“Counterfeit Courtship” ~ Book Review

Jul 18, 2016 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Christina Miller’s book, Counterfeit Courtship.


As is my custom, if I could ask Christina one question about Counterfeit Courtship it would be — “What gave you (or Ellie) the idea to come up with a counterfeit courtship?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!

From the Back Cover:

Returning home, Confederate hero Colonel Graham Talbot faces his toughest battle yet—avoiding the marriage-minded young ladies in town vying for his attentions. With a stepmother and orphaned niece to support, the penniless soldier has no intention of marrying. Neither does the woman he once loved, his next-door neighbor Ellie Anderson. But Ellie has a proposal of her own: a pretend courtship to keep their unwanted admirers at bay.

Ellie’s unpredictable childhood left her determined to safeguard her independence—and her plantation. Blaming herself for driving Graham away to war, she devises a plan to help them both. But when it goes awry, Ellie will face a choice: save her beloved property…or trust in a relationship that’s becoming undeniably real.


Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers

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Counterfeit Courtship was a wonderful book that took place post-Civil War. I loved how Ellie and Graham were childhood friends, denied love, and then found that they still cared about each other later in life. That is one of my favorite story-lines to read about, especially meshed with the Civil War!

I loved how Christina really developed the characters, especially Ellie and Graham. Both of them really had to overcome significant obstacles — Ellie’s being her ability to trusting men instead of only trusting in herself and Graham as he struggles to fit in a Yankee world after returning a Confederate colonel. Christina showed both characters maturing and growing in their relationship through their “courtship” as well as their growing ability to trust in God in whatever life had for them.


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