Historic Fiction

On brick and mortar and online bookstore shelves now: my historical novels, DIVIDED LOYALTIES and LOVE LETTERS & GINGERBREAD.

Mary K. Tilghman's books Divided Loyalties, Love Letters & Gingerbread


Divided Loyalties, a Civil War story—now in its second edition

Maureen takes on the challenges of serving as a battlefield nurse in Antietam in Divided Loyalties.

“Brilliantly captures a young woman’s resilience during a time when our nation was at the breaking point.”

—Alexa Jacobs, author, 
Rising Ridge

Paperbacks and ebooks are available at

Or support your local bookstore! My books are on the shelves of Nora Roberts’ Turn the Page Bookstore, in Boonsboro, Md., (close to the Antietam Battlefield), The Greyhound in Berlin, Md. (near Ocean City), or online to buy a copy.

Love Letters & Gingerbread, a Jane Austen-inspired Christmas novella set in Annapolis

“A delightful romance! Tilghman skillfully captures the essence of young love and warm Christmas traditions in this holiday novella.” 

—E. Elizabeth Watson, author,
Westward Bound and 
The Ladies of Scotland series

Love Letters & Gingerbread, a novella set in 1831 Annapolis, relates the Jane Austen-inspired stories of Angela and Patricia, as the sisters ponder the question: What is love?

Patsy pines for faithless Vincent while her new neighbor William showers her with kindnesses as he falls in love with her. Her sister Angela, the family’s caretaker since their father’s sudden death, discovers unexpected emotion rising in her heart upon meeting Gordon.

Paperback available at

E-book available at

Or support your local bookstore! My books are on the shelves of The Greyhound in Berlin, Md., or online to buy a copy.