Bachelor Buttons by Kathleen L. Maher
Published: March 15, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
About the book:
The daughter of immigrants who fled the Irish Potato Famine, Rose Meehan longs for a better life than the tenements of New York City. Courted by two men–a young doctor who represents material security, and a poor violin instructor who has captured her heart–she must choose between a life of advantage-grabbing or a life of faith. When Manhattan explodes in mob rule following Lincoln’s unpopular draft, the heroic action of one suitor brings provision for those she loves, and reveals God’s plan.
For such a short story, there was so much detail and history packed into this! I love how she brought to life the Civil War draft riots. The characters felt very real. I also like how she included information about her own family’s history in this one. It was very good!