#4: Spy of Richmond  -     By: Jocelyn Green
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Richmond, Virginia, 1863. Compelled to atone for the sins of her slaveholding 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 freelance 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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.80 X 5.50 X 0.63 (inches)
ISBN: 0802405797
ISBN-13: 9780802405791
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Series: Heroines Behind the Lines

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Author Bio

JOCELYN GREEN is an award-winning author, freelance writer and editor. A former military wife, she authored, along with contributing writers, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody 2008) and Faith Deployed . . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody 2011). Jocelyn is also co-author for Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan (AMG Publishers 2009), which won the Gold Medal from Military Writers Society of America in 2010. She maintains her own award-winning Web site for military wives at www.faithdeployed.com. She holds a B.A. in English from Taylor University, and is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Christian Authors Network. She and her husband have two children and reside in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Editorial Reviews

"Jocelyn Green's Spy of Richmond is an enthralling tale of espionage with splashes of the intense hardships precipitated by war. Green continues to pen life into indomitable females who capture our hearts and imaginations. This novel, her fourth book in the Heroines Behind the Lines Series, revolves around Ms. Sophie Kent.

The only thing that Sophie Kent desires more than and end to the fighting is a Union victory that would guarantee the end of slavery. Her unwavering commitment to this basic human right draws her into a secret network of information gathering Union loyalists. In order to obtain critical military intelligence, she sacrifices her reputation, risking her heart and her very life. Sophie wonders if God will forgive her deception if it benefits the greater good.

I thoroughly enjoy Green's novelistic prose. I especially liked how scriptures sprung to the minds of her core characters as the faced hardships - this seemed neither preachy nor forced. Excitement and anticipation gripped me as the cast traversed the Underground Railroad, endured the squalor of Confederate prisons, passed secret messages, and avoided pitfalls. All the while, Green's character dialogue and inner musings flowed seamlessly.

As in her previous novel, Yankee in Atlanta, Green does not skirt around difficult subjects. She gives voice to the issues of mental illness, racial prejudice, starvation, cruelty, and wavering faith. Yankee in Atlanta readers will encounter a familiar person who I loathed through both books (by design, I'm sure). Don't fret, if you missed the previous book in the series you will find that this book can stand fine on it's own.

Spy of Richmond is a tour de force of Civil War Era historical fiction. A tremendous testimony to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of faith. I give it 5/5 stars."

Reviewd by Amanda Geaney, Dec 2, 2014


"Thanks to Netgalley and Publishers for a copy of this book

I preordered this book as soon as I was able to. And the only reason I requested it on netgalley was because I am too impatient to wait until March to read it!

I actually read the second book in this series first, and LOVING it, I read the first and the third as soon as it was released. I love historical fiction set during the Civil War and I have loved this series especially because it focused on the females who lived and survived the Civil War. This series is just as good as Lynn Austin's Civil War series. And those are some of my all time favorite books.

As in the previous books, Green does a marvelous job weaving historical facts into the story. I felt like I was in the tunnels under Libby Prison digging a way out! I was so wrapped up I was horrified and saddened when Richmond burned and rode the rollercoaster of emotions as the end of a horrible war drew near with the Sophie and Bella. I loved reading more about Libby and Silas and Charlotte and Dr. Lansing. Even Noah and Caitlin had a part in this story And it all flowed together. This book and the Widow of Gettysburg are my two favorites of the series. Highly recommended for history lovers and anyone interested in learning more about the Civil War."

Reviewed by Katie Melton, Dec 20, 2014


"This is the fourth book in Jocelyn Green's Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series.  Although I have only read the first so far, this story is complete and is enjoyable without previously reading the others.  It is historical fiction based on the spy rings that flourished in Richmond during the Civil War.

Sophia Kent is a southern belle who is appalled by the injustice that she sees being endured by both the slaves in the South and the Union soldiers at Libby Prison.  Thwarted by her father in her attempt to release her personal slaves, she treats them with kindness and compassion.  Horrified by the lack of good food and the filth and cruelty suffered by the Union prisoners, she devises a way to get food to them.  Still, she wants to do more and it becomes apparent that the only way for this to end is the Civil War must conclude with a northern victory.  She is enlisted by Elizabeth Van Lew along with others in a dangerous ring of espionage that keeps her one step away from the hangman's noose.

I enjoyed the thought provoking, moral dilemmas that the author presented.  The characters must make difficult choices that put their lives and their loved ones in danger.  It tests their faith as they learn to lean on God.   She weaves a believable story with credible characters and historical facts to make a delightful book to curl up with.  Don't pass up this or the rest of the series."

Reviewed by Diane Moyle, Oct 20, 2014

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  1. Pennsylvania
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Jocelyn Green Delivers a Great Read...Again!
    March 11, 2015
    Cassandra Wessel
    Pennsylvania
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Spies hang by their necks until dead. Northern sympathizers land in Castle Thunder, or worse the infamous Libby Prison. The Northern blockade starves citizens, soldiers and prisoners alike. Sophie Kent must adapt and make decisions that will impact herself and those she loves. Southern born, but educated in Philadelphia, PA, she abhors the inhumanity of slavery. Although her father languishes in a Northern prison, she chafes at being castigated for her humanitarian endeavors on behalf of Northerners in Libby Prison. Harrison Caldwell's reporter's nose sniffs for news in Richmond to publish in the North, but at his own peril. He and Sophie have a platonic history that both would like to take further. Danger lurks if they pursue their relationship given Harrison is a Northerner in Richmond as the Civil War sizzles emotions. Add Sophie becoming a Northern spy into the mix and you find yourself captured by their story, even to praying for them at they get into tight spots. Jocelyn Green has written a novel that keeps you flipping pages to the very end. I love this book. The writing crackles like rifle fire while pulling you into the story. Did I tell you that I loved Spy of Richmond? I received this book from the publisher as an influencer under no obligation to give it a good review or rating.

  2. Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Impeccable research, matchless writing: Phenomenal book and series!
    March 11, 2015
    Mocha with Linda
    Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow. Jocelyn Green closes her Heroines Behind the Lines series with another incredible novel that transports the reader to the midst of the Civil War. Once again, Green's impeccable research and matchless writing skills shine as she authentically and, at times, painfully, portrays the horrors of the war and the plight of Sophie and Bella without becoming mired down in minutiae or gratuitous descriptions. Multi-dimensional characters and interwoven threads add depth to this novel, and reading it engaged my mind, heart, and soul. Richly descriptive prose made the pages practically turn themselves, and I couldn't tear myself away from this compelling story. While it is a stand-alone, a few characters overlap from the previous novels in the series, providing an even richer reading experience for those who have read the first three books. The heart-wrenching prologue immediately drew me in and provided a harsh though necessary introduction to this horrific time period. I was awestruck as I considered the strength and determination of Sophie and Bella, as well as others in the novel. The Libby Prison moved me to tears when I considered what those men endured and their perseverance time and time again. I've read many, many novels in this genre, and this series outshines them all. This set has a place of honor on my shelf of favorite authors. Don't miss Spy of Richmond and pick up the others in the series as well. You won't regret it!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advanced copy of this book free from Jocelyn Green and Moody Publishers as part of a blog tour. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great read
    March 9, 2015
    Kristina
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm in bed, getting over some kind of bug, but I'd been saving Spy of Richmond for such an occasion. I love the whole series, and Spy of Richmond did not disappoint. The author caught me from the first chapter, and I had a hard time putting the book down until I reached the end of the story.
  4. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Outstanding Novel!
    March 9, 2015
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With an astonishing blend of fact and fiction, "Spy of Richmond" navigates the dangerous streets of Richmond,Virginia during the final years of America's Civil War; a city where espionage abounds and freedom is surprisingly whisper-thin. Recapturing characters from previous novels; Jocelyn Green expertly weaves chapters of time as she describes the plights of Bella and Abraham Jamison, two freed Negroes who find themselves enslaved once more to the disappearing mores of the South; along with Harrison Caldwell and Sophie Kent whose rekindled affection is called upon to take second place to the "unalienable rights" of their countrymen.

    When Sophie Kent makes the courageous decision to consider herself an abolitionist, she turns her back on her family, the Confederacy, and countless friends whose family members are bravely fighting to maintain severance from the Union. Thankfully, she discovers allies in unexpected places, but danger also follows her closely. Her visits to a Union prison to offer charitable assistance do not go un-noticed; particularly by a handsome Confederate officer, Lawrence Russell. In a rather remarkable twist of providence Sophie finds herself joining forces with Harrison Caldwell, alias Oliver Shaw, a dear friend and mentor from the past; now infiltrating enemy lines with just his pen and paper. And Bella, who was supposed to visit Richmond for a mere three days, experiences entrapment upon discovering the location of her beloved husband; inside the walls of the notorious Libby Prison.

    This is an outstanding novel and a sober reminder that the stories from our country's relatively short history still need to be re-told; reminding us of the incomprehensible bravery, honor and sacrifice of those who went before us.
  5. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent!
    March 9, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Heroines Behind the Lines is a series that weaves tales based on actual people, places and events. The order of the books is as follows:Wedded to War, Widow of Gettysburg, Yankee in Atlantaand ending with Spy of Richmond. Each book is a story told based on the research of the author that her bibliography shows after the tale is complete. Though each book can stand alone, I highly recommend reading them in order because of what readers discover in the pages about real people, events and more in our history.

    What a sad state it would be if those who lived during that time hadnt left us with journals written without foreknowledge of the generations impacted by what they shared. Spy of Richmond has a plethora of action, plot twists and turns along with drawing the audience into the action and suspense.In the novel, every time I thought the story was drawing to a conclusion, the author would introduce an element in the plot that kept me turning the pages long into the night.

    With this book being the final installment in the series, I have no idea what will come next from Jocelyn Green but I bet it will be worth reading and sharing with family and friends. As I read, I found myself feeling various emotions as characters went through joy, sorrow, battles, fear, faith and more. What happened with the real woman, Elizabeth Van Lew, after the war was over is sad to read; yet, when people decades after her passing marked Elizabeths final resting place, one cannot help but be touched.

    The cloud of witnesses mentioned in the book of Hebrews in the Bible comes to mind when I read about decisions people in the past made as well as their sacrifice reminding us to make or keep a commitment to the path of faith in God and love of country. My eternal thanks to all who gave so much for the United States then and now, and a call to all to help in any way we can to keep America from coming loose from her foundations! As the characters in the series clung to the Word and prayer, may we continue to carry that light into the future!
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