Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
ARC copy from St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley.com
General Phillip Sheridan, Union general, turns Cathy William’s world upside down the night he takes her as contraband to serve on his cook staff. This rough, spunky young slave woman has the grit and fortitude to survive this difficult period of the Civil War. From a long line of proud African women, Cathy Williams carves a place out for herself on Sheridan’s staff and makes her skills known. She listens and learns about the ways of military life during her time with the general and puts them to use.
With the end of the war, Cathy Williams becomes William Cathay, an enlisted Buffalo soldier with the Union Army. For two years she poses as a male soldier undergoing some harrowing treatment and brutal conflicts while shielding her gender. Along the way she falls in love with a fellow soldier and their story takes some interesting turns.
This novel is based on a real woman who joined the Army and served for two years. The storyline is intriguing and definitely keeps the reader’s interest. As with most historical fiction based on a real character, the author has taken some license in spinning her own version of Cathy William’s life during that time. Don’t miss this spirited, historical tale of a real flesh and blood woman who managed to pose as a woman for two years without discover.
This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.