Spy of Richmond (Heroines Behind the Lines #4)Jocelyn Green
Trust None. Risk all. 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. Forme... Read More
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?
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Mar 1, 2015
- UPC: 9780802405791
- Height: 0.75
- Width: 5.50
- Length: 8.50
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 432
- Publish Date: Mar 1, 2015
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0802405797
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- Yet another wonderful read by Jocelyn Green! by Sara on 4/1/2015
“Spy of Richmond” captivated me and pulled me back in time! While I have loved all of Jocelyn’s books and highly recommend them, I would have to say this one was my personal favorite. Sophie is a wonderful heroine, trapped between her southern heritage and abolitionist convictions. I immediately loved her as a character.
If you've never read a book by Jocelyn Green, you need to try one. I guarantee you’ll love them all! With intricate plots, lovable characters, rich historical details, and wonderful writing, every one of them will keep you turning pages!! I can’t wait to see what Jocelyn writes next!!!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
- Spy of Richmond Sizzles by Cass Wessel on 3/11/2015
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 after being captured while fighting for the Confederacy, 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. Both he and Sophie find themselves praying their way through tight spots and relying on their faith for strength to make it through. 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 loved 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.
- Phenomenal Book & Series by Mocha with Linda on 3/11/2015
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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- Transported To The Civil War by Maureen on 3/2/2015
As you open the pages of this book you are being transported to living in Richmond Virginia and landing right in the Civil War. You are about to spend some time in the infamous Libby Prison and we will learn first hand about the horrible conditions there.
We spend most of our time in the shoes of Sophia Kent and her goal to become a reporter, being a woman, almost impossible. She abhors slavery, and although a southerner, her sympathies lie with the north. Being a southern lady and a slaveholder, not by choice, she makes a life changing decision to become a spy.
We also end up as a prisoner at Libby, and are there digging the tunnel, and barely breathing with the horrible smell. We feel our building shaking and smell the fires that are burning in Richmond, and all the while wondering who will survive the chaos and insanity of this war?
Although this is a terrible time in American History, the story telling is awesome and brings the story alive. Whether we are at the slave markets or market place or sending secrets, there is danger around each corner.
There is a bit of romance, and you will wonder whom Sophie will end up with. Also the prodigal daughter returns and is she really repentant, or is she out for Susan? I for one judged her, and didn’t like her at all.
I loved this story and hated it to end, of course I wanted to the war to be gone, and to my delight there is an epilogue at the end and wonderful updates. Enjoy!
I received this book through Net Galley and the publisher Moody, and was not required to give a positive review.
- Civil War History Class by Suzie on 2/22/2015
Sophie Kent grew up with slaves but, like her mother, believed owning them was wrong. In an effort to help the Union, Sophie takes on the huge task of passing information on to the Union through secret messages. But she can’t do it alone. Bella Jamison comes to the city of Richmond from Gettysburg when she learns her husband is imprisoned there and her twin sister, Daphne, is living there as well. On her deathbed, Daphne begs Bella to take care of Sophie Kent, her mistress. Harrison Caldwell is a newspaper man determined to write the next great story. In his attempt to atone for a wrong done to Bella, he accompanies her to Richmond and hopes to learns news about Libby prison and the treatment of the prisoners there. Of course, when he learns Sophie Kent is also there, he has even more incentive. As the network of spies grows, so does the danger and chance of being caught and hanged. Can this group of people survive not only the war but disease, starvation, and more?
There was so much happening in this book it was difficult to keep track of who was who at times.. Spies of Richmond would have been a better title. I didn’t realize the book was a part of the Heroines Behind the Lines series until I pulled up the book on a retailer site. This is a well written book with names of people Civil War buffs may recognize (Elizabeth Van Lew, Robert Ford, and Erasmus Ross) along with the fictional characters. Jocelyn Green denotes many of the story arcs were inspired from other accounts. Green’s research for this book pays off and brings readers into Kent House, Libby Prison, Castle Thunder, the city of Richmond, and even the front lines of a couple of battles. For fans of Historical fictions, this book draws readers into a captivating story sharing both the heartache and pain of slaves and both sides of the war.
****Moody Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
- A fascinating and deeply woven story by Robin on 2/17/2015
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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- Spy of Richmond is a tour de force of Civil War Era historical fiction. by Amanda on 12/2/2014
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.
I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley review 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.”