Amelia St. John and Joshua Hawthorne fell in love at first sight. Separated by circumstance rather than ideology, they found themselves on opposite sides during the bitter Civil War. Amelia, persuaded Joshua no longer loved her, married another man.
Each struggled with their own private war. Joshua fought with the Union Army, surviving its bloodiest conflicts, while Amelia fought her war deep in the Confederacy. She battled starvation, sickness, and the death of her husband as she struggled to provide for her young son.
Throughout it all, Joshua carried a miniature portrait of his beloved Amelia, hoping one day to find her again and make her his. She, in turn, never forgot the dashing soldier who'd stolen her heart at the age of sixteen.
When the war ended, Joshua found Amelia, but the sweet first love they both remembered was gone. The carefree girl Joshua had fallen in love with was now a disillusioned, wounded soul, and a fiercely protective mother. The only male in her life she would ever allow herself to love was her son.
Could Joshua earn back Amelia's trust? Love is always full of possibilities.
Share this journey with the American branch of the St. John family.
Author and actress Sharon Drane is noted for her kazooing skills. But that's only scratching the surface of her many talents . . .
Sharon began dance lessons at two years of age. At age six, she appeared in her very first play. She got the part because the lovely little blue-eyed blond couldn't remember the lines. Sharon not only remembered her own lines but everybody else's as well. Thus began her directing career.
In her teen years, her dance school produced occasional specials on local television. She appeared as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, the lead in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. (She REALLY wanted to dance the witch, but she got stuck with boring old Dorothy.)
At the age of 16, Sharon's grandmother insisted on classical voice lessons. (read: Opera). Sharon studied voice for six years. Her range is Mezzo Soprano, since she'd have to be struck with an electric cattle prod to hit some of the notes in the high soprano arias, like Un Bel Di, her all time fave from Madame Butterfly.
A drama major in college, her standout was a production of Arsenic and Old Lace in which she played Aunt Abby. She also loved playing The Countess in The Women, in which she appeared as a platinum blond. She played Eulalie McKechnie Shinn in a Dallas production of The Music Man, and Bloody Mary in South Pacific where she sang the beautiful Bali Hai and Happy Talk.
Sharon's directing officially began in college where she directed Romeo and Juliet for her first project, and she has since directed roughly 25 productions.
Sharon's Star Trek fanfic has been published in several fanzines which led to writing SyFy stories and film reviews that were published. She now blogs at her Author & Pop Culture Diva blog, where she writes film, book, television, and music reviews, as well as "thought pieces."
Her other interests are her ShihTzus, everything about the state of Hawaii, Native American culture, art, jewelry, and spirituality.
A well told story, I enjoyed the progression of Amelia's character. ~hrhsophia
Awesome book!!!!! totally loved the story, characters, everything!!! ~nanetteraebrumfield