Not much thought is given as to how devastating the Civil War was on the home front, especially to the females who had to do the men’s work when they went off to war. But what of the children who were orphaned?
Sixteen-year-old Sadie Penwell witnesses her parents’ murders at the hands of Confederate Bushwhackers in rural Missouri in 1863. Driven by revenge, she cuts her hair, puts on her Pa’s clothes, and joins the Union Army. Having blessedly been taught how to handle a gun, Sadie is immediately assigned to General Sherman as a sharpshooter. After being stalked by an obsessed neighbor, losing friend after friend, the psychological torture of kill or be killed, and experiencing the battle of Resaca, she realizes no one truly wins in war.
A story of courage, determination, patriotism… and glory lost.
Joyce Shaughnessy has published five books in the last seventeen years. The first three — A Healing Place, Blessed Are the Merciful, and The Unsurrendered — are romantic historical fiction based upon the Dust Bowl in the Great Depression and WWII in the Pacific. They reflect her love of history and historical fiction. A children’s book, Mr. Grumpy Lizard Meets the Giggling Girls, is based on her four granddaughters, which her husband illustrated. And most recently, she participated in a round-robin fantasy novel, Gryffon Master. She is represented by Jeanie Loiacono.