I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe

I Shall Be Near to You

By Erin Lindsay McCabe

  • Publication Date: 2014-01-28
  • Genre: Historical
4 Score: 4 (From 53 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband, inspired by the letters of a remarkable female soldier who fought in the Civil War.

Rosetta doesn't want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm. When Jeremiah leaves, Rosetta decides her true place is by his side, no matter what that means, and to be with him, she follows him into war.

With the army desperate for recruits, Rosetta has no trouble volunteering, although she faces an incredulous husband. Her strong will clashes with Jeremiah's, and their marriage is tested by broken conventions, constant danger, war, and the fear that Rosetta will be discovered.

Rich with historical details and inspired by more than 250 documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is a courageous adventure, a woman's search for meaning and individuality, and a poignant story of enduring love.

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Latest User Reviews

  • I Shall Be Near to You

    By Rocketgirl56
    Despite a rather slow start, the author picked up the pace and then told a fascinating story. The protagonist was a strong, spunky female who shunned the prescribed societal sex role, first by performing work on her father's farm generally done by males, and then disguising herself as a male in order to follow the lead of her new husband by enlisting in the Union army in order to be near him. Putting aside her fear and trepidation, she performed admirably as a soldier. The story primarily focused on her time in the military, drawing from the life of particularly one female who also passed for a male in order to serve in the military during the Civil War, as it turns out, many women did. The story is well written and well paced following its initial slow beginning. I found the book to be both engaging and revelatory.
  • Definitely recommend

    By Rachklin
    This was an amazing book. It was easy to root for Jeremiah and Rosetta, but there aren't always happy endings. It definitely felt realistic even though it is a fictional work. Definitely recommend this book.
  • I shall be near to you

    By Tx287
    I loved this book.
  • Amazing

    By ChurchMilitant
    The book is inspiring. One should definitely read this and it's worth it.
  • The most wonderful book I have every read.

    By JennaSweetpea
    If I have to pick a book that was my favorite this one would be it. And Lord knows I read lots of books. You need to read this book. You learn history, sadness, and love. So get this book. Make sure you got tissues.