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Spy of Richmond (Heroines Behind the Lines) by [Green, Jocelyn]
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Book 4 of 4 in Heroines Behind the Lines (4 Book Series)

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"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"

"Full of twists and turns and interesting historical detail. Highly enjoyable."

"Reviewed by Diana Belchase, Oct 30, 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"

"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"

"e;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."e;

"Reviewd by Amanda Geaney, Dec 2, 2014""

"e;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."e;

"Reviewed by Katie Melton, Dec 20, 2014"

"e;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."e;

"Reviewed by Diane Moyle, Oct 20, 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."

"Reviewd by Amanda Geaney, Dec 2, 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""

From the Back Cover

When living a lie is the right thing to do.

The Confederate capital in the height of the Civil War: no place for a Union loyalist. But just the place for a spy. Her father a slaveholder, her suitor a Confederate officer, and herself an abolitionist, Sophie Kent must walk a tightrope of deception in her efforts to end slavery. As suspicion in Richmond rises, Sophie s espionage becomes more and more dangerous. If her courage will carry her through, what will be lost along the way her true love, her father, her life?"

Spy of Richmond" is a work of fiction inspired by first-person accounts of Union loyalists and Confederates living in Richmond during the Civil War. This is the fourth and last book in the series Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War, which offers an inside look at women s contributions during times of war. For more information about the series, visit heroinesbehindthelines.com."


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  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: River North (1 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LP1DDE8
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Had this on pre-order, I don't do this with many series but Jocelyn's saga has been so utterly addictive that I was delighted to receive it on March 1st. All of these books have been well researched (a rarity!) and her descriptions of the prisons and food shortages really bring the hardships of the age to life.
Sophie, like all of the women in the series doesn't think that she has much to offer, that she's weak but again she discovers her strengths and capabilities as the story goes on. I'm so sad that this is the end of the series and some TV exec needs to snap this series up as it would make an amazing film/drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Novel! 9 Mar. 2015
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It drew me into the lives of the characters like I was really there 22 April 2017
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This book was one i couldn't put down. It drew me into the lives of the characters like I was really there. It taught me a lot about those who risked everything for their country and the things they believed in. It also gave me hope and trust in God. The suspense was incredible. And the characters so very real. I didn't want the book to end. The characters are still calling me from my bookshelf. It (and the whole series) are books I will read over and over and recommend to book clubs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love historical fiction set during the Civil War and I ... 14 Jun. 2015
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! 7 Mar. 2015
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An excellent story of intrigue, love, cruelty and most importantly, love!
Each character adds another dimension to the horrors of this cruel war.
The research is outstanding. You feel as if you are there with Sophie and
Bella as they struggle through their daily lives and endure to live one more
day only because of the grace of God. This is a must-read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting book! 4 Mar. 2015
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I'm not sure if this is the final installment of the series. It will be sad if it is. I really enjoyed this book and the other three. It kept me so enthralled I hated it to end. Beautiful story!
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