ECPA's Rush To PressCritical Acclaim for Christy Award-Winning Author Tracy Groot’s The Sentinels of Andersonville 

Tyndale’s February 2014 Release Receives Advance Accolades

[Carol Stream, Ill.]—Christy Award–winning author Tracy Groot’s latest novel, The Sentinels of Andersonville, has met with advance critical acclaim. Releasing in February 2014 from Tyndale House,The Sentinels of Andersonville is already receiving industry-wide rave reviews from Christian as well as mainstream media. Selected as Editor’s Top Pick and earning four and a half stars from RT Book ReviewsPublishers Weekly named it one of only four starred reviews chosen for fiction in the magazine’s 11/18/13 issue.

Praise for The Sentinels of Andersonville

“Groot’s well-researched, inspirational historical tale, with its frank depiction of the atrocities at Andersonville and realistic portrayal of characters who question what it truly means to be Christian, will be compelling and memorable for a diverse audience.” —Booklist

“Fast-paced, with endearing protagonists and a thoughtful exploration of why some people do nothing in the face of evil and others risk everything to battle it, The Sentinels of Andersonville is an excellent novel to read and discuss.” CBA Retailers + Resources

“Tracy Groot has crafted an incredible journey into history that is sure to change the way you perceive the Civil War. . . . Two thumbs up on this one . . . it’s immensely satisfying.” Radiant Lit

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About The Sentinels of AndersonvilleNear the end of the Civil War, inhumane conditions at Andersonville Prison caused the deaths of 13,000 Union soldiers in only fourteen months. In this gripping and affecting novel, three young Confederates and an entire town come face-to-face with the prison’s atrocities and learn the cost of compassion, when withheld and when given.

Sentry Dance Pickett has watched, helpless, for months as conditions in the camp have worsened by the day. He knows any mercy will be seen as treason. Southern belle Violet Stiles cannot believe the good folk of Americus would knowingly condone such barbarism, despite the losses they’ve suffered. But when her goodwill campaign stirs up accusations of Union sympathies and endangers her family, she realizes she must tread carefully. Confederate corporal Emery Jones didn’t expect to find camaraderie with the Union prisoner he escorts to Andersonville. But the soldier’s wit and integrity strike a chord in Emery. How could this man be an enemy? Emery vows that their unlikely friendship will survive the war—little knowing what that promise will cost him.

As these three young Rebels cross paths, Emery leads Dance and Violet to a daring act that could hang them for treason. Wrestling with God’s harsh truth, they must decide, once and for all—Who is my neighbor?

Tracy Groot is the critically acclaimed and Christy Award–winning author of several novels. Her most recent books exemplify her unique style of storytelling—reimagining biblical stories within other historical contexts. Tracy’s novels have received starred Booklist and Publishers Weekly reviews and have been called “beautifully written” and “page-turning” by Publishers Weekly and “gripping” with “exquisitely drawn” characters by Library Journal. Tracy and her husband, Jack, have three boys and together run a coffee shop in Holland, Michigan.

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The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot / Tyndale House Publishers / February 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4143-5948-9 / 368 Pages Hardcover/ $24.99