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FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby – Review by Katie Matthews

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Fortitude was an excellent read and one that I found really difficult to put down. I really like historical fiction but I’m more of a romance type of reader so when I read the blurb for this book I was intrigued to try something historical and a little different and I am so glad that I did, I loved every minute of this story. There were some pats that for us today were hard to even comprehend but for the time period that it was written about that is how people thought and for me I was impressed with how to author dealt with them. I have read books by this author before so I knew it would be well written but what shone through for me was the level of detail that the author included I could tell that she had really researched well before writing this story. I liked that characters, I thought that they were well developed and I connected with them.
I thought that Fortitude was definitely a great read and I look forward to more from this author again in the future.

@katiem
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FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby – Review by Gail Guerrero

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby

Five Stars

It’s hard for me sometimes to read about the past. The pain and suffering people experienced because of the color of their skin. Claire is very unique in her time. She doesn’t see the issue so she loves and gives from her heart. She stepped up to help when none else would. She didn’t really think of the consequences but that made it more genuine. Her need to help others outweighed her reputation. The author painted us a story that could be true. The life people lived in these times were scary. I really liked Joe as well he grew up in their time apart and I think it’s because he sees more from Claire’s POV. The story made me sad but also happy. Because I look at the world now and know that it isn’t like this much anymore. We share our schools and cultures. We mix our races. We love just because we can. We date whoever we want and live to see another day without fear of that choice. It’s a beautiful thing and the author gave that to Claire. Hope that one day everyone will see life through her eyes.
Review by @gguerrero89

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Fortitude By Carrie Dalby – Review by Katie Kearney

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fortitude By Carrie Dalby. This story was an enjoyable read, while I didn’t quite get completely emerged into it I still couldn’t stop until the end. The author does a good job of writing about a time in history that most people seem to forget. It’s well written and I feel well researched. It’s paced nicely with characters you can connect with on some level. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction but this one wasn’t disappointing, I enjoyed finishing the story the author had to tell. The subjects told in this story are sometimes hard to imagine a world where they existed but I think the author wrote about them well. I’m giving this story a four star review and recommend it.

reviewed by @jk102905

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FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby – Review by Erica Fish

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fortitude by Carrie Dalby takes place in the late 1890’s. One thing I have to say that I enjoy the most is that Carrie Dalby can pick apart historical time and test the limits of what others may think when they were there in the flesh. This story has romance (forbidden love), danger, racism, acceptance, secrets, drama, and emotions that run high at times. The story is set in the Spanish-American War where racism and Jim Crow laws are happening. Claire is the female main character and one who pushes the buttons around her. Claire is a smart and strong but ends up in the wrong time period. She is a nurse who is tending the Buffalo Soldiers. She enjoys working with the black soldiers and that is start of the problem. There is such an emotional response to what is going on and intense hatred is astonishing to me. It was hard reading some of the story because I was on this emotional ride and not sure how to feel at other parts. I highly recommend this book and maybe we can get our students to read this story so that they can grasp the reality of the past and maybe learn from it so it does not repeat again.

reviewed by @firestars0002

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby – Review by Emily Walsh

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By: Carrie Dalby
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fortitude by Carrie Dalby was a pretty okay read, that shed some light onto a dark dangerous time.

Not my first read by this author so I knew going in that the writing would be smooth and the plot well researched. This book was such, though I do have some things that aren’t sitting quite right, and that’s mainly the ending. I wasn’t satisfied, or felt like it tied anything up like an ending should. Now it wasn’t bad, I just felt that, it didn’t quite fit with the overall story.

Let’s get into it shall we. Well written and engaging, I was pretty hooked on this book, but I wasn’t fully absorbed. From the synopsis I thought the plot would be fast moving and thriller like. But this turned out to be a completely different type of story. The start was slow, but the easy flow of the writing made it enjoyable. I just felt there was a disconnect somewhere, and I don’t know if it was the misguidance of the synopsis, or the MC herself. I guess the best word would be flat, there were some flat areas that drew me out of the story.

Now don’t get me wrong, this is a very well researched and compelling story, and I loved the friendship and message. I’m just on the fence about it a little bit. But as you know reading is subjective and what I didn’t like, you might. So just because I had some issues, and as I said this isn’t a bad story, doesn’t mean you will as well. So please take my recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will find the message and selflessness, as endaring and captivating, as I did.

Happy Reading

-Review by @eawalsh

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FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fortitude by Carrie Dalby

5-stars

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.

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FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby – Review by Liz Vrchota

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby is one of those novels that crept up and swept me away unexpectedly. I was really not sure what to expect other than an darker coming of age story from what little I read before I was convinced that I needed to read it. I am glad that I did, and will definitely be adding this to my list of books to share with my tween daughter as she grows into that age. Claire O’Farrell is a character that can reach different age groups and still entertain while spreading a much needed history reminder and lessons in well, Fortitude. I was hooked on her journey from the very beginning and loved how Carrie Dalby brought to life the scenery as much as the characters. I felt as if I was right there amidst the chaos and sadness, weather it be in an action situation or a just an emotive situation where you could feel the emotions of the characters drip off the pages. It is definitely one I would recommend reading and having on your bookshelf too! I can’t wait to see what will come next from Carrie Dalby.

Review by @lizaileen
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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby – Review by Sheri Schrader

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fortitude by Carrie Dalby is a wonderful historical novel. Set in 1898 the story follows Claire, a sixteen year old girl. She experiences racism and the effect of Jim Crow laws on the people around her. She is held in contempt by some of her peers because she is not working in the medical tent for whites instead she is working in the tent for African Americans.
This novel is intriguing because of the historical nature and the topics covered. I liked the detail and the characters used by the author. This is a great story because it is speaking of a time that many want to forget in US history. The effects of Jim Crow laws are still seen in the south today and this speaks to how they impacted the lives of people when they were instituted. I really look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Reviewed by @sherimichelle1

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby – Review by Tracy Wilkin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fortitude is a historical romance by Carrie Dalby. I was excited to go for a spin with this author, as I haven’t read her work before, and I am always keen to try something new and take a chance on the unknown and exciting.

Fortitude is a riveting tale set in 1898, and the leading character, Claire, had her work cut out for her. She went against the norm, in a somewhat volatile world. From having a Creole as a best friend and nursing the enemy, Claire went against the grain, not fitting into what was acceptable by society at the time. This story was so easy to read, so easy to relate to, so easy to escape into. I loved the way the author described her characters, the plot and the old style way. I love reading about the past, and this author’s spin on it was fantastic. An epic story that I totally disappeared in. 5 stars.

Reviewed by @tracywilkin

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby – Review by Debi Kircher

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fortitude by Carrie Dalby

5 Stars

This was an awesome story and written very well, and you could tell the author took time in making sure the facts were straight and very clear and easy to follow.

This is my second read by this author and I almost gave this story 4 stars, but that would not have been fair since it’s only that I am not crazy about historical stories that would cause that. I was surprised that in a lot of ways I truly enjoyed this book, although that time period and how people thought and reacted to certain things bothered me, it is what it is and how it was.

Because of how this author takes care in her words and stories and that they flow so smoothly I will absolutely be looking for more.

Awesome book!

Review by @debikircher

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