No Greater Glory by Cindy Nord
Publisher & Release: Samhain Publishing, July 31, 2012
Time and setting: 1862-1865, Virginia
Genre: Historical Romance/Civil War
Length: 272 pages
Heat Level: 1 Flames
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home.
Widowed plantation owner Emaline McDaniels has struggled to hold on to her late husband’s dreams. Despite the responsibilities resting on her slender shoulders, she’ll not let anyone wrest away what’s left of her way of life—particularly a Yankee officer who wants to set up winter camp on her land.
With a defiance born of desperation, she defends her home as though it were the child she never had…and no mother gives up her child without a fight.
Despite the brazen wisp of a woman pointing a gun at his head, Colonel Reece Cutteridge has his orders. Requisition Shapinsay—and its valuable livestock—for his regiment’s use, and pay her with Union vouchers. He never expected her fierce determination, then her concern for his wounded, to upend his heart—and possibly his career.
As the armies go dormant for the winter, battle lines are drawn inside the mansion. Yet just as their clash of wills shifts to forbidden passion, the tides of war sweep Reece away. And now their most desperate battle is to survive the war with their lives—and their love—intact.
Warning: This novel contains complex emotions and battlefield gallantry wrapped around the inherent risks of falling in love with one’s enemy.
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I am so glad I found No Greater Glory. I downloaded the Kindle version last fall but have had trouble getting to it. Then I found out I could get the audio version for $1.99. I could not pass that up and couldn’t wait to listen. It has been some time since I have read/listened to a novel set during the American Civil War, and I truly enjoyed this book!
Emaline McDaniels is a widow trying to keep her late husband’s plantation going, through these troubled times. Most of her slaves left when she offered them their freedom in 1859 when her husband died, but fortunately a few remained or all would be lost.
When Colonel Reece Cutteridge shows up at her plantation and tells her he will be using her property for winter’s quarters, she almost shoots him, but she forgot to release the safety. Fear and anxiety become Emaline’s daily companions. Her only salvation is working with the kind doctor in the hospital that has been set up on the first floor of her house.
While Emaline and Reece are adversaries, the attraction between them cannot be denied. Will the dreadful war keep them apart, or will they be able to overcome their differences and find a never-ending love?
This book is a saga for sure and is very well-written. It has passion, patriotism, and great drama with a good amount of history. The pacing is fast, especially considering the number of years this story spans.
Emaline is an unforgettable heroine. She is fighting to survive in a war-torn world, where her very existence is threatened, but she is a truly remarkable woman and refuses to allow the troubled times defeat her.
Reece is a tortured soul, my favorite kind of hero. He has suffered great loss and has thrown himself into being the best officer he can be. He is loyal to his men and honorable towards Emaline. His integrity is unquestionable and at times, causes him great emotional hardship.
While the romance grows slowly between the pair, mainly because of the circumstances, the passion is there from their first meeting and only grows stronger as the story progresses.
If you enjoy this time period and want a novel that is more than fluff, then you will love No Greater Glory as much as I did. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I’ve already downloaded it and will be reading it soon. Happy reading!