Knox Press

The Burning Land

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The Burning Land, Book 2 of the Overstreet Saga, brings the reader back to the Civil War and its aftermath, when Americans fought each other over what the nation would become—a time of adventure, excitement, opportunity, and agonizing loss.

“An intimate, sweeping portrait of a country and couple divided, David O. Stewart’s The Burning Land does what all good historical fiction should do: gives us characters to root for and brings the past so vividly to life it feels like the present. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the trilogy unfolds.”
Louis Bayard, author of Courting Mr. Lincoln and The Pale Blue Eye

From bestselling historian and storyteller, David O. Stewart, The Burning Land follows a turbulent romance through the tumultuous times during and after the Civil War. Richly developed characters embody the struggles that remade the nation as Henry Overstreet, a carpenter, aims up the social ladder in Waldoboro, Maine, in his pursuit of Katie Nash. But the lovers’ path runs through family tragedies and America’s bloodiest war—one fought to redeem the nation’s soul and free a people. Often separated, their quiet and devoted letters capture each other’s heart as Katie wins teaching jobs usually reserved for men and Henry serves faithfully in Maine’s legendary Twentieth Regiment. Rising to sergeant through furious battles at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, Henry’s two-week leave allows them to marry on the Fourth of July, 1864, and know a very few days of bliss.

Their trials only multiply. Katie helps nurse Henry back from a grisly battlefield wound, but he recoils from the prospect of settling back in small-town Waldoboro. Dreaming of new horizons and an expansive future, Henry uproots their young family for booming Chicago. Little goes right in the overnight metropolis, testing their love as never before.