Imagine that you live in the South.  The Civil War is ravaging your land, and your mother and sister have died, leaving you alone with one other sister.  This is the premise of Andrea Boeshaar’s book, Too Deep for Words.

One of the sisters, Carrie Ann, marries a Northern soldier, Peyton Collier.  Soon after they marry, Peyton rescues Carrie Ann’s sister, Margaret, from the sleazy bar she has been working at, almost as an indentured servant.

Margaret and Carrie Ann have a difficult relationship, but the war draws them closer.  The two sisters, once reunited, quickly bond when, unfortunately, Carrie Ann’s husband goes missing during a battle.  They have only been married 2.5 weeks.

Peyton had asked his good friend, Elijah Kent, a Confederate soldier, to take care of Carrie Ann and his other dependents including his aunt and Margaret, should he die in battle.  Elijah stays true to his promise.  He is sure that Peyton has died in battle, even though no body has been recovered.  Elijah was in battle with Peyton right before he went missing.  He knows there is no way Peyton survived.  Carrie Ann, however, is not convinced.  She steadfastly believes her husband is still alive.

This book fit into two of my favorite genres.  It is historical fiction, my favorite, especially as it pertains to the Civil War.  It is also a bit of a mystery as Carrie Ann and Margaret go on a dangerous journey to see if Peyton is indeed still alive.  I found myself cheering on the two women even when it seemed inevitable that Peyton had perished.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  However, the first seventy or so pages were a bit slow.  I think some of that content could have been reduced.  Having said that, the rest of the book picked up the pace and was a page turner.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

Note: I received this book from Kregel Publications in routine for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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