About the book:
When Confederate Private Jonathan “Woody” Woodard scours the battlefield of Port Republic, Virginia, an innocent voice beckons him. He picks up a gold-cased ambrotype and gazes at the image of a little girl. Over time, the photograph becomes Woody’s only respite from the nighttime demons of war that torture him. His permanent renewal is somehow dependent upon returning the gold case to the family of the dead bluecoat, whose haversack yields its treasure when he hits the ground.
Woody is captured, and months later a prison escape during a North Ohio blizzard claims his foot. The quest to find the girl begins. Woody enlists the help of the widow Rebecca Johnston in exchange for free labor around her Southern Ohio farm. He soon learns she is an abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad. Complications arise: love enters the equation, but an insurmountable lie stands between them. Does Woody come clean with his secret? Will he put his search on hold to help Rebecca rescue a freedman and his son, sent to Lumpkin’s notorious slave jail in Richmond through the Reverse Underground Railroad?
The Unnamed Girl is about the power of love to rescue: the unlikely love of a woman whose world is far removed from one man’s crumbling reality; and the mysterious connection with an object that exudes an innocence and love that preserves his emotional being. This is a story of renewal and transformation that transcends the pages of a novel to bring hope to the reader…hope that a new day is on the horizon in their lives, and that God can make all things new for those who trust him.