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Hazardous Unions: Two Tales of a Civil War Christmas (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Alison Bruce , Kat Flannery

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Twin sisters separated by war, bound by love…

After the death of their father, twin sisters Maggie and Matty Becker are forced to take positions with officers’ families at a nearby fort. When the southern states secede, the twins are separated, and they find themselves on opposite sides of America’s bloodiest war.

In the south, Maggie travels with the Hamiltons to Bellevue, a plantation in west Tennessee. When Major Hamilton is captured, it is up to Maggie to hold things together and deal with the Union cavalry troop that winters at Bellevue. Racism, politics and a matchmaking stepmother test Maggie’s resourcefulness as she fights for Bellevue, a wounded Confederate officer and the affections of the Union commander.

In the north, Matty discovers an incriminating letter in General Worthington’s office, and soon she is on the run. With no one to turn to for help, she drugs the wealthy Colonel Cole Black and marries him, in hopes of getting the letter to his father, the governor of Michigan. But Cole is not happy about being married, and Matty’s life becomes all about survival.

Two unforgettable stories of courage, strength and honor.

**Contains 2 novellas.

Editorial Reviews:

"Maggie and Matty Becker will enchant you as they struggle for respect, survival, and love in the Civil War’s troubled time. You’ll sigh with pleasure as you finish each story." —Caroline Clemmons, author of Bluebonnet Bride

"Two very talented authors, Alison Bruce and Kat Flannery, teamed up to write Hazardous Union; Two Tales of a Civil War Christmas. It is the story of twin sisters, Matty and Maggie Becker who are separated at the beginning of the Civil War….One major thing ties them to each other—their upbringing by loving and wise parents. As their stories unfold, they are both able to make a difference in the lives of the people they hold dear. They each solve a different mystery and, at the same time, fall in love. They also witness a form of racism within each of the families, reflecting the mores of the north and the south. The characters and the times are well depicted in this short novel. I highly recommend this novel to Civil War enthusiasts and readers who enjoy a well-written historical romance. If you like intrigue, mystery and romance, this book is for you. It will hold your attention and is a quick read that you won’t be able to put down." —Katherine Boyer, Tear a Page Blog

"Double your reading pleasure with twin passions—two novellas featuring twins Maggie and Matty, and heroes who’ll steal your heart. Alison Bruce and Kat Flannery penned stories that play on your senses like a sonata. A must read!" —Jacquie Rogers, award-winning author of Much Ado About Madams

"Hazardous Unions are twin stories about the adventures of two sisters during the Civil War and the dilemmas they get themselves into. Maggie's story, written by Alison Bruce, tells the tale of a Northern young woman who accepts a job as housekeeper to a Southern family…A wonderfully entertaining and well written novella, with engaging characters and appropriate language for the era. Ms. Bruce knows her history. I will be eager to read more of her work. Mattie, by Kat Flannery, is equally delightful. Unlike her sister, Mattie stays in the North working for a Union General…Even in the midst of war and danger and death, love will have its way, as it does with Maggie and Matty." —Charlene Raddon, author of To Have and to Hold

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Alison Bruce has an honors degree in history and philosophy, which has nothing to do with any regular job she's held since. A liberal arts education did prepare her to be a writer, however. She penned her first novel during lectures while pretending to take notes. In addition to being the author of mystery, romantic suspense and historical romance novels, Alison has had many careers. Copywriter and editor since 1992, she has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher, web designer and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. Her current careers include Publication Manager of Crime Writers of Canada, Arthur Ellis Awards Administrator and part-time tech guru to the technologically challenged. Website: http://www.alisonbruce.ca Blog: http://alisonebruce.blogspot.ca Twitter: https://twitter.com/alisonebruce Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisonbruce.books Kat Flannery Kat Flannery's love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She's been published in numerous periodicals. This is Kat's third book and she is hard at work on her next. Website: www.katflannery-author.com Blog: www.kat-scratch.blogspot.ca Twitter: https://twitter.com/katflannery1 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kat-Flannery/131065966999142

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 397 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 137 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1927792320
  • Verlag: Imajin Books (31. August 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00EXA735I
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Cozy and heartwarming; a great Christmas time read. 28. Dezember 2013
Von Erin K. S. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This is a lovely romantic story of twin sisters living separate, yet equally challenging lives during the American Civil War. There is a bonus in that each sister’s tale is told apart from the other, much in the same way the sisters are physically distant from one another during times that did not afford them the luxury of remaining close to family. Both stories had sweet, happy endings and are particularly heartwarming to read during the Christmas season.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautifully written stories 22. September 2013
Von Lornwal - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
HAZARDOUS UNIONS by Alison Bruce and Kat Flannery is two novels in one: the side-by-side stories of twin sisters sadly separated and sent into domestic service during the Civil War. Though both young women have Union sympathies, Maggie is sent south while Matty remains in the north.

Both stories are beautifully written, with characters to root for (and a few to loathe). The settings are atmospheric, period-accurate, and fully populated. The issues of slavery and servitude are handled forthrightly, and the characters are true to the 19th century in thought and behavior. In both MAGGIE and MATTY, the war itself remains largely in the background; human relationships in times of great stress are in the forefront.

Alison Bruce's MAGGIE is the longer and more leisurely story. Ms. Bruce is a master of character development, and she gives the reader plenty of time to get to know a large cast of characters. None are stereotypes; all are interesting and fully-fleshed people, from the arrogant but ultimately practical plantation heiress to the Union officer who keeps a tight rein on his emotions. The tension in the story is subtle but unrelentlng, the mood sometimes wry or nostalgic, always human. The conclusion is satisfying and heartwarming.

Kat Flannery's MATTY is full of action and suspense. It's fast-paced and exciting, without sacrificing character development. The tension begins immediately and builds to a fever pitch, as Matty and her husband-by-deceit, Cole, struggle not only with the treachery of others, but the dangers of loving and trusting one another. The conclusions of both stories are very, very satisfying.

I highly recommend HAZARDOUS UNIONS!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hazardous Loves 10. September 2013
Von Katherine Boyer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Two very talented authors, Alison Bruce and Kat Flannery, teamed up to write Hazardous Unions; Two Tales of a Civil War Christmas, the story of twin sisters, Matty and Maggie Becker. The sisters are separated by unfortunate circumstances at the beginning of the Civil War. Each story is written by one of the authors.
Due to unfortunate circumstances, the girls are separated. Maggie goes to a southern locale and Matty goes to a northern locale. One major thing ties them to each other - the upbringing by loving and wise parents. In recalling their background as their stories unfold, they are both able to make a difference in the lives of the people they hold dear. They each solve a different mystery and, at the same time, fall in love. They also witness a form of racism within each of the families, reflecting the mores of the thinking of the north and the south.
The letter they write to each other reflects their feelings and indicates much about their lives and the times. They each begin their letters:

Maggie

Dearest Matty,
I miss you more than I would ever have thought possible.
When we set out, I felt I was on a grand adventure. Then we reached St Louis. The city has changed since we were there together, travelling west with Mama and Papa. It isn't so much the landmarks that are different, though the city has grown. It is the climate. All around me I could feel a level of excitement about the coming war that was almost frightening. No one doubts that war is coming, but truly, sister mine, I wish they had read their history. What they are wishing upon themselves is not the glorious venture they all expect.

Mattie

My Dearest Mag,
Much has happened since I last saw you. After you left Fort Leavenworth, General Worthington was ordered to volunteer at Camp Douglas in Illinois. We travelled by train, a most horrendous experience due to my motion sickness, and Mrs. Worthington was not happy to see me way laid for the entire trip. In between bouts of illness, Abigail, much to her mother's disapproval, read me Tamerlane and Other Poems, by Edgar Allan Poe. You know the one, it was Pa's favorite. Mr. Poe is remarkable, Mag, a real gem. I almost love him as much as Shakespeare. His words are that of a genius, and when I read them I can feel Pa around me.

I highly recommend this novel to Civil War enthusiasts, as well as to the reader who enjoys a well-written historical romance. It will hold your attention and is a quick read that you won't be able (or have to) put down until the end. The characters and the times are well depicted in this short novel by the two writers. If you like intrigue, mystery and romance, this book is for you.
Alison Bruce has an honors degree in history and philosophy. A Liberal arts education did prepare her to be a writer, however. She penned her first novel during lectures while pretending to take notes. She has authored mystery, romantic suspense and historical romance novels Kat Flannery's love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. She lives in Guelph, ON, Canada with her three sons.
Kat Flannery has had her writing published in numerous periodicals. She's received her diploma for Creative, Freelance, and Business Writing. She is co-owner of Prairie Dog Publishing, where she devotes her spare time as head of Marketing and Communications. She has written two novels, CHASING CLOVERS and LAKOTA HONOR. When not writing, or spending time with her family, Kat's on the couch with a hot chocolate and a good book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Two authors, two stories, two sisters: An unusual telling, but brilliant. 19. September 2013
Von Betty Gelean - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Two authors, two stories, two sisters; twins who, after the death of their father, must work as domestic help on different plantations. Money is needed for their mother and sick brother. Alison Bruce and Kat Flannery have personalized the Civil war with these diverse yet integrated stories. Two tales of how life goes on, albeit changed in nature by the war. This book provides an insight into how the people caught in the middle lived extraordinary lives, often far removed from what they have known before.

Well-written with definitive research, I really enjoyed the two stories told from the sisters' points of view. Although they are far from home and working in two different locations and two different types of domesticity, they try to keep in touch by letter, an almost insurmountable undertaking with soldiers from both north and south disrupting travel routes. Their stories show how love can be found anywhere at anytime, even in times of chaos.

Both stories are very different, and show entirely different ways of life and the threat to their existence. I think the authors have a winner here, great characterizations and fascinating insights. A war story that is more about the people and family dynamics than fighting, though the tension is still felt. An unusual telling, but brilliant.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A FAMILY DIVIDED 5. März 2014
Von Barbara Ann Mojica - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This book is an unusual combination that works well in this instance. Two different authors have teamed up to write two separate stories about twin sisters, Maggie and Matty, who find themselves separated by circumstance on opposite sides of the border during the Civil War. Due to their father’s death, these two sixteen year old sisters feel compelled to help support their mother and brother, whom they love dearly. The setting of both tales begins in the Fall of 1862. Both protagonists encounter physical and emotional trauma; both sisters succeed in rising to the occasion to assume control. They will each need to solve a mystery, navigate through romantic attachments, and survive the war.

In the first novella focusing on Maggie, we meet the twin who has traveled with her employer to a southern plantation in Tennessee. She is a servant girl employed by the Hamilton family. Soon the Union army comes to occupy the plantation; Maggie is the only person who has the strength of character to assume control. But the story does not so much revolve around the events of the war as much as the personal struggles of all the characters on both sides. It deals with their hopes and fears, racism, and family ties as well as the divide between the rich and poor. Maggie hopes to survive and someday be reunited with her own family.

The second story centers on Matty, a servant girl whose employer, General Worthington, has been sent to a fort in Illinois to train soldiers to fight for the Union. Her story rapidly switches to a mysterious piece of paper and Matty’s trickery to deceive a disabled bachelor named Colonel Cole Black into marrying her. The reader learns that she is remorseful for the deceit, but that she is determined that this letter and its information get into the right hands. This is the only way she could find to do so. There is danger for both of them now, and she fears that her solution might come about too late. Still, like her sister, Matty possesses a strong will and a determination to do the right thing, regardless of personal cost. The matter comes to a head at her father -in-law’s Christmas party resulting in lots of unexpected events and consequences.

The first of these stories about Maggie is more leisurely, filled with lots of well defined characters facing complex issues in treacherous times. Matty’s story is shorter; more intense with fewer characters, but a powerful, tighter knit plot. Even though the characters’ struggles and not the events of the Civil War are the focus of each story, the stories are well researched and documented in historical details. In less than one hundred fifty pages, the reader is treated to two tales of mystery, romance and historical fiction. I recommend this highly enjoyable work to young adults and adults who are interested in any of these genres.
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