Summary: When a rusty old tin box is unearthed at the Covington Homestead, longtime housemates Grace, Amelia, and Hannah discover that it contains letters and diaries written by two Civil War soldiers, one Union and one Confederate.
The friends are captivated by the drama revealed. The soldiers were found dying on a nearby battlefi eld by an old woman. She nursed them back to health, hiding them from bounty hunters seeking deserters. At the end of the war the men chose to stay in Covington, caring for their rescuer as she grew frail. But while their lives were rich, they still felt homesick and guilty for never contacting the families they'd left behind.
Christmas is coming, and the letters inspire Amelia with a generous impulse. What if she and her friends were to fi nd the two soldiers' descendants and invite them to Covington to meet? What better holiday gift could there be than the truth about these two heroic men and their dramatic shared fate? With little time left, the ladies spring into action to track down the men's families in Connecticut and the Carolinas, and to make preparations in Covington for their most memorable, most historic Christmas yet.
This book is actually part of a series, I didn't actually know that until I looked it up afterward, but there were only a few times I felt out of the loop while reading. The story was unique, I hadn't yet read anything quite like it before, I liked how this story was narrated in the present and lived in the past. The dialogue between the characters in the present seemed to fake and cliche to me and I disliked that part more than anything else. I enjoyed the friendship the two "former-enemies" shared most of all though. This book was just OK to me, a nice Christmas, read-once, kind of book.
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I give this book 3/5 stars. ★ ★ ★