A Difference of Purpose
A Novel of the American Civil War
Author: Terry Soileau
A DIFFERENCE OF PURPOSE tells the story of 12 year old Jonathan Berkeley, a Confederate drummer boy serving with the famous Orphan Brigade, and his uncle and Godfather, Alexander Wythe, an abolitionist lawyer and captain serving in the Federal army. They wrestle with God and their own inner demons as they confront devastating personal tragedies and search desperately for faith, love, and meaning in a torn and tragic world of civil war.
This novel is quite different from the types of books I usually read so I was excited to try it out and see what I thought of it! I got through school with all A's but for some reason I didn't learn much about the Civil War (or any war for that matter) so this book helped me learn more about it.
I found this book intriguing. I really liked how the author focused on the struggles of the characters. The families had a hard time agreeing about what was right and what was wrong. Is killing in the war justifiable? Or is murder simply murder? The characters were also struggling with their faith. Is there a God? If so why would he allow this suffering? Does he hear our prayers? This book portrays the sad truth that many families had to go through with being torn away from their loved ones during the war not knowing if they would ever see them again or not.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
If you are into history I think that you would truly like this book. If you want to grab a copy for yourself here is the link to where you can buy this novel: