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By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

A girl pressured through war...A physician torn among ardour and duty...A sweeping story of affection within the face of dishonor from the incomparable storyteller--Kathleen Woodiwiss.

Alaina MacGaren is compelled to escape the devastation of her native land within the guise of a tender boy, basically to discover sanctuary within the palms of an enemy. Cole Latimer is a speeding Yankee healthcare professional who has served the Union faithfully, and his soft center compels him to assist a ragged, blameless "lad" in need--never suspecting the rags hide a bewitching belle suspected of being a insurgent spy.

But Alaina's masquerade doesn't idiot Cole for lengthy. And the energy, braveness, and breathtaking sensuality of this girl whom it'd be treasonous to like units accountability and wish at warfare inside of him. but future has joined them for strong or ill--and they either needs to stick to the place their hearts may lead them, in the event that they are to construct a wonderful new existence jointly out of the ashes of the old.

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Ahead of the entryway of the wooden body constitution, Cole Latimer paused. The child used to be a short step in the back of, virtually treading at the heels of the glossy black boots, yet halted without warning while inquiring blue eyes became upon him. “Do you've got a reputation? ” The lad squirmed uneasily and glanced round him. “You do have a reputation, don’t you? ” Cole Latimer inquired with a touch of sarcasm. a quick, reluctant nod gave him an affirmative solution. “Uh—Al! Al, sir. ” The nod turned extra lively. Throwing away his cigar, the captain arched a forehead as he peered on the lad. “Is whatever unsuitable along with your tongue? ” “N-no, sir,” Al stammered. Skeptically eyeing the battered hat, Cole reached to push open the door. “Remember your manners, Al, and discover a position for that factor along with the head of your head. ” The boy made a sorry test at a grin, glared on the Yankee’s again, and glumly him in. The stout matron of where paused in her paintings to observe the 2 pass the room the place they settled themselves at a small desk that stood earlier than a window. Her face betrayed no emotion as she pondered the Yankee’s crisp, neat uniform and the lad’s ill-fitting clothing, but if she back to the duty of slicing greens, a mild frown flitted throughout her forehead. Reluctantly copying Captain Latimer’s demeanour, Al pulled his hat off and slid into the chair indicated. In wry disbelief Cole surveyed the inconsistently cropped thatch of mahogany brown hair, and his expression grew evidently pained. “Who reduce your hair like that, boy? ” he requested. He overlooked the ground lip which trembled at his query and stuck in simple terms the croaked resolution. “Me. ” Cole laughed. “Your abilities needs to lie in different instructions. ” Silence responded him because the skinny face became to the window, and grey eyes brimmed with threatening tears. now not noting the lad’s misery, Cole beckoned the girl to their desk the place she stood with hands akimbo. “Y’all get shrimp today,” she drawled approximately. “Bisque or creole. We acquired beer or espresso, tea or cow’s milk. What’s your selection, suh? ” she requested, stressing the final word. Cole missed the satirical inflection in her voice, having grown acquainted with the disdain Southerners bore him or any soldier in blue. He had arrived in New Orleans while basic Butler ruled town, and the general public animosity were worse then. the overall had attempted to run town like an army garrison, issuing orders and mandates that have been purported to remedy any scenario. not able to appreciate or deal with the obdurate delight of the citizenry, he had failed miserably. certainly, town have been close to a nation of insurrection while the overall was once recalled. but the fellow have been both serious together with his personal troops, had even hung a number of who have been stuck stealing from civilians. New Orleans used to be now not a simple urban to control and definitely now not via the weak-willed. simply because Butler were harsh in his measures, he were doubly unpopular, however the Southerners may have hated any Yankee positioned within the general’s place. “I’ll have the bisque and funky beer,” Cole made up our minds.

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