Civil War-era historical fiction has always interested me and this was based on a topic I knew very little about. I had no idea that so many women dressed themselves as men to fight for both the North and the South. In I Shall Be Near to You, Rosetta follows her new husband after he leaves in the early morning hours to join the Union Army. Jeremiah assumed that leaving without saying goodbye face to face would be the easiest thing to do but instead his letter of goodbye drove Rosetta to cut her hair, sew clothes for herself that would allow her to masquerade as a man, and change her name to Ross Stone. Growing up as the eldest daughter of a man who wanted nothing more than a son Rosetta learned how to work just as a hard as a son would have. It wasn't in her nature to sit at home praying her husband would return someday. She knew should could march, fire a gun, and help watch after Jeremiah while earning her pay as a soldier. What happens once Rosetta catches up to Jeremiah and their friends and he discovers what she's done begins a cascade of events that made me keep reading and reading. If you enjoy historical fiction you'll love this book!
If you'd like to read more about the book you can do so here and if you want to get to know Erin Lindsay McCabe better you can do that here!
I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.