I Shall Be Near to You: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Erin Lindsay McCabe

Narrated By: Allyson Ryan

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2014

Duration: 10 hours 20 minutes


An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband, inspired by the letters of a remarkable female soldier who fought in the Civil War.

Rosetta doesn't want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm. When Jeremiah leaves, Rosetta decides her true place is by his side, no matter what that means, and to be with him, she follows him into war.

With the army desperate for recruits, Rosetta has no trouble volunteering, although she faces an incredulous husband. Her strong will clashes with Jeremiah's, and their marriage is tested by broken conventions, constant danger, war, and the fear that Rosetta will be discovered.

Rich with historical details and inspired by more than 250 documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is a courageous adventure, a woman's search for meaning and individuality, and a poignant story of enduring love.


  • Patricia K

    I've read extensively about the Civil War - about the causes, the battles, the generals and common soldiers North and South - but I have never read anything about the many women who served disguised as men in the ranks. "I Shall Be Near To You" was a great introduction to the seldom told story of these brave and determined women. While the novel is inspired by a real woman (but not based on her life), I felt the sentiments and experiences of the main character still rang true. The descriptions of camp life and battlefield chaos put you there and I cared deeply about what happened not only to Rosetta, the main character, but to the well developed supporting characters as well. The narrator (Allyson Ryan) did an excellent job of giving voice to Rosetta. There were many times in Ms. Ryan's reading that I felt the anxiety, sadness, joy, and tedium of Rosetta's situation. I appreciate when an author can put a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye without getting overly sentimental. A very enjoyable listen and a jumping off spot to learn more about the real Rosetta who was the inspiration for this book as well as the other women like her who served as men in the Civil War.

I Shall Be Near to You: A Novel

by Erin Lindsay McCabe

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I Shall Be Near to You: A Novel, Erin Lindsay McCabe