Michael Phillips’ newest novel, The Soldier’s Lady, begins just after the Civil War when a racially-mixed Southern family adopts Micah Duff, a wandering Union veteran and educated black man, into their fold. Micah’s new friends, Mayme, Katie, and Emma, begin to share their faith journeys with him while in the background a conspiracy is brewing. As Micah shares Christ’s love with his new family, Emma’s former master plots to murder Emma and her son to cover up a scandal.
Although the book does have some excitement and good points, these are, unfortunately, few and far between. Several insignificant subplots trample the main plot, centering the novel on the characters’ emotions instead of their actions. Characters are well-developed, but the plot cannot display this character growth. For half of the novel, a pseudo-love triangle is the only thing supporting the storyline.
The novel does have a good message, but stretches on for far too long to be a worthy story. Younger teen girls might enjoy the book’s characters but will be disappointed with its thin plot. – Jennifer Opperman, Christian Book Previews.com
When a wounded buffalo soldier rides into town, life around Rosewood changes in ways Katie, Mayme, and Emma could never foresee. The soldier is an educated, spiritual man who turns heads and riles the local townspeople. Everyone at Rosewood is taken with him, but one young woman will be especially touched by his gentle presence. Through his encouragement, she will learn to recognize her value as a child of God...and as a lady.
On a nearby plantation an ambitious man plans to do away with evidence of his past indiscretions. Can the Rosewood family save the life of one it holds dear? Or will they be too late?
HAS THE PAST FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH HER?
WILL LOVE BE ENOUGH TO SEE HER THROUGH?