If you would like to read an excellent piece of historical fiction, then try out For This We Are Soldiers by Carla Kelly published by Cedar Fort Publishing. This book takes a unique perspective on the Indian Wars, specifically telling stories about the camp followers. Kelly shares a variety of tales about diverse groups of people, making you both laugh and cry.
“He hadn’t enough courage to ask her in person, but he surely wasn’t the first man in the universe who ever proposed via the US mail.”
Though men soldiered on to fight in the Indian wars, there is also an unsung series of war stories from the camp followers, specifically the women and children. For This We Are Soldiers presents a diverse anthology of these stories, from sweet, heartfelt romances and cow milk capers to tales of women who wait and take on more burdens than it seems possible to bear. These historical fiction stories capture a side of war not normally told.
“Her kindness stood out more than her beauty.”
I received a digital copy of For This We Are Soldiers from Cedar Fort Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Carla Kelly creates an excellent display of varied stories and themes. Everything from the characters to the flow to the internal plot structures is crafted masterfully. I also feel that she did an excellent job at the historical parts of the stories. I learned a lot about the Indian Wars through this book and really felt like I was there.
“Freedom is nice, but it’s not all that easy.”
What I enjoyed most about For This We Are Soldiers was not knowing what to expect with each story. Of course, they are all based on the Indian Wars, but each tale is so incredibly different. Kelly brought to the table several sweet, endearing romances that made me laugh and smile. But on the other end, she also covered racism, sexism, and prejudices, creating powerful stories. An excellent job overall.