Brave Enemies

Brave Enemies

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Workman Press.
As the War for Independence wore on into the 1780s, unrest ruled the Carolinas. Settlers who had cleared the land after the Cherokees withdrew were being mustered for battle as British forces pillaged their hard-won farms. Robert Morgan's stunning novel tells a story of two people caught in the chaos raging in the wilderness.

After sixteen-year-old Josie Summers murders her abusive stepfather, she runs away from home disguised as a boy. Lost in the woods, she accepts a young preacher's invitation to assist in his itinerant ministry. Eventually her identity is revealed and affection grows between the two. But when the preacher is kidnapped by British soldiers, Josie disguises herself once again and joins the militia in a desperate attempt to find him.

Brave Enemies is a page-turning story of people brought together by chance and torn apart by war—a story of enduring love and of the struggle to build a homeland.


Baker & Taylor
Disguising herself as a boy after killing her abusive stepfather, Josie Summers meets and marries the Reverend John Trethman, a young Methodist minister, but when her husband is kidnapped by British soldiers, Josie once again dons her male disguise to join the North Carolina militia and to find her husband. BOMC, Lit Guild, Doubleday, & QPB.

Blackwell North Amer
Only sixteen years old, Josie Summers murders her abusive stepfather and, wearing his clothes to disguise herself as a man, flees the family farm. Almost immediately lost in the snowy woods, she accepts a young Methodist preacher's invitation to assist in his itinerant ministry. When Joseph's true identity is revealed, the Reverend John Trethman is racked with guilt at having shared his home with a young woman and then falling in love with her. His solution is to marry Josie, performing as both minister and bridegroom. Not long after their wedding, John is kidnapped by British soldiers and forced to minister to their wounded and bury their dead. Josie again disguises herself as a man and joins the North Carolina militia to avoid being taken for a spy. On January 17, 1781, in a wooded pasture called the Cowpens, Josie is gravely wounded in the patriots' victorious battle and despairs of ever seeing John again.

Baker
& Taylor

Fleeing the family farm disguised as a man after killing her abusive stepfather, Josie Summers meets and marries the Reverend John Trethman, but when he is kidnapped by British soldiers, Josie must risk her life to find her husband.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565123564
1565123565
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORGAN
FICTION MORGAN
Characteristics: 309 p

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Jul 26, 2017

I was very hopeful about this novel because of the plot, but it is not a very good book. The writing is awful. It is so bad in places that the reader can hardly understand what's going on, because the voice and tone are so bizarre. I can usually enjoy unique writing styles and can even sometimes overlook instances when the writing style gets in the way of the story, but the writing for this novel was so horrible I had to put it down. I wasn't ever interested enough to continue with it.

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