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, Fiction, Romance, Military History, Civil 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 - Traveling Sister
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Terrific romantic historic fiction that doesn't spare details- just what you expect from Linda Lael Miller. Caroline Hammond's husband Jacob was so young and they had so much ahead of them when he joined the Union Army and was, sadly, shot at Chancellorsville. He did, however, survive long enough for Caroline to be able to say goodbye in Washington. The detail- graphic and sad- of what happened is well done. Her chance meeting with Rogan, long ti...
  • Rachel Bhattacharyya
    The carnage that was the American Civil War and the bravery of United States citizens who fought on both sides is graphically portrayed in Linda Lael Miller’s The Yankee Widow. Caroline receives word that her husband, Jacob, is injured while fighting in the battle of Chancellorsville and has been taken to Washington, D.C. for treatment. Caroline travels alone to Washington in hopes of locating Jacob – not knowing what she will find. She retur...
  • Donna Hines
    Caroline was a Yankee woman and farm owner with her husband Jacob serving in the military.When the war broke out Jacob was wounded and later succumbed to his injuries.During that time Caroline had to make drastic decisions in terms of life, love, liberty, and the pursuit of her own happiness.Who to trust? Who to help? Who to fall in love with...So many questions with so much going on the front lines during the Battle at Gettysburg.The North v the...
  • Ellen
    A wounded soldier. An enemy officer who offers some comfort before moving on.A young mother searching for her wounded husband; now a new widow takes her man home.A hired man. A run-away slave.Long term best friends meet in battle. A field hospital on the widow’s farm gives aid to their wounds.There was no time for the luxury of self-pity. There was work to be done; lives to save and, unfortunately, bodies to bury on both sides. Occasionally, a ...
  • Judith Sherrod
    The Yankee WidowI love this book. The Civil War has always fascinated me so when the opportunity came to visit various battlefields several years ago, my husband and I went. We started at Appomattox, Va. and Petersburg, Va. And finished in Gettysburg, Pa. This book spoke to me of such sad times and of the greatest loss to American history of the tens of thousands that were killed, maimed, or simply lost. Linda Leal Miller has written a fantastic...
  • kate
    Slow story with a Rushed RomanceA beautifully told civil war story. It begins with a young woman bringing her soldier husband home in a casket. Then goes on to describe their deep love for each other. Lovely. A month or so passes the battle of Gettysburg takes place and our heroine's farm becomes a field hospital. The next thing you know she's attracted to not one but two men. Best friends but on different sides of the war. Sticky. The second rom...
  • Pat
    I received a free copy of "The Yankee Widow" by Linda Lael Miller, through the "Good Reads First Reads Giveaway."The author's talent allows a seamless blend of accurate history and a fascinating story. She teaches us many facts about the important historic figures we have heard about. The reader may need a tissue for some of the emotional scenes, but otherwise it is a fun read.The only worrisome aspect of the book are too many coincidences which ...
  • LB
    I received an advanced reader's edition of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.This novel takes place during the American Civil War and shows the reader slices of life during the time. Linda Lael Miller has created an engaging group of characters that draw us into their time easily. She manages to show different aspects of the war and the issue of slavery at that time in our history while remaining true to the story. I would gladly recommend t...
  • Debbie
    I receive this book in a giveaway for a honest review. This is a story about a young woman named Caroline whose husband Jacob,and daughter live on a farm just outside of Gettysburg. Jacob decides to join the army to help save the Union. Caroline helps the doctor with patients men who have been wounded in the war, when she gets news that her husband is wounded and has been taken to a hospital in Washington D.C.. I absolutely love this story. And I...
  • Ellen
    Well-researched and highly emotional, this book encapsulates everything I love about the Civil War. It reminds me a little of John Jakes' North and South trilogy, but certainly stands on its own two figurative feet. I'm left with feelings of grief, wistfulness, and hope- which is just how I've felt the two times I've wandered around Gettysburg National Military Park.I highly recommend for Civil War buffs like myself who often find themselves wo...
  • Alice
    Another book I won through goodreads, thank you. Might not have read this if I was picking the book. That is the great thing with goodreads. I enjoyed this book so much. The story is told during the civil war. Caroline is married to Jacob who goes off to war. The story is more Caroline's story of being a wife and mother. We find out how strong she is. She help from Enoch who was a slave but is part of her family now. He is free and her husbands b...
  • Erica Chaillot
    I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. I have read many of Linda’s books and I always lobe her characters, towns, and romance. She does an excellent job portraying modern and historical times. Fast forward to this book, I loved the characters and the civil war aspects of the story. It was realistic and I really grew to love the characters. I definitely recommend the story.