About the Book:
In this stunning holiday story, a cache of Civil War-era letters and diaries sweeps the ladies of Covington up into a dramatic and heartwarming historical saga that inspires them to plan an unforgettable Christmas for two families forever changed by war.
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 find 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.
A Blue and Gray Christmas by Joan Medlicott was the first book I have read in Medlicott’s Covington Series and I found it to be a delightful read. Amelia, Grace and Hannah are vivid and likeable characters. In this novel, the three women are going through a box of letters left for over a hundred years, recently unearthed, from the civil war. The women so touched by the kindness in the letters between two injured men, one from the north the other from the south, Amelia comes up with a plan and soon the three women are decide to spread some Christmas love themselves by planning to make for a memorable Christmas by reuniting the soldiers families. Medlicott’s writing is quite vivid, delightful, and makes for a wonderful read. I cannot compare this novel to the others in the series as I have not yet read them, yet I feel A Blue and Gray Christmas makes for a delightful Christmas story.
Joan Medlicott was born and raised on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She lives with her husband in the mountains of North Carolina. Visit her website.
I received a free copy of A Blue and Gray Christmas by Joan Medlicott from the publisher. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.