Review: Waiting for His Return by Carrie Turansky

Waiting for His ReturnWaiting for His Return was a very enjoyable novella. The characters were nicely developed and the story moved along smoothly. I felt like I got the chance to know both main characters well and hoped for things to work out for them.

Tensions were high during this pivotal time in our nation’s history and it was interesting to learn about James Galloway’s profession and the way it put him in danger. The romance developed gently throughout this sweet story, with some ups and downs along the way.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Waiting for His ReturnThe daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor falls in love with an injured artist-correspondent on assignment to cover battles near Union occupied Nashville.

The year is 1864 and the Civil War continues to impact families in the North and South. British born James Galloway, a special artist for Harper’s Weekly, travels with the Union troops, sketching battle scenes to bring war news home to those in the North. It’s dangerous work, but he is committed to the Union cause. When he is captured by Confederate troops, he spends several months in a prison camp. Finally, he escapes and travels north, hoping to reach the Union lines, but a bushwhacker attacks him, steals his horse, and leaves him seriously injured at the side of the road outside Nashville.

Rachel Thornton, a kind-hearted doctor’s daughter, takes James into their to home and nurses him while he recovers. Her feelings for James grow, but she has already lost one man she loves in the war. How can she give her heart to James, when she knows he may become another casualty of the war? With family drama, romance, and inspiration, this novella will lift your spirit and satisfy your romantic heart.

This novella was originally titled Though the Mountains Tremble and published in A Blue and Gray Christmas novella collection in 2009. It has been revised and updated for new readers to enjoy.

Purchase your own copy here.




CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of eighteen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott. They have five adult children and five grandchildren

You can connect with Carrie on her websiteblogFacebookGoodreadsPinterest, and Twitter.

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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4 Responses to Review: Waiting for His Return by Carrie Turansky

  1. carylkane says:

    Wonderful review, Britt!

  2. joyofreadingweb says:

    Hi Britt! I enjoyed reading your review. I just finished reading this fun novella the other day, and I have to say it is quite an enjoyable story. It’s the perfect story for the Christmas season, when you are busy, and just need a little quite time to enjoy a sweet story.

  3. lelandandbecky says:

    This is on my must-read list! Great review!

  4. Paula Shreckhise says:

    Need to catch up on Carrie’s books. This one looks really good!

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