A Stranger On My Land - My ReviewThis intriguing historical is an easy-to-read romance set on a beautiful Tennessee mountain in 1863. As you can imagine, dangerous secrets and forbidden feelings between a Yankee soldier and a Confederate’s daughter set the stage for an entertaining read.

The characters were sweet and the setting vivid; however, I had a difficult time really connecting to the story. Believe me, I really wanted to. It was just a little too short of a novella for me. There were a few too many cases where I felt the emotions of the characters were being told to me rather than being shown. I liked the characters, but they didn’t exactly seem to grow and change much through the story to me. I wish there’d been a bit more time to get fully invested in the characters and their various dilemmas.

Despite its predictable parts, A Stranger On my Land is still a sweet story of young love, trust, and second chances. I appreciated the historical details and I’m eager now to learn more about “The Battle Above the Clouds”.

Thank you to Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and Meaghan Burnett for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.



Carrie and her little brother, Jay, find a wounded soldier on their land after a battle which later became known as “The Battle Above the Clouds.” Adam, a Union soldier, has been shot twice in the arm. Though Carrie is reluctant to take Adam to their cave where her family hides their livestock from both armies, she cannot turn her back on him.

But her Aunt Lavinia, bitter over what Yankees have done to their land, urges Carrie to allow Adam to die. Carrie refuses, but cannot remove the bullets. Adam’s friendship with Jay softens her heart toward him. It’s not long until his gratitude and teasing manner spark a friendship between the young couple. Even though Carrie’s father fights for the Confederacy in far-off Virginia, her feelings for the handsome young soldier begin to blossom into love.

When Adam’s condition worsens, Carrie knows a Union surgeon is needed to save his life. How can she accomplish this and keep her family’s hiding place a secret?


A Stranger On My Land - My Review


Sandra loves to visit places where significant historic events happened. These places and the people who lived through the events often inspire her and spark her imagination. She most often writes inspirational historical romances and especially loves the American Civil War period. In fact, her debut novella, A Stranger On My Land, is set on Lookout Mountain where the Battle Above the Clouds took place. She serves as Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes historical articles. She is also an Assistant Editor at the Barn Door Book Loft website.

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