Praise for Toe the Mark series books
I've walked around Little Round Top at Gettysburg and along Bull Run at Manassas, trying to understand the Civil War and connect with that time. But reading Henry Marts personal story, and the engagements of the Jersey Brigade, brought home to me the depth and breadth of the war. I'm left thinking about the other 2.75 million Civil War soldier stories, each unique, and looking forward to additional books in the "Toe the Mark" series.
Electrical engineer, Carnegie Mellon University
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Jesse has everything a good story needs as he quickly emerges into manhood and leadership forced upon him by the challenges of this war that pits kin against kin. He learns to love and hate, to be fearful and fearless, and to wonder at any sense of war. Ruth tells his story with such passion that you can feel every emotion that Jesse feels as he sees his life change as he travels through the final days of the war. ...
What an excellent book! Ruth really knows how to bring the characters to life. This book is not just for the Civil War history buffs. This tale kept my interest and was very entertaining. Get this book! You will not regret it.
It really grabbed my imagination. I keep thinking about Henry . . . could smell the leather, feel the coarse fabrics, smell the food, feel the dirt and blood, the soft touch of Christiana's hand . . . What a "raw" experience of life.
Graphic artist, Palm Springs
I don't usually read historical fiction, but I found Henry engaging. The author is good with dialog, which makes the story come alive . . . Recommend it to anyone interested in Civil War stories. Most of the facts are true and the fictional additions help the story flow.
Retired IT/Finance, Baltimore
Ruth Webster's writing in this historical novel is stellar. This would be a perfect gift for any Civil War buffs you might know.
Hana Haatainen Caye
Writer, Editor, Voice over artist, Pittsburgh
A smooth, believable read . . . Realistic historical novel . . . Would a young soldier be able to ignore his family's Quaker teachings to fight for the Union he believed in? Would he go home from the brutal war so changed that his sweetheart would not recognize him? The author is especially good with description that helps you believe you are there, on the spot.