When Carrie Ann Bell learns that her younger sister has run away with a traveling peddler, Carrie Ann knows that she must search for her, no matter that their home town is right in the middle of the fight for Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Already several years into the war, the town has been under both Confederate and Union control. Just last year Carrie helped care for some injured Union soldiers held up at the inn where she works for a pittance of a wage. It would be dangerous for Carrie to speak out in favor of the Union, but she can't embrace the Confederate cause either. Mainly she concentrates on caring for her two sisters and her mother, and wondering what has happened to their newspaperman father.
With help from a childhood friend (a Confederate soldier), Carrie disguises herself in an Union uniform and sets out across territory held by the Union. Quickly her plan falls apart and Carrie finds herself under arrest for impersonating an officer. When Colonel Peyton Collier turns out to be an ally, Carrie is swept up into the world of war and its strange allegiances; as Collier tries to find a safe place for her, Carrie finds that love and family do not always come from blood relatives. This is not a book of big battles, but focuses on the impact that couriers, spies, and those who travel between both sides had on the war's outcome.
Andrea Boeshaar, a Wisconsin author, has written many Christian and romance novels. A THOUSAND SHALL FALL is the first in a series set in the Shenandoah Valley. I received a copy of this novel from Litfuse for my honest review.