Beyond These War-Torn Lands Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour for Beyond These War-Torn Lands by Cynthia Roemer! I knew just from the cover I wanted to read this book, and I was right. It was fantastic!

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About the Book

Beyond These War-Torn Lands Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!Beyond These War-Torn Lands
Author Cynthia Roemer
Genres: Civil War, Historical Romance, Fiction / Christian / Historical

The war brought them together – Would it also tear them apart?

While en route to aid Confederate soldiers injured in battle near her home, Southerner Caroline Dunbar stumbles across a wounded Union sergeant. Unable to ignore his plea for help, she tends his injuries and, against her better judgement, hides him away, only to find her attachment to him deepen with each passing day. But when her secret is discovered, Caroline incurs her father’s wrath and, in turn, unlocks a dark secret from the past which she is determined to unravel.

After being forced to flee his place of refuge, Sergeant Andrew Gallagher fears he’s seen the last of Caroline. Resolved not to let that happen, when the war ends, he seeks her out, only to discover she’s been sent away on his account. When word reaches him that President Lincoln has been shot, Drew is assigned the task of tracking down the assassin. A chance encounter with Caroline revives his hopes, until he learns she may be involved in a plot to aid the assassin.


My Perspective

Roemer has weaved such a beautiful story of love, sacrifice, following the Lord’s will, and loyalty. Loyalty to your family, country, and God. She reminds us that sometimes those options don’t all get along. I related to Caroline in so many ways, but perhaps the most was the difference in opinion she had with her parents. I won’t go into detail, but my heart ached for her when she strived to do the Godly thing, and yet had to hide it simply to avoid confrontation with her father. And the way she was around Drew. Oh my goodness…..Roemer had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next.

What I appreciated most was that Roemer’s research was evident on each and every page. I learned about some lesser known battles during the Civil War. I learned about weapons, caring for soldiers, and what people living in a war town lived like. If I’m being honest, I learned so much from this book, and while I 100% understand it’s fiction, and the author has certain liberties when writing, I also know how they strive to make it accurate. And really the goal is for me to go and research more on my own. Well Cynthia Roemer, mission accomplished. I just might have my nose in a history book for awhile!

Historic fiction fans will not only fall in love with the characters in Beyond the War-Torn Lands, they will enjoy the plot, the setting, and all the historic details woven into each and every page. With faith themes, romance, and tension, this book is a must read! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Cynthia Roemer is an inspirational, award-winning author with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the hearts of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the mid-1800’s prairie and Civil War era. Her Prairie Sky Series consists of Amazon bestseller, Under This Same SkyUnder Prairie Skies, and Under Moonlit Skies, a 2020 Selah Award winner.

Cynthia writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband of twenty-seven years. They have two grown sons. When she isn’t writing or researching, Cynthia can be found hiking, biking, gardening, reading, or riding sidesaddle with her husband in the combine or on their motorcycle. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Guest Post from Cynthia Roemer

Let me start by saying, I absolutely love novel research and learning about the past. But, when I set out to write a Civil War novel, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. LOL!

My first three novels (Prairie Sky Series) were set on the Illinois prairie (my home state) in the mid to late 1850’s with only moderate research of the time period necessary. The majority of my characters and plot stemmed from my imagination. With this fourth novel, Beyond These War-Torn Lands, I ventured into the very heart of the Civil War conflict in Maryland and Virginia.

Though my hero and heroine are fictional, many of those they encounter along the way are based on actual people and much of the plot revolves around actual events. I soon found out that’s a whole different ballgame when it comes to research. But, I enjoyed throwing in a few historical “surprises” along the way.

I’m a stickler for accuracy, so I found myself steeped in researching minute historical details—everything from the specifics of certain battles to the layout of war campsites to the weather on certain dates to the correct type of salutes to General Grant’s mannerisms and the name of his horse.

While the extensive research slowed the writing process, I loved every minute of it. Over a year and a half in the writing, Beyond These War-Torn Lands is a tale of honor versus deception, good versus evil, and God’s transforming power versus bitterness.

Theme verse:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.

But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”

(Matthew 5:43-44)

I hope you’ll be blessed by Drew and Caroline’s story and that you enjoy the hidden bits of history tucked within the pages of the novel.

Blog Tour

Inklings and notions, August 3

CarpeDiem, August 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 4

For Him and My Family, August 5

Genesis 5020, August 5

Connie’s History Classroom, August 6

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 7

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 8

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 9

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 9

Texas Book-aholic, August 10

Betti Mace, August 11

deb’s Book Review, August 12

Writing from the Heart Land, August 12

Blossoms and Blessings, August 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 14

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 15

Mary Hake, August 15

A Baker’s Perspective, August 16


To celebrate her tour, Cynthia is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 Amazon Gift Card and a signed copy of Beyond These War-Torn Lands!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

16 responses to “Beyond These War-Torn Lands Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

  1. Patty

    I love historical fiction, and I really admire the writers who put in all that research to bring us a true to life story.

  2. Roxanne C.

    I enjoy a novel so much more when the author includes lots of historical details and actual events. I get to learn while immersing myself in the story. Beyond These War-Torn Lands is the kind of book I carry around with me so I can read it whenever I get a few free minutes.