#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

A Dream Comes True!

On May 7, one of my biggest dreams will come true: my Civil War novel, THE YANKEE WIDOW, will be released in hardcover by Mira Books.

This is a big, sprawling rough-and-tumble brawl of a story, with strong characters and lots of research behind it.

In early July of 1863, as many of you will know, two massive armies collided in and around the small but bustling market town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The resulting 3-day battle was, of course, horrendous, with terrible casualties on both sides of the struggle.

Caroline Hammond is a farm-wife, with a young daughter and a husband away fighting for the Union side.  She’s a competent, hard-working woman, determined to preserve the farm (and that year’s crops), with the help of a free black man named Enoch.  The land has been in her husband’s family for several generations, and Caroline wants to keep the place running until Corporal Jacob Hammond comes marching home again.  If he comes marching home again.  Both Union and Confederate soldiers are killed, maimed or struck down by disease every day of the week, in huge numbers, and civilians are subject to raids by renegades, deserters and other outlaws.

Gettysburg is such a peaceful place that it’s hard to imagine it as a battlefield, this little gem of a city nestled in a lushly verdant, sun-washed countryside, but on July 1, 2 and 3, 1863, the fields ran crimson with blood; there were shrieks of pain, from men and from horses and mules, too.  The cannon-fire was so deafeningly loud that it was heard as far away as Philadelphia.  Just imagine what it would have been like for people like Caroline, just a few miles outside of town–soon, there will be hospital tents in her side yard.  She will work tirelessly, as so many of Gettysburg’s women did, tending the wounded, both friend and foe.  She will look into the true face of war, up close and personal, and she will stand her ground.

This book is not a glorification of war, full of gallant generals and battle strategies, but a study of the way ordinary people, primarily women, coped with such enormous challenges–and with the often nightmarish aftermath: nursing the fallen and dying with few, if any, medical supplies, burying the dead, human and animal, looking after homes and children and protecting property.  THE YANKEE WIDOW, to me, is a celebration of the human spirit and the power of common courage, faith, determination and compassion.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey into our nation’s turbulent past, with all its joy and sorrows, saints and sinners, valor and cowardice.  Come along, and meet a diverse group of characters–young Jacob Hammond, Caroline’s husband, far from home and grievously wounded, strong, wise Enoch, who is both friend and hired hand to the Hammonds, Jubie, the runaway slave, Captains Rogan McBride (Union), and Bridger Winslow (Confederate)–best friends since boyhood, and fighting on opposite sides.

I’ll have more to say about the book, and the Civil War in general, in coming days.  You’ll hear about my research, my motivation for tackling such an unwieldy subject, the sequel I am writing now, and the disturbing parallels I see between the political climate of then and the division and polarity we’re seeing now.

My message is the same as it would have been back then: We are ALL Americans.  We are all entitled to our opinions; good people have died to preserve that right.  We need to stop shouting each other down, cool it with the petty squabbling, roll up our sleeves, and get to work.  Remember: Together we stand, divided we fall.

‘Nough said.




42 comments to “A Dream Comes True!”

  1. Andrea Lammly
      · April 17th, 2019 at 3:25 pm · Link

    How wonderful to hear from you! Hope all is well and that spring is well underway in your part of the country.
    I can’t wait for your book to come out. I love historical fiction and have been looking forward to this book since you posted about your trips back to Gettysburg doing your research.
    How are all your furry friends at the ranch? Any new additions?
    Happy Wednesday!

  2. Pamela Devereux
      · April 17th, 2019 at 3:29 pm · Link

    Welcome back Linda. I’ve been waiting patiently for this book to come out. I remember you telling us of your travels to visiting the places for research. I love to read about our history.

  3. Joyce Thomas
      · April 17th, 2019 at 3:38 pm · Link

    I’ll be counting the days! The Civil War period has always been a favorite subject of mine and I’ve been to Gettysburg so I’ll be able to picture everything as I’m reading it. Glad to hear you’re already working on a sequel.

  4. Evelyn Baldwin
      · April 17th, 2019 at 3:38 pm · Link

    I have thought about you many day’s! Be glad when audio book comes on market! Certainly hope your spirit is much better than last mail. Prayers your health is better! I cannot read anymore due to jaw and hearing problems! Have to listen to audio books! Godspeed, Evelyn

  5. Evelyn Baldwin
      · April 17th, 2019 at 3:40 pm · Link

    I have thought about you many day’s! Be glad when audio book comes on market! Certainly hope your spirit is much better than last mail. Prayers your health is better! I cannot read anymore due to jaw and hearing problems! Have to listen to audio books!

  6. Deborah Nelson
      · April 17th, 2019 at 3:46 pm · Link

    I am elated at your news. I have THE YANKEE WIDOW on preorder and can hardly wait :wink:

    So happy to see and hear you back to work and thriving.

    Take Care…

  7. Monika Rogers
      · April 17th, 2019 at 4:04 pm · Link

    It is so awesome to hear from you. Can’t wait for the book. Have been waiting in anticipation as per your previous updates on all your research. Wishing you well and Happy Easter and happy spring

  8. Virginia
      · April 17th, 2019 at 4:36 pm · Link

    I am really looking forward to reading your book, love Civil War books so I can’t wait. Its really nice to hear from you again, its been a while. :-P

  9. Lois Rotella
      · April 17th, 2019 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, glad to see you back on your blog. I hope you are doing well. I am looking forward to reading this book. If was such a turbulent time in our history. There talk in our family that one of my great grandfather entered the war at the end when he was about 15 or 16. I can not confirm that. I agree about the time back then and our time now. We as Americans need to work together and do what needs to be done for all.

  10. Melaine Langi
      · April 17th, 2019 at 5:14 pm · Link

    I’ve already pre-ordered your book. Excited about getting. it’s great to hear from you again. I understand the last year and more has been pretty tough. God Bless

  11. Jeanne Krugielki
      · April 17th, 2019 at 5:19 pm · Link

    Very glad you are back. Hope your health is ok. Have been thinking of you. I agree with you about the times now. Too bad people won’t listen to other people with different views and think about it before they shout it down.

  12. Melaine Langi
      · April 17th, 2019 at 5:20 pm · Link

    Welcome back, Linda. I’ve have already pre-ordered your book. So excited about getting. I hope you are doing well and your health is good. I’ve really missed your blogs.

    Are you also working on another country/cowboy book? I think I remember reading some about one when you talked about the Civil Was series you were working on. I think I have everyone of your cowboy book series and singles. I love them!

  13. Evelyn Villanueva
      · April 17th, 2019 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Linda, I is so good to have you back! I missed you and wondered become of your Civil War saga!I am eagerly awaiting it!

  14. Charlotte Litton
      · April 17th, 2019 at 6:01 pm · Link

    Linda, it’s so good to hear from you. I can’t wait for The Yankee Widow and a sequel coming is exciting news. I’m looking forward to hear about your research,
    thanks for writing such great stories.

  15. Kathryn Riley
      · April 17th, 2019 at 6:01 pm · Link

    Welcome back! We’ve missed hearing from you.
    Looking forward to reading Yankee Widow!!

  16. Delores Hagen
      · April 17th, 2019 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Welcome back Linda!!!! Can’t wait to read the new book :wink: :lol:

  17. Jerri Brown
      · April 17th, 2019 at 6:57 pm · Link

    Congratulations you must be so excited and relieved to be finished with such a huge undertaking!
    I am excited to order it and get reading.

  18. Marcia White
      · April 17th, 2019 at 7:09 pm · Link

    I enjoy Civil War era history and have visited many battlefields and attended several reenactments including the one at Gettysburg. My gr. grandfather was a Captain in the 112th NY Volunteers. He returned home after the war suffering from eczema, rheumatism and, probably, what we now know to be PTSD (and did so for the remainder of his life). I am looking forward to reading this story, as I do all of yours, but this one really strikes a chord.

  19. Debbie Koziel
      · April 17th, 2019 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Hi Linda !
    Can’t wait to read your new book. I love visiting civil war battlefields and hope to visit Gettysburg soon.

  20. Debbie Matthys
      · April 17th, 2019 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read this book. I have read 62 books written by you and you are among my favorite authors. Keep them coming!!!!!

  21. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · April 18th, 2019 at 9:24 am · Link

    ‘bough said indeed! Once again you gallantly pull together an eclectic collection of characters who represent our neighbors, our friends, our families and ourselves and let us vicariously share their heartbreak and triumphs.

  22. Eugenia Riddick
      · April 18th, 2019 at 9:27 am · Link

    I thought I missed the release of this book. I have been looking for it. I am looking forward to reading your latest work. I have been attending class online, and I need a treat to look motivate me. May 7th will be here before I know it. My youngest daughter will graduate college on May 11th. It’s turning out to be an awesome month.

  23. Donna
      · April 18th, 2019 at 10:36 am · Link

    Hello Linda!! Glad to hear from you & I am happy your book is finally hitting the book stores. Can’t wait.

  24. Alison
      · April 18th, 2019 at 11:41 am · Link

    I can’t wait for your new book!! It’s so good to hear from you Linda! I hope all is well!

  25. Ann Bartholomew
      · April 18th, 2019 at 1:28 pm · Link

    I am SO glad your book is finished and you are corresponding again. The long months between blogs gave me pause to worry about you. I’m looking forward to May 7 and a new story to read! Many of us have ancestors who fought on both sides – all of them good men who had families who filled the gaps while they were away.

  26. Mary branham
      · April 18th, 2019 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Cant wait.love lindas books.

  27. Jeanne Corrigan
      · April 18th, 2019 at 3:24 pm · Link

    Linda you have surely been missed. But we are all looking forward to reading The Yankee Wife. I have always loved reading Civil War stories. Stay strong.

  28. Susan Bixler
      · April 18th, 2019 at 4:12 pm · Link

    Cannot wait!!! :-D I don’t live far from Gettysburg and we go there often. Loads of history in that town. This book is one I’m looking forward to reading. I have read nearly all your books and love them!

  29. Donamae
      · April 18th, 2019 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Welcome back! Awesome to hear from you. Can’t wait to read it

  30. Donamae
      · April 18th, 2019 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Welcome back! Awesome to hear from you. Can’t wait to read it hope it’s soon

  31. Barbara Lynn Lael
      · April 18th, 2019 at 10:57 pm · Link

    Glad to see another Civil War story come out. I met another Civil War author and was fascinated as he told me at his book signing that he did the project because he was a teacher. I’m retired and doing lots of reading. Thanks Linda! I know I’ll love it. Love you Cousin! Barbara Lynn Lael 509 680 7799 Let’s do lunch!

  32. Fran F
      · April 18th, 2019 at 11:39 pm · Link

    I am looking forward to reading The Yankee Widow. I have never been to Gettysburg, but have read stories about the area in the past.

    I agree with your comments about “enough is enough” already.

  33. denise smith
      · April 19th, 2019 at 2:22 am · Link

    my great, great, great, and maybe another great grandparents live on the battlefield in new market virginia. she doctored the soldiers both union and confederate. robert e. lee is an ancestor of mine!!! :-P :-P :-P :-P

  34. midge watkins
      · April 19th, 2019 at 2:25 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m so excited and proud for you! I’ve had this book
    preordered for some time and it’s almost here. I know you
    have put your all into this series and I think all of your
    blog buddies agree when I say OORAH!

  35. Juanita
      · April 19th, 2019 at 9:09 pm · Link

    Thumbs up and many hugs!

  36. Nikki Hiatt
      · April 22nd, 2019 at 2:48 pm · Link

    Dear Linda – SOOOOOO glad you are feeling better and have gotten to a much awaited civil war book. I know you have been working and researching on it for some time. Thank you for all the happy hours of reading and ‘time traveling’ that I so enjoy. No one tells it like you do – I read other authors at times but I always think “I’d rather be reading Linda!”
    Lots of love to you and yours.

  37. Joann Quijada
      · April 25th, 2019 at 9:32 pm · Link

    Good evening Linda
    Wow I cannot wait for May 7th and the release of your new book. I have kinda been lost waiting for a new one because I am so used to reading one after another. I did pull some off my book shelf to re-read but also took the time to read from some new authors. My heart lies in your wonderful books though. So glad to have you back. Thank you

  38. Ida Cunningham
      · April 28th, 2019 at 11:50 pm · Link

    So glad to see you back again Linda, have missed hearing from you. New book sounds great. Welcome back to my newsfeed!!

  39. Donamae
      · May 5th, 2019 at 6:36 pm · Link

    Good to hear from you. I can hardly wait to read this book.

  40. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · October 1st, 2019 at 4:16 pm · Link

    I really like The Yankee Widow. But I love love love Mojo Sheepshanks. What is the possibility that we will hear from her again?

  41. Tina Ising
      · October 24th, 2019 at 11:16 pm · Link

    Will or when will there be a sequel to the Yankee Widow. I love this new family. I want more

  42. Bethann Schrader-Giancarlo
      · December 22nd, 2021 at 8:48 am · Link

    I loved the Yankee Widow! You teased a sequel in your last message. Do we get to see it? So hoping we do and it is soon!

    Thank you,

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