Even during the Civil War, Christmas is made with love.
Wounded in a skirmish, Callie Marsh’s disguise as a Confederate soldier is discovered by the doctor who treats her. Working with him in the hospital she learns no matter what color uniform a soldier wears, they all miss family during the holidays. And that an enemy doctor can be the man of her dreams.
Dr. Tom Kent knows the safest place for the woman is working by his side. Their constant interaction has him wanting more than is smart considering their division of philosophy. His determination to keep her safe is hindered by Major Henry Ash’s decision the young prisoner would make an excellent aide could put her in danger of discovery.
Will Callie be able to set aside her dislike of Yankees to make Christmas for the enemy and especially for the man she’s come to love?
“Cal, why don’t I check the bandage on your shoulder while things are quiet?” Tom closed the tent flap behind him when he entered. “How does it feel?”
“Not much pain, just a little tender.” Callie unbuttoned the shirt Tom had given her and dropped one shoulder down to give him access to the bandage. He worked quickly, removing the old one and replacing it with a smaller piece of muslin which he secured by tying another strip around it.
“The looseness of the shirt hides your breasts for now, but I think when we have more time available, we’d better bind them again.”
Callie didn’t miss the doctor’s attempt not to glance lower.
No way would she add to what seemed a constant state of embarrassment by letting him bind her breasts. She’d done it before and she could take care of it now. “I can do it if you just give a piece of cloth.” His gaze feasting on her nude chest was the last thing she needed.
“I’ll give you time alone this evening, then. It may be difficult to accomplish by yourself with the shoulder, but if you want to give it a try that’s fine with me.” Tom hastily gathered the remaining bandages and put them back in the trunk where he kept such supplies.
“What’s going to happen to me now that I’m on the mend?”
His back tensed before Tom slowly turned to face her. “I’ve thought about that and think it’s best if you remain with me. Given the circumstances, putting you in with the other prisoners isn’t a good idea. Besides, given what the men perceive as your circumstances, it would probably create discomfort for the rest of troops.”
This time, Tom flushed. “They are under the impression that you have lost your man parts.”
“I what?” Then it dawned on her…”Oh.”
- Word Count: 29,500
- Author: Lizzie T Leaf
- Website: Lizzie T Leaf
- Heat Level: 1
- ISBN: 978-1-61937-060-9
- Cover Artist: Kelly Shorten
- Editor: Celina Summers
The Romance Review
Reviewer: Brenda Talley
Review: Callie Sue Marsh cut her hair, donned her brother's clothes and went into the war zone looking for her lost brother. He had run away…
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Reviewer: Brecken Stevens
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Night Owl Review
Reviewer: Christy Carlyle
Review: When strong willed Callie sets out from her South Carolina home to join the Confederate Army and try to find her brother, who has already…