The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller

The Yankee Widow

A richly layered, emotional novel about one woman’s courage and the choices she must make in the face of a dangerous war.Caroline is the young wife of Jacob, who together live on a farm raising their daughter just outside of Gettysburg. When Jacob joins the Northern army, no one anticipates he will not return. Then Caroline gets word that her husband is wounded, and she must find her way alone to Washington City and search among the thousands o...

Details The Yankee Widow

TitleThe Yankee Widow
Release DateMay 1st, 2019
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Historical Romance, Military History, Civil War, War

Reviews The Yankee Widow

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4+ stars! Beautiful writing. Charming characters. Unforgettable story.Caroline is a young wife and mother who is left to manage the family farm when her husband, Jacob, joins the army and is sent off into war. Caroline stays strong in the face of the unknown, with the help of her four-year-old daughter, Rachel, her grandmother, Geneva, and hired farmhand, Enoch. One day Caroline receives word that Jacob is wounded on the battlefield. She leaves R...
  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
    As a lover of historical fiction 0f WWII, I jumped at the chance to read something a bit out of my usual by reading this one. While what I thought was out of my usual it wasn’t so much and I was pleasantly surprised. Back in the day, historical romance heavy on the romance was my favorite and I loved stories with the backdrop to the civil war. I was reminded in this story just how fascinated by the civil war I am.The Yankee Widow is a refreshin...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Immersive, passionate & vivid!THE YANKEE WIDOW by LINDA LAEL MILLER was an interesting, riveting, compelling, heartfelt, moving and highly entertaining historical fiction novel that immediately grabbed my attention and held taut right to the very end. I was thoroughly impressed and fascinated with this storyline and with MILLER’S storytelling. It has been quite a little while that I have been this entranced and absorbed in a historical fiction ...
  • Linda
    "She cried for mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters. She cried for Mr. Lincoln and the devastating burdens they bore, day by day, night by night. She wept for the nation she loved so dearly, forged in the hardship and hope and courage in the face of impossible odds, only to lie broken and bleeding....."Linda Lael Miller presents a novel carved ruggedly from the dire sacrifices thrust upon this nation during the Civil War....
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Beautifully written and rich in detail, The Yankee Widow will transport you back in time to an era that is seldom talked about let alone experienced. With a country literally torn in two with brother again brother and friend and foes alike, this atmospheric novel will make you feel like you are in the very heart of the battle, both on the field and off. A time when war raged the country side, women had to be strong and independent and children gr...
  • Sheri
    In the past six months, I've grown to love historical fiction. I was stuck in the same two genres for years and I'm so glad that I've finally opened my mind to read a more diverse selection.I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and the opinion expressed in this review is my own.This novel of historical fiction tells a fantastic Civil War story. The story follows Caroline, a young wife and mother who learns late that her husband was wounded...
  • Karren Sandercock
    I loved The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller, I gave her book 5 big stars, I really enjoy reading Civil War historical fiction and I don't mind a story with a little romance.The book begins in Pennsylvania during the war, when Caroline Hammond is notified her husband Jacob has been wounded, she leaves her farm and travels on her own by train to find out what happened to him, is he dead or alive?This begins the story about Caroline, her husband J...
  • Alison
    Five stars for the setting of Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War. 4 stars for the two charming and chivalrous war heroes from opposing sides of the conflict who vie for the affections of the beautiful war widow. 3 stars for descriptions of how the war affected one family and their attitudes towards each other, towards blacks, and towards their country. 2 stars for characterization that was just too wooden and one-dimensional. 1 star for too much...
  • Linda Broday
    A beautiful story about going where your heart leads no matter your beliefs. Miller pulls out all the stops on this emotional, gripping tale set during the Civil War. She puts you smack in the center of the action with multiple viewpoints ranging from a war-torn widow to a slave to two best friends fighting on opposite sides. Grieving widow Caroline Hammond lives on a farm outside of Gettysburg and finds herself in the middle of one of the bigges...
  • Joanna Park
    The Yankee Widow is a stunning piece of historical fiction. I was immediately drawn into the story and the time of the American Civil war. I didn’t know much about this period in history so I found all the historical details really fascinating.The story is told from multiple points of view from people on both sides of the conflict which helped increase my understanding of the personal impact of the war on the normal people who had to live throu...
  • Sarah (sarahandherbookshelves)
    *ARC provided by publisher for review*I really enjoyed this historical fiction novel! The Yankee Widow is set during the civil war. This is a time period I do not know much about as I am Canadian and I love reading about time periods I know less about. The particular story is about the Hammond family. All the characters in this book where well developed and I felt the emotions they did. This one was told in multiple POV's but mainly through Carol...
  • Mary
    I have read a lot of LLM's books over the years. I believe this one is her best. When I read that Linda was going to write a Civil War saga set in Gettysburg, Pa I couldn't wait for it to be published. Born and raised in Pa, Gettysburg has always been one of my favorite places to visit. It is hauntingly beautiful and historic. She does a great job of evoking the place and the emotions that must have been present during the battle. Her focus is on...
  • Maureen Timerman
    Reading the title of this book we knew that Caroline is a widow, but we also meet her husband, and the realities of this horrible war, a tear is all that he is offering, and your heart breaks a little.Most of this story takes place in Pennsylvania, and we put faces, thanks to the author, to what life might have been like during this horrific time in the history of our country. I was quickly drawn into this story, and was soon hiding in the secret...
  • Hannah
    Haven’t read anything set in the civil war in a while so that was a nice change of pace. I liked the characters fine but the plot wasn’t anything too thrilling!
  • Mary
    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an arc in exchange for my honest review.4.5 stars rounded up. I’ve always been intrigued by the Civil War. My (3x)great grandfather left his family and farm to fight with the northern army. His portrait hung on the wall in my parents’ home. I didn’t truly appreciate the extent of his sacrifice until I began to read accounts of the war – told from various perspectives. Linda Lael Miller’s novel T...
  • Farmhouse Reads
    ”The Yankee Widow is a book that I was excited to read. I have been a devoted reader of the author, Linda Lael Miller since my junior high days. However, I was not overly thrilled with this story. In fact, I would even go as far as to say I was disappointed. This story is in no way a romance novel. Instead, this story is a detailed account of multiple points of views from various individuals of what the civil war had been like. The fictional t...
  • Adrienne
    3.5 starsAfter reading the first few chapters I was very excited. believing I was about to love this book. BUT, after a while I became irritated. My "pet peeve" (fillers, useless, meaningless words) appeared, and did not stop appearing! The book was inundated with my "pp" which greatly reduced my enjoyment of a, potentially, good novel. The character were terrific, nice romance, the period (civil war, my fave) great....and then the BUT. I wish ed...
  • Tory
    4.5 This book was so addicting; I could not put it down! I am obsessed with the characters and the setting of the Civil War/Gettysburg. Gosh, I know this book will stay in my mind for a long while. My only problem with the book was I wish the epilogue was a little longer
  • Jeanann Barrett
    I always enjoy reading about this period of time and marvel at the courage, bravery and strength of all (men, women, children, black and white) to not only survive but thrive. Read this and dare to complain next time your shower runs cold or the car doesn't start.
  • Lisa
    I enjoyed this novel set during the Civil War(one of my favorite eras to read about!). Civil War historical fiction fans will gobble it up.
  • Laure
    Right up my alley for civil war history. The author grabbed me in right away and I loved the storyline and felt like I was in Gettysburg too!! A great read!
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it. A richly layered saga is set against the backdrop of the Civil WarIn The Yankee Widow, gifted storyteller Linda Lael Miller explores the complexities and heartbreak that families experienced as men took up arms to preserve the nation and def...
  • Historical Fiction
    THE YANKEE WIDOW by Linda Lael Miller is set during the Civil War and takes readers right through the Battle of Gettysburg in all its horror and death. Caroline Hammond, the main character, becomes a widow at the start of the story when her husband, young Jacob, dies after becoming grievously injured at the Battle of Chancellorsville. She travels to Washington City, as it was known then, and finds him at the point of death.Returning home with his...
  • Kim
    She become a young widow due to the Civil War. Mourning her husband and trying to keep the family farm going with the help of a freed slave and a pregnant runaway. War rages around her bringing to her home two men from different sides of the war, who are best friends. Who will survive? Who will she pick? What secrets are revealed and can she love again?Caroline Hammond needs to find her husband after he's wounded in the battle of Chancellorsville...
  • Colline Vinay Kook-Chun
    Reading The Yankee Widow was interesting for me as I had not yet read a novel describing the viewpoint of a Yankee woman during the American Civil War. The strength the widow (Caroline) had to find within herself was described in the story as well as the many of the obstacles she encountered. Even though the reader is told of the difficulties she faces, we do not see inside her head and truly feel the emotion that she feels.As with some historica...
  • Carla Hostetter
    Miller certainly did her historical research on this one. The story opens with a long chapter as a young Yankee soldier lies dying and is being robbed by a bummer. A Confederate officer chases off the thief, restores what he stole, and gives the man water before moving on. In the second grueling chapter, Caroline, the wounded man's wife, searches fruitlessly to find in the chaos and filth that is Washington, D.C. Helped by a kind quartermaster, s...
  • Terrie Case
    Jacob Hammond, who joined the Union army, lies wounded and unable to communicate. Almost left for dead he is saved and sent to Washington City. His wife Caroline searches the faces of many men in hospital tents before coming upon the unrecognizable Jacob. She stays with him as he draws his last breath and then takes him home to Gettysburg.Caroline and Enoch, the hired hand, are doing their best to keep the farm running. Soon, the fighting is clos...
  • Kim Scace
    I love historical fiction, and Linda Lael Miller's Civil War story is a great read for that genre. When Caroline learns that her husband has been wounded fighting for the Union she leaves for Washington DC. She returns home a widow, and is faced with raising her young daughter and maintaining the farm on her own. She is managing with the help of a loyal freed slave (who has troubles of his own) and the advice of her grandmother when the Battle of...
  • Karen
    The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller is an interesting historical read. It is set during the Civil War near Gettysburg. We meet the main characters as the war is raging all around. There is Caroline who becomes a widow due to the war. Enoch, a freed slave on her farm. Rogan, a Captain in the Union Army. Bridger, a Captain in the Confederacy. All are connected and interact with one another throughout the book. The description of these interaction...
  • Marti
    The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller was awesome. The book looked at the choices and strength of Caroline during the Civil War. From tracking down her husband, keeping the farm going, saving her family and finding her own power. The story was poignant, nuanced and held the power to move the reader to tears more than once. The Civil War was a horrid time during our history. Family fighting family. Both struggling to save home and family while sol...