First Line Friday — A River Between Us

6 Oct

Jocelyn Green’s newest Civil War-era novel released this week. A River Between Us is set in the last years of the war and features a young woman who is accused of being a spy by the Union Army. I can’t wait to read this book — I’ll be sharing my thoughts in a few weeks.

Here’s the first line:

Water roared over the dam behind her, an echo of the blood rushing in her ears.

Cora Mae Stewart’s world collapses when Sherman destroys the Georgia cotton mill where she works and has her arrested for treason and sent North. Faced with impossible choices, she does what she must to keep a little girl safe in an unhospitable land.

Convinced he won’t survive the war, Union Sergeant Ethan Howard determines to make his death count for something. But Cora Mae gives him a reason to live. Trouble is, he’s just arrested her on Sherman’s orders, and torn her from home and family.

Sergeant Howard is the last person Cora Mae wants to forgive, and the only man who can bring her all the way home.

Jocelyn Green is a former journalist who puts her investigative skills to work in writing both nonfiction and historical fiction to inspire faith and courage.

Her books have finaled in the Christy Awards and Inspirational Readers Choice Awards, and have won gold from the Military Writers Society of America and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Complex and nuanced characters, rich historical detail and twisting plots make her novels immersive experiences. Her fiction has been praised by Historical Novel Society, Romantic Times, Library Journal, historians specializing in her novels’ time periods, as well as popular and acclaimed authors Laura Frantz, Lori Benton, Jody Hedlund, Sarah Sundin, Joanne Bischof, Julie Lessman, and more.

Jocelyn loves Broadway musicals, the color red, Toblerone chocolate bars, Mexican food, and well-done documentaries. She lives in Iowa with her husband, two children, and two cats she should have named Catticus Finch and Purrman Meowville.

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2 Responses to “First Line Friday — A River Between Us”

  1. Cindy Davis October 6, 2023 at 3:25 pm #

    I have been seeing a lot about this one. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Terri Quick October 7, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

    Sounds good

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