Fortitude by Carrie Dalby
Fortitude is set in the period of time in our history where the Jim Crow laws were still a huge deal. Claire is the story’s main female character and she goes against the odds to assist her friend in a colored camp for soldiers. She stands out like a sore thumb with her red hair and freckles but beats the odds by doing her best. She faces many struggles as the story progresses and experiences love and friendship in unlikely ways. I marveled at how strong her character was and how she matured during her time at the camps. Her story made for a wonderful read and I had a hard time putting the novel down.