Sisters Of Shiloh by Kathy HepinstallSisters Of Shiloh by Kathy Hepinstall

Sisters Of Shiloh

byKathy Hepinstall, Becky Hepinstall Hilliker

Paperback | March 29, 2016

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In a war pitting brother against brother, two sisters choose their own battle?one seeking vengeance, the other finding love.Before joining the Confederate Army, Joseph and Thomas were Josephine and Libby. But that bloodiest battle, Antietam, leaves Libby widowed. She vows vengeance, dons Arden's clothes, and sneaks off to enlist with the Stonewall Brigade, swearing to kill one Yankee for every year of her husband's too-short life. Desperate to protect her grief-crazed sister, Josephine insists on joining her. Surrounded by flying bullets, deprivation, and illness, the sisters are found by other dangers: Libby hurtles toward madness, haunted and urged on by her husband's ghost, while Josephine falls in love with a fellow soldier.
In Sisters of Shiloh, best-selling novelist Kathy Hepinstall joins with her sister Becky to show readers the hopes of love and war, the impossible-to-sever bonds of sisterhood, and how what matters most can both hurt and heal.
KATHY and BECKY HEPINSTALL grew up outside of Houston, Texas. An award-winning creative director, Kathy is also the best-selling author of four previous books. Becky holds a history degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Virginia with her husband, a navy pilot, and their four children.
Title:Sisters Of ShilohFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:March 29, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:054470519X

ISBN - 13:9780544705197

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling and Poignant I like historical fiction novels that deliver unique perspectives on a particular period in history, and this novel does just that. It is written by two sisters and is about two sisters who disguise themselves as men in order to fight for the south in the American Civil War. It is a story of one woman who has lost her husband in the war. The loss is more than she can bear and her mind becomes fragile, fraught with haunting visions of her dead husband. She is set on avenging his death and enlists. Her sister, concerned, follows her in this dangerous mission as a means to protect her. This novel allows us a glimpse into the thin line between sanity and madness, and how it can become so easily blurred. If you love books about the civil war, especially those with strong heroines, then this is one to get. A very poignant read indeed.
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but... The Hempinstall's execute the setting with precision, the reader transported to the harshness, lurid and barbarous acts of the Civil War. Quite a burning narrative. The dichotomy of the two sisters - hate, love, revenge, mercy, addled, clearheaded was a plus. The contrast added scope and a certain unpredictability to both narrative and characters. The reader is on edge as dark secrets are reveled at random, an element of surprise welcomed. As much fondness as I felt for this book, I was let down by the lack of character development. We really don't know much about Libby and Josephine "pre war." I understand Arden is the quasi reason bringing them to war but their motivation failed to evoke emotion from this reader, I blame it on what felt like a rushed condensed abbreviation of circumstances. Each woman was so self absorbed they canceled out recognizing each other's varied emotions, feelings, the sisterly bond of understanding divided and veered off. The ending surprised me, I thought for sure it would have taken a different turn, the way it stands it is the calm after the storm leaving me pleasantly neutral. Brutal story of love and war slanting more towards war. Historical fiction fans, Civil War buffs will find this novel absorbing, graphic details bringing the cruelty of Civil War home.
Date published: 2015-03-06

Editorial Reviews

Sisters of Shiloh is an unsparing, bloody, emotional tour de force. With Kathy's experience as a best-selling author and Becky's history degree, the Hepinstalls are a highly effective writing team. They present lucky readers with a tale of love and hate, vengeance and devotion, and the darkest secrets imaginable. Highly recommended for all." - Historical Novels Review "The Hepinstall sisters provide a fascinating glimpse into Civil War life from an unconventional perspective." - Kirkus Reviews "The very best historical fiction delivers us into another time and place. In Sisters of Shiloh, Kathy and Becky Hepinstall plunge us so deeply into a complete and vividly rendered world of Civil War battlefields and Confederate campsites, we can smell the gun powder and taste the metallic tinge of fear along with their remarkable heroines." - Janis Cooke Newman, author of Mary "