Sisters of Shiloh

Sisters of Shiloh

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A best-selling novelist enlists her own sister to bring us the story of two Southern sisters, disguised as men, who join the Confederate Army--one seeking vengeance on the battlefield, the other finding love.

In a war pitting brother against brother, two sisters choose their own battle.

Joseph and Thomas are fresh recruits for the Confederate Army, daring to join the wild fray that has become the seemingly endless Civil War, sharing everything with their fellow soldiers--except the secret that would mean their undoing: they are sisters.

Before the war, Joseph and Thomas were Josephine and Libby. But that bloodiest battle, Antietam, leaves Libby to find her husband, Arden, dead. She vows vengeance, dons Arden's clothes, and sneaks off to enlist with the Stonewall Brigade, swearing to kill one Yankee for every year of his too-short life. Desperate to protect her grief-crazed sister, Josephine insists on joining her. Surrounded by flying bullets, deprivation, and illness, the sisters are found by other dangers: Libby is hurtling toward madness, haunted and urged on by her husband's ghost; Josephine is falling in love with a fellow soldier. She lives in fear both of revealing their disguise and of losing her first love before she can make her heart known to him.

In her trademark "vibrant" (Washington Post Book World) and "luscious" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) prose, Kathy Hepinstall joins with her sister Becky to show us the hopes of love and war, the impossible-to-sever bonds of sisterhood, and how what matters most can both hurt us and heal us.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 164 x 212 x 23mm | 367g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0544400003
  • 9780544400009

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In a warpitting brother against brother, two sisters choose their own battle one seeking vengeance, the other finding love.

Joseph and Thomas are fresh recruits for the Confederate Army, daring to join the wild fray that has become the seemingly endless Civil War, sharing everything with their fellow soldiers except the secret that would mean their undoing: they are sisters.

Before the war, Joseph and Thomas were Josephine and Libby. But that bloodiest battle, Antietam, leaves Libby to find her husband, Arden, dead. She vows vengeance, dons Arden s clothes, and sneaks off to enlist with the Stonewall Brigade, swearing to kill one Yankee for every year of his too-short life. Desperate to protect her grief-crazed sister, Josephine insists on joining her. Surrounded by flying bullets, deprivation, and illness, the sisters are found by other dangers: Libby is hurtling toward madness, haunted and urged on by her husband s ghost; Josephine is falling in love with a fellow soldier. She lives in fear both of revealing their disguise and of losing her first love before she can make her heart known to him.

Here, best-selling novelist Kathy Hepinstall joins with her sister Becky to show us the hopes of love and war, the impossible-to-sever bonds of sisterhood, and how what matters most can both hurt us and heal us."
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Praise forSisters of Shiloh
The very best historical fiction delivers us into another time and place. InSisters of Shiloh, Kathy and Becky Hepinstall plunge us so deeply into a complete and vividly rendered world of Civil War battlefields and Confederate campsites, we can smell the gun powder and taste the metallic tinge of fear along with their remarkable heroines. Janis Cooke Newman, author ofMary

Praise for Kathy Hepinstall and Her Books
What distinguishes [Hepinstall s] fiction is the sincerity and candor she allows her characters . . . [Her] handling of the immense responsibility we feel for our loved ones that compulsion to protect them truly amazed me. Austin Chronicle

Hepinstall has a dreamy, poetic voice . . . Her writing is so vibrant. Washington Post Book World

A masterful writer. January Magazine
Praise for Blue Asylum
[A] lush, brainy Southern gothic novel . . . [with] luscious prose. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Praise for The House of Gentle Men
Fresh and provocative . . . Shimmers with sensuous prose. New Orleans Times-Picayune
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"Engrossing beguiling." "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" ""Sisters of Shiloh" is an unsparing, bloody, emotional tour-de-force. . . . A tale of love and hate, vengeance and devotion, and the darkest secrets imaginable. This novel allows us a glimpse into the thin line between sanity and madness, and how it can become so easily blurred. If you love books about the civil war, especially those with strong heroines, then this is one to get. A very poignant read indeed. Highly recommended for all." "Historical Novel Society" "[A] complex and thoroughly delightful tale." " Virginia Living""The Hepinstall sisters provide a fascinating glimpse into Civil War life from an unconventional perspective." "Kirkus" "The very best historical fiction delivers us into another time and place. In "Sisters of Shiloh," Kathy and Becky Hepinstall plunge us so deeply into a complete and vividly rendered world of Civil War battlefields and Confederate campsites, we can smell the gun powder and taste the metallic tinge of fear along with their remarkable heroines." Janis Cooke Newman, author of "Mary" and the forthcoming "A Master Plan for Rescue" "A fluid story that is not just poignant but leaves you feeling well-informed of this time period." "For the Love of Words" "Highly recommended to fans of historic fiction and civil war buffs alike." "Flashlight Commentary" "Seeing the atrocities of this war through the eyes of two strong female characters makes for a fabulous and entertaining read." "Book Binder's Daughter" "The Hepinstall sisters write so beautifully, it's hard to put down." "Bookalicious Babe" ""Sisters of Shiloh "is a refreshing take on the Civil War, the bonds of sisterhood, and the bondage of love...be prepared to be parked in a chair all day!" The Christian Manifesto "
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About Kathy Hepinstall

This is their first novel together.
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4 40% (309)
3 31% (239)
2 8% (63)
1 2% (16)
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