05 April 2013

Teresa Mathews Reviews Return To Shirley Plantation by Carrie F. Pagels



Return To Shirley Plantation 
by Carrie F. Pagels

Helping Hands Press  2013

Reviewed by Teresa Mathews

5 Stars *****


In this engaging Civil War Novella Carrie Fancett Pagels takes us back to the year 1862 where the battle between the states rages on.  So many men were taken from their families never to return again, some were even forced against their will to fight for a cause that was not their own. Such was the case of Matthew Scott, a young man that headed a very successful Theatrical Group in Ohio.


The Shirley Plantation in its hey-day is a beautiful place with well treated slaves. Now that war has come to its doors, the Confederate Army is using it for a hospital for the wounded and the woman are being forced to tend the dying soldiers. When a wounded soldier brings a message from one of their own, they are relieved to hear good news.

Matthew Scott was horrified to find that he, the son of a prominent Copperhead had been viciously conscripted into the Confederate Army. Matthew never wanted to fight in this war, but now it seems he has no choice. After being wounded Matthew is sent to Shirley Plantation and there he meets the most beautiful angel of mercy he has ever seen. Would it make a difference in the way he feels if he knew her secret?

Angelina Rose is staying at Shirley Plantation under the guise of being the widow of a Carter relative.  Even though she is a former slave to look at her no one would guess she is of African descent. Angelina had a job awaiting her as a seamstress in Ohio with a Theatrical Group but she couldn't bear to leave her sister's enslaved children behind. Even more she knows God has told her to wait. When the Confederate Army sequesters the Plantation to use it as a hospital, Angelina's hope to leave all but disappears. While helping the wounded Angelina meets a handsome soldier that seems to tug at her heartstrings. Will God use the unfortunate circumstances of a wounded man to bring about Angelina's deliverance?  

Wow! What a truly remarkable story from this new author. I sincerely enjoyed everything about it; it is so rich in history it shows that Ms. Pagels did a lot of extensive research for it. The setting of Shirley Plantation is a real place that survived the war and it's still around today. After reading this I'm convinced that I need to take a road trip to Virginia. Thank you Ms. Pagels for sharing this enthralling story with us, I am looking forward to reading more of your books in the future.

19 comments:

  1. This is one of the best reviews I believe you have ever written! I don't know if it's b/c I wrote one and mine pales in comparison, or if it's just that fantastic! I think both of the above, TERESA. I want to read this book all over again...seriously. A GREAT review of a GREAT book!

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    1. DIANA you should know how to make a girl feel good. Coming from the QUEEN of REVIEWS that's quite a compliment. This is a wonderful book and I know I am going to re-read it in the near future. Can't wait to read many, many more by Ms. Pagels in the near future! ;)

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    2. Makes me want to read it all over again and I wrote it and have read it for editing a bunch of times, lol! Thanks SO much, TERESA!!!

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  2. Great review! Makes me want to read it again! :)

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    1. DEBBIE thank you so much! You know it's a good book when you want to re-read it!

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    2. you are both so sweet--I hope I hear u both did re-read!!! hugs!

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  3. AWESOME review!! I just finished the book a few days ago. I LOVED IT !! Of course.. What a great debut novel by one of my favorite ladies. :-)

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    1. HI CAP'N sure is good to see ye here on OWG! CARRIE did a wonderful job on this and I can't wait for more to come. Thank Ye for stopping by!!

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    2. Ohhhhhhhhhhh!!!! This comment and ML's review really touched me!!! I posted it over at CQ! Thanks, ML!!

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  4. I have not read the book and certainly want to now! Great review!

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    1. BETZ thank you and I know you will LOVE this! Our very own CARRIE did a terrific job writing it, :)

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    2. You'll be getting a copy, Betty! And I'll be getting your package ready for this week. Lots of catching up to do! Blessings!

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  5. FANTASTIC review TERESA!!!! As Diana says, one of your best!! It's true that it does make it easier to write great reviews of the really awesome books doesn't it?!!

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    1. NOELA you are EXACTLY RIGHT!! Thank you Sissy!

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    2. Oh, that is so sweet, NOELA!!! Thanks!

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  6. What a wonderful review, Teresa! Very well done, girl. :)

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    1. My Goodness! Thank You MARIAN and CARRIE This book was so GOOD, I can't wait to read it again. :D

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  7. Well, I certainly need to hurry up and finish the book, I'm currently reading (A Light in the Window By Julie Lessman). I keep getting interrupted, and I am determined to finish it, before beginning another, but you guys are making it hard for me to wait for reading Carrie's book! ;-)

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