November 30, 1864 proved to be a bloody night for Franklin, Tennesee. The battle that took place that night all but decimates the Confederacy. Thousands of men have died, and the Carnton mansion has been turned into a makeshift hospital to help the wounded. Captain Roland Ward Jones is one of the wounded. His injuries are grave, but he insists that he be able to keep his leg and entrusts Lizzie Clouston to help him save his leg. As a governess, she is not accustomed to the task that has been set forth for her, in aiding in the surgeries of the wounded. Through the days after the battle, all who are at Carnton mansion learn about themselves and the times that they are in.
This story was amazing. The author paid attention to historically accurate details to help tell the story of Lizzie and Captain Jones. You can tell that she spent hours researching the varying details that she has placed in her book. She does not shy away from telling you the truth of what the war would have been like for all who were involved. I was so captivated by the story line, that I did not want to put it down. At times, the storyline became so heavy that I had to take a break to let my emotions settle. I had never read anything by Tamara Alexander before, but will definitely read more of her in the future. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ffffffffffffff