Previously titled, Shades of Gray
“And then she worried, just a little, that these were the only two possibilities for escape that appeared feasible to her at the moment.”
Andrea Evans has no problem posing as a boy to serve as a Union spy, intent to protect the country she loves and put a stop to those she sees as her enemy. But what happens if she gets to know those whom she has vowed to stop. Perhaps they aren’t all as evil as she had once thought. Colonel Alexander Hunter has vowed to his men he would hunt down the Union spy who has been foiling them. But what if this spy isn’t what he thought – or rather, who he thought. As their paths are thrown together, both may find that the lines between north and south, friend and foe, enemy and ally – aren’t black and white. Perhaps it’s all just a bunch of muddy shades of gray. But when their loyalties are tested, what will they decide?
Fortunately for me I had read a Full Report on the role of spies in wars that have shaped the world. And for some reason I was awed by the report. The follow up with this book has been rewarding as well. I cannot believe that I got to read more on this subject especially because it is so hard to come by a good historical fiction that has streaks of romance entwined in it. All in all it was a very entertaining and informative read.
My Opinion: This was a simply fabulous book! Something every historical fiction and every romance lover will enjoy. James pulls you into a world of war, loyalties, and love in a wonderfully woven story of being true to your heart. Alex is a strong male character that you fall in love with. Andrea is an amazing woman whose moral dilemmas you feel in your own heart. Their romance is strong and realistic and absolutely heart-wrenching. To be pulled so strongly into a story with such wild and vicious issues and events left my heart racing long after I turned the final page. A sturdy host of sub-characters filled out the war on both sides and gave credence to the internal struggles of loyalty to love and country. Simply a fantastic read and one I would highly, highly recommend.
I received a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was given. The summary and review are 100% my own.