Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy Hepinstall

Sisters of Shiloh

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 ...

Details Sisters of Shiloh

TitleSisters of Shiloh
Release DateMar 3rd, 2015
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Military History, Civil War, Fiction, Romance, War, Adult, Literature, 19th Century, Womens Fiction, Family

Reviews Sisters of Shiloh

  • Melinda
    The Hempinstall's execute the setting with precision, the reader transported to the harshness, lurid and barbarous acts of the Civil War.Quite a burning narrative. The dichotomy of the two sisters - hate, love, revenge, mercy, addled, clearheaded was a plus. The contrast added scope and a certain unpredictability to both narrative and characters. The reader is on edge as dark secrets are reveled at random, an element of surprise welcomed. As much...
  • Diane S ☔
    Josephine and Libby are sisters, they do everything together until Arden moves close to their farm. Now it is Libby and Arden, and eventually they marry. Arden enlists in the army to fight for the Confederate cause and Libby falls apart without him. She rallies when she decides to enlist in the army herself, to look for Arden. Josephine enlists to try to keep Libby alive.Two sisters who become Joseph and Thomas enlist in an army desperate for men...
  • Erin
    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....Curiosity may have killed the cat, but I suffered no such fate when I accepted Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy Hepinstall and Becky Hepinstall Hilliker for review. Fictional accounts of the American Civil War are hit and miss in my book so I wasn't expecting much from the title, but I liked the idea of women in war and was interested to see an account of their role on the battlefi...
  • Bonnie
    ‘Twenty-one. The number of men who would pay for his death. As a woman she loved the poetry in that equation; as a man she loved the rage.’ Libby and Arden are newlyweds but a mere month into their lives together, the Civil War breaks out and Arden leaves to join the ranks of the Confederate army. When Libby hears that a massive battle took place nearby involving Arden’s unit she sets out to verify his survival. Her older sister Josephine t...
  • Melissa Crytzer Fry
    I love Civil War-era books that depict the realities of such a brutal and historically significant war, and books with unconventional female characters. As a result, this novel was a satisfying read and a great way to start a new year of reading. I'm also quite mesmerized that it was written jointly by two sisters -- a direct parallel to the story itself, which focuses on the loyalties of two sisters to one another. (Writing a book by oneself is ...
  • Angela
    Libby is a young wife who constantly worries about the fate of her husband, Arden, while he is at war. She moves back home with her parents and siblings while Arden is away to keep her mind from wandering. Even though Libby's love for Arden is strong her sister doesn't feel the same way. She seems to see him as a distraction. When Libby's worst fears happen she has to leave to pick herself up and find strength in her lose. She thinks she can find...
  • Janice
    I once had a wonderful American History teacher, who talked about women who disguised themselves as men in order to fight alongside their husbands, brothers, fathers, friends, on both sides of the Civil War. These women entered the war for many various reasons, some out of conviction, others out of a fierce need to protect or be near their male counterparts. So I was very glad to be selected to win a copy of Sisters of Shiloh from LibraryThing, a...
  • Raegan Ralls
    -Disclaimer: I won this book for free through goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review.-Quite a slow and boring read. I couldn't feel attached to the characters or feel how they felt during some of the emotional scenes. I felt the two main characters made some rather naive' decisions. Sometimes I feel authors purposely make the main character(s) of their books dumb so they have more to write about. I understand some characters/people ...
  • Susan
    The topic of women disguising themselves as men in order to serve in the Civil War is fascinating to me. I always love a good sisters novel, so I found the idea of an older sister following her headstrong younger sister into battle in order to protect her an interesting premise. As far as plot goes, this novel feels a bit unfocused—it's more episodic than structured. Despite its war setting, then, SISTERS OF SHILOH actually gets a little dull i...
  • Jenny Q
    Giveaway @ Let Them Read Books! Arden, I remember a summer day when we were young and you were lying on your back in the grass, and all I can think of now is that nothing in the meadow told you that in five years you'd be dead. No clues at all. Not from the daisies or the clover or the birds or the wind. Not from the clouds or the dog whose ears you scratched. Not from God.There were Yankee boys, then, in the North. Lying in meadows. Scratching d...
  • Sue
    I was granted access to the digital review copy of Sisters of Shiloh in Edelweiss by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.This is not the first work of historical fiction about women serving in the Civil War but it has the twist of two sisters joining forces to write riveting war scenes about two sisters, disguised as men and joining the Confederacy.Libby, the younger sister, recently widowed, vows revenge for the death of her husband, Arden. Josephine, bel...
  • Sheri Peddy
    Well of course I'm partial to the fact that my brilliant cousins are the authors, though I can honestly say I was intrigued by the story, and not disappointed at all. One of the authors' greatest talents is their ability to describe the scenery, scents, sounds and emotions so life-like that one can actually imagine themselves as a character, experiencing everything first hand; colorful descriptions brings the book to life. The history is so rich,...
  • Denise Westlake
    Actually a five star, but civil war images prevent me from recommending to one and all. Very very good story about sisterly devotion.. and more. You can't just banish love out of anger. It's hardier than that." Pg.285
  • Peggy A. Miller
    The "Sisters of Shiloh" is a most stunning, shocking, and animatingly lyrical novel written by two sisters about, well, two sisters who join the Confederate Army. I found myself totally transported to 1863, into the heat of battle, totally immersed in the lives of Joseph and Thomas er , Josephine and Libby – keeping along with them the secret of their identities, discovering with them a universal truth: The bonds of sisterhood are, in fact, ins...
  • Lisa Wolf
    Wonderful historical fiction, beautifully written and quite moving.
  • Melissa
    I received an ARC from the publisher.Josephine and Libby are sisters living in the south just before the Civil War breaks out. They are very close and do everything together, although Josephine seems to be the stronger of the two and serves as Libby’s protector.When Libby’s husband, Arden, joins the Confederate Army and dies on the battlefield, Libby is beside herself with grief and cannot figure out a way to deal with the loss of her husband...
  • Stephanie
    Josephine and her younger sister Libby have always had a strong bond. Josephine fills the caretaker role for Libby, nursing her when she falls ill and watching over her as a new neighbor boy, Arden comes into her life and steals her away. Libby and Arden get married right before the Civil War breaks out. Arden decides to join the Confederate Army in Stonewall's Brigade for the Southern cause with a fierce hatred of the Yankees in his heart. When ...
  • Heather C
    The Civil War is an era of which I have not read widely, however I have always been intrigued by the stories that I have heard of women dressing as men and enlisting or partaking in military engagements. Sisters Becky and Kathy Hepinstall bring us a unique take on this tale by interweaving a tale of sisters who join and experience the war in different ways. I am curious as to their writing practice together – with two sisters writing the story ...
  • MissSusie
    Xe Sands narration was wonderful she had distinct voices for both of these women and she was able to give emotion to what these women were going through in a wonderful way especially with Libby towards the end.These two sisters are really as different as can be, yet are so close that they both dress up as men and enter the fray of war. Libby decides first to do it; she is going to kill 21 men one for every year her dear husband was alive but kill...
  • Beth
    Libby and Josephine aren't very similar, but their bond as sisters is fierce. Libby marries neighbor boy Arden, while Josephine still hasn't been kissed. When Arden is killed in battle, Libby vows to avenge his death by killing 21 Yankees, one for each year that Arden lived. Josephine can't let Libby go on her own, and joins her in the disguise of two young men heading off to war. During their "enlistment", Libby and Josephine learn to fight, sur...
  • Holly Weiss
    This title is co-authored by sisters Kathy Hepinstall and Becky Hepinstall Hilliker. Their unique pairing produces a story about sisters thrown into the Civil War by the death of a husband. The two sisters, Josephine and Libby, disguised as men, enlist in the Confederate Army.Their relationship is complex, their emotions raw, and their bond both fragmented and cemented. Descriptions of soldier camps and hardships suffered are graphic and detailed...
  • Autumn
    Last year there were two similar books that came out. The first was I Shall be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe and the second was Neverhome by Laird Hunt. I read and reviewed both because they had a similar theme of women fighting in the civil war. In reading those, I heard about this book and wanted to compare it to the others. What I found interesting is that in the author's notes, this book said that it took the authors nearly 10 years to w...
  • PopcornReads
    Book Review, Giveaway, Giveaway Hop: We’re participating in the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop in honor of April Fool’s Day. It seems only fitting that we feature a novel for that giveaway that pulls the wool over on someone, doncha think? Well, the sisters in Sisters of Shiloh pulled the wool over the eyes of everyone in the Confederate Army. Bestselling author Kathy Hepinstall and her sister, historian Becky Hepinstall Hilliker, have joined fo...
  • Lesliemurrell
    I was granted preview access to the book "Sisters of Shiloh Sisters of Shiloh" this book was written by sisters Kathy and Becky Hepinstall. Sisters of Shiloh is a book about civil war time sisters written by sisters. It's intertwined with researched history, and stunning descriptions of characters, mood, scenery, and plot. I love historical books that make you feel like you could actually be there. The Hepinstalls nailed it. Each sentence seems t...
  • Vicki
    There have been a number of books recently about women fighting as men during the Civil War including Laird Hunt's Neverhome and Karen Abbott's nonfiction Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. In Sisters of Shiloh, Libby's husband dies fighting for the Confederacy and Libby falls into a deep depression. Eventually she decides to avenge his death by going off to war masquerading as a man. Worried about Libby, her sister Josephine ends up going along and ...
  • Jenny Belk
    Sisters Of Shiloh is a story of two sisters who become soldiers in the Civil War Confederate Army. I received this ARC copy from Goodreads. This lovely book is very descriptive of its settings and characters. The ravages of war and the lives it costs, takes it toll on both women. It is also a familial love story as the sisters go to war together. Sacrifice and loss are abundant. Perseverance and endurance under unspeakable conditions make for a s...
  • Candace
    While I more or less enjoyed this story, I was disappointed with its resolution of what I call the "Mulan problem." Rather than discussing Wesley's attraction to Jospehine/Joseph as a person, the character only saw an attraction to a man--which he saw as unnatural. When she turned out to be a woman all of the thorny issues (such as whether love can be unnatural) apparently evaporated, unexamined by any of the characters. All in all, an easily ple...
  • TerryJane
    This was a choice for my local book club. I read I Shall Be Near To You earlier this year, telling the story of a young woman in disguise in the Union Army, and was anxious to read Sisters of Shiloh to get a Confederate take on women in the army. It was an easy read in some ways, tough in others. One of the most intriguing things for me was learning of the troops reading Les Miserables. In all my years of school, I never learned about that!