When I go on vacation I always stock up on several lesbian fiction books to take with me. They're usually more expensive than other books so I can't afford to buy them frequently, so it's all a part of my vacation treat. On my most recent outing I had a pretty crummy time due to problems with the accommodations and I didn't fare much better with my book selections. About half of them were outright disappointing or just okay. One bright spot was The War Between the Hearts.
If you're looking for a typical, straight-forward romance, then this book may not be your cup of tea. The story covers a period of a few years and significant page time is spent on plot elements other than the relationship between the two main characters. They don't even meet until quite a ways into the book. However, that's exactly what made the book so enjoyable for me. It was a relatively complex story for a romance that delved fairly deeply into various facets of the Civil War and that historical period. The Civil War elements were all fictional and I know little about the time period, so I can't state how accurate or realistic the details were, but most of it came across as feeling authentic.
The above should not be construed to mean the romance part of the book was lacking. It was very enjoyable too! I liked both characters, and I liked how their relationship developed and how they had to overcome various obstacles. This part of the book felt much more real than in many romances. The secondary characters in the book were also interesting and added a great deal to the story.
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good lesbian historical romance. (Especially since there aren't really a lot of them out there!)
Kindle Note: The ebook can be purchased from the publisher's website. I read it a bit over a month ago, but I don't recall any formatting problems.
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Intent on serving the Union Army as a spy, Sarah-Bren Coulter disguises herself as a man and becomes a courier-scout for the Confederate Army. Soon the savagery of war shakes her to the core. She stifles her emotions so she can bear the guilt of sending men, and sometimes boys, into paths of destruction.
When Sarah is wounded and in danger of dying, her life is saved by a woman who stirs desire in Sarah for the first time. But Faith Pruitt is Sarahs enemy and betrays her into a hell worse than Sarah has ever known. Sometimes hearts are killed instead of bodies.
Can Faith save Sarahs heart and awaken her to love? Do they even want to try? Or are the women destined to be at war with each other forever?