Spy of Richmond – My Review

Spy of Richmond - My ReviewAnyone 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.



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?


Spy of Richmond - My ReviewBOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.


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6 comments on “Spy of Richmond – My Review
  1. Maxie Anderson says:

    I would love to win Jocelyn’s book. Goes with one I have. GOD bless you both.

  2. Trixi O. says:

    Great review, Savanna! I’m not real good at remembering history, so this one would be a good read for me. I do enjoy books that talk about slavery & the people who try to abolish it or stand against it. Such a tragic time in our history! I can imagine Sophie’s struggle as she stands against her father, working with Bella to betray the Rebels. I know I would enjoy this one. I also have one of Jocelyn’s books on my Kindle that I need to read as well. Thanks for sharing your review!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Trixi! I would definitely encourage you to add this series to your reading list. I know, I know… the list is getting long, isn’t it? 😉 I often forget too much of history as well and I’m so glad for authors such as Jocelyn who take their work seriously to entertain AND educate through their stories. The particular time period around the Civil War just pulls at my heart. There is still SO much history to uncover there. It breaks my heart, but it also inspires me too. Thanks for reading my review.

  3. A.M. Heath says:

    I’m glad you loved the series so much. I’m about to read Yankee in Atlanta and I can’t wait!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Anita!! So happy to see you here, friend! 😉 I’d love to hear your thoughts on Yankee in Atlanta when you finish it. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great week and hope to catch up with you soon.

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