05 June 2014

Teresa Mathews Reviews The Officer's Daughter by Marian Baay


Helping Hand Press

A Civil War Story With a Serving of Sweet Romance

Once again I am thrilled beyond words to have had the pleasure of reading the latest book by Dutch author Marian Baay. This tale takes us back in time to 1864 where we meet up with the 10th Minnesota Infantry camped outside Nashville, Tennessee awaiting word of their next battle.

Andrew Burns, Captain in the 10th Minnesota Infantry is a man that takes no nonsense from the men that serve under him. Most of his men respect him for helping fight this cause even though he was born in Canada but there are a few that give him trouble. One that troubles him in particular is Private Calvin Mitchell; there seems to be something different about that boy.

Private Calvin Mitchell is not at all what "he" seems to be and "he" hopes that no one has to know the secret "he" is keeping under wraps! What's a girl supposed to do when all of her family has deserted her because of this horrible war?  When her youngest brother left her to join the fight, she decided to put on the facade of a young boy and charge into the face of the enemy too!  She hopes she can keep up this front; she is getting a lot of taunting from the other soldiers for her shyness, good thing they don't know the truth! Everything is going well until she is slightly wounded in battle.

When Captain Burns confronts Calvin about refusing to remove his shirt for treatment, he just thought the youth was awkward and shy, never once did he imagine there was a beautiful girl under those baggy clothes! Calvin tells the Captain she is an officer's daughter, but she refuses to disclose her name or who her father is and she begs him to keep her secret. Reluctantly Captain Burns agrees, until the day Private Mitchell is sent on a simple errand with another soldier and doesn't come back. Could it be true that Private Mitchell is dead? Andrew has to find her...she can't be dead; not the beautiful nameless woman that has haunted his dreams since that fateful night when he discovered her secret!

This is a story that easily wove its way into my heart; I found I couldn't put it down until I had devoured the last enthralling word. If you are looking for a truly engaging story then look no further, this is the one! Thanks Ms. Baay, for another story that has found a place in my heart!


GIVEAWAY: We are giving away two copies of this great story! Leave a comment and your email and you might be one of our blessed winners!

You can purchase this story along with Marian's first story




27 comments:

  1. Thank you TERESA for this fantastic review. Yay! :)

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    1. The pleasure was definitely all mine!! :-)

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful review. I so want to read this book. I love historical fiction, especially ones about the Civil War. Thank you for this chance to win a copy. ~ Blessings ~ lisastifler(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. Good luck.

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  3. I just love your reviews Teresa! :) Like yourself, I'm a HUGE fan of this talented Dutch author, and I can hardly wait to read her next one!! :-)

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    1. Ha ha! Love you, silly Aussie. :-) and love T's reviews too!!

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    2. NOELA there does seem to be something about THIS Dutch Author that makes us love her!! :-)

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  4. Thanks for your awesome review, TERESA! I, too, enjoyed this heartwarming story by Marian Baay!

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    1. Thanks, Diana. Your first response after reading was priceless!!

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    2. Thanks GF!! Yes this really is a heartwarming story and some parts are even a little tantalizing!! hehehe

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  5. The Officer's Daughter sounds like a great story! I would never have the courage to try something like that--LOL!
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Isn't it great when an author takes you on a journey that you would never go on in real life? Good luck, Kay!

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    2. KAY you know I have always thought I should have been born in the Civil War era but I'm not sure I could have done what "Calvin" did! I think I might be more of a Scarlett O'Hara except I wouldn't let Rhett get away!! ;-) lol

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    3. I guess I would have tried to join up - or else it would have been difficult to write Calvin's part of the story, I think. :)

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  6. Congratulations on your new release, Marian! Nice review, Teresa!

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    1. Thanks CARRIE Dahling! Aren't we proud of our sweet Dutchie?

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    2. Thanks, Carrie! and Teresa! :)

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  7. Another great review of Marian's book--great job Teresa! I'm so excited for Marian--it motivates me to keep working on my own. Dreams really can come true. This reminds me, that while I'm sitting here in a hotel lobby waiting for my hubby to call the hotel & give me permission to check-in--this would be a good time to bring up Marian's book & read it, so I can write a review on it too... ;-)
    Vicki

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    1. Yes, this is a great review, Vicki - I agree! :) Hope you will have fun with Captain Burns and Private Mitchell. :)

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  8. Thank you for a great review and giveaway. This book sounds like a winner to me and I would sure love to be one too.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. So happy to hear that, Melanie. All the best in the drawing!

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  9. Thank you for your great review. I'm going to love this.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. MARY Thank You for coming by and I know you are going to love Marian's book!! :-)

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  10. This sounds like a great book. Thank you for the review.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Hi SUSAN, MARIAN has written a wonderful book! I hope you get to read it soon!! :-)

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  11. Thanks for another wonderful review of "The Officer's Daughter", Teresa!!

    I'm looking forward to finding out just how "Calvin" is able to conceal "her" identity among all those men during such close contact!! It should be quite interesting, as well as heart-warming!!

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  12. Thanks for the interview. I will genlookingbfor yhis book .

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