Monday, May 14, 2012

Beloved Enemy

Al Lacy's latest Civil War masterpiece, "Beloved Enemy," starts off slow but picks up steam and plows you right through it. Once I got into it I was hooked and couldn't put it down. My only regret is that I didn't know about the other books in the Battles of Destiny and started with this one instead of reading the other two first. That being said I had no problem following the story-line and I think my not having read the other two volumes didn't impede my ability to understand what was going on.

The story starts off following Jenny Jordan and her father as they get jobs in the White House serving President Lincoln. Jenny takes a job as secretary and her father Jeffery Jordan , a famous Mexican War hero, became a member of the Senate Military Committee. They start working at a hectic time as hostilities grow between the Union and the Confederacy. Jeffrey and Jenny felt torn as they were native Virginians and decided to stay loyal to the Confederacy by working as spies. Jenny's father would pass classified information he learned at the committees on to beautiful young woman who would then pass the information to the rebels by charming their way past Union soldiers.

Jenny becomes worried as father gets more involved with the spying and fears for her life. She becomes even more confused when she starts falling for a Union soldier. Her loyalties were all over the place.

The story isn't all about espionage and romance, in fact a good majority of the story is centered on the Battle of Bull Run and on the bravery of Buck Brownwell, Jenny's love interest.

It's a very compelling and historical read. I highly recommend this book, you won't be disappointed! If you even remotely liked "Gone With the Wind" then you will enjoy this short read.

“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”

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