Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green


No boredom here.

Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to be in a Civil War prison? Have you thought about your stand on slavery and what you might do about it if you had lived then? This book is so wonderfully written that you'll feel these are actual people and you're going about their lives with them in Richmond, Virginia, 1863. In fact, several characters interspersed throughout the book were real people. The author has definitely done her homework.

Union loyalist Sophie Kent's father has left them to fight with the Rebels. Her mother, from the North originally, has just died. Sophie feels that it is her mission to go to Libby Prison and help care for all those she can. Which does not make her popular, but a loyalist Ordnance worker comes to her rescue.  How long can she string him on?

Bella Jamison is a former slave who travels from relative safety in the North to Sophie's home,  bringing quinine to her twin sister. Her husband is in Libby Prison.

Harrison Caldwell, a freelance journalist and friend of Sophie's, accompanies Bella. He doesn't get the proper travel pass and ends up in the same prison. But he's always on the lookout for a good story.

This is a fascinating and deeply woven story of these characters, their personal drive and how they adapt to the constantly shifting circumstances they are forced through. It's the fourth in a series. I did not need to read the other books to enjoy this one, but now I want to go back and read the rest. Love the cover too.

Quote from the book: "But remember this: we must work as hard as we can at what we've been called to do and leave the outcome up to God. If we don't, we'll lose hope. And that is one thing we must never do."

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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