by Barbara Rebok

A Civil War Epic Novel

From his enlistment through the decade following the Civil War, follow Nathan Spencer as he traverses the battlefield and beyond to learn if all is fair in love and war.  A seminary student turned soldier, Nat struggles with his faith in light of a period fraught with strife, romance, greed, espionage, violence and disaster.

Many incident woven into this work of fiction are based on actual first-hand accounts … the ghosts of Bellville, the murder of General Nelson, Cahaba Prison, the surrender of Fort Athens and the Sultana disaster to name a few.  As one enthusiastic fan mused, “What a fantastic way to learn the history of the brutal, bloody Civil War.”

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Reader Comments

“Everyone in our book club enjoyed reading the book, and with our group that doesn’t happen often.” Marcia Wolfe- Pueblo Readers Group

“I enjoyed THE TEMPERING YEARS very much and it has had a strong effect on me.  I think it would make a perfect complement for high school juniors who are studying American History.”- Lynn Fox- Retired history educator

“It was hard to put down.  Her dialogue and descriptions were so good I often thought she must have been there.”- George Koss

“What a fantastic way to learn the history of the brutal, bloody Civil war, and how it disrupted the lives of ordinary people like you and me.”- George S. Easley

“I thoroughly enjoyed THE TEMPERING YEARS.  Rebok must have done an awful lot of research on it.” Virginia Plettle

About the Author

Barbara Rebok is an Arizona business owner and the mother of two sons and two granddaughters.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Journalism at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.  Before moving west, she was an award-winning feature writer and photo journalist for newspapers in Mansfield, Ohio, and Vineland, New Jersey.  In addition to writing she devotes time to preserving treasured historical information available at

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