Between the Lines: I Shall Be Near to You


Erin Lindsay: I Shall Be Near to You

C. Andrews, Social Media Manager

Adult Fiction

Genre: Historical Fiction

Civil War




An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier’s letters home…  Rosetta doesn’t want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they’ll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she’s always worked by her father’s side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she’s told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier.
Rosetta drills with the men, prepares herself for battle, and faces the tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Fearing discovery of her secret, Rosetta’s strong will clashes with Jeremiah’s as their marriage is tested by war. Inspired by over two hundred and fifty documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is the intimate story, in Rosetta’s powerful and gorgeous voice, of the drama of marriage, one woman’s amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life’s challenges side by side.

I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe is a must-read Civil War historical tale. This is kind of book you absolutely cannot seem to put down, constantly curious about what will happen next. A strong-willed romance-driven character is right in the middle of the horrors of War, bringing us along with her. It’s not often we experience the Civil War from a woman’s perspective, as they were not to fight, making this book even more special. If you’re looking for an emotionally moving novel with historical aspects, suspense, romance, and more, this is the book for you!