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Sandra’s third Civil War romance, A Musket in My Hands, follows two sisters as they disguise themselves as soldiers and join the men they love in the Confederate army–just in time for the war to grow progressively difficult for Southern soldiers. Tough marches lead them to the Battle of Franklin. How can anyone survive? 

This novel released on November 8, 2018!

Can I count on you in times of great need?”

Callie Jennings reels from her pa’s decision that she must marry his friend, a man older than him. Her heart belongs to her soldier hero, Zach Pearson, but Pa won’t change his mind. Callie has no place to hide. Then her sister, Louisa, proposes a shocking alternative.

Zach still hears his pa’s scornful word—quitter. He’s determined to make something of himself as a soldier. He’ll serve the Confederacy until they win the war. If they win the war.

Callie and Louisa disguise themselves as soldiers and muster into the Confederate army in the fall of 1864. Times are tough and getting tougher for their Confederacy. For Callie, shooting anyone, especially former countrymen, is out of the question—until truth and love and honor come together on the battlefield.

Endorsements for A Musket in My Hands:

 I don’t always read Civil War novels, because I’m not into graphic battle scenes. Sandra Merville Hart’s A Musket in My Hands is a wonderful book. The characters grab your heart right from the beginning and they take you through a unique story line right into battles, where I followed willingly. The book isn’t battle-driven. It’s character driven, and the reader becomes intimately acquainted with these people who had to face things they never dreamed about happening. This is my favorite Civil War novel. I highly recommend it.

Lena Nelson Dooley – bestselling, multiple-award-winning author of 12 Gifts of Christmas, Esther’s Temptation, and Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides.

Sandra Hart, author of the acclaimed A Stranger on My Land and A Rebel in My House has done it again with her third and best novel to date, A Musket in My Hands.  In this brilliant historical fiction, Sandra has sat against the backdrop of Confederate General John Bell Hood’s Tennessee Campaign a study of the little known but genuine phenomenon of women masquerading as men to serve and fight in the opposing armies of the Civil War.  An excellent and well-researched read, this is one of the first books I’ve read to put a touchingly human face on the horrendously bloody Battle of Franklin. 

Kevin Spencer – author of “ON THIS DAY in North Carolina History”

A Musket in My Hands shines with Sandra Hart’s talent for historical romance. Vivid historical details highlight the romance and adventure, excitement and heartache of those desperate to survive the Civil War, while an endearing collage of characters evaluates their own allegiances to God, country, and their fellow man.”

Carrie Del Pizzo – Del Pizzo’s Pen Editing “Words have value … use them well”

What would make two sisters escape the only home they’ve ever known to join the Confederate Army, disguised as men? Prompted by both love and fear, Callie and Louisa are caught up in the War between the States in a way they never imagined. It soon became a nightmare they couldn’t possibly foresee.

In “A Musket in my Hands,” author Sandra Merville Hart has penned a thrilling, well-researched novel set in the latter months of the Civil War. Her characters are believable, likeable, and, at times, frustrating in their decisions. But readers will find themselves rooting for the protagonists and anxiously awaiting resolution, not just in the fighting field, but in the battleground of their souls.

Inspiring and exciting, this novel will capture your heart as well as speed up your heartbeat. A historical romance well worth the read!

Elaine Marie Cooper – Author,  Saratoga Letters

Through A Musket in My Hands, Sandra Merville Hart brings to life the last months of the Confederacy as experienced by two Tennessee sisters who become soldiers for the South. Detailed research contributes to the realism in a tale of courage and strength during a tumultuous time in America’s history. I was moved by the despair and deprivation yet inspired by the characters’ resolve. A captivating read for historical fiction fans!

Sandra Ardoin – author of the award-winning historical romance A Reluctant Melody

Available for preorder on Amazon – buy today for preorder prices!

Sandra is thrilled that her historical romance novella, Surprised by Love, is part of From the Lake to the River. This anthology of short stories and novellas set in Ohio locations have been written by Ohio writers! Published by Mt. Zion Ridge Press, it released on September 1, 2018.

Sandra’s novella in the collection, Surprised by Love, is set during the tragic 1913 Great Miami River Flood in Troy, Ohio.

 Lottie’s feelings for an old school crush blossom again during the worst flood her town has endured in years.

Sandra’s novel, A Rebel in My House, is a Civil War romance set in Gettysburg during the famous 1863 battle. This novel was awarded 2018 Illumination Silver Award and 2nd place in 2018 Finalist Faith Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award!








When the cannons roar beside Sarah Hubbard’s home outside of Gettysburg, she despairs of escaping the war that’s come to Pennsylvania. A wounded Confederate soldier on her doorstep leaves her with a heart-wrenching decision.

Separated from his unit and with a bullet in his back, Jesse Mitchell needs help. He seeks refuge at a house beside Willoughby Run. His future lies in the hands of a woman whose sympathies lay with the North.

Jesse has promised his sister-in-law he’d bring his brother home from the war. Sarah has promised her sister that she’d stay clear of the enemy. Can the two keep their promises amid a war bent on tearing their country apart?

Now available in Audiobook!


Endorsements for A Rebel in My House:

“Sandra Hart has crafted a brilliantly fresh look at not just the Battle of Gettysburg, and the soldiers of both sides who fight it, but also the civilians of Gettysburg who are helplessly pulled into the horrible maelstrom of battle like leaves to a tornado. Meticulously researched, and written with a flowing style that effortlessly pulls the reader from page to page, this is the best novel of Gettysburg since ‘The Killer Angels.’”

~ Kevin Spencer

Writer, historian

Author of This Day in North Carolina History

“As usual, Sandra Hart gives us another interesting and vibrant tale set during the Civil War era. Her research is inherently real and true, characters are alive and relateable, and the setting draws the reader to the book. I heartily and readily recommend this book to not only lovers of historical fiction, but to all who long for a satisfying and worthy read; a book that will end up on your keeper shelf and one that you’ll want to re-read in the future.”

~Carole Brown

Award winning Romantic Suspense novels

Author of the Amazon best-selling  The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman

 Rebel in my House is another top-notch Civil War romance from Sandra Merville Hart. Her detailed historical research on the battle of Gettysburg will put you in the middle of the fight and make you feel the terror and heartbreak of a war that tore our country apart. With a gentle, deft writing style she pulls you into the lives and the hearts of her characters. This keeper book is one you’ll want to not only re-read, but share with lovers of sweet romance as well as historical fiction.”

~Catherine Castle

Author of multi-award-winning The Nun and the Narc  and A Groom for Mama









Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas – Use coupon code SandraMHart for a 20% discount on Lighthouse Publishing books!

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Sandra’s first book in the Civil War series:

A Stranger On My LandCarrie and her little brother, Jay, find a wounded soldier on their land after a battle which later became known as “The Battle Above the Clouds.” Adam, a Union soldier, has been shot twice in the arm. Though Carrie is reluctant to take Adam to their cave where her family hides their livestock from both armies, she cannot turn her back on him.

But her Aunt Lavinia, bitter over what Yankees have done to their land, urges Carrie to allow Adam to die. Carrie refuses, but cannot remove the bullets. Adam’s friendship with Jay softens her heart toward him. It’s not long until his gratitude and teasing manner spark a friendship between the young couple. Even though Carrie’s father fights for the Confederacy in far-off Virginia, her feelings for the handsome young soldier begin to blossom into love.

When Adam’s condition worsens, Carrie knows a Union surgeon is needed to save his life. How can she accomplish this and keep her family’s hiding place a secret?

Now available in audiobook!!! Narrator Robin Jasper does an excellent job captivating and holding her listener’s interest. Available on  Amazon!


  • I pretty much devoured this book, not wanting to stop reading, even after the end! You’ll enjoy this book no matter what your preferred reading genre is. A good story is always worth reading, and that’s what this is. Enjoy! Nancy Bolton, Amazon Reviewer
  • The descriptions of the area and the characters made me feel like I was right there beside them. I read many historical fiction stories and enjoyed this one tremendously. I suggest you give it a try. Grams513, Amazon Reviewer
  • Very exciting and captivating. Held my attention well. Looking forward to the next in the series. Martin Wiles, Goodreads Reviewer
  • I am not typically a reader of historical fiction. I grabbed this book as it was set on Lookout Mountain where both my kids attend college. What a treat!! I loved the characters and the realistic setting. I was captured and drawn in by the characters on page 1! I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! Gwen, Goodreads Reviewer

 Buy links:

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas – Use coupon code SandraMHart for a 20% discount on Lighthouse Publishing books!


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