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Waiting for His Return

By Carrie Turansky


The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor falls in love with an injured artist-correspondent on assignment to cover the battles near Union occupied Nashville.

The year is 1864 and the Civil War rages on. British born James Galloway, a special artist for Harper’s Weekly, travels with the Union troops, sketching battle scenes to bring war news home to those in the North. It’s dangerous work, but he is committed to the Union cause. When he is captured along with the troops, he spends several months in a prison camp. Finally, he escapes and travels north, hoping to reach the Union lines, but a bushwhacker attacks him, steals his horse, and leaves him for dead on the road by the Thornton's home.

Rachel Thornton, a kind-hearted doctor’s daughter takes James in and nurses him while he recovers. Her feelings for James grow, but she has already lost one man she loves in the war. How can she give James her heart, when she know he may become another casualty.

This novellas was originally published in 2009 in A Blue and Gray Christmas and titled Though the Mountains Tremble. It was a finalist for the 2010 Carol Award.


Year Title Description
2010 ACFW Carol Award Finalist, novella category

Why the author wrote this book:

The Civil War was a very dramatic time in history. I admired the special artists who traveled with the troops, risking their own lives to bring the story of the battles home to those who waited for news of their loved ones.


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