03 June 2014

Noela Nancarrow reviews 'THE OFFICER'S DAUGHTER' by Marian Baay

The Officer's Daughter
Helping Hands Press (May 29, 2014)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****


Love and Secrets on the Battlefield

We know war is brutal and often void of hope and life. But Marian Baay’s Civil War romance, ‘The Officer’s Daughter’, brings a burst of light to the dark ugliness of the Civil War. In this highly engaging novella, we read of a sweet and unexpected romance found on the battlefield – the last place one would ever imagine to find love!

Colonel Brady, having long lost his wife, brought up one of his six sons and his only daughter mostly without a woman’s influence. Is it any wonder the daughter was very much a tomboy? When her father and brothers departed to fight in the war, she was left behind and alone. So she did what any tomboy would do in that situation; she sold the farm animals, donned a disguise, and joined the army as well!

Captain Andrew Burns discovers the truth of the incognito soldier in his regiment but is smitten by her charms and dark, glittering eyes, and concedes to keep her secret. However, when a safe assignment goes awry for this soldier and Corporal Shane Dean, it’s not only her secret that’s in danger, it’s her very life.

Marian Baay has written an arresting story that wrapped me in the lives of these characters. Truly captivating, it is simply not a story you can lay down until it’s finished. Located in Nashville in the year 1864, ‘The Officer’s Daughter’ gives us a glimpse into some of the trials and battles of this heartbreaking war. It also provides a beautiful tale that gifts hope and life. I can’t wait to read more stories from my newest favorite author!

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This e-book may be purchased through Amazon.

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GIVEAWAY: We are giving away 2 copies of 'The Officer's Daughter' with this review! Leave a comment and your e-mail to enter!!

55 comments:

  1. I feel so blessed that you enjoyed The Officer's Daughter and am very thankful for the wonderful review you have written, NOELA! You really made me want to read my own story ... well, maybe I should! :D

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    1. You are very welcome MARIAN; I thoroughly enjoyed reading your fabulous story!! And I'm so glad you liked the review too! Btw, you def should read your story... Would you like to try and win a copy?? ;)

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    2. You girls just made me LOL. I needed that. :D

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  2. Such an interesting story line. Such a brave woman to enter a war during that era or any era. Or a man. Very curious how this story plays out! I am very intrigued!
    Nancycooks4u(at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. How right you are NANCY; they are all incredibly brave men, and women!! And you're also correct that this is a fascinating and intriguing story! :) You're in with a great chance to win Nancy, but I encourage you and everyone to purchase a copy from Amazon if you don't win, as they are only .99c - an incredible bargain for this amazing story!

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    2. Anyone who joins the army to fight is brave indeed, Nancy! Good luck in the drawing!! :)

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  3. Im very curious with this book, sounds very good!! Cant wait to read it!
    pat.maia@hotmail.com

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    1. I'm so thrilled to have spiked your curiosity with the talented Marian Baay's story, PATRICIA! You won't be disappointed I can assure you!

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    2. Thank you, Patricia. I hope you will enjoy it when you get a chance to read it.

      And thanks, Noela, for your continuing words of encouragement!!

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  4. Excellent review, Noela. I've read An Officer's Daughter. It is a unique and compelling story. My congrats to Marian for a job well done! Joy Ross Davis

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    1. I agree with you, Joy -- Noela did an excellent job on this review. And I'm glad to hear you enjoyed reading it too! Thanks. :)

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    2. Thank you JOY! I applaud Marian along with you on such a fine job with her story!!

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  5. My husband is such a Civil War buff, I feel like I've seen every battle fought in it, but romance in the war? This sounds like a provocative story! Thanks Noella, for the great review, and Marian for writing book two. Book one is by Carrie Pagels, correct? I've ordered it and will have to have yours, too! Can't wait to read them! :)

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    1. Thank you, Caryl. I hope you will enjoy the books! :)
      Carrie wrote the first volume in last year's Civil War series that was set in 1863. I have written the second volume in this year's Civil War series that is set in 1864. I have also written another Civil War romance last year called Heaven Is Not Far. You can find both books on Amazon.

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    2. Thanks CARYL! Have fun reading these amazing Civil War stories!! With all the horrors of war, it was so nice to read not only a suspenseful tale, but one with a sweet romance in it as well... And Marian accomplished an excellent execution with her story!!

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  6. Marian,
    You did a beautiful job on this book, the design of the cover is outstanding and when I went to read about the book I was so interested and wanted to keep reading. I love war stories that keep you on edge. Thank you.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, DANIE! Blessings.

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  7. NOELA, this is such an outstanding review. It makes me want to read the story again! I guess I will! A really wonderful story, Marian, that made me smile with um....some of the characters antics. Loved it!

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    1. Glad to hear you loved the story, DIANA. It was lots of fun to write it, esp. because the characters are based on real life friends, as you know... :) Yes, you should read it again!! :D

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    2. Thanks DIANA!! :) Marian's wonderful story elicited a fair few smiles out of me as well I have to say... ;)

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  8. Congratulations on your new short story's release, Marian! Am looking forward to reading it myself! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. Hope you will enjoy it. :)

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    1. Thank you! If you'd like to be entered in the giveaway, then please leave your email addy.

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  10. I have previously read Heaven Is not Far (it was GREAT!) so I would love to win The Officer's Daughter!

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    1. Thanks Katherine. I hope you will enjoy The Officer's Daughter as well. All the best in the drawing! :)

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  11. What a wonderful review! The book sounds like a great winner and I would love to be one too. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Melanie! We're going to enter you. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks MELANIE! And yes, this one's definitely a winner! :) All the best!!

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  12. This sounds like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. It surely is SUSAN, and you're welcome for the chance! All the best with your entry!

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    2. Thank you for stopping by and entering, Susan. Good luck!

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  13. This looks like a good book! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    Aerykah
    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. You're welcome AERYKAH, and yes it is a great book and a very enjoyable read!! :)

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    2. Thanks for your interest and good luck, Aerykah!

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  14. A wonderful review thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about Marian's wonderful story, MARY!

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    2. I agree - a GREAT review! :)

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  15. Great review NOELA! I am so proud of our MARIAN and her wonderful books! :-)

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    1. Thanks TERESA! I'm super proud of our Dutch wonder as well!! Such a talented girl!

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    2. Aww...thank you for your kind words, ladies. :)

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  16. Great review. I would love to read Marian's book! Sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read Marian's story soon SONJA, you'll love it!! Thanks! :)

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  17. Noela--great review and what an intriguing idea for a Civil War story. I can't wait to read it.
    Vicki

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    1. I hope you will enjoy the story, Vicki!

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    2. Thanks VICKI, and I fully agree about the intrigue aspect... It certainly piqued my interest!

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  18. Congrats on another book release, Marian! Sounds like a winner :)

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    1. Thanks for coming by ANNE! Marian's book is a winner for sure!! :)

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  19. I would so love to win this civil war romance! It sounds excellent! Thanks for the contest and the review! Mary Lou
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Wishing you all the best with your entry MARY LOU, I think you'd just love it!! We appreciate your thanks too!

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    2. Glad it piqued your interest, Mary Lou. Blessings!

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  20. SO enjoyed your review, Noela - beautiful, as always!!

    Congrats, Marian!! I love the story line of "The Officer's Daughter" and love the setting also - I lived in Nashville for 5 years!!
    I have already purchased your wonderful book, haven't had a chance to read it yet - but certainly looking forward to doing so!!

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