THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
On a late autumn day, near a little town called Franklin,10,000 men will soon lie dead or dying in a battle that will change lives for ever; none more so than Carrie McGavock's who finds her home taken over by the Confederate army and turned into a field hospital. Taking charge, she finds the courage to face up to the horrors around her and, in doing so, finds a cause.
Out on the battlefield, a tired young Southern soldier drops his guns and charges forward into Yankee territory, holding only the flag of his company's colours. He survives and is brought to the hospital. Carrie recognizes something in him - a willingness to die - and decides that day, in her house, she will not let him.
In the pain-filled days and weeks that follow, both find a form of mutual healing that neither thinks possible.
In this extraordinary début novel based on a true story, Robert Hicks has written an epic novel of love and heroism set against the madness of the American Civil War.
'An astonishing tale ... a moving love story'
Meticulously researched, a moving novel ... a superb storyteller'