The American Civil War erupts in their yard, leaving the Loren sisters and their friends choice but to get busy fixin' things. History viewed through the eyes of people who lived it, with all glamour and patriotism stripped away. Dedicated to all the women who sacrificed their health, their lives, and their sanity to keep the [Gettysburg National Cemetery] from being a hundred times larger. Seventeen-year-old Megan Loren feels unloved, unwelcome and unwanted except by the one person who should t want her. She plans to one day leave the farm that does t feel like home and the elder sister who seems to see her only as a responsibility. Then, The War comes to Loren Farm. Battle lines and love lines cross and counter cross to entangle passions and loyalties and strain family ties as Megan, her sister, her cousin and their friends have choice but to get busy fixin' things. Lovers and fighters alike will find ample fare to delight their reading palate in this holds barred tale of human strengths and human weaknesses let loose at Gettysburg - the American Civil War at its awesome/gruesome best.
Born in the heart of the Great Depression, Peggy Ullman Bell grew up in books, dozens of books, as many as 12 a week the summer she was 15. Reared in historic Gettysburg and York, Pennsylvania, Ms. Bell yearned to learn what women were doing while men were fighting battles and making revolutions. The history books did not tell her, and thus her search began. Though originally from scant miles north of the Mason/Dixon Line and educated as a child in Gettysburg, Bell made her home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a quarter of a century. But, I live in cyberspace, she explains in sultry southern tones. FIXIN' THINGS, is Ms. Bell's gift to her mother, Eva May Lightner, now deceased.