Book Review | Watercolors

Watercolors by Lorna Seilstad is the latest release from The Mosaic Collection, faith-based novels about diverse, God-designed families. In Watercolors, Amelia York volunteers to help at a field hospital during the Civil War as a means to finding her brother, a Union Soldier. It’s a mission that takes her to places she never would have guessed she’d go.

Braedon McCrae is finally home to Tennessee. The Confederates may have surrendered, but he still wears his gray uniform. His carefully laid plans are soundly disrupted when he witnesses an explosion aboard a riverboat and jumps to the rescue of several recently released Union POWs, including Amelia’s brother.

I enjoyed Watercolors and especially liked the interaction between Amelia and Braedon. Their relationship was often contentious, especially since they worked on opposite sides of the war. But there was an underlying thread of appreciation between them. Not just attraction. Something deeper. I liked seeing that come to the surface.

I also enjoyed the unfolding of Braedon’s secrets. I won’t give any spoilers, but I kept wanting him to cough up more details about what he was hiding. I suspect Amelia agreed with me! Then again, she and I seemed to have a lot in common as two creatives.

Watercolors didn’t seem the sharpest story, but entertaining all the same. And it was fun to learn all about riverboats. The supporting cast was a delightful crew. From Braedon’s grandmother and father to Amelia’s brother. They added depth, humor, and wisdom to the story.

If you’re looking for a clean romance set during the unique time period directly at the end of the War Between the States, check out Watercolors. It was a sweet story with fun characters.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from JustRead Publicity Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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