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Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy Hepinstall and Becky Hepinstall w/ Giveaway

01_Sisters of Shiloh_CoverPublication Date: March 3, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Formats: Hardcover, Ebook
Pages: 256

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 Two Southern sisters, disguised as men, who join the Confederate Armyóone seeking vengeance on the battlefield, the other finding love.

The Hempinstall’s execute the setting with precision, the reader transported to the harshness, lurid and barbarous acts of the Civil War.

Quite a burning narrative. The dichotomy of the two sisters – hate, love, revenge, mercy, addled, clearheaded was a plus. The contrast added scope and a certain unpredictability to both narrative and characters. The reader is on edge as dark secrets are reveled at random, an element of surprise welcomed.

As much fondness as I felt for this book, I was let down by the lack of character development. We really don’t know much about Libby and Josephine “pre war.” I understand Arden is the quasi reason bringing them to war but their motivation failed to evoke emotion from this reader, I blame it on what felt like a rushed condensed abbreviation of circumstances. Each woman was so self absorbed they canceled out recognizing each other’s varied emotions, feelings, the sisterly bond of understanding divided and veered off.

The ending surprised me, I thought for sure it would have taken a different turn, the way it stands it is the calm after the storm leaving me pleasantly neutral. Brutal story of love and war slanting more towards war. Historical fiction fans, Civil War buffs will find this novel absorbing, graphic details bringing the cruelty of Civil War home.

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About the AuthorsAuthors and Sisters, Kathy and Becky Hepinstall

Kathy Hepinstall grew up outside of Houston, Texas. Kathy is the best selling author of The House of Gentle Men, The Absence of Nectar and Blue Asylum She is an award-winning creative director and advertising writer. She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California with her husband. Visit Kathy’s Blog.

Becky Hepinstall grew up outside of Houston, Texas. She holds a degree in History from the University of Texas in Austin, and currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, a Navy pilot, and their four children.

To enter to win a copy of Sisters of Shiloh please complete the giveaway form below. Open to US residents only. Ends 3/14/15

Sisters of Shiloh Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, March 3
Review & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Review & Giveaway at The Book Binder’s Daughter

Wednesday, March 4
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, March 5
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Review & Giveaway at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Friday, March 6
Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish

Saturday, March 7
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Monday, March 9
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, March 10
Guest Post at A Literary Vacation
Review & Interview at Books and Benches
Spotlight at Layered Pages

Wednesday, March 11
Review at Beth’s Book Nook

Thursday, March 12
Review & Giveaway at A Literary Vacation
Interview & Giveaway at Forever Ashley

Friday, March 13
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Monday, March 16
Guest Post & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf

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  1. griperang

     /  March 12, 2015

    Thank you for sharing and the chance to win. This book looks like a good one to me. I enjoy historical fiction books.


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