Beyond the Wood (paperback) Michael J. Roueche
Intrigue, love, treachery and forlorn hope amid a small rebellion
Romance has faded, and shame has weakened resolve. Mystery has shrouded the truth, and pride has matured into a world enveloped by rage and war.... And the only constant is betrayal--and at times he is your sole companion. Yet, hope still lingers . . .
Hank, a soldier for the Union, refuses retreat from his first bloodied action without proof he has been there, and he takes it from a dying enemy. Fed by the compassion he finds in the Confederate's last letter and his own unsettled dreams and troubling memories, Hank imagines a romance that drives him relentlessly toward an impossible rendezvous.
All the while, Elizabeth, the widow, struggles with burdens left by her husband, even as her neighbors conspire against her. And what is she to make of this Union soldier, this enemy, so set on coming to her?