Author : Ann Nolder Heinz
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9789395131056
Publisher : Rochak Publishing
Pub.Date : 2022
Price : $20

Dr. Gwendolyn Pickering has a fierce passion for helping society’s most vulnerable, a passion that led her to become one of America’s earliest female physicians. The same protective instinct has prompted her to accept the marriage proposal of a sensitive but damaged artist whose self-destructive actions have brought him to the brink of ruin and back again. Now the Civil War is raging, and he is fighting in Virginia as a first lieutenant in the Union Army. When Gwen receives word that he has been captured and is being held as a prisoner of war in Richmond’s notorious Libby Prison, she vows to rescue him and bring him home.

Meanwhile, the commander of Union troops in Virginia, General Benjamin Butler, is seeking to establish secret communications with a network of Unionist sympathizers led by Miss Elizabeth Van Lew, a Richmond lady of impeccable social credentials who has communicated her willingness to act as his spy. Miss Van Lew is also known for engineering escapes from Libby Prison. Gwen agrees to undertake General Butler’s dangerous mission as long as he gives her the freedom to also enlist Miss Van Lew’s help in freeing her fiancé.

What begins as a straightforward rescue mission soon transforms into a struggle for Gwen’s own freedom. With the war raging around her, she is forced into hiding while inimical forces seek to hunt her down. She must utilize every last ounce of her intellect and determination to navigate the seemingly endless barriers that appear before her. In the process, she discovers some important lessons about her own flawed nature as well as what it means to love truly and completely.

About Ann Nolder Heinz

I grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, where life flowed as deep and tranquil as the Cedar River that divided east from west. I was fortunate enough to be born into a family where books were collected and revered. My earliest memories are of the sublime pleasure to be had from reading, first cuddled next to my grandmother in her big overstuffed rocking chair as she read the children’s classics aloud, then curled up on my own as I graduated from story collections and Little Golden Books to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and finally to the contemporary and classic novels in my mother’s library. I was already a lifelong book junkie, the first step to becoming a writer.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington with a major in sociology. When I am not writing, I work as the office manager of my husband’s civil engineering and surveying firm. We reside in East Dundee, Illinois, where several “depots” on the Underground Railroad were said to have been located.

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