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The Chaplain’s Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher: Book Review, Free Book, and Giveaway

Cover art 100% on point!      thechaplainsdaughter

Book Blurb:

A feisty army laundress must disarm a grieving Confederate captain’s pride to win his heart.

A minister’s daughter abandoned during war must rely on faith to survive. A wounded widower feels God has forsaken him. Will her devout care bring medicine to his soul or rub salt in his wounds?
Ellen White is assigned to attend a debilitated artillery captain after the Battle of Second Manassas. She offers God’s strength, but Gideon Sharpe would rather rely on his own. He would prove himself devoted to his motherless infant daughters, the sort of father he never had.
Ellen longs for the security of a home and to feel cherished. Can a jaded and broken man be God’s plan to fulfill her fondest hopes?

Book Review:

Book 2 in Kathleen L. Maher’s Sons of the Shenandoah is a true work of heart. I read and loved Book 1: The Abolitionist’s Daughter so I knew I would be reading The Chaplain’s Daughter. It did not disappoint. Historical Fiction/Romance is a genre that I don’t always find myself eagerly anticipating. I actually avoided it for several years. All that changed within the first few pages of this series.

There is such an indescribably potent blend of God, despair, and forgiveness. War is such an ugly thing, a time of death and destruction. This series takes that despair then weaves it into tales of hope and love. I love the phrase ‘poetry in motion’. While that fits here, The Chaplain’s Daughter feels more like a song. You know that feeling music gives you when you’re so wrapped up in the beat everything else disappears? That’s what I felt while reading. The words move with precision and grace, floating on wings of prayer and love.

Gideon’s pain, his feelings of loss and betrayal, keep him from giving in to God’s loving embrace. He fights forgiveness tooth and nail as Ellen’s soothing presence batters his hardened heart. This is where we find the Christian aspect of the novel, and it is a good one. While it is never burdensome or heavy, God’s presence is felt on every page, just as He is a daily presence in our lives. Even when you don’t feel Him, He is there.

I wish I could give true honor to the writing of The Chaplain’s Daughter, but my words are crass and ignorant in the face of the author’s beautiful descriptions. I truly believe she could describe a cannonball and make it sound as beautiful as a sunrise. There were countless times when I would have to go back and reread passages because my brain simply melted over the flow of words.

For example: “Fort Sumter struck a defiant pose, proud despite her bombardment scars, her staid exterior masking an alluring beauty. The stars and bars sprightly whipping at the flagpole evoked the jaunty plume of a milliner’s hat.” I don’t know how she does it, but it’s amazing.

The Chaplain’s Daughter brings an indisputable touch of grace to a dark and troubled time in American history.

In case this wasn’t enough, the first book in the series is FREE through the weekend. You can purchase your copy here: The Abolitionist’s Daughter


Look at this beauty!!!

Here’s the blurb for The Abolitionist’s Daughter.

The crusading daughter of a Washington politician, Marietta Hamilton comes between twin brothers as the country plunges toward Civil War. Horse traders from Virginia, Ethan Sharpe and his brother Devon would defend their livelihood from her interfering kind. When love ignites, friends become enemies separated over the course of a long and brutal conflict. Can the very influences which carved a chasm unite a torn family against all odds?


To put the icing on the cake, Kathleen has graciously decided to offer 2 e-book copies of The Chaplain’s Daughter as a giveaway. To enter the giveaway, simply share the link for The Abolitionist’s Daughter and help spread the word. Once you’ve shared the link, make a comment on this blog post and you’re all set! We will share the winners next week.


6 thoughts on “The Chaplain’s Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher: Book Review, Free Book, and Giveaway”

  1. Tabitha, I am speechless! And breathless. Your word-smithing is beyond beautiful, if a bit effusive in your praise. I would guess you have a heavy dose of Irish, to be blessed with the gift of blarney as you have been. ;-D
    Seriously, thank you so much for these encouraging words. I may have to print them for the next time I’m feeling discouraged.
    Looking forward to interacting with your readers this week. Big hugs!


  2. I’m excited to read this next installment in the Son’s of Shenendoah series. It’s on my Kindle and the next read on my list. Congratulations Kathleen! I’m so excited and proud of you 🙂


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