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My Name is John Singer

History tells us on April 26, 1865 John Wilkes Booth as cornered and eventually shot at Richard Garrett’s Barn at Port Royal Virginia. Or was he? In this fictional account Booth evades the fiery blaze and gunshot, supplanted at the last moment by a fellow confederate sympathizer, and he escapes. Yet now hiding in plain sight with a glommed persona as John Singer, he is repentant for his crime and who then would dare to help him?

It was early May, 1865 A wounded confederate soldier known as John Singer awoke in a field hospital in Alexandria, Virginia where Nurse Emma Dixon struggles to keep him alive. Surrounded by mystery, the compelling man refuses to explain his past.

Drawn to find answers, Emma discovers John Singer is not a confederate soldier at all but the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln!

For his real name is John Wilkes Booth!

What will she do?

C. Aug

This gem of a book has it all — romance, passion and suspense with history inter-woven throughout the story. It is a creative and well-written fictional tale about “what if” John Wilkes Booth survived. Page after page kept me guessing as to how this would all turn out for the main characters. I know it’s cliche to say, “I couldn’t put it down” but it is true, especially towards the end. I wondered throughout the story if certain details were fact or fiction, and that made me curious to know more about John Wilkes Booth (I’ve been googling!) I appreciated the author including a “Biographies and Author Insights” section at the end where she shares her research and inspirations for the book.

Kathleen Taylor

I will begin with the fact that I know the Author personally - also, that I am not a Civil War buff. Lisa Samia’s premise that Lincoln’s murderer, John Wilkes Booth, had survived the barn fire was very plausible. Supported by the fact that there were conspiracy theories about his possible escape for years. The characters are well drawn. Her research about the historical facts and people of the day is evident, as she portrays the hospital environment, and real life figures such as: Asia (John’s sister), Walt Whitman, and Louisa May Alcott. It is a romantic novel set against the backdrop of the devastation of the end of the Civil War - and love plays a very important role.

History Reader

I almost didn't purchase this book because of the picture on the cover; I am glad that I did however because the book is excellent. The characters in the book are all very well developed. "John Singer" is totally captivating. Please just redesign the cover---perhaps an original photo from the 1860s!!

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