Monday, May 5, 2014

Circle of Spies by Roseanna M. White - A Review

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I received this book in exchange for a review. No other compensation given.
Have a love for history? This one's for you!
1865—Marietta Hughes never wanted to be a spy, but the family legacy of espionage is thrust upon her as the War Between the States rolls on. Unknown to her, the Knights of the Golden Circle—a Confederate secret society bent on destroying the Union her brother died for—has been meeting in a hidden lair beneath her home. Faced with the secrets of her late husband and his brother, whom she thought she could trust with anything, Marietta’s world tilts out of control. Can she right it by protecting a Union agent infiltrating the KGC?
Slade Osborne, an undercover Pinkerton agent, is determined to do whatever is necessary to end the conflict between the North and the South. When he infiltrates this secret cell, it isn’t just their inner workings that baffle him—it’s the beautiful woman who seems to be a puppet for the new leader and yet…so much more.
Do they dare trust each other in this circle of intrigue? Will their shared faith sustain them? And can Mari and Slade stymie the enemy long enough to see their beloved country reunited?
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About the Author:
Roseanna M. White pens her novels under the Betsy Ross flag hanging above her desk, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When she isn't writing fiction, she’s editing it for WhiteFire Publishing or reviewing it for the Christian Review of Books, both of which she co-founded with her husband.
I was privileged to receive this book from Harvest House in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive one.
My Thoughts:
American history is one of my favorite subjects; so obviously, I would enjoy a book like this, especially from this author, whom I have grown to appreciate. She is very talented! 
Circle of Spies is once again a mystery comprising espionage by the Lane family and their descendants. This book can stand alone if you have not been following the series from the beginning, but takes on a much deeper meaning if you have followed from the start.

This book is based in the Civil War time period. Marietta is Thad Lane's granddaughter and unbeknownst to her, just happens to have inherited a home from her late husband, which is secret quarters to the KGC (Knights of the Golden Circle).  She has a memory like Detective Monk (if you are familiar with that TV series) As he calls it - a blessing and a curse, hers is as well. But to the benefit of the spy ring, she can use it for good.
When she discovers her late husband and future husband have been involved in a sabotage plan against the Union, things get down and dirty. Hr family asks her to join the Culper Ring and use her advantages to uncover important information that could save the president. She will be subtly working along side Pinkerton agent Slade Osborne to bring down the KGC.  But if her soon to be fiance finds out what she is doing. She could be in grave danger. 
Another aspect of the book, I loved, was Mari's change of heart. She becomes a new creature in Christ. Instead of self-serving she begins serving others and looking out for their best interests.  The change that comes over her is incredible, and yet, in its own way brings her added troubles. She has to learn to forgive herself for the mistakes she made in her past and her string of bad choices. Can God redeem her past and give her hope for her future? Or is she bound to pay for the path she has chosen?
This is a book you don't want to miss!
If you have not read the other books in the series, you can check out my reviews for
Book #1 Whispers from the Shadows
Book #2 Ring of Secrets

What about you?
What part of history most interests you? Which era do you enjoy reading about the most?

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