I Shall Be Near to You
by Erin Lindsay McCabe
Praise For This Book:
"“McCabe has created a tough, realistic woman who is equally committed to being a good soldier and a good wife. I Shall Be Near to You is both a poignant love story and a gritty war experience, and is highly recommended.” —Historical Novels Review

“A beautiful and powerful story that offers a rare perspective on those who fought in the Civil War…Following a pair of newlyweds, so brave and loving and committed, navigate the horrors of war is heart-wrenching. In her deceptively simple prose, McCabe has delivered an unforgettable, haunting and well-researched take on history that has a rightful place on bookshelves next to the most timeless and celebrated of sagas.” —Free Lance-Star

“A gripping story, and McCabe's writing gives it considerable impact; I Shall Be Near to You is a memorable addition to the literature of the Civil War.” —San Jose Mercury News

“I Shall be Near to You is one of the most enjoyable, thought provoking, well-written books I have read in a long time. . . The power of the story lies in the richness of character development, especially “Ross” Wakefield. The relationships and emotions are timeless. The historic details delivered a punch to the gut concerning the reality of war. I Shall be Near to You is everything the publishers claim—a must read.” —Civil War Courier

“A real gem…In the long, distinguished history of Civil War fiction, Erin Lindsay McCabe has presented us a book that might be for the ages. Her novel, I Shall Be Near to You, tells a passionate love story that moved me as much as I’ve been moved in years. Her heroine, Rosetta Wakefield, is as compelling a warrior as any that appears in Michael Shaara’s great novel about Gettysburg, The Killer Angels. Rosetta is a magnificent creation and lets us know that the people of the North had the same attachment to their land as any Southerner ever did. If you don’t like this book, you don’t like to read.” —Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Death of Santini

“Erin Lindsay McCabe has given us an unforgettable tale of the power of love and commitment over war and all that comes with it. She breathes life and heart into Rosetta, a young bride who struggles to find her own footing in a marriage too new to have much of a footing at all, as Rosetta chooses to follow Jeremiah into war and into what will prove to be the horror and the richness of a life lived in the fullest.” —Robert Hicks, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country

“Erin McCabe’s I Shall Be Near to You is a beautiful book, a historical novel inspired by the more than 200 women who disguised themselves as men to serve in the Civil War. It is a touching, emotional story that reminds us that in different times and in entirely different circumstances, we are all fighting for the same things.” —Vanessa Diffenbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers

“I Shall Be Near to You marks the impressive debut of a truly gifted author. Erin Lindsay McCabe’s riveting story of a woman who disguises herself as a man to follow her husband into the Union army enthralls even as it wrenches the heart.” —Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and The Spymistress

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