The Yankee Widow

Narrated by: Jack Garrett
Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
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A richly layered saga is set against the backdrop of the Civil War

In 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 defend their way of life. 

Told in a smart, assured, and compelling voice, this is the story of Caroline, the young wife and childhood sweetheart of Jacob, who together live on a farm raising their daughter, Rachel, just outside of Gettysburg. When Jacob joins the Northern army to do his duty and help save the Union, no one anticipates he will not return. Caroline gets news that he is wounded and has been taken to Washington, DC, with his regiment, and so she must find her way there and navigate the thousands of other wounded soldiers to find him. 

Thus begins this novel that focuses on the strong women and men of both sides and both races who sacrificed so much and loved so well during this critical juncture in American history.

©2019 Linda Lael Miller (P)2019 Recorded Books
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Excellent

While somewhat predictable, it held my interest all the way through. I’ve read many WWII books, I’ve yet to read a book about the civil war. Very enjoyable.

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Civil War era Historical Fiction

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 The Yankee Widow is the story of Caroline, a young widow from outside of Gettysburg, PA. Her husband left his young family and farm to fight in the northern army only to succumb to injuries incurred at Chancellorsville. Caroline is left to carry on which is no small task. The war is brought to her front yard as she is grieving the loss of her husband. She must step outside her grief and help with injured men from both sides of the war. Two such men will become central to her story and could very well decide her future. One thing she is certain of: she will make the decision. Showing a strength of character from the beginning of the novel we see even more growth in Caroline as she becomes aware that there are no easy answers except the decision to treat others with compassion – no matter where they are from. The story is filled with vivid battle descriptions that put me in the middle of those scenes. Heartbreaking, to be sure.

Linda Lael Miller swept me along with her story, turning the pages and wondering how Caroline would prevail. For once I was happy a novel ended with a cliff-hanger – I can’t wait to read what happens next. Recommended to fans of the author and historical fiction with a dose of romance.

I enjoyed listening to Jack Garrett's narration. His voice enhanced the story and sounded perfect for the era.

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Great Civil War novel

What the Yankee Widow does well is the Civil War. Few novels can match it when it's focus is the war and Caroline's contact with it. You feel how someone of that time is impacted by the horror of it. I was not as impressed in some of the second half of the novel when it turned to the romantic triangle, but then people can judge for themselves. Another wonderful aspect of this book is the characters. So many fully drawn, they each took on life as if they had been real. And lastly, it should be said like all great historical novels, Ms. Miller wrote the characters with the feelings and attitudes of the times in which they lived, not as 21st century transplants. Recommended highly.

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The Yankee Widow

I loved this book. The historical information was fabulous. LLM has done it again. I love everything about it.

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Can't wait for the next one!

As always, LLM tells a great tale. Draws you into the story. You are there! LOVED the historical aspects as well as the characters. And with the ending as it was, hoping for a sequel;)