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Return to Shirley Plantation

A Civil War Romance
Narrated by: Cecily White
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Abducted against his will, theater manager Matthew Scott is conscripted into the Confederate army because of his Copperhead senator father’s political leanings. Injured at Malvern Hill, Matthew is taken by the Union army to Shirley Plantation in Virginia, where he is tended by seamstress Angelina Rose, a freed slave. 

Given an opportunity to leave the South and start a new life for herself, Angelina remained for the sake of her sister’s orphaned twins, who are still enslaved. 

Matthew must use his acting skills to to remain safe. Will his return to Shirley Plantation settle a mystery concerning his father’s past? And will Matthew find the family for which he longs?

©2013 Carrie Fancett Pagels (P)2018 Carrie Fancett Pagels

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Inspirational Civil War Romantic Drama

Angelina gave up moving north to stay in the south to care for her niece and nephew, saving money to buy their freedom. Matthew Scott was conscripted into serving in a war he wanted nothing to do with. I loved how Matthew developed relationships with other characters. The way he was drawn to Angelina and felt protective of her was simply romantic. Angelina was my favorite. She showed such strength in following God's guidance. Granny Scott is full of surprises.

The narration was excellent! I thought Cecily White did a wonderful job bringing all characters and their different accents to life.
I highly recommend this audiobook. Despite the horribleness of the war and dealing with the wounded literally on their front lawn, the story is entertaining and a quick listen.

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Short Civil War era romance

RETURN TO SHIRLEY PLANTATION by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Matthew is a thespian, but is conscripted by the Confederate army. Angelina is a freed slave that was set free, but works as a servant in the Shirley Plantation until she can save the money to free her sister’s twins. The Shirley Plantation becomes a Union hospital.

The story is short, and is good. It has some twists, turns and surprises, but could be better developed and longer. It does have some great historical content.

The audiobook was given to me by the author with no requirement for review. This review is my honest opinion.

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Civil War Novella

This is a wonderful novella Civil War Romance. I read the book a good while back but this time I listened to the audio. The narrator was great and pleasant to the ears. I enjoyed the story as much the second time as I did the first time. Even though this was a novella I enjoyed the characters and the plot. I loved Angelina with her sweet spirit but she held firm in what she thought the Lord bid her to do. She gave up her chance to go North to complete freedom because she didn’t want to leave her niece and nephew and that made me really like her. I was so glad when she met Matthew with his kind personality. Lots of historical details are some of what I enjoy about Historical Fiction. This story had some true things to happen and the place is real. My kind of book.
I recommend this book if you like Historical Romance.
I received a copy of this book from the author but I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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Civil War Romance Plantation Style

This novella is set on the historical Shirley Plantation, a beautiful contrast to the pain the soldiers endured. Historical fiction is one genre that i find intriguing and compels me to look a little deeper into the time and place of many books.

The Civil War was a tumultuous time for our country and for our hero Matthew Scott especially! Far from home and wearing a uniform whose cause he did not support was difficult. He was an actor not a soldier. However, had he not been thrust into the gray uniform of the confederacy he never would have met the one woman who captured his heart.

Angelina Rose was meant to be up north by now where freedom beckoned. She couldn't seem to get away from Shirley Plantation though she had had the opportunity. Time, chance and a bit of faith intervened or she never would have met Matthew Scott who needed her care among the injured. There was something different about him and it took others on the plantation to help put the pieces together. This was not a clear case of an injured soldier falling for a beautiful nursemaid.

Audio books are another way for authors to get their stories out to readers who may not have a chance to experience their books. I first enjoyed listening while traveling but found it is a wonderful companion to many of the every day tasks I do around the house or garden and even when I am working on my hobbies.

I recommend Return to Shirley Plantation for anyone who enjoys novellas and historical fiction. Congratulations to Carrie Fancett Pagels on her first audio book! I hope it will be the first of many.