I Shall Be Near You Inspired by more than 250 documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, I shall be near to you is the gripping story of Rosetta, who refuses to leave her husband's side whatever the cost. Refusing to abide by cultural standards, Rosetta cuts her hair, hems an old pair of pants, and enlists as a Union soldier. The couple must face incredible odds to stay together, including gender conventions, constant danger, and the fear that her secret might become exposed. Above all, this debut novel tells a love story about what can happen when two partners face life's challenges together.
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