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Sarah Hubbard makes her living as a seamstress in her solitary home beside Willoughby Run, a creek near Gettysburg. Her loyalties are firmly on the side of the North, so when a Confederate soldier, Jesse Mitchell, seeks refuge at her home she cautiously agrees to help him. 

Jesse promised his sister-in-law to bring her husband, Jonas, home safely. With all the death he’s witnessed fighting for “The Cause,” protecting Jonas has become a matter of honor. Prepared to die for his brother and his country, he still appreciates his luck in finding a caring woman behind enemy lines. 

When Union soldiers spill onto their property, Sarah’s compassionate decision to conceal Jesse’s presence in her home leads to more hardships than she can imagine. 

More than borders separate the couple. Can a Southern soldier and a Northern seamstress overcome the bitterness of loss and find the love amidst the horrors of war?

Sandra Merville Hart

Sandra Merville Hart


Sandra Merville Hart is Assistant Editor for where she contributes many historical articles. She has also served as Assistant Editor on The Barn Door Book Loft blog,

She is the column writer for “History in the Making” at the popular and growing site,

Her debut book, A Stranger On My Land, IRCA Finalist 2015 and Christian Small Publishing Book of the Year 2016 Finalist, is the first book in a Civil War Romance series published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

She has written for several publications and blogs including The Secret PlaceHarpstringSplickety MagazinePockets Magazine, Common Ground, “Afictionado,” Historical Novel Society Great Lakes Chapter Newsletter, and A finalist in the 2011 Hamilton Writers Guild Fiction Contest, she is president of a Word Weavers online critique group and past member of another Word Weaver group. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW Ohio, ACFW Ohio Valley, and Queen City Writers Club.

Sandra loves to find unusual facts in her historical research to use in her stories and drags her husband along on her adventures. Thankfully, he also enjoys these fact-finding missions.

In addition to her blog, Historical Nibbles, you can find Sandra at:
Contributing column writer for Almost an Author – History in the Making
Sandra’s Goodreads page


Like Sandra Merville Hart’s first book, A Stranger on My Land, her latest book, A Rebel in My House, transports me back to the Civil War, but this time, the setting is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Hart’s heroine, Sarah Hubbard, is a strong heroine, a businesswoman (seamstress) in a time when women married and had children, not careers. A successful woman is frowned upon, and her sister does most of the frowning. But Sarah can do more than sewing. She can nurse, calm animals and fall in love with the enemy. For Sarah lives in Gettysburg and she’s loyal to the Union.

Jesse Mitchell is a rebel soldier, wounded and seeking shelter during the first day of the three-day battle. Against her better judgment, Sarah agrees to tend to his wound but makes the mistake of looking into his eyes.

Can three days of shells and artillery drown out the sound of two hearts falling in love?