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  • 05/2018
  • 9781457564413
  • 498 pages
  • $9.99
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  • 05/2018
  • 9781457562761
  • 498 pages
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  • 05/2018
  • 9781457564314
  • 498 pages
  • $29.95
TO MY BEST GIRL - Courage, Honor and Love in the Civil War: The Inspiring Life Stories of Rufus Dawes and Mary Gates

Adult; History & Military; (Market)

This is the extraordinary true story of a citizen soldier and the girl he loves, as both become embroiled in our nation’s Civil War. Rufus Dawes emerges from a troubled family to become an officer in the famous Iron Brigade, thrust into horrific battles. But, before these stirring war scenes is the early life of an intelligent descendant of prolific ancestors who helped form the United States and the Northwest Territory. Rufus falls in love with vibrant Mary Gates while living in historic Marietta, Ohio. But soon there is physical separation, little reciprocal feeling, and competition by others. Can his love ever be more than infatuation? The war continues, friends are lost. Doubting his own survival, is a life with Mary just a dream? Mary witnesses acquaintances and an only brother march off to war. Tragic losses soon mount. Will she—should she—become involved with a soldier whose life is in daily jeopardy far away? The drama unfolds upon Rufus and Mary, and upon family members and soldiers who experience their own battles, patriotically performing their duty while trying to survive. Based on many letters and diary entries, most never published, this is a timeless story of love and courage.
Reviews
Angela Wade, Editor, Dog Ear Publishing

January 31, 2018

Re: To My Best Girl

Dear Steve,Congratulations!

Your book has been selected for the Dog Ear Publishing Award of Literary Excellence.This award is reserved only for titles that truly impress our editorial staff--something that is not easily accomplished. Only a small number of our titles are ever selected for this award. Please note the following review from your editor:.

"I was absolutely engrossed by this incredible book! The patience the author has taken in researching this story, the passion with which he has conveyed it to the reader, and the power of the story itself all weave together to make a truly unforgettable experience that draws the reader effortlessly into the lives of the colorful, authentically portrayed characters, providing a rich, commanding, and extremely moving emotional experience. In short, this is an exceptional book! I cannot get over the fact that it is the author’s first, and I sincerely hope it will not be his last.".

Angela Wade, editor

The Independent Author Network

We are pleased to announce that your book, To My Best Girl, is a winner in the 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards!

When judging completed, To My Best Girl, was selected as a finalist in one category: “Historical.” 

 A "Finalist" badge is attached in a PNG file.

A complete list of Winners and Finalists is attached as a PDF.

Fiction: Historical

The Outstanding Historical: Touching the Wire by Rebecca Bryn

Finalists

A Hundred Fires in Cuba by John Thorndike
How Dare The Birds Sing: A Novel of Love and Fate by Marina Osipova
The Lost Valor of Love by E A Carter
To My Best Girl: Courage, Honor, and Love in the Civil War: The Inspiring Life Stories of Rufus Dawes and Mary Gates by Steve Magnusen
Tread Softly on My Dreams by Gretta Curran Browne
The Sheriff's Catch: The Sassana Stone Pentalogy by James Vella-Bardon

Congratulations! Thank you for your participation in this year’s competition.

Sincerely,

William Potter
Book of the Year Awards

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2018
  • 9781457564413
  • 498 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 05/2018
  • 9781457562761
  • 498 pages
  • $22.95
Hardcover Details
  • 05/2018
  • 9781457564314
  • 498 pages
  • $29.95

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