“In Cindy Nord’s No Greater Glory, another Southern plantation, Shapinsay, joins the famous Civil War plantations of Tara, and Twelve Oaks. Inhabiting this plantation is Emaline McDaniels who is joined by a Yankee colonel, Reece Cutteridge. This is a beautifully written book by Cindy Nord. It is...”see full review » see other reviews »
“In Cindy Nord’s No Greater Glory, another Southern plantation, Shapinsay, joins the famous Civil War plantations of Tara, and Twelve Oaks. Inhabiting this plantation is Emaline McDaniels who is joined by a Yankee colonel, Reece Cutteridge. This is a beautifully written book by Cindy Nord. It is fraught with desire and doubt! The research done by the author of the era is minutely perfect - right down to the clothing worn by the characters. The love story is fantastic!
Emaline meets the hated and feared Yankees when Col. Reece Cutteridge commandeers her magnificent plantation for his troops winter bivouac. They take over the whole plantation, including the bottom floor of the house to be used as a hospital. Knowing she cannot do anything about it, the beautiful mistress of the plantation bides her time. Soon, though, her hatred of the Yankee colonel is overshadowed by something else. What is it? Respect? Understanding? Acceptance? Another emotion more akin to love? Read Ms. Nord’s novel of the War Between the States, the Civil War or whatever nomenclature you prefer. You won’t be disappointed, I assure you.
“Colonel Reece Cutteridge spotted the woman the instant he turned onto the lane. He informed his comrades he’d handle the situation. But just how, he didn’t quite know yet. The blazing animosity reflected in her evergreen eyes indicated she wasn’t open to hospitality. The rifle in her hands underscored that fact. Of the many plantations he’d commandeered since the beginning of the war, most were deserted or housed civilians cowering within.”
Ms. Nord has a command of the language of the day, just as Colonel Cutteridge had command of his troops. She knows the history of the period. She writes an engrossing story of love between enemies, as opposed to fighting brother against brother.
Born in Arizona to a family of educators, Cindy Nord moved from the southwestern desert to southwestern Indiana during her teenage years. After the birth of her two sons, she became a stay-at-home mom. At this point, she decided to try writing an historical romance with her own special twist. The result, No Greater Glory.
I recommend this debut novel to those who love romance and historical fiction. It has both in abundance.
Ms Nord is a veteran of Civil War reenacting that started when she met her husband, Tom. She donned a corset and began a hobby that her whole family could enjoy together. From what I know about Civil War Reenactments, the research is thorough and the actual reenactment is true to the era. This, I believe, is what helps to make No Greater Glory so well written.
A member of numerous writers groups, Cindy’s work has finaled or won countless times in chapter competitions, including the prestigious Romance Writers of America National Golden Heart Contest.