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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?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.80 X 5.50 X 0.63 (inches)|
Series: Heroines Behind the Lines
Yankee in Atlanta, Heroines Behind the Lines Series #3Jocelyn GreenRiver North / 2014 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 15 Reviews
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Widow of Gettysburg, Heroines Behind the Lines Series #2Jocelyn GreenRiver North / 2013 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 43 Reviews
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Wedded to War, Heroines Behind the Lines Series #1Jocelyn GreenRiver North / 2012 / Trade Paperback$9.29 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 47 Reviews
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"Jocelyn Greens 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 Greens 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, Greens 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, Im sure). Dont fret, if you missed the previous book in the series you will find that this book can stand fine on its 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 Greens 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 hangmans 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. Dont pass up this or the rest of the series."
Reviewed by Diane Moyle, Oct 20, 2014
VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Spy of RichmondApril 11, 2017VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Spy of Richmond once again pulls upon Green's immense skill in weaving historical detail with fictional liberty to create a world that lives and breathes out its narrative. Readers can easily find themselves lost in streets of Richmond prior to its fall with all the sights, sounds, and emotions one could easily imagine running high in such a place.
While one would expect a novel placed during the civil war to be full of emotion and adventure, I was unprepared for the depth and breadth the plot had to offer. Everything from faith and moral quandaries, courageous overtures, mystery, intrigue, love and loss. A less skilled writer could have easily found themselves overwhelmed by such a story but Green easily directs her tale into an engaging page turner with clear direction and clean readability.
To my great enjoyment, unlike my previous introduction to Green's work, I found myself with a variety of well developed characters leaping of the pages in ways that were real, believable, and with the ability to endear themselves to this reader.
I loved the character of Sophie Kent. While main characters are meant to carry the story, Sophie was a flawed heroine wrestling with her faith, her beliefs, her family, and her country. She had challenges to overcome but at the same time those challenges were plausible and added the human element to her character in a way that made her character take on different elements of interest.
Bella was another such character. While I felt somewhat at a disadvantage not having read the first three books in this series, I do know that Bella was first introduced in Book two of the Wedded to War series. I loved Bella's fierceness as well as the way she allowed that fierceness to be channeled and shaped by her love and humility.
With these two characters at the helm, Spy of Richmond had no shortage of female role models.
While readers could take my path and just jump into the series wherever (as this book is seriously worth reading) there is obvious benefit to having read earlier offerings in the series first to have a fuller appreciation and understanding of the characters which shine so brightly amid such dark events.
Either way, this is not a book fans of historical fiction will want to miss.
5 out of 5 stars
"Book has been provided courtesy of Moody Publishers"
CherylAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A story that shares a Christian message of faith, sacrifice, and freedomApril 27, 2016CherylAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Spy of Richmond, by Jocelyn Green, is book 4 of the Heroines Behind the Lines series.
Though Ive read many war-inspired historical fiction stories, I havent read many that take place during the Civil War. What an interesting, and devastating time. I was lured into the story and time from the first page.
Blending history and fiction, Ms. Green created an intriguing story of the hardships of war, and the sacrifices of fighting for what you believe in. I love that Sophie Kent, the heroine, is strong and daring. Many times, in wartime stories, female characters are depicted as helpers, supporters, or victims. I love that Sophie illustrates a determined and resilient woman.
With demoralizing situations and difficult decisions to make, the reader is pulled through a wide range of emotions, and the test of faith delivers a profound message.
This is a solid story, steeped in history and emotion, and shares a Christian message of faith, sacrifice, and freedom.
I received a review copy from the Publisher.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Spy of RichmondOctober 27, 2015MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a wonderful conclusion to the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series. We are reacquainted with some of the characters from prior books. Sophie Kent lives in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of slave owners. Unbeknown to her father, she and her mother participate in the Underground Railroad. After her mother's death and her father's enlistment in the confederate army, Sophie rebels against slavery, first in small ways, then in more dangerous ways. She is soon tangled in a web of deceit, along with her friend Harrison Caldwell and Bella (who we first met in Widow of Gettysburg). How long will it be before the dashing Confederate officer, Captain Russell, discovers she is using him instead of falling in love with him? Things get even more complicated when Sophie's father returns from a Union prison and her long-lost sister, Susan (who we met in Yankee in Atlanta) returns home. Reading these books that don't sugarcoat the horribleness of the Civil War is not for the faint of heart; however I highly recommend the whole series for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of this war, and especially of the contributions made by women.
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My favorite of the seriesOctober 21, 2015An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Spy of Richmond is an intense conclusion to the series. Due to all the connections between books--repeat secondary characters, cameos, and overlapping tales--I think it is more fulfilling to read the others first (besides that they are great literature), but the story is sufficiently strong to stand on its own.
I really liked how this book is so strongly connected; the plot lines of the secondary characters intertwine quickly with the major, so that the story has a solid, cohesive feel. While Sophie is an entirely new character, Harrison, Bella, and Abraham all appeared as secondary characters in Widow of Gettysburg. Bella and Abraham's story is continued, but the focus of the book is clearly on Sophie and Harrison, who take part in some incredible historic events.
Like in the other novels, Green molds her story over the rigid details of history, yet it never feels like a history lesson, even though it is packed with so many different details of Richmond's role in the war. From prison outbreaks to spy rings to the underground railroad--it is full of fascinating details.
The book deals with one of the hazier aspects of war: spies. The issue with spying is that so easily people get hurt; in order to effectively gather intelligence, one must make a practice to deceive, even those one loves. So under what circumstances do the ends justify the means? I think Sophie has the right answer: she is convicted by lying and practicing deception, yet she is convicted more by doing nothing to help the Union, which she feels in her soul is in the right. I think at times she may have gone too far, but in general she makes the right decision. But it is a fine line she treads.
As always, Green's writing is excellent, and her intense research unparalleled. 5 out of 5 stars!
Diane5 Stars Out Of 5Spy of RichmondJuly 20, 2015DianeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read the previous three stories in Jocelyn Green's Women Behind the Lines-Civil War series. Spy of Richmond is the fourth and just as exciting to read as the others. Packed with fascinating historical detail and rich characters, I hated to put it down. Harrison Caldwell struggled with failure and wanted desperately to become a famous journalist. He ran toward danger as if pulled by a magnet. Part of that redheaded man's charm remained his love of freedom for all and a determination to succeed at helping the Union Army; also his love for Sophie Kent, a Southern girl. While many years separated Sophie from Harrison, she never forgot him and his ideals. Both hated slavery. Bella and Abraham's story gave an insightful glimpse into the lives of slaves and freed Africans at such a dangerous time in the USA. The closing days of the Civil War and the destruction of Richmond were exciting to read, a perfect backdrop to resolve the problems of each character. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and look forward to more from Jocelyn.