This article was in the Nov. 19, 2017 Sunday Life Section of the Akron Beacon Journal
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Jessica Beecher, last seen in Cuyahoga Falls author Laura Freeman’s historical romance Impending Love & Lies,
survived working as a nurse on the Antietam battlefield with Clara Barton.
Now, in Impending Love & Capture,
Jess is in Virginia delivering medical supplies but dreading her destination, because when she arrives she plans to refuse the proposal of her longtime beau.
Later, returning through Pennsylvania, she stops to help a wounded Union soldier and is shocked to learn that he is an uninjured Reb.
The man takes her prisoner to tend to his sister, who has been accidentally shot as she served in boys’ clothes as his aide. The soldier, Maj. Morgan Mackinnon, tells Jess she must pose as his wife for her safety in the Confederate camp.
Jess comes to like the girl Tootie, and becomes conflicted about her feelings for Morgan when she learns that he attended West Point with her brotherin- law Blake. Morgan wanted to be an engineer, not a soldier. Their sham marriage develops into a real romance.
As in the three previous books in the series, the Beechers’ hometown of Darrow Falls is reminiscent of nineteenth-century Stow and Peninsula. Impending Love & Capture
(354 pages, softcover) costs $16.99 from Wild Rose Press. Laura Freeman will sign Impending Love & Capture
from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 North Main Street, Hudson, as part of the annual Home for the Holidays event.