Katzenhaus Books - Beyond All Price
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Beyond All Price

Nellie Chase Leath was very young when she offered her services as a nurse with the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment. She had no references, no experience, and a limited education. She had eloped at the age of nineteen with a man she later described as a "drunk, a gambler, a liar, a forger, and a thief." She left him when he ordered her to become the madame of his new brothel. On her own, she had been supporting herself by mending costumes in the basement of a theater.  Nellie enlisted because life in the midst of a war seemed safer than the one she had been living.
So how did such a young woman manage to become head matron for one of the most devout regiments in the Union Army?  She was strong enough to escape from a potentially abusive and resourceful enough to support herself in a world that did not easily accept single career women.  She believed so passionately in her country’s cause that she went off to war with the enthusiasm of a soldier. She displayed compassion and skill in her nursing duties.  She took over the task of running a southern plantation with all the aplomb of a lady to the manor born. The men she cared for remembered her as their very own Florence Nightingale. And after found a new life, her self-esteem and her reputation intact. All that remained was for her to find a new theater in which to commit a final act of self-sacrifice and martyrdom.

And if you prefer to listen rather than read, Beyond All Price is now available as an audiobook, narrated by Adrianne Price, a gifted singer and voice-over actress.

Listen to a short example below:
Nellie and Bessie
A slave woman hands out some wise advice.
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Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
Summer 2011


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Military Writers Association of America
Bronze Medal Winner


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Amazon Kindle Bestseller


What Readers Are Saying

"I loved falling in love with Nellie Chase and her passion. . . Thank you Dr. Schriber. I wish you were my history teacher. Maybe then I would be a history buff. But you surely have started me on a search for well written fun American history."
--A. Schmucker on Amazon
"This story is unforgettable, and true! I loved the entire novel and couldn't put it down. The characterizations and subplots are wonderful and I cannot say enough about the flow of the writing. The author is a gifted writer, and I loved the heroine in the story."
--Linday Hawley on Amazon
"Beyond All Price is a recommended read for Civil War followers."
--John Faulkner in Dispatches
"You can tell the author wanted to pay respect to the actual life of Nellie Chase and her contributions and wanted to stay as close to the truth as possible concerning her and the Civil War. I really appreciated finding this in a historical fiction book and commend the author for her passion that is shown throughout the book. This is definitely a recommended read!"
--aarizzo on Amazon
She was known by Civil War soldiers as the Florence Nightingale of her time -- Union nurse Nellie Chase -- a driven young woman who overcame personal hardship to serve her country during its darkest hour. Carolyn Schriber captured Nellie's spirit and struggles, letting us experience what it was like to be a Union nurse and a woman during this period of our history. This story is deserving of film adaptation - I look forward to more great Civil War narrative storytelling by this talented author.
--Anne on Amazon
"I really appreciate the research the author must have undertaken to present this story. I loved the thought of a slave influencing the heroine's action by her comments about "running to something before she decided to run from something." I liked the author's way of including some thought provoking conversations."
--loves a great read "Barb" on Amazon