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Her heart sought shelter. Her soul found home. Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer's widow in order to have a roof over her Her heart sought shelter. Her soul found home. Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer's widow in order to have a roof over her head and a home for the child. Major Westley Remington has dedicated his life to serving his country. The Civil War has divided his family, torn his thoughts of glory, and left him with a wound that may never heal. Westley returns home on medical furlough to settle his father’s estate at Belmont Plantation, only to find his home is being run by a fiery and independent woman—one many believe to be his wife. Now he is faced with a conflict he’s never been trained to fight, and one she has yet to conquer.


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Her heart sought shelter. Her soul found home. Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer's widow in order to have a roof over her Her heart sought shelter. Her soul found home. Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer's widow in order to have a roof over her head and a home for the child. Major Westley Remington has dedicated his life to serving his country. The Civil War has divided his family, torn his thoughts of glory, and left him with a wound that may never heal. Westley returns home on medical furlough to settle his father’s estate at Belmont Plantation, only to find his home is being run by a fiery and independent woman—one many believe to be his wife. Now he is faced with a conflict he’s never been trained to fight, and one she has yet to conquer.

30 review for In His Eyes: A Civil War Romance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brices Mice Christian Book Reviews

    "My little dragon. Will we ever tame the fire on your tongue?" What an amazing romantic fire Stephenia H. McGee author of In His Eyes unravels before us. Ella Whitaker takes desperate and daring measures to insure a safe and secure life for herself and the newborn that she has saved from a life without love, but at what cost? McGee has uniquely blended two lives, two stories in a very unusual and charming way. The style of writing had a wonderful crossover from character to character, building em "My little dragon. Will we ever tame the fire on your tongue?" What an amazing romantic fire Stephenia H. McGee author of In His Eyes unravels before us. Ella Whitaker takes desperate and daring measures to insure a safe and secure life for herself and the newborn that she has saved from a life without love, but at what cost? McGee has uniquely blended two lives, two stories in a very unusual and charming way. The style of writing had a wonderful crossover from character to character, building emotional bonds that continued to reveal the depth and the strength that each one possessed. The story also presented the possibility of something a bit mysterious going on in the background with freedmen Sibby and Basil, as McGee quietly weaves events around this intense and passionate love story. I must say, the way that God is portrayed in the Ella's life is quite fascinating, and written in an extraordinary fashion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    I was drawn into Ella & Westley's story from the very first chapter. From the very beginning to the very last page, the story never lost momentum. With dynamic, realistic characters and colorful descriptions, I was more than just reading a story on a page, I felt like I was participating in the story. I laughed, I cried, and loved every moment. I hated to see it come to an end. Ella had a difficult, painful past and she struggled with feelings of inadequacy. She had to learn how God see's her, be I was drawn into Ella & Westley's story from the very first chapter. From the very beginning to the very last page, the story never lost momentum. With dynamic, realistic characters and colorful descriptions, I was more than just reading a story on a page, I felt like I was participating in the story. I laughed, I cried, and loved every moment. I hated to see it come to an end. Ella had a difficult, painful past and she struggled with feelings of inadequacy. She had to learn how God see's her, before she can learn to trust others. I think this is true for all of us. It is all to easy to let self-doubt cloud our vision and to forget who we are. We are His and we are loved. Westley grew-up with loving, accepting parents. He enjoyed an idyllic childhood. He had always been the strong, independent type. The injury to his leg quickly reminds him that he's not quite as invincible as he thought. He must first learn to accept that he needs help, not just from his fellow-man but also from God. I loved how this story seamlessly included the gentle reminders of God's love for us and the importance of our reliance upon Him, without coming across pushy or like you are reading a sermon. It's was ever so soft, just like a whisper. *Visit my blog: http://www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com for my full review (I received an ARC copy of this story from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    In His Eyes The premise of this story really intrigued me: an orphaned, homeless young lady who is given a baby and seeks refuge in the home of an alleged-dead Union officer. But you all know me and romances. I’m not a huge, huge fan of romance. And this was more or less a romance. There were other elements in the story: a hint of smuggling, a hint of taxes and keeping a home, and a hint of learning life as a plantation woman of the house. If all of these had been more than a hint, I probably wou In His Eyes The premise of this story really intrigued me: an orphaned, homeless young lady who is given a baby and seeks refuge in the home of an alleged-dead Union officer. But you all know me and romances. I’m not a huge, huge fan of romance. And this was more or less a romance. There were other elements in the story: a hint of smuggling, a hint of taxes and keeping a home, and a hint of learning life as a plantation woman of the house. If all of these had been more than a hint, I probably would have enjoyed the book much more. As it was, I really liked the first half—learning about Westley and Ella in their different lives and circumstances. When it got to the latter half, though, it was more of a full-fledged romance. So this emphasis on romance… there was a lot of emphasis on physical attraction, feelings, and all of the things in a romance that I just don’t care to dwell on (even going into the bedroom). So if you love romance of that type, this book will be for you. If, however, you’re more sensitive to romance and beyond, you may want to pick another post-Civil War book. For me personally, those elements kind of dampened my rating a little. The spiritual content was another lowered-rating element. At first, there were hints that this would be a strong spiritual themed book, as Ella began with seeking God’s direction then Westley was given a Bible to read and there was evidence that he didn’t trust the God his mother had. But it was more or less a book where the characters didn’t turn to God until something was beyond their control. Even then, there was a slightly different approach as Ella gleaned all of the help she needed from dreams—not from Scripture. I’m a little hesitant to endorse these because while the Bible portrays leadership by dreams, this was before we were given the entirety of Scripture to guide us. The danger would be when a dream would contradict Scripture. In this book, I didn’t notice any contradictions, but it was still odd to me. I try to find good qualities of a book to present in my reviews, but this just wasn’t my type of book. I realize that it may be for someone else, and if you like what I mentioned above, you may enjoy this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    It didn't take but a chapter to get me hooked on this storyline. The scenes where Ella tried to help the woman giving birth just astounded me. And then, to just take the baby and leave like she did, that took a lot of courage. I think that was what instantly drew me to Ella. Her bravery, her courage, and her willingness to do whatever possible to take care of that baby. She was really everything I wanted out of a heroine.  Then the storyline grew even more interesting with Ella pretending to be t It didn't take but a chapter to get me hooked on this storyline. The scenes where Ella tried to help the woman giving birth just astounded me. And then, to just take the baby and leave like she did, that took a lot of courage. I think that was what instantly drew me to Ella. Her bravery, her courage, and her willingness to do whatever possible to take care of that baby. She was really everything I wanted out of a heroine.  Then the storyline grew even more interesting with Ella pretending to be the "widow" to an officer of the war. What a unique storyline! As Major Westley made his way home I think I was both giddy and nervous for Ella. That is how involved I was with this book - I started feeling for them! That is what makes a good author, someone who can write in a way that pulls me in and connects me to the characters. I felt like I was at Belmont Plantation right along with Ella, Westley, Sibby and the rest.  Perhaps the best part of the story for me was the interactions between Ella and Major Westley. There was this unspoken chemistry and for the life of me I could not figure out why the characters couldn't see it for themselves. Or maybe they did and chose not to address it! Throughout the book you see glimpses of hope for them getting together and I must say it was the perfect way to write their story. Had they come together too soon, I really think it would have ruined the entire book for me. Ella had a lot of growing to do before she could find herself in a relationship. The dreams that she had were so beautifully written. Hats off to the author for including such a majestic way for God to speak to Ella. It spoke to my heart as well and gave me many great reminders!  All in all, you need to read this book. Today. Right now in fact. May you find beauty in it too. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    I couldn’t resist the premise of this novel. I mean, what would you do if you returned home from war to find a woman you’ve never met before—with a baby, no less—running your home and pretending she’s your widow? I had to know how the story played out! As it happens, there’s a lot more than that going on in this novel. Far from leaving the conflict behind, Westley is returning to his Southern home as the enemy—a Yankee soldier. Not only that, but his impostor wife has the support of his servants, I couldn’t resist the premise of this novel. I mean, what would you do if you returned home from war to find a woman you’ve never met before—with a baby, no less—running your home and pretending she’s your widow? I had to know how the story played out! As it happens, there’s a lot more than that going on in this novel. Far from leaving the conflict behind, Westley is returning to his Southern home as the enemy—a Yankee soldier. Not only that, but his impostor wife has the support of his servants, who seem to have secrets of their own, and to top it all off, if he can’t pay his late father’s tax debt, he may lose everything. Is it any wonder he’s keen to return to active service as soon as he can convince his superiors his medical furlough isn’t necessary? Westley and Ella don’t exactly hit it off in the beginning—after all, according to Ella, Westley is an insufferable Yank, and what else is Westley to assume except that Ella is an opportunistic woman of ill-repute—but the more they get to know each other, the more their initial assumptions change. I loved Ella’s strength and her passion, and I loved that Westley didn’t respond to her with knee-jerk reactions. I was always kept guessing as to how he was going to respond! The one aspect I wasn’t all that keen on was the fact that Ella’s spiritual growth happened through dreams rather than through reading the Bible or being nurtured by other believers. I’m not saying God doesn’t speak to people in dreams, but I do think spiritual growth needs to be based on more than that, and I felt that was missing here. Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading more from this author. I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Now, little impostor, we shall see what game you play." Major Westley Remington has barely survived the Civil War, being a Yankee officer while inheriting a large property in Greenville, Mississippi; returning home with a decided limp after suffering a nearly mortal leg wound. Reported as deceased, his appearance at Belmont causes quite a stir, especially upon learning that he has acquired a wife and newborn son during his long absence. Eleanor Whitaker took drastic measures to save herself, and "Now, little impostor, we shall see what game you play." Major Westley Remington has barely survived the Civil War, being a Yankee officer while inheriting a large property in Greenville, Mississippi; returning home with a decided limp after suffering a nearly mortal leg wound. Reported as deceased, his appearance at Belmont causes quite a stir, especially upon learning that he has acquired a wife and newborn son during his long absence. Eleanor Whitaker took drastic measures to save herself, and the newborn baby of a deceased acquaintance, when she fabricated a story about her marriage to Major Remington. It seemed the only logical thing to do at the time, but when her "husband" returns home, very much alive, her bravado is short lived, for the major is a force to be reckoned with. Afraid that once again, she will be forced to depend on herself for survival, she cannot help but be intrigued by the glimpses of kindness that Westley Remington exudes in her presence. What in the world is he going to do with her? Incredibly enjoyable to read, "In His Eyes" follows the hearts of two broken souls whose paths have taken very different routes towards a common destination. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Britney

    In His Eyes captivated me from beginning to end! The Civil War era is one of my favorites, so I relished the time period of this novel. Written with imagery and emotion, the historical events woven through the narrative bring Ella’s story to life. Brimming with drama and intrigue, I loved this wonderfully told romance and am eager to read more from Stephenia H. McGee! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anne Wise

    Authentic Feel of Reconstruction South Ever wondered what it was like to live in Northern Mississippi right after the civil war? Stephenia McGee’s writing puts you right there with characters you can really care about facing realistic difficulties as well as hard-earned joys. I love this author’s writing style which seems to improve with every book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Echols

    Well-written I enjoyed this Christian novel with its overall theme of doing for others. Left with a newborn after the death of his mother, Ella next seeks a wet nurse. She leaves behind a respectable, but not a desirable job, finds herself labeled as a harlot, an opportunist, and a deceiver, but stays focused on what was best for the infant. Part of the Christian theme was her learning who she was to God. The story is well-written, has suspense elements that kept me guessing, gave an indication o Well-written I enjoyed this Christian novel with its overall theme of doing for others. Left with a newborn after the death of his mother, Ella next seeks a wet nurse. She leaves behind a respectable, but not a desirable job, finds herself labeled as a harlot, an opportunist, and a deceiver, but stays focused on what was best for the infant. Part of the Christian theme was her learning who she was to God. The story is well-written, has suspense elements that kept me guessing, gave an indication of what Southerners faced during Reconstruction and had a satisfying ending.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    An excellent book This was an amazing book. It captured my attention from the first three paragraphs. I was in awe of the imagery that was presented and the dreams that Ella had. The scenes brought me to tears. The words spoken were straight from the Bible which made the scenes that much more powerful. I loved watching both characters grow into who they were meant to be and in their relationship to Christ. Highly recommend this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    In His Eyes This story touched my heart right from the first page. Ella helps deliver a baby from a woman of ill repute and then was asked to find a good home for him, but she has no way to feed him. Now she needs a wet nurse and his Mother told her to find Belmont Plantation and they would help her. So she has to find a way to get there and gets in all kinds of situations when she arrives. Federal soldiers are there, now what will she do? Very interesting! The Civil War is coming to an end and W In His Eyes This story touched my heart right from the first page. Ella helps deliver a baby from a woman of ill repute and then was asked to find a good home for him, but she has no way to feed him. Now she needs a wet nurse and his Mother told her to find Belmont Plantation and they would help her. So she has to find a way to get there and gets in all kinds of situations when she arrives. Federal soldiers are there, now what will she do? Very interesting! The Civil War is coming to an end and Westley is not even aware of it yet. He has been wounded and very sick. When he wakes up and realizes how long it's been since he was wounded he wants to go back to work and he is trying to build his strength daily. The army wants him to take more time off so he goes home to Belmont Plantation. He is in for a surprise when he gets into town. A very interesting story follows. The romance in the story is clean but also interesting. The characters are easy to love and I felt like I knew them. The plot made me want to keep reading and one night I did read until 3:30 in the morning and finished this book. It was that great! We see God's love for us and how at times we have to totally depend on Him. We also read about a miraculous scene that shows us the power of God. The author doesn't preach at us but shows us through the characters that God is for us and helps us throughout life if we just let him. At the end of the story in the historical notes the author lets us know what is fiction and what is actually real, which shows she did her research. I love stories that I know has been researched and you know things could have happened just like the book. If you've never read a book by this author, try her, and if you like historical fiction I think you will love this story. I received an advanced copy of this book and was under no obligation to leave a review. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate Joekel

    A lovely book I enjoy reading historical fiction and this book was a joy. I liked how Ella grew as a person throughout the book, how she began to remember the God that her mother loved, and introduced her too. The romance was good also. You will enjoy "In His Eyes"

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Bradley

    I began reading Stephenia McGee’s In His Eyes on my iPhone, meaning to only read a page or two. Three hours later I was still reading…on my iPhone! This book is that good. Ella Whitaker caught my attention and my heart. She showed such courage in taking the baby born to a dying woman to raise as her own when she had nothing, not even milk. Then when she played the part of Major Westley Remington’s wife, that sealed it. I had to see how the story ended. If you enjoy independent, plucky heroines an I began reading Stephenia McGee’s In His Eyes on my iPhone, meaning to only read a page or two. Three hours later I was still reading…on my iPhone! This book is that good. Ella Whitaker caught my attention and my heart. She showed such courage in taking the baby born to a dying woman to raise as her own when she had nothing, not even milk. Then when she played the part of Major Westley Remington’s wife, that sealed it. I had to see how the story ended. If you enjoy independent, plucky heroines and honorable, courageous heroes, then In His Eyes if for you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was good paced, easy to follow and I loved the story line. I found myself relating to Ella during parts of her encounters (not going to spoil it) and that really ministered to me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    In His Eyes by Stephenia H McGee is a delightful historical Christian romance which I really loved. Set in 1865 in the aftermath of the American Civil War, Stephenia McGee explores the complex relationships that arise. War has left the nation reeling - homes gone, men dead, people displaced, a world in turmoil. "War made men do things they would never have thought to do." Everyone is now trying to survive. Unlikely friendships develop as people help each other out. God is present throughout the no In His Eyes by Stephenia H McGee is a delightful historical Christian romance which I really loved. Set in 1865 in the aftermath of the American Civil War, Stephenia McGee explores the complex relationships that arise. War has left the nation reeling - homes gone, men dead, people displaced, a world in turmoil. "War made men do things they would never have thought to do." Everyone is now trying to survive. Unlikely friendships develop as people help each other out. God is present throughout the novel. He brings hope through His Word (the Bible). People can draw close to God by knowing His Word and knowing The Author. God is love. He desires a relationship with us all. "Nothing can snatch you from My hand." There are some truly beautiful scenes in the novel as God tries to draw close to one of His children. I found the words breathtakingly beautiful as I let them penetrate my soul. The novel has the theme of identity. Our identity is found in Christ. "All that could define Him was the way He'd made her feel." Jesus paid a high price for each of us. We are all loved. We need to hear His voice above all others. We need to drown out any other voice. "His words pelted her, dragging up time after time she'd failed." We need to listen to the life affirming voice of Jesus and not the condemning voice of man. There is the theme of the prodigals returning. Our walk with God may have been strong at one time but then life intervened and we lost sight of God. God never lost sight of us and He waits patiently for us to return to Him. Sometimes we feel as if God is not there. "Please God, why do You never answer my pleas?" God listens and He hears and He always answers but not always in the way we expect nor in our timing. There is the theme of trust. We need to trust God at all times because He is good and can be trusted. In the aftermath of war, we have to learn which people can be trusted too. Honesty is important. Good relationships need to be built on a bed of truth and not lies. There is the theme of healing - both physical and spiritual. The civil war was fought over the issue of slavery. The novel shows there is only one race that matters - the human race. There are some beautiful friendships that develop in the novel. I absolutely adored In His Eyes. It was my first novel by Stephenia H McGee but I want more, more, more. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    Embarrassingly I have to admit that I've had this book for a few months and have just now gotten around to reading it. However, I'm glad I waited to read this book because I was able to delay the enjoyment I received reading it. The story is solid and the characters are well-developed and complex. This book was so interesting I was able to read it in just a couple of sittings. I liked all of the characters in this book. Ella is young but has had hardships in her life that make her seem older than Embarrassingly I have to admit that I've had this book for a few months and have just now gotten around to reading it. However, I'm glad I waited to read this book because I was able to delay the enjoyment I received reading it. The story is solid and the characters are well-developed and complex. This book was so interesting I was able to read it in just a couple of sittings. I liked all of the characters in this book. Ella is young but has had hardships in her life that make her seem older than her years. Westley, a.k.a. Major Remmington, is in the unique position of being a Yankee soldier while being from the south. Sibby may have been a house slave but she is smart, sharp, and cunning. Nothing gets past this woman. Each character brings something to the story and a perspective that makes the story dimensional and realistic. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end and loved how everything came together. I enjoyed reading how Ella comes to Belmont and her interactions with the other residents of the estate. I found the pace of the story to be perfect and never found a moment of this book challenging to read. The author has included faith in the story and does it in a way that is really interesting both to read and think about afterward. The way she included is unique and it fits into the story wonderfully. This was a new to me author and now after reading this book, I will be searching for more of her work. I like her writing style as she pulled me right into the story and made me feel as if I were there with the characters experiencing everything they did. I enjoy historical fiction and can see this author quickly becoming one of my favorites in the genre. I highly recommend this book! I was given a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    A Touching Romance I picked up this book in need of a light and fluffy romance, and this book hit the mark! I found the writing style engaging and enchanting at times. The description of scenery was wonderful, but not so drawn out that my eyes were glazing over it. I thought the dialogue for the romance was unique and well done, it had me falling in love with the characters as they fell in love with each other. I enjoyed the characters in this book, especially the main character Ella. I thought A Touching Romance I picked up this book in need of a light and fluffy romance, and this book hit the mark! I found the writing style engaging and enchanting at times. The description of scenery was wonderful, but not so drawn out that my eyes were glazing over it. I thought the dialogue for the romance was unique and well done, it had me falling in love with the characters as they fell in love with each other. I enjoyed the characters in this book, especially the main character Ella. I thought that the author did a great job shaping her and molding her throughout the story, especially as she grew in her faith. Ella struggled with many insecurities, such as feeling as she was not good enough, that everyone can relate to. This book definitely has the Christian in Christian fiction. Faith was an extremely strong element throughout the book. It addressed Jesus and his love for us, unanswered prayers, and Godly love and marriage. There was scripture present throughout and I always love that about a book. There were a few things I wish had been different about the book. The first being that they fell in love in only a few days. I enjoyed their love story, but I wish it could have been drawn out longer so it could be enjoyed even more. There was also a plot point unrelated to the romance that I would have enjoyed seeing more of, or at least having more closure on. This book is more in the genre of historical romance than historical fiction. This is my first read by this author and I've already ordered more of her work! This book is a 4 out of 5 stars for me, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a feel good romance or anyone who is interested in civil war historical fiction, although as I mentioned this is less history and more romance.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Vanscoyoc

    This is the first book I’ve read from Ms. McGee and I really didn’t know what to expect from it, but I’m a sucker for marriage of convenience stories and was curious to read it. Though it’s not my favorite book this year, I still enjoyed the adventure and am looking forward to reading another of this author’s tales. Ms. McGee has a unique writing style and I quite enjoyed her way with words. Her descriptions gave this story vivid colors and created clear images in my mind of the place and charact This is the first book I’ve read from Ms. McGee and I really didn’t know what to expect from it, but I’m a sucker for marriage of convenience stories and was curious to read it. Though it’s not my favorite book this year, I still enjoyed the adventure and am looking forward to reading another of this author’s tales. Ms. McGee has a unique writing style and I quite enjoyed her way with words. Her descriptions gave this story vivid colors and created clear images in my mind of the place and characters. There is one place where I especially love them, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll refrain. I was also curious about the setting and time period. I’ve read several books set right after the Civil War and each has offered a different or new perspective on such a horrible time in my nation’s history. It’s obvious that the author has done a good bit of research and highlighted some things I wasn’t aware of, so I definitely enjoyed that. I do wish she had taken a bit more time with the characters. I wanted to love Ella and Westly, but didn’t feel as though I really knew them. I knew their emotions and their thoughts, but I didn’t connect with them. There was just something missing and they felt rather shallow to me. And there were a couple events that were a little skimmed over and instead of getting the entire picture, I felt as though I was given just pieces of the puzzle and was expected to fill in the rest. I did love the spiritual side of the story! I so enjoyed watching Ella learn where to find her worth and her peace, and I appreciated how the titled played into that part of the story. I thought Ms. McGee handled it beautifully! Overall, I did enjoy this story and am anticipating trying another of this author’s books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I have only read a few of Stephenia's books so far and have loved each and every one. I look forward to continuing my reading of her books as I get them. Stephenia is a wonderful author and knows her history and does the research needed if she doesn't, I am sure. In His Eyes is about a young woman, Ella Whitaker, who rescues an infant from his dying, prostitute mother's arms. The mother, with her dying breath tells Ella about a place where she may be able to find help and a wet nurse for the bab I have only read a few of Stephenia's books so far and have loved each and every one. I look forward to continuing my reading of her books as I get them. Stephenia is a wonderful author and knows her history and does the research needed if she doesn't, I am sure. In His Eyes is about a young woman, Ella Whitaker, who rescues an infant from his dying, prostitute mother's arms. The mother, with her dying breath tells Ella about a place where she may be able to find help and a wet nurse for the baby, Belmont Plantation. When she gets to Belmont Plantation there are Union soldiers there asking to see the owner of the place. Ella pretends to be a widowed Union officer's wife and the soldiers leave. When Ella explains things to Sibby, the house freedwoman, Sibby decides to go along with the ruse until they can think of something better to do. Sibby is also the Plantation's wet nurse and she takes over the feeding of the infant. Ella feels Sibby is keeping something from her, but decides to let it rest for the time being. Major Westley Remington, after a long convalescence in a Union hospital, returns home to find that he has not only a wife, but a son as well. Westley, believing Ella to be a fallen woman, agrees to keep up the story until he can decide what can be done about it. Will Westley allow Ella and her "son" to stay at Belmont Plantation and work for him for their room and board, or will he kick them out? Is there potential for a love match between the two? What is it that Sibby is hiding and can it get them all into trouble? The answers to these questions and a wonderful read can be had if you but pick up a copy of In His Eyes and read it. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Civil war era romance (spoiler alert) This was my first novel by Mrs. Mcgee. I did enjoy it, but as it took me over a week to read, I must give it 4 stars. It was enjoyable but not captivating. (5 star books get read by me in 2 to 3 days). The novel was enclosed in the mind of one woman and one man. The surrounding characters were but fillers carrying no emotion, nor depth. One of the main characters, Sibby, was always closed off emotionally. The reader was not allowed to feel the pain of this wo Civil war era romance (spoiler alert) This was my first novel by Mrs. Mcgee. I did enjoy it, but as it took me over a week to read, I must give it 4 stars. It was enjoyable but not captivating. (5 star books get read by me in 2 to 3 days). The novel was enclosed in the mind of one woman and one man. The surrounding characters were but fillers carrying no emotion, nor depth. One of the main characters, Sibby, was always closed off emotionally. The reader was not allowed to feel the pain of this woman, see her motives or plea for her cause. The entire book was a bit on the shallow side. The adventure was misplaced and instead of making you want to turn the page to continue it, it was just another page. The book lacked foreplay. A charge of emotions and build up of expectation and mystery before each event transpired. I knew Sibby had a big secret all along, although I could take it or leave it. It was so far distanced from the main story, I did not care to know it. I Also predicted every event in this book except for the very strange and awkward dreams of Ellie. (I wanted badly to skip over those but I preservered in the name of proper reading edicate). Mrs. Mcgee had a good story idea, but I believe it had the potential to be exceptional with proper changes. In the future I will read this Author again to see how her imagination and editing has developed. Mrs. McGhee is well on her way to becoming a great author.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beverly McCall

    I found this charming Christian Romance story written by Ms. McGee quite captivating. I loved the way she hooked the reader in the opening chapter when the female main character, Ella Whitaker, follows her Christian duty and renders aid to a soiled dove, Cynthia, struggles with a difficult birth. Cynthia's baby is born blue and Ella frantically works to revive him. She gives him to Cynthia to nurse. Cynthia, on her death bed, makes Ella promise to take the child to the Remington House where they I found this charming Christian Romance story written by Ms. McGee quite captivating. I loved the way she hooked the reader in the opening chapter when the female main character, Ella Whitaker, follows her Christian duty and renders aid to a soiled dove, Cynthia, struggles with a difficult birth. Cynthia's baby is born blue and Ella frantically works to revive him. She gives him to Cynthia to nurse. Cynthia, on her death bed, makes Ella promise to take the child to the Remington House where they will give him to a good family. Wow, what a hook! You most certainly want to continue reading to discover how Ella fulfills her promise. I also thought Ms. McGee was clever in devoting every other chapter to each of the main characters. It was a useful strategy in building the back story of the main characters. Chapter 1 introduces readers to us to the female lead character, Ella Whitaker. In chapter 2 we meet Major Westley Remington III, a U.S. Calvary office injured in one of the later battles of the Civil War. After a lengthy recovery, the Major heads home for a brief visit and that when plot line intensifies. He discovers that he has a wife and son. Determined to put an end to this ruse, he proceeds home but is smitten by the beauty and strength of Ella. Not to be a spoil it for readers, I won't reveal any more. You must check out this book to find out what happens with Ella and the Major. Readers will enjoy the rich dialog, descriptive language and complex characters in this clean romance.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    4.5 Stars In His Eyes by Stephania H. McGee is set during the Civil War. Ella was a young lady forced to work in an inn to have a place to sleep and eat. She helped a "harlot" deliver her baby when no one else would. Before the women died, she made Ella promise she'd take the baby to the Remington's place because they were good people that would find a home for the baby. When Ella arrived, she lied to some Yankee soldiers so they would leave and her and the baby could seek help. Westley Remington 4.5 Stars In His Eyes by Stephania H. McGee is set during the Civil War. Ella was a young lady forced to work in an inn to have a place to sleep and eat. She helped a "harlot" deliver her baby when no one else would. Before the women died, she made Ella promise she'd take the baby to the Remington's place because they were good people that would find a home for the baby. When Ella arrived, she lied to some Yankee soldiers so they would leave and her and the baby could seek help. Westley Remington, a Union officer, was presumed dead and so when he shows up at home, it is quite a surprise, especially to his "wife". He was just as surprised to find his "wife and son" living at Belmont Plantation. Even though he grew up living in Mississippi, after graduating from West Point, he joined the Union Army. With God's love and guidance, can a Southern girl and "Yankee devil" come to some type of agreement that might benefit everyone? This was the first book of Stephenia H. McGee's I've read, but I'll be checking out her other books. I highly recommend In His Eyes to everyone that loves Christian Historical fiction.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Savanna Kaiser

    Everything about this story drew me in – the Civil War setting, the story idea, and the characters. I always enjoy reading this time period and “In His Eyes” delivered a nicely-written, romantic tale of what life looked like in the South after the war. It took me a few chapters to really get into the story, but once I did, the pace and plot continued to grow and captivate me. I loved the premise of the story and I was intrigued throughout the book to see how things would be resolved. I will admit, Everything about this story drew me in – the Civil War setting, the story idea, and the characters. I always enjoy reading this time period and “In His Eyes” delivered a nicely-written, romantic tale of what life looked like in the South after the war. It took me a few chapters to really get into the story, but once I did, the pace and plot continued to grow and captivate me. I loved the premise of the story and I was intrigued throughout the book to see how things would be resolved. I will admit, though, there were a few times when things fell a little flat for me. I wanted a bit more depth to the characters and a little less predictability, but overall it still proved to be an enjoyable read. The history was described very well throughout and the relationship unfolded very sweetly between Ella and Westley. “In His Eyes” is a historical romance I’m sure many readers will enjoy. This is definitely an author to check out. I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    Based on the synopsis, I had high hopes for "In His Eyes" and honestly, the beginning of the story was quite promising, when we meet Ella Whitaker rescuing a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute. Ella longs for someone to love and she loves that little baby boy. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking on her feet, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer's widow in order to have a roof over her head and Based on the synopsis, I had high hopes for "In His Eyes" and honestly, the beginning of the story was quite promising, when we meet Ella Whitaker rescuing a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute. Ella longs for someone to love and she loves that little baby boy. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking on her feet, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer's widow in order to have a roof over her head and a home for the child. When the presumed dead young Major Westley Remington, who fought for the northern cause, returns home on medical furlough to settle his father’s estate at Belmont Plantation, he finds his home is being run by a young woman, pretending to be his wife. In all fairness, this was a bit of a let down. Before the main characters meet, I thought this was going to be a good story, but unfortunately I was disappointed once Ella and Westley meet. From there, it turns into a classic romantic tale, that didn't particularly entertain me. It's cute but rather maudlin.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diana Montgomery

    This book pulled be in from the very beginning. The author kept your attention throughout the book. A wonderful Historical Romance. First time I have read anything of Stepenia but it won''t be the last. Her characters are very well developed. Ella has grown up in a ruff life even some abuse but is determined to make it. Ending up working in a place not very respectful for a lady. Meets up with a woman of ill repute having a baby. The woman dies leaving a new baby and he needs to be fed. The moth This book pulled be in from the very beginning. The author kept your attention throughout the book. A wonderful Historical Romance. First time I have read anything of Stepenia but it won''t be the last. Her characters are very well developed. Ella has grown up in a ruff life even some abuse but is determined to make it. Ending up working in a place not very respectful for a lady. Meets up with a woman of ill repute having a baby. The woman dies leaving a new baby and he needs to be fed. The mother of the baby told her a place to go that has a wet nurse. She gets there but things are not good Yankee's are there to take the property. Thinking quickly she acts like she is the owners wife. Thinking he is dead they won't have to worry about him knowing. Till one day a officer comes in the house! Wow I liked to been there to the look on the faces. Awesome story will keep you flipping pages.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "In His Eyes" by Stephanie H. McGee is a book filled with twists, not really suspenseful but with a hint of mystery. I was drawn into this story from the first page to the very end. I even wanted more of the story after it ended. This story is about Ella finding out that God was there with her in the hard times, and that she was worthy and was always loved by God. This story is a love story among unusual circumstances. I recommend this story for anyone that likes stories based on history without a "In His Eyes" by Stephanie H. McGee is a book filled with twists, not really suspenseful but with a hint of mystery. I was drawn into this story from the first page to the very end. I even wanted more of the story after it ended. This story is about Ella finding out that God was there with her in the hard times, and that she was worthy and was always loved by God. This story is a love story among unusual circumstances. I recommend this story for anyone that likes stories based on history without a lot of history facts being part of the story and love stories and Christian fiction. This book also proves that a mother's love is just as strong whether you gave birth to the child or the role of motherhood just fell into your hands. I am giving "In His Eyes" By Stephanie H. McGee five stars. I was given a complimentary copy by the author and these opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Oh, how I loved this novel! Civil War era books aren't usually a genre that I gravitate towards, but this year I've been venturing out and trying new things. I am so glad to have read 'In His Eyes'! It's such a gem! It's one of those books that I kept thinking about even when I'd have to set it aside and go do something else. It's one that, I know, will stay with me for a long time. I became completely immersed in the story. The writing was vivid and clear. It felt like I could perfectly picture Oh, how I loved this novel! Civil War era books aren't usually a genre that I gravitate towards, but this year I've been venturing out and trying new things. I am so glad to have read 'In His Eyes'! It's such a gem! It's one of those books that I kept thinking about even when I'd have to set it aside and go do something else. It's one that, I know, will stay with me for a long time. I became completely immersed in the story. The writing was vivid and clear. It felt like I could perfectly picture life in 1865 Mississippi. It, also, brought to light some of the difficulties the south endured. Ella had endured a lot and felt lacking in many ways, but she had an inner strength and growing faith that was so very admirable. Westley was quite sure of himself before his leg was injured in the war and then he had to reevaluate who he really was. My favorite character, though, was Sibby. She's a tough and strong woman, but so caring with a bit of a mystery surrounding her. 'In His Eyes' completely captivated me. It was the first book I've read by Stephenia H. McGee, but it surely won't be the last! I highly recommend this breathtaking historical romance to everyone! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and comments are my own honest opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish http://wp.me/p7ngfE-R2 From the first line, I was captivated by this story. Ella's dedication to the orphaned child knows no bounds and she is determined to do everything in her power to ensure the child is safe and loved. Any boy or girl would be blessed to have a mother like Ella. Westley has experienced the horrors of war and life changing injury, yet it's a feisty, self-sufficient southern woman that throws a wrench in his plans. His broody soldier heart is so Full review on Faithfully Bookish http://wp.me/p7ngfE-R2 From the first line, I was captivated by this story. Ella's dedication to the orphaned child knows no bounds and she is determined to do everything in her power to ensure the child is safe and loved. Any boy or girl would be blessed to have a mother like Ella. Westley has experienced the horrors of war and life changing injury, yet it's a feisty, self-sufficient southern woman that throws a wrench in his plans. His broody soldier heart is softened by the plight of the wee one. The historical events represented in this novel are intriguing, the characters are endearing, and the storytelling is excellent! I requested the opportunity to read this book through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Sluiter

    If you enjoy historical fiction, you’ll love this newest book by Author Stephenia H. McGee. Post civil war south, Stephenia doesn’t dodge the uncomfortable issues of the time. A wonderful portrayal of God’s mercy, character Ella Whitaker shows His heart for those considered “less than” in society. We see that all people are worthy and loved by the Father. In His Eyes we all have value. The characters are well developed and you’ll feel as if you know them personally as they grow both personally and If you enjoy historical fiction, you’ll love this newest book by Author Stephenia H. McGee. Post civil war south, Stephenia doesn’t dodge the uncomfortable issues of the time. A wonderful portrayal of God’s mercy, character Ella Whitaker shows His heart for those considered “less than” in society. We see that all people are worthy and loved by the Father. In His Eyes we all have value. The characters are well developed and you’ll feel as if you know them personally as they grow both personally and spiritually. The setting is described in such a fabulous way; you’ll be able to see the homes, the town, etc. Add this book to your To Be Read list. You’ll be glad you did! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a positive review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    While I liked the main characters and felt okay about how they ended up, I couldn't help but feel that this book was lacking a decent amount of backstory and resolution. There are a couple events that are only briefly alluded to that seem to weigh heavily on a main character, but the events are never brought to light in detail. I was also unsatisfied with the lack of resolution for most everyone but the two main characters. I feel the minor characters were present enough and contributed to the s While I liked the main characters and felt okay about how they ended up, I couldn't help but feel that this book was lacking a decent amount of backstory and resolution. There are a couple events that are only briefly alluded to that seem to weigh heavily on a main character, but the events are never brought to light in detail. I was also unsatisfied with the lack of resolution for most everyone but the two main characters. I feel the minor characters were present enough and contributed to the story enough that they should have been fleshed out more and had some sort of conflict resolution themselves. Overall, an okay book. I would browse what else this author has to offer. An easy read that I completed in one day, so this could easily be labeled a good, Christian "fluff" book for me.

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