Anyone with a heart for history – especially for Civil War history – should read this book. The unique historical details and perspectives come together to tell a story that entertains and educates its readers. As the conclusion of the Heroines Behind the Lines series, Spy of Richmond wraps up the overall theme well, leaving the reader with much hope and inspiration. It’s a series I definitely recommend.
Before reading this story, I knew little about the Union loyalists in the Confederate capital during the war. I love it when I learn something new from historical fiction. I can’t help but be drawn in by the truth between the lines and this story is well-crafted to do just that. If you enjoy that type of genre, you won’t be disappointed with this story. It’s full of action-packed drama, descriptive dialogue, and subtle romance.
The only thing I can say I missed was there seemed to me to be very little in support of the Confederacy. I found that a bit surprising with it set in Richmond. I’m not saying the South had to be entirely painted in a positive light either, but I did wish for at least one character from the Confederate side to be more likable. It felt a little unbalanced at moments, so to speak, but that could just be me. 😉
It is a long book, but it flowed nicely. It’s broken up into segments and organized well, with fascinating contributing quotes. I enjoyed the return of past characters, but this book could also stand alone. Spy of Richmond is clearly a work of heart and a token to the bittersweet history that came before us.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Compelled to atone for the sins of her slave-holding father, Union loyalist Sophie Kent risks everything to help end the war from within the Confederate capital and abolish slavery forever. But she can’t do it alone.
Former slave Bella Jamison sacrifices her freedom to come to Richmond, where her Union soldier husband is imprisoned, and her twin sister still lives in bondage in Sophie’s home. Though it may cost them their lives, they work with Sophie to betray Rebel authorities. Harrison Caldwell, a Northern journalist who escorts Bella to Richmond, infiltrates the War Department as a clerk–but is conscripted to defend the city’s fortifications.
As Sophie’s spy network grows, she walks a tightrope of deception, using her father’s position as newspaper editor and a suitor’s position in the ordnance bureau for the advantage of the Union. One misstep could land her in prison, or worse. Suspicion hounds her until she barely even trusts herself. When her espionage endangers the people she loves, she makes a life-and-death gamble.
Will she follow her convictions even though it costs her everything–and everyone–she holds dear?
Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.
Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.
She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.