Wednesday, 21 December 2016

A Rebel Among Us - J.D.R. Hawkins

Renegade Series Book Tour

A Rebel Among us is the third book in the Renegade series. This time we are faced with a little bit of a change of pace. Although the civil war still rages on, David is no longer fighting on the battle field. Instead he finds himself stranded in enemy territory. 

A Rebel Among Us by J.D.R. HawinsA Rebel Among Us

After David Summers enlists with the Confederate cavalry, his delusion of chivalry is soon crushed when he witnesses the horrors of battle. Shot by a Union picket, he winds up at a stranger’s farm. Four girls compassionately nurse him back to health. David learns his comrades have deserted him in Pennsylvania following the Battle of Gettysburg, but his dilemma becomes much worse. He falls in love with the older sister, Anna, who entices him with a proposition. To his dismay, he must make a decision. Should he stay and help Anna with her underhanded plan, or return to the army and risk capture?

My Review

A Rebel Among Us is much longer than the first two books in the series. It manages therefore, to cover much more story line than those books. David is now left deep in Union country, injured and alone he is taken in by a farming family. Despite their political differences, he starts to fall in love with Anna, the oldest daughter of the family and she returns his feelings.

Things are never going to be straight forward though, as the war still rages on. David lives in constant fear of being discovered as a Confederate soldier. I don't really want to give too much away, but he has some hardships to get through before the end of the war. 

As with the other books, the period is brilliantly painted and we journey with David, and share the struggles that he has to face. There were a couple of scenes in the book that I thought were a bit unnecessary and didn't really add to the plot. On the whole though, this was a great read and I was dying to know what would happen to David and Anna as I got towards the end. 

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