Yankee in Atlanta

Yankee in AtlantaYankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green
Series: Heroines Behind the Lines
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by River North on May 15, 2014
Pages: 416

 

In a captivating blend of romance, history, drama, family troubles, and emigration toils, author Jocelyn Green brings the Civil War period to life with authenticity. The third novel in Green’s Heroines Behind the Lines series, Yankee in Atlanta is a story that enlivens this turbulent time in American history beyond the norm. Caitlin McKae and Noah Becker, two of the many characters readers have the pleasure to know in Yankee in Atlanta, struggle and rejoice beautifully during the Civil War. Through battles, family struggles, and more, Green’s novel so authentically draws readers into Atlanta and New York City that any one of us could easily have joined Caitlin as a governess or Noah as a soldier. Green, a well-known Civil War novelist, has a passion for this time period that shines through all her characters. Her desire to share everything about Civil War history brings thoroughness to Yankee in Atlanta that is rare in most stories because every single detail is covered with research and truth.

Jocelyn Green’s desire to share everything about Civil War history brings thoroughness to Yankee in Atlanta that is rare in most stories because every single detail is covered with research and truth.

I am an avid World War Two history lover—from novels to movies, college courses to non-fiction books, I rarely choose to read, watch, or listen to historical material that does not relate to the time period of 1935-1945. It is with no offense meant that I share this statement; however, after reading Yankee in Atlanta I admit that novels set during the Civil War could be fast added to my shelves. Green shares much of the Civil War period in her novel: smallpox, the deprivation of little food and comforts, the danger on the streets, and the hardships of immigration during this time all comprise Caitlin, Noah, and their families’ stories. The focus on the Civil War for most people is, rightfully so, on the issue of slavery. In truth, though, there is so much more to this time than the color of one’s skin, which Green skillfully shares in her third novel of the Heroines Behind the Lines series. Green’s emphasis on the hardships faced by immigrants—especially in regard to the living status of North versus South—is so poignant that it is hard to imagine how this subject is not discussed in high school or college classes.

The evocative scenes in Yankee in Atlanta are so beautifully portrayed through emotion and lyrical prose that at times I believed Green must have experienced each and every situation her characters experienced in this novel.

The evocative scenes in Yankee in Atlanta are so beautifully portrayed through emotion and lyrical prose that at times I believed Green must have experienced each and every situation her characters experienced in this novel. How else could one person so masterfully write the emotions and dialog that such a variety of characters expressed? Green has not transported herself back to the late 1800s New York City or Atlanta, but her ability to take me to these cities over one hundred years ago has convinced me I will be purchasing each book this author has already written…and every one that follows Yankee in Atlanta. I loved this novel and am very much looking forward to the fourth book in the series, Spy of Richmond, which releases March 2015 from River North Publishing.

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