Blue, Gray & Crimson: A Story of Civilian Courage at Gettysburg
Author: Sarah Kay Bierle
Foreword written by: Ted McCord
360 pages; historical fiction with religious themes; ages 10 +
Original Cover Artwork: Up At First Light by Cheryl Schoenberger, 2015. Used with permission. For additional works of fine art, please visit: cherylschoenberger.fineartstudioonline.com
Winner of an Honorable Mention for YA Fiction in the 2015 Southern California Book Festival
Details About The Story
“Blue, gray, and crimson,” she murmured, gazing upward. “I never thought those colors could be beautiful again.”
Though the Civil War is raging in America, fourteen-year-old Betsy Westmore and her family feel safe on their Pennsylvania farm, despite rumors of armies invading the state. But when these rumors hold more truth than originally believed, Betsy realizes her world is not as safe and peaceful as she imagined.
Distant gunshots quickly escalate to the deafening noise of artillery shells shrieking through the air as the Battle of Gettysburg unfolds near the Westmore home. With an older brother already serving in the Union army, Betsy had felt she already experienced enough of this war. Can she keep her promise to her brother with war on the doorstep?
Soon, Betsy’s safe haven is commandeered and converted into a field hospital where she and her family are forced to assist the wounded and dying soldiers. Betsy’s faith is tested by the startling circumstances. Can she still trust God in the midst of this terrifying battle and tragedy?
During the weeks and months following the battle, Betsy witnesses the aftermath of war, experiences loss, and is left with questions she cannot answer. At the end of autumn, she wonders if the important men coming to the dedication of Gettysburg National Cemetery will explain the reason for the recent battle. Will Betsy find a satisfactory purpose for the events she has witnessed?
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I found this book to be a real attention getter. The characters were real to me and I was amazed at the historical details of the civilian and military life of that time in American history… ~David Powell, 2nd US Cavalry Re-enactor
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I am enjoying your book and look forward to having you come to our Reading Group for a signing and discussion. My husband and I met at you two Reenactments this fall.
Thanks, Kathleen! It’s always great to hear from readers and I will look forward to speaking with your reading group. Perhaps I’ll see you at the Moorpark Re-enactment?
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Congratulations on this honor, Sarah!
The cover of your book is beautiful and I want to know what happens to her now!!! You should be so proud, runner up for best Historical Fiction AND David Powell endorsed it!!! That’s awsome Sarah
Thanks for your kind words. Just to clarify, David Powell who wrote the review is a Living History Cavalryman here in CA; not the same Dave Powell with Emerging Civil War. 🙂
Still rates great in my mind!!! You mention the person’s art who did your cover, are you friends? Just asking because that would be great for both of you!!! I usually buy my books about the 3rd, you I have me curious now is blue, gray & crimson available on Amazon or just on the blogs store? I only ask so I put it on my wishlist as a reminder next month purchased Lincoln’s Lieutenants by Sears (My favorite author in the East of all time) and Trudeau’s “Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency” and this months Civil War Times magazine with Chris Mackowski’s article on Stonewall’s relationship with his Infant and Last Blue & Gray they’ll ever print (David and Jason Roth treated me like gold and had best Battle & Your maps, sad they shutdown)…So that’s my “budget” for books this month, lol, that’s why I ask If I can Put you on next month’s wish list?
Yes, Cheryl Schoenberger is an award-winning artist, and I am blessed with her friendship. Yes, my books are available through Amazon. We are currently making a change in the distribution process, so it might be unavailable for a couple days – but it will reappear. (It’s the joy of behind the scenes book production.) If you’d like a signed copy, just order through Gazette665’s website; we have a safe and secure on-line store and work with PayPal for all our transactions.
That’s quite a reading list. Looks like you’ll have a fabulous summer gaining knowledge. 🙂
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