In Unwilling Warrior by Andrea Boeshaar, young Valerie Fontaine is a woman who comes back to her home in the Deep South after leaving boarding school during the Civil War. While struggling to cope with her mother’s death and trying to understand the controversy of slavery and war and political unrest, she meets a handsome photographer, Benjamin McCabe. Valerie and Benjamin’s relationship soon blossoms into a romance. But Valerie is shaken when she discovers a conspiracy in her family. They have been secretly working against the Confederates and there is a warrant for her arrest. She is caught in a dilemma: if she stays in the South where her family is wealthy and prosperous, she may have a chance to clear her name, but what good will that do if the South winds up losing the Civil War anyway? However, if she goes North with Benjamin, she will avoid being arrested but she will have to live with a family of very meager funds and very humble accommodations. She opts to go North and Benjamin helps her to escape to his family. Valerie trusts God as she escapes and tries to adapt from her upscale house to the McCabe’s small abode.
This story has an array of distinct individuals. Each deals with issues of personal values, national pride, family loyalty, and religious convictions. Boeshaar excellently builds her characters so the readers instantly adore (or hate) them. The dialogue is intriguing and the plot is compelling to follow. The Civil War setting gives the story an interesting dimension that will appeal to young adults and teens. This book would make a great addition to any school, church, or personal library. – Molly Anderson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
When now motherless Valerie Fontaine leaves finishing school in Virginia to be with her grieving father in New Orleans, she doesn't expect his cold reception or the duty of tending to a stranger her father had invited as a house guest. Photographer Benjamin McCabe is equally surprised. But it doesn't take long for their lives to intertwine when it becomes obvious her father is involved with something dangerous and agrees to her unwilling engagement to a man she despises for good reason. Add in a spinster woman determined to marry Ben and a host of other complications, and Unwilling Warrior becomes a novel the reader cannot put down.