Historical authenticity and genuineness of emotions charge this romance of soldiers on opposite sides of the Civil War: Ian, a scholarly Rebel, and his captive, a hulking Yankee farm boy. Under the eye of his vicious commanding officer, Ian must torture the enemy soldier until he can find an opening for their escape. In air that’s thick with prayers, Ian learns, “What you’ve come to own . . . you must care for.” Bear Bones Books (bearbonesbooks.com, lethepress.com). —Review: Donalevan Maines
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