In the Shadow of Thy Wings (Ancient World #2) by A.M. Heath

In the Shadow of Thy Wings

About the Book

Devastation sweeps across the land, and the families of Maple Grove cannot escape when war arrives at their front doors. After her father entrusts her with a new and dangerous task, Sally Chandler must find the courage to obey despite her fear. Meanwhile, her best friend, Claire Harper, is determined to serve others, even if it means putting herself in danger. But with a certain handsome Union soldier stationed nearby, Claire finds her heart in danger of falling for the enemy. Their differing loyalties create complications that neither could expect; her twin brother fighting for the Confederacy is only one of them. Frank Harper left home with one goal in mind – to become a prosperous plantation owner. Two years later, not only is he further from his goal, but he’s beginning to question his own desires–something that becomes more complicated when his heart becomes involved. The families of Maple Grove must learn how to survive the uncertainty of war and a country split in two. While the war in the nation rages on, the battle within grows stronger. Will they learn that the only safe place to hide is in the shadow of Thy Wings?

*The Ancient Words Series is best read in order.

My Review

In the Shadow of Thy Wings is book two of the Ancient World Series and is as well written and thought-provoking as the first book, Where Can I Flee, was.

The saga of the Civil War picks up where book one ends, and we are again privy to the letters written by Claire and Frank.

Frank is beginning to question his “enthusiasm” for preserving the Southern way of life, and Claire is beginning to fall in love. Each of the twins is immersed in the horrific dilemmas many faced during this trying time in our country. The battles and the “fight” on the home front are richly illustrated, leaving you breathless at times.

As you read, you learn more and more about Frank and Claire, their father and their friends and come to care about them as if you personally knew them.

Heath has interwoven a story of faith and redemption in book two, also.

If you are an aficionado of the Civil War era and historical fiction, you will want to read both of these books. Even though the stories are labeled historical romances, the romance is secondary to the magnificent retelling of this turbulent time in our history.


Where Can I Flee (Ancient World #1) by A.M. Heath

Where Can I Flee

About the Book

War is on the horizon during the spring of 1861. It will be an event that will change the lives of everyone in its path. The Harper family included.

Frank Harper is a young man full of dreams and ambitions. Even when the country is split and war breaks out, Frank will do whatever is necessary to see his dreams come true, even when that means putting on a uniform and leaving home.

For the first time, Claire Harper is forced to consider the reasons behind such a conflict. Should slavery be abolished? Which side should she be on, and what does God have to say about this? Claire is torn between her own opinions and those of her family. The struggle within her only increases when she repeatedly runs into a kind and handsome Union soldier. She longs to see her brother turn to Christ before it is too late. Desperate to reach her brother with the gospel, Claire pens a series of inspiring letters. Will she be able to handle all the obstacles of war and continue to be a witness to those around her?

How long can Claire last when her heart is torn in half and she is burdened for her brother’s soul? How long can Frank resist his sister’s urgent pleas or the gentle tugging from within? Can a man outrun a holy God?

My Review

Where Can I Flee is the debut novel by A. M. Heath and is a richly comprehensive novel of life during the Civil War. The research needed to write the story must have been mind-boggling. However, Heath was able to convincingly convey a tale full of the pain, struggles and suffering experienced by everyone during the war.

Claire and Frank Harper, twins, have been best friends their entire lives. When the War Between the States begins, Frank, wanting to preserve the Southern way of life (to include slavery), enlists, leaving Claire bereft.

We learn of the horrors, deficiencies, and hardships the soldiers endure through letters exchanged between Claire and Frank, letters so well written you feel as if you’re in the midst of the battles yourself. Even though there are horrific scenes, the faith and love of God are portrayed throughout and give a compelling look at redemption and forgiveness.

Anyone who reads and enjoys books set during the Civil War is sure to appreciate and savor the richness and detail of Where Can I Flee and would surely want to read and own a copy.