When asked to share the premise of my new book series, “My Brother’s Flag,” I usually begin by explaining that Maryland was a border state and many families, especially here on the Eastern Shore, were divided during the Civil War. While the Turner family is a fictional representative of that historical reality, the story isn’t just about the brothers, Jeremiah and Charlie.
The first novel in the series, ON GROUNDS OF HONOR, is written from the two perspectives of Jeremiah and his wife, Clara. While the men who became soldiers exchanged their lives of comfort and security for military tents and battles, the women were left behind to worry, pray, and adjust to a new life without the men they had been taught to rely on.
As Jeremiah analyzes the political ramifications of the war, Clara processes the emotional cost to the ones she loves. While Jeremiah is concerned with matters of honor and duty, Clara is haunted by the fear of being widowed. And as the war pulls them apart and takes each of them on very different journeys of hardship and loss, their marriage is held together only by the carefully chosen words in their letters.
The way Jeremiah and Clara are shaped by their experiences is as unique as the struggles they face. While the bitter cruelty of war drives the stake of separation deeper into the nation, it also threatens to destroy the relationship between husband and wife. When everything which once was certain becomes unsure, they will discover if the bond they share is strong enough to hold them together.