Serena Miller's historical fiction novel, "The Measure of Katie Calloway" is a must-read for everyone who enjoys historical romance! A new author to me, Miller drew me into the story and I am hoping she comes out with many more novels!
Katie Calloway is living a difficult life being that she is a Yankee married to a Confederate who has returned home from fighting in the Civil War to find his home destroyed. Suffering from the emotional and physical abuse from Harlan was one thing to deal with, but when Katie discovers that Harlan is trying to kill her she decides she must run away. Katie flees with her little brother Ned who is in her care to a place where she knows Harlan will not look for her, Michigan. Katie bakes an apple pie and is offered the job of being a cook, but not just a cook, a cook at a lumber camp. Changing her name to Katie Smith and hiding her past Katie begins a whole new life and gains self-respect and courage along with this new life. However, Katie is also being to love her employer, Robert, but she is still legally married. In the midst of trials and also joy Katie and Robert must both face their pasts, lean on God and begin to heal.
This book is very well-written and is so enjoyable to read. The characters are all so real and I felt like I was at the camp with them. There are just enough twists to the story keeping it interesting and the story moves along at a good pace, although I did not want the story to end as I wanted to keep on spending time with the characters. The time period is so vividly portrayed and although I have read many books set during the civil war and right after, I have never read a book quite like this as it is set mainly in a lumber camp. Everything about this book was well done and just an excellent book overall!
“Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”