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HaBO: A YA from the Early 2000s Set During the Civil War

Help a Bitch OutThis HaBO is from ppyajunebug, who is looking for a book from a while ago: 

Okay, so it's not 100% a romance, but it definitely has ~strong romantic elements~.

This was a YA book published in the early 2000s, I believe. It took place during the Civil War- the heroine lived in northern Virginia and her older brother joins the Confederacy.

At some point she meets a Union soldier, at another point she somehow gets suspected of being a Confederate spy and thrown in jail, and then the Union soldier proposes to her and they get married.

I'm pretty sure the cover had a girl in a blue dress looking out a window. I remember loving this book, partly because it all happened in my hometown and partly because there was ~kissing~.

Help me, please? 

Oh, this sounds like terrific YA historical. Do you recognize this book?


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  1. 1
    Nicole says:

    I think that this is Annie, Between the States by Laura Malone Elliott

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    Katie says:

    The first book that comes to mind is The Last Silk Dress by Ann Rinaldi, but I don’t think that’s quite right.

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    CT says:

    Ann Rinaldi, The Last Silk Dress?

    ONE OF MY FAVORITES EVER, OMGGGGG. Actually still have it on my shelf.

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    Nicole says:

    From middle school through college, a good friend and I were obsessed with reading every Ann Rinaldi book we could get our hands on. A Wolf By the Ears still stands out in my memory as one of the most nuanced depictions of complex race relations and the family issues that arose as a result of slavery. I haven’t read The Last Silk Dress, but it’s on the summer reading list at the library where I work, so I should borrow a copy before the 3 proactive kids in town come looking for it.

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    ppyajunebug says:


    Thank you SO MUCH Nicole!

    I have “The Last Silk Dress” as well.  Ann Rinaldi was my CRACK as a teen

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    Liz says:

    It also could be In My Father’s house by ann rinaldi

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    Jeanne says:

    Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles? Think that’s more Tennessee though…

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