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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby – Review by Michelle Austin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fortitude was a great 5 star read. This is a historical romance set during the Spanish-American war.

This is Claire’s story and what she goes through due to her choices. Claire was a brave, independent and strong woman who stood up for what she believed in. She is a nurse for the Buffalo soldiers, caring for them and helping them recover. When things take a twist, she finds herself caught up in racial issues.

Carrie Dalby continues to pull me in with her writing. I really enjoyed this book, there was so much going on. My emotions were all over the place. At times it was hard to read some of the racial parts. All of the secondary characters added a great element to the story. There were several twist and turns. If you’re looking for a good read that will tug at your emotional strings this is the one for you. 1-click and get started today.

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby- Review by Moriah Venable

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fortitude is a novel by Carrie Dalby. This is my first novel by this author.

At the start of the Spanish- American war, Claire O’Farrel travels to Florida to help with the wounded.

Racial tensions arises causing her to go to the hospital tents for colored people.

Will Claire be able to overcome to prejudices and find a happy life for herself.

I usually don’t read historical novels but with this being my first, I did enjoy it. The pace was a little slow at first but eventually picked up.

For anyone looking for something different to read, I recommend it.

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby-Review by Tausha Treadway

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby. This is not the usual type of book that I read but I really enjoyed it. This was a very emotional read set in 1898 when Claire decides to be nurse for the Buffalo Solider’s during the Spanish American War. This was unheard of for a red head, freckled, white woman but Claire was not your average woman. Her best friend was Creole which was not popular during the Jim Crow Law days. As a nurse she falls in love with a solider and that throws her into the fire of the racial wars of the times. Claire is very hard headed and will do what she wants, not normal in that day and time. She is a modern day bad a#@! I loved this book and I read it in one sitting. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby – Review by Stefanie Carney

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To be honest, I don’t know what I expected from this book. Something to take me to another place for a few hours maybe, but what I got was so much more. I found myself fully engrossed in this story and with the characters who broke my heart a few times. Fortitude is defined as courage during pain or adversity, this books shows what fortitude looks like in a way that is relatable and imaginable. Claire is one of the most amazing characters I have read in a long time, she shows what all good heroines should; empathy, bravery, and of course fortitude. I don’t usually read books like this, from this time period because it just breaks my heart but this is a great example of why we should be reading this material. This opened my eyes to not only this incredible writer but to a topic that I’m eager to dive into more. I am looking forward to seeing just how far Carrie Dalby will go in the book world.

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FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby – Review by Kerry Carr

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an amazing story of friendship, love, challenges and racial discrimination during war time.

Claire and Lorette leave their homes to become nurses for the troops. Trouble starts when they place Lorette and Claire into the camp. With the Jim Crow laws that meant there was segregation between white and black people. So when Claire volunteers to work in the camp where she is the only white person problems start to arise.

During her time she falls in love with a solider from that camp which leads to punishments, and discrimination against Claire and her family on her return home.

This story is a story of courage against all odds, standing up for equality between races and fighting for a love you want. Its enjoyable to read but in parts is very sad and makes you realise how destructive humans can be towards either other just because of skin colour

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Fortitude By Carrie Dalby – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Star
Fortitude By Carrie Dalby is a Historical romance story I truly enjoyed reading. I had a hard time putting it down once I started .The authors style of writing grabs your attention and keeps it till the end. This story pulled at my heartstrings at times .One thing I used to always tell my daughter is “its not about what’s on the outside as much as what’s on the inside “ There are good people left .Claire is strong independent woman who doesn’t like to be told who she should or shouldn’t care for.Shes goes and serves as a nurse for the Buffalo Soldiers. Claire helps them recover from their injuries. Find out what happens next I highly recommend reading this book. I can’t wait to read more from this Author

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FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby – Review by Heather Bahm

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fortitude by Carrie Dalby is a coming of age story. This story is set around 1898 featuring Claire, a young woman on the verge of changing her life forever. So many choices at a young age that seem beyond our grasp of understanding today. There was a lot of self discovery within this book, along with growth of the character. Carrie Dalby created vivid imagery in relation to the character and the events that were going on during this time frame.

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FORTITUDE by Carrie Dalby – Review by Julie Lounello

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FORTITUDE by Carrie Daley is a five star novel. I love historical fiction. I love how I can learn about different parts of our history while I still can enjoy a story of someone who might have actually existed. Claire decides that she needs a change and wants to follow her best friend to be a nurse for the Spanish American war. After arriving, she realizes she has been stationed at the black camp. Many people at the time do not want to work there or even be sent there because of the racial tensions. Claire, on the other hand, could care less. She enjoys helping people and could care less who it is she is helping. When she falls in love, she has many decisions to make. This story is heart wrenching and loveable.

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby – Review by Sarah Oakes

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about bravery. Claire O’Farrell is a woman living in America with her family. She speaks her mind and has strange acquaintances which get her into trouble. One day, she and her friend Loretta decide to sign up as nurses to help soldiers in the Spanish – American War. The story follows her adventure in this vocational calling, through danger and illness and violence as Claire grows as a character with the story. When she gets tangled up in events, will her bravery help her make it out alive?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters like Claire standing up for herself but also kind and compassionate underneath or Joe as funny and wise but also kind underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the strict Aunt Norah or the lilvely Loretta.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the island with the waves and the boats and the seagulls and its sights and smells as if you were actually there. Or with the farmhouse with its hills and goats and chickens for a sense of farm life and family written perfectly.
I liked the sense of it being a bildungsroman as Claire grows as a person throughout the narrative, with the first person used perfectly to display her thoughts and feelings. The sense of a historical novel was written well, with societal issues and gaslights and wars in the narrative.
The only issue i would raise is that there were a lot of long sentences which made it hard to get into to the narrative. This could be resolved by a variety of sentences lengths to keep the reader engaged. I would also have liked a date at the start as a chapter title to make it easier for the reader to know what time period it is, especially if you are not from America. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars.

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby – Review by Heather Lovelace

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Achilles heel is historical fiction. It is the one genre that consistently makes my heart flip flop, melding historic details and events with characters that feel authentic and plots that stand the test of time. Dalby does a beautiful job weaving a Civil War era tale with riveting characters. I simply couldn’t read this book fast enough and was hooked from the very first page.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace

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