Grey Dawn – A Tale of Abolition and Union by Nyri A. Bakkalian

At a local book fest I came across a publisher – Balance of Seven and the charismatic Tod Tinker.  He explained the house and when I asked for something to gift to my daughter and her wife – he suggested this book.  Ok – they will eventually get the book but I snuck in my own read because the back blurb was just too good to resist.

From the first chapter I knew I was going to love this book.  The author captivated me immediately. This is a Historical Fiction, Urban Fantasy with time travel, Lesbian Military Fiction, Transgender Romance book – I know – wow that’s a mouthful.  And a readful!  Between the incredibly well developed characters and the fact that I am very familiar with the location of the book, I was all in.

Imagine a time when you could not be yourself – anywhere – 1862 and then you are dropped into the current day.  There are changes, but some battles are unforgotten and still occurring.

I was impressed with the quality of this book in all aspects and it’s getting one of my rare 5 Stars! This is definitely on my list of recommendations as to what you MUST read and one of the best books I read this year!

For more about this author CLICK HERE.

SURPRISE – When I originally wrote this review I had no idea that my blog would be live on Release Day for CONFLUENCE, by this author. If it’s 1/2 as good as Grey Dawn (and the blurb looks wonderful!) – it should be read. Get yours here!


I had a moment’s indecision—a stab of worry. “Trust me,” she said. And so, I did. The year is 1862. Driven by a leading from the Spirit, Chloë Parker Stanton leaves the woman she loves to enlist in the Union Army and fight for abolition in war as she has in the streets of Philadelphia. At home, her lover, Leigh Hunter, eagerly awaits Chloë’s letters, anxious to hear of her survival without discovery, for women are not allowed to wear the Union blue. Three days after Gettysburg comes the news: the Seventeenth Pennsylvania Cavalry has survived, but Chloë Stanton is missing, presumed dead.

The year is 2020. Sergeant First Class Leigh Hunter came of age during her seventeen-year stint in uniform. Since childhood, she’d been drawn to the Army in search of something, all the while fighting her inner truth as a trans woman. After her final combat tour, Leigh left the military a decorated combat veteran and finally transitioned. She was quickly recruited by the Joint Temporal Integrity Commission: a new, secretive government agency tasked with intercepting temporal refugees and integrating them into present-day society. Two years after joining the JTIC, Leigh is entrusted with a special assignment: personal custody of a Pennsylvania cavalry soldier from three days after Gettysburg. Her name: Chloë Parker Stanton.

Grey Dawn is a tale of war, abolition, union, and women who forge ties that carry them from one life into the next. When the grey dawn breaks on a new era and a new cause, who can you trust to fight beside you?

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