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From master storyteller Carla Kelly comes this collection of frontier tales that take you behind typical army lines and into the hearts of ordinary men and women who perform extraordinary acts of bravery. From handsome hospital stewards and dashing soldiers to courageous children and wives who will pull at your heartstrings, there’s something for everyone’s fancy....

Title : For This We Are Soldiers: Tales of the Frontier Army
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ISBN : 9781462119240
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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For This We Are Soldiers: Tales of the Frontier Army Reviews

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    2019-05-20 23:27

    Isn’t that a beautiful cover? I’m such a sucker for a pretty book cover, this one caught my eye and made me want to pick it up and dive in. This is a collection of six stories, I believe four had been previously published, but was fun to have them all together in one collection. Ms. Kelly is a master at writing historical fiction. She really brings whatever time period she is writing to life. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into time, becoming immersed in the characters, setting and day to day lives of people of the time. I love reading historicals because it gives me a chance to step out of my comfort zone and see things from a totally different perspective. I think I’ve read more of Ms. Kelly’s regencies, but I have really come to love her American Historicals as well, especially these that are set during the Civil War. It’s such a fascinating time in our country’s history and I love the different views Kelly gives us in each unique story. Overall, this was a nice collection of novellas, I’d recommend to any fan of the historical genre. Content: CleanSource: Review copy as part of blog tour

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    2019-05-02 03:30

    I'm a huge fan of Carla Kelly's writing style. She has a way of including the gritty and sometimes grim facts of life from the historical eras her stories are set in that only adds to the intensity and realism of the plot and romance while allowing the subtle humor of her characters to bring a lighter and hopeful tone. I love that her characters are regular, everyday working people. She is a great researcher and I can trust that her stories are historically accurate. This collection of stories is a nod to the women who sacrificed a great deal during their lives serving with the army in the wilderness of the western frontier. Some are short stories that provide a vignette, while others are longer novellas with a fuller story arc. My favorite was "Take a Memo" with the shy Corporal Ted Sheppard and his opportunity to get closer to sweet Millie while following orders to get to the bottom of who is responsible for wandering cows and missing milk. This is a collection not to miss for fans of western historical fiction and sweet romance.(Thank you to Cedar Fort Publishing for a copy of the book; this is my honest review)

  • Katie W
    2019-04-25 06:12

    (3.5 Stars) My favorite way to learn some new facts about history is to pick up a great historical fiction and Carla Kelly really knows her stuff. This book is a collection of short stories that all revolve around soldiers and life in the army. Although the characters, situations, and details are realistic and sordid, each story is told in a way that is gentle and certainly warms the heart. As I previously mentioned, details were brought to my attention through each story that I hadn't thought of before. Specifically, the roles that women played during different wars. Am I ever grateful to live when and where I do! Some of the stories were quite short and just ended. I wanted more--more details, more development...just more. Others were a little longer and fulfilled some of that desire for more. While I was left wanting, I still enjoyed each story and loved getting to see a snippet into the lives of these characters during their times in history.Content: very mild war violence; very mild romance. Clean!*I received a copy through the publisher, which in no way affected my review. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own and I wasn't compensated for them.*

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    2019-05-18 02:23

    I always enjoy books by Carla Kelly. This book was a bit different than her usual stand alone novel in that it contained a collection of short stories. All the stories revolve around people of the army of the frontier. One thing I love about Carla Kelly is that her books always feel authentic to the time and place she is writing about. She maintains a fantastic balance of grit and gentleness that resonates with me as a reader.Each story in this book has something in it that will tug at your heart. Life in the army isn't an easy one and these stories bring that to the front but they also show that love and compassion thrived there too. Historical fiction like this is one of my favorite genres because it reminds me how much I have to be grateful for and how many people have gone before me to make that possible. If you love historical fiction and especially those set in the western frontier, you should give this book a try. Content: Clean--I received this book from the publisher. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  • Shauna
    2019-05-07 22:38

    This book is WONDERFUL! War stories like you have never read before-- These tales are not of the battlefield, but are behind the scenes of the war, and yet they are oh. so. powerful. You will read of officers' wives, hospital personnel, children being left with a charge to watch over their families, soldiers helping soldiers, and much more. And even as each are living in the most difficult of circumstances-- the heart is still a tender thing and life has a way of just going on. ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS COLLECTION OF STORIES!

  • Michele
    2019-05-01 00:17

    I'm a sucker for anything Carla Kelly writes, but this collection of short stories was truly wonderful. The anthology has some previously released novellas mixed with a few that are new and they worked perfectly together in my humble opinion. What I found truly interesting was that although there may not have been a link between the characters as they didn't appear in multiple stories, the connecting thread was the soldiers, their loved ones, and the hardships they all faced. And some of the characters endured things that would break many people down, but these stories showed how they persevered.I would definitely recommend this collection to Western Historical fans. There was a great combination of history, military drama, romance, family issues, and, yes, even lighthearted humor.

  • Kristi
    2019-05-22 06:31

    I always enjoy Carla Kelly for she really does a great job of giving the reader the feeling of walking a few steps in someone’s shoe’s in history. She is probably one of the best at this and I love it. This is a collection of short stories, a few are new and a few appear in other collections. You should also know that not all of these are romances, but I didn’t mind for they were all interesting.

  • Heidi
    2019-05-15 06:32

    One of the things that I love about this book is that it's all about ordinary people. People like me who did the best they could with what they had. This book focuses on the decades related to what historians call the Indian Wars, basically the years that the U.S. Army spent fighting various Indian tribes. In this book we meet a new bride forced to adjust to poor living conditions and her husband being gone for weeks at a time. A shy hospital steward who is attracted to a biracial woman who serves an officer's family. A black soldier's risking his life to save a young girl's white father leaving a family forever indebted. A young mother working as a laundress who leaves an unforgettable impact on a newly minted young officer. And an experienced sergeant waiting to win the woman he loves while putting up with a spoiled young officer. Each story tugged at my heart strings, some in happy ways, some in heartbreaking ways. The story about the hospital cows and some stolen milk made me laugh out loud as a young corporal, eager to win the heart of a young hospital matron, is forced to search for the thief. The story of the young mother working as a laundress broke my heart as she patiently continued to struggle to care for both her own child and two adopted children despite little compassion or help from anyone else. Carly Kelly has written another book that I will gladly place on my favorites shelf. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading historical fiction with a dash of romance.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-21 02:16

    This book is a compilation of four previously published stories, plus two new ones. 'Such Brave Men', 'Break a Leg', 'A Season for Heroes' and 'Mary Murphy,' have been published before, while 'Take a Memo' and 'A Leader To His Troops' are brand new.As usual Ms. Kelly gifts us with characters that are of working class, or in this case some sergeants and corporals of the U.S. Army as well as introducing us to some of the strongest women who've fought and survived the brutality of the frontier.Carla’s love of history and attention to detail, as well as her meticulous research of army life in the 19th century America, will have you enjoy these stories to its fullest. They portray a time long past and people who needed integrity and grit in order to survive and thrive in the frontier.But what I loved most about this book is that every story was touching and heartwarming, with a kernel of wisdom in each. I enjoyed following these characters as they learn to love in difficult times and army conditions.Worth the read!Melanie for b2bComplimentary copy provided by the publisher

  • Julie
    2019-05-15 06:30

    This is a collection of novellas and short stories that highlight ordinary men and women who are dealing with war and its aftereffects. There were some that were sweet, like Ozzy and Suh, and some that will make you cry, like Ezra Freeman, and there are definitely some that will make you smile like Ted and Millie. But each one has that special something that makes a Carla Kelly book stand out---they are about regular men and women, just trying to find that special someone while they muddle through the trying times. Everyone can relate to it and everyone will love the journey to their happily-ever-afters. I know I did.This is the perfect collection for when you want to have a little bite-sized romantic story with well-developed characters combined with a setting that will make you feel like you're there. You won't be disappointed!Originally reviewed on

  • Patti
    2019-05-18 06:20

    What more can I say about another book from my favorite author? I read anything she writes. She could write a story titled "The Color Beige" - and I would buy it and eagerly dive into it! This is a collection of short stories of the army frontier, back when the west was wild and fit only for the courageous. Four stories have been out in other books, the other two are new. I had only read one, ‘Break a Leg’, but gladly reread it, because well – it’s just heartwarmingly good! (5 stars)This small book is a very fast read; I did it easily in a day between waiting for several things to happen. Stories range from 2-5 stars; overall, it’s 3 stars. And will add here, a beautiful cover!

  • Michele
    2019-04-22 02:09

    Carla Kelly for me is a go to author. She writes novels of the human spirit set in authentically portrayed historical backgrounds. This gem is a series of short stories of army men and women set during the Indian Wars out west. Being a military brat, I can verify that Mrs Kelly captures the essence of military relationships and hierarchy. A tenuous thread of across the ranks respect while retaining rigid disciple and distinction is rarely captured effectively. Mrs Kelly does so effectively while telling believable stories of hardships and love in the frontier army.

  • Barb in Maryland
    2019-05-17 00:09

    Nice collection of Kelly's short stories featuring the US Army in the post-Civil War West. Most of the stories have been published before; however, there are a few new ones. Most of the stories have a touch of romance as well. This would be a good intro for readers unfamiliar with Kelly's short fiction.

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    2019-05-13 00:11

    I really enjoyed this one! Review posting 10/20.

  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    2019-05-13 05:12

    For This We Are SoldiersTales of the Frontier ArmyBy Carla KellyThis is a delightful collection of 6 short stories that are set during the years of the Indian Wars (1854-1890). Rather than focusing on the men who served this book looks at the women who gave up the lives they knew for the unknown isolation that awaited them.The stories include Such Brave Men in which newly wed Emma Sanders learns about Army housing and the joys of being ranked. And her experiences with raking make her a professional by the end of her second day at the fort.Break a Leg brings together three lonely people when a outbreak of injuries tests the skills of the hospital steward Colm Callahan. He calls on the skills of Audra Washington a former slave who is working as a servant for Captain and Mrs. Chambers. An injured actor gives the two just the right push to end their loneliness and find the family they always desired.A Season for Heroes Jane Stokes learns the one terrible thing being a woman with the army is the waiting. Her father's company is overdue with no idea where they are. With her mother having a difficult pregnancy Jane learns just how true her mother's words are and what makes a man a hero.Take a Memo some wandering milk cows leads to a war of memos between the commanding officer and the post surgeon. And in the process of delivering the memos Corporal Theodore Sheppard has an excuse to converse with Millie Drummond who has captured his attention.Mary Murphy is a short tale about the trials and sacrifices made by the company laundress.A Leader of His Troops rounds out the selection as the path to happily ever after is impeded by unpredictable mail service and deserters. When faced with a choice between love or duty Captain Shaw has a choice to make that will determine whether he will ever be a leader to his troops. Of the six stories my favorite is Break a Leg which is the longest of the six and allowed for the greatest character development. The characters are truly ones one could enjoy getting to know.I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher for reviewing purposes with no expectation of a positive review, all opinions are my own.

  • Kent
    2019-05-15 01:33

    First time reading Carla Kelly, who apparently has written several Westerns and other books. This is a different sort of Western, because its from the pov of mostly the women who were wives, sweethearts, or otherwise attached to the Army during the later 1800s in the West. Very clean; some good fun mild romance and interesting stories from the women's perspective of being the one's waiting while their husbands/betrtothed/sweethearts are out on patrol against marauding Indians or other circumstances. There are some stories where the main characters are not your usual soldiers; tough, brawny, 'weathered', etc. Still the characters are more believable because of their uniqueness. I'm going to be reading more of Kelly's books!

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2019-05-16 03:30

    As I read the introduction of this collection of stories I wasn'the surprised to learn that Carla Kelly is a historian. It made perfect sense because I have always admired her attention to detail in her historical fiction.This collection centers around the Indian Wars. Each story is unique. The characters and circumstances are different. All tell the story of soldiers, families, and some of blossoming romance. The people in the stories are resilient and illustrate the hard life that many led. The stories feel as if they are reflections of the past.This is another wonderful book from an amazing author.

  • Cherri
    2019-05-04 00:23

    Sweet stories of life in the army during Frontier days.

  • Allison
    2019-04-21 23:34

    An easy read collection of short stories written in tribute to the women of the frontier.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-21 04:39

    Fun little book filled with short stories. I'm only sad that I get attached to the characters and I don't get to spend a lot of time with them.

  • Darlene
    2019-05-06 03:24

    I enjoy Carla Kelly's Regency romances, but I really like her tales set in the American West. Her depth of knowledge of the period, her eye for detail, all of it combines with excellent story-telling to make for a great reading experience.This collection of tales from the frontier isn't a romance collection, and three of the stories appeared in the (also excellent) Here's To the Ladies, but it's a good purchase for her fans. I hope Ms. Kelly continues to bring us tales from the frontier army, a milieu she handles better than any other romance author today.

  • Laura
    2019-05-04 01:28

    I've always loved Kelly's books but this one left me wanting more! I'm just not content with short stories. But I'm still a huge fan!

  • Jeri
    2019-05-13 03:30

    Only one reprint!Sweet short stories of women who followed the drum in the West following the Civil War. Carla Kelly has a rare talent for making ordinary people lovable and extra ordinary.

  • Cathy
    2019-05-14 03:24

    I enjoyed reading this collection by Carla Kelly, each of the titles included is short, easily read and interesting. There was at least one of them that I had already read, "Break a Leg," it was in the Old West Collection of A Timeless Romance Anthology and I remember reading it and liking it then as well.This one has 6 tales written by Carla Kelly about women who would have been associated with the army after the time of the Civil War. That makes this fun, because you don't usually hear about the women of that time period. I enjoyed reading each of the tales, some are longer than others, but they are all fairly short. One of my favorites was the first one, "Such Brave Men," It's about Emma and Hart Sanders. Hart is sent on a campaign with his company, leaving Emma to fend for herself in Fort Laramie. All would have been just fine, except that Emma keeps being asked to move because her husband doesn't have much seniority. I loved her attitude though, even though she's just worked to get all settled, even cleaning out what appeared to have once been a chicken coop, she kept her sense of humor and was always kind to those around her.I've been hoping for a new Carla Kelly novel to read, but due to some health issues, this is what she's had time for this year. This is a cute collection that you'll enjoy reading.

  • Patsyann
    2019-05-04 00:34

    Story #1 - already have in another bookStory #2 - already have in another book DNRStory #3 - already have in another book - Did not readStory #4Binge reading Carla Kelly short stories. Great little story with a great male character. Story told from Male perspective - something that Kelly does well. Fun reading about a military fort and messages going back forth in a fort. Great military story - great little love story.BEST USE OF MessagesALPHA MALE: 9SPUNKY HEROINE: 10SEX: 0HEA: Yes!!PROLOGUE/EPILOGUE: noneRating10 - a keeperHeat0 - didn't need it________________________________Story #5 - already have in another book - Did not read_________________________________Story #6Binge continues.Another story with the male perspective and a great love story.Real feel of military life on an 1880 fort in the west.Great story, fun to read. Love the Irish maid and how she met her soul mate. Loved when Hiriam told Birdie of his military experiences.BEST USE OF: a babyALPHA MALE: 10SPUNKY HEROINE: 10SEX: 1HEA: oh yesPROLOGUE/ EPILOGUE: Nonerating10 - a keeperHeat1 - lots of kissing and pettingCOVER COVERS IT: Best. Cover. Ever

  • Amy
    2019-05-17 03:15

    I really like Carla Kelly's writing style.

  • Emmy
    2019-04-30 00:13

    This book is a collection of short stories that take place at a time when the wild west really was the wild west, much of the United States still unclaimed. I love how real the characters all felt and how we got little glimpses of their lives that left you satisfied yet wanting more. Carla does an amazing job transporting you and making it feel so real. The stories were all independent yet it made it feel like maybe there was a connection between several of the stories that could be there. It made me want to go back and read it again to see if I could pick up on more clues that somehow connects the stories, if they even connect.This is a fast easy read, and can even be read just a short story at a time. Though it deals with war and war time, it is what I classify as a clean book, free from language and strong graphic or sexual imagery. I really enjoyed this book. I was given a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

  • Christine
    2019-05-07 23:36

    From a soldier’s bride making a new home on the U.S. frontier at Fort Laramie, Dakota Territory, to Corporal of the Day Theodore Sheppard trying to solve who milked the surgeon’s cows and stole the milk at Fort Buford in Dakota Territory, the seven short stories in Carla Kelly’s compilation “For This We are Soliders: Tales of the Frontier Army” share a slice of life at the military outposts.She weaves vivid characters and settings as she shares stories about life, at times behind the scenes, at these frontier military bases.Click here for the review I did for the Deseret News.

  • Abby
    2019-05-12 04:13

    I received a digital copy of For This We Are Soldiers from Cedar Fort Publishing in exchange for my honest review.Carla Kelly creates an excellent display of varied stories and themes. Everything from the characters to the flow to the internal plot structures is crafted masterfully. I also feel that she did an excellent job at the historical parts of the stories. I learned a lot about the Indian Wars through this book and really felt like I was there.To read more of this review, check out the Writing Worm blog found here

  • Diana
    2019-05-17 01:14

    If you like Carla Kelly, you'll like this. I don't usually like anthologies because I like long, deep stories and short stories don't give me time to delve into the characters. But Kelly is great and these were too. I've been telling myself "For this we are mothers" every time my kids make a huge mess or I'm up in the middle of the night with the baby.