Behind the Grey: A Novel of the Civil War
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A young Southern lady must strike out on her own as the life she knows is torn apart—first by the horrific acts of a stranger, and then more completely by the cruel realities of America's Civil War. On her mission to avenge a terrible wrong she disguises herself as a Confederate soldier and joins the battle, and during her journey she learns that truth—and love—can be found in unexpected places. More
Inspired by the true accounts of women who fought on both sides in the Civil War, Behind the Grey brings to life the rich, engaging story of one woman’s journey into a man’s world—and back again—in the days before such things were even dreamed of, much less acceptable.
When young Alexandria Latham steps out of her comfortable home into the darkness one fateful spring evening, she has no way of knowing that the days ahead would require strength, courage, and ingenuity she didn't know she had. Heedless of the risks, she dons the trappings of a soldier, and armed with a need for vengeance (and her uncle’s best rifle) she sets out on difficult and dangerous paths.
She finds a soul-mate in a fellow soldier who stays with her and protects her and who does not realize that beneath the rough clothes and short hair is a vibrant young woman. Beside him she learns what it means to trust another person with your life, and what it means to save a life.
Her mission brings with it the unexpected opportunity to step outside the only skin she has known and discover who she really is—without the trappings of wealth and femininity, and far from the safe cocoon of home. In the end she realizes that revenge isn’t sweet if it might cost you your soul, and that neither cannon fire nor cruelty can quench the power of the human heart.