Waiting for His Return

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

The year is 1864 and the Civil War is raging on. 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 along with the 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 for dead at the side of the road.

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 James her heart, when she know he may be another casualty.



Author: Carrie Turansky
Genre: Historical Romance Novella
Tags: Christmas novella, Civil War
Publisher: Flowing Stream Books
Publication Year: November 2017


“I am a sucker for wounded-soldier-meets-nurse plots. I wrote one myself. But this novella had several qualities that set it apart from the average Florence Nightingale tale. James Galloway hails from Bristol, England and is a sketch artist for Harper’s Weekly. The refined heroine, Rachel Thornton, has this wonderfully real relationship with her vivacious and impulsive younger sister who thinks nothing of blurting out questions to the wounded stranger. Turansky’s prose is lovely, her characters are of real flesh and blood, and her setting captivated me–Nashville 1864. A great little love story.”

– Kathleen L. Maher

author of Bachelor Buttons – A Civil War Romance

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