God and her faith add to the story. Meanwhile, her sisters are living in Richmond, VA, helping out with the wounded men. They discover that one of the wounded men is their brother, Zackary, and that part of their family is reunited. Their home, Twin Oaks, was burnt out by raiders, but their freed slaves hid and came back to try to keep things going -- the tobacco crop, the garden, etc. I really liked the pace of this book. It didn't drag at all. The story kept going from the sisters in Richmond to Jesse in the west and back again. There is a very Christian theme running through it as well, but it isn't overwhelming. It seems as if it should be there. I'm sure there is another volume in the series because they haven't made it to Oregon yet. I'll have to look for it.

  • Susie
    2018-11-08 15:44

    This book was good, but I admit it was a little slower than the first book in the series. I am enjoying the stories of Jesselyn (aka Marse Jesse) and her sister, Louisa. One heading west to Oregon with the family thoroughbreds (and her former slaves - now more like family) in hopes of starting over after the family home is lost in the Civil War. One fighting against cultural mores as she tries to help wounded soldiers. Jesselyn rails against God, but eventually decides running away from Him is more difficult than trusting Him. And yet, so often the answers to her prayers seem to be, "No" or "Not Yet." Louisa quits praying for the Confederacy to win, and just prays for an end to the War. One of my favorite moments comes between black Benjamin and one of the men on the wagon train -- Benjamin: "Thank you, suh" Ambrose: "Name's Ambrose, not sir. What's your name?" "Benjamin Highwood, suh." "Well, Benjamin, how about I call you that and you call me Ambrose" ... Jesslynn watched the look on Benjamin's face as the man walked away. That alone made the trip worthwhile. I hope that the third book in this series is available for checkout from my library right away! I care enough about these characters, and look forward to reading the rest of their story!

  • Karen & Gerard
    2018-11-01 13:47

    Sisters of the Confederacy is the second book in the Secret Refuge series by Lauraine Snelling. It is about God's protection of three sisters during the Civil War who each have different lives--one married and well off, Louisa living with her aunt in Virginia while ministering to wounded soldiers, including her brother, and Jesselynn on her way to Oregon with her horses, her little brother, and her freed slaves to start over. Jesse and her troop join up with a wagon train and her secret is discovered when she is thrown from her horse into a creek and getting all wet. Jesse questions God about the war and why little children die but mean men get to live. Both sisters are brave and feisty. I enjoyed this book because Jesselynn is such a strong woman and feels responsible for those traveling with her. Sometimes she feels overwhelmed, especially when Daniel finds himself in jail and is about to be hanged for something he didn't do. The horse race was exciting too and loved how she handled it. I really liked the story line about Jesselynn, but the one about Louisa, not so much. I look forward to reading the last one in this series. (Karen's review)

  • Joanne
    2018-10-26 19:28

    This book was really awesome! I had a hard time putting it down. I read it only when I walked on the treadmill for an hour every day. It made the time go by very fast! So far every book in the series has been excellent. It follows two sisters during the War. One of them goes on trips with her brother trying to get some morphine to help the soldiers that are recuperating from their war wounds. The other sister has brought what is left of their thoroughbred horses on a trip to save them from the soldiers during the war. This sister also has her youngest brother and a handful of slaves along for the trip. What they both go thru is beyond my imagination. So far each book has been extremely well written, as are all of Lauraine Snelling's books that I have read.

  • Rachel
    2018-11-11 19:52

    Now that I've read the three books of this series, 1) I REALLY wish I had read them in order, and 2) I REALLY wish there were one more book to wrap everything up. However, that said, I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first and third. It was fascinating to get to know Louisa better, and to see the beginnings of some of the adventures I saw her in as the 3rd book unfolded. Jesse's relationship in the third book, too, finds its beginning in this book. Again, the characters were engaging, the story line realistic but dramatic, and the dialogue fast-paced. The book lost one star because it lacked a satisfying conclusion. I was left hanging in an uncomfortable way, and wish that at least one of the pressing challenges had found its solution in this book.

  • Teresa Griffis
    2018-10-27 17:52

    This book continues with Jesselynn and her group still hiding the thoroughbred horses. They manage to get to Independence to join up with a wagon train going to the Oregon territory. Lots of adventure and trials endured. Still disguised as "Jesse", Jesselynn's skill with doctoring helps out many times. She is still hopeful of returning one day to Twin Oaks in Kentucky to rebuild. Her sister Louisa comes up with a scheme to help get much needed medicines for the Confederate hospital in Richmond.I really enjoyed this second in the series, and hope in the third the family somehow can be reunited though many, many miles separate them.

  • Trudy E
    2018-10-27 14:47

    Secrets continue in the second volume of the series. The Highwood siblings are scattered due to the war. While Louisa tends the injured at her aunt's home in Richmond, Jesselynn's responsibilities grow as the group of people and animals she is in charge of has increased. Ever wary of thieves or soldiers that might confiscate the Thoroughbreds that will be the lifeblood of new beginnings at Twin Oaks, it is becoming more and more difficult to hide who she really is. Though their brother, Zachary, has returned from the war with permanent injuries, he has secrets of his own. Can hardly wait to get my hands on the next volume!

  • Mary
    2018-10-26 17:37

    It was a book about two strong women who created an existence during the Civil War. Both women were outgoing women of their time. One looked for ways to help the soldier and the other looked for ways to support her extended family. I thought it was very good but I was disappointed in the ending. The book was more involved with Jessyln. There were few chapters about the sister who stayed in the south to keep the story about her alive.

  • Mom
    2018-11-06 19:35

    Love the setting of the war and the wagon train going to Oregon. Jesselynn's adventures were fun to read about to see what trouble her group was going to get in next. Louisa, taking care of the soldiers at her aunts house and making the runs to the north disguised so they could smuggle medical supplies back into the south were definitely nail bitters. Author has done an excellent job on keeping the story interesting and moving along. Can't wait to read book #3.

  • Linda
    2018-11-16 16:46

    The personalities of the four Highwood children further develop in the second book of this interesting series which takes place during the Civil War. This is a Christian novel and the female children of this group plus the freed slaves are staunch Christians, however, Zachary, the only remaining son, has seemingly lost his faith in The Lord . This book flows nicely into the third, and final, section of this extremely well done series of books. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.

  • Darlene Wilson
    2018-11-14 15:52

    Second book in the Secret Refuge series - wish there was a third! Jessylyn Highwood continues her charade as a male on a wagon train - caring for her "family" of little brother, aunt, several freed slaves - several prize thoroughbred horses - while her 2 sisters and brother work in Richmond to assist "grey" soldiers

  • Andrea Byers
    2018-10-26 15:32

    2nd in the Secret Refuge series, this one continues with the story of Jesse and Louisa in the parts of the country they are in during the civil war. They both face challenges and are hoping for the seemingly never ending war to actually end. We meet some new characters on the road to the Oregon trail, some you will wish would go away, and others you'll be glad stayed, or wish they'd return.

  • Norma Perdomo
    2018-11-03 13:36

    I was not ready for the story to end. just as in the first book, I was taken in by the story of these sisters. there seems to be nothing left out, from the scenery to the secondary characters. I eagerly await to read the third book. what else will happen on the way to Oregon? is Louisa's lieutenant really dead? is the third sister really happy?

  • Carolyn
    2018-10-30 18:57

    Well written, but more frustration (view spoiler)[Jesselyn has now fallen in love with 2 men. What is she going to do if they show up at the same time? Also, as adventurous as she is I can't see her living with the Souix. Louise finally falls in love and finds a purpose then loses both, pretty much (hide spoiler)]

  • Jaclynn
    2018-10-17 14:51

    During the war, the life of the same woman and her sister on the other side of the lines. Lots of exciting things happening in these books, some very unexpected things but the faith of the young lady and the other with her is strong.Sequel to Daughter of Twin Oaks

  • Katie
    2018-10-26 19:39

    Kept me wanting more!Similar to book one, it ends with you needing to read the next one! I only wish the girls have found love by now- they are both so brave- such selfless heroines!

  • Callie Smith
    2018-11-12 14:54

    Even though I didn't really enjoy the first book in this series, I decided to move on to the next boom and see if I liked it better. I enjoyed it much better and Jesselynn's story flowed much better for me in the this book. It was a quick read, and I am glad I gave it a chance.

  • Chanover55
    2018-11-04 13:56

    The second installment of this series did not disappoint. Three sister to the manor born, must navigate the years of the Civil War, each in their own way. At times crisis of faith threaten to overwhelm them; will they stay true or fall away? Starting book 3 immediately!

  • Katie
    2018-10-23 20:47

    Really enjoyed this read, and the end makes me long to have the third book in hand to continue reading! This book officially makes my 20th reread book for 2011, so I have acheived my goal there. So excited about that!My full review to come. :-)

  • Dorrice
    2018-11-13 19:29

    Second book of the series and like the first ended right in the middle as it were so the reader can't stand not to open the third book. So be it! I am headed now to Amazon to download it and start reading. Lauraine Snelling I love your books!

  • Brittni Mccart
    2018-10-30 12:34

    it was wonderful. i could not put it down.

  • Stacey Head
    2018-11-09 17:45

    Wonderful!This continuation of the story was amazing! I hope Jesselynn find each other again. I have already bought the next book!

  • Linda
    2018-11-08 20:30

    I loved it

  • Susan
    2018-10-17 15:28

    Was a new take on western travel. I enjoyed it.

  • Francie ( glitter glu )
    2018-11-14 15:41

    really loving these books. :)

  • Cindy
    2018-10-24 16:33

    This one was better than the first one in the series, and I enjoyed that one.