The three most important parts of a book are: a well constructed plot, compelling characters, and a satisfying conclusion.

Friday, February 21, 2014

NOBLE CAUSE: A Novel of Love and War By Jessica James

Noble Cause by Jessica JamesPublisher:  Amazon Digital Services (Kindle Revised Edition)
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Original Publication Date:  March 2011
Genre: Historical Fiction - Civil War
Pages:  384

Book Description:  Author's Note: This novel is a new version of Shades of Gray with a Happily-Ever-After ending.

This is the tale of Colonel Alexander Hunter, a dauntless and daring Confederate cavalry officer, who, with his band of intrepid outcasts, becomes a legend in the rolling hills of northern Virginia. Inspired by love of country and guided by a sense of duty and honor, Hunter must make a desperate choice when he discovers the woman he promised his dying brother he would protect is the Union spy he vowed to his men he would destroy. Readers will discover the fine line between friends and enemies when the paths of these two tenacious foes cross by the fates of war and their destinies become entwined forever.

Wanda's Thoughts:  A forbidden, but captivating romance blooms between a Confederate cavalry officer and a women who was deeply dedicated to the North as a Union spy. Multiple points of view are drawn as the author brings to life a unique aspect of the Civil War - a perspective of both sides, North and South. 

Captain Alexander Hunter, a confederate officer, is a man the North feared. He kept the Federal army on constant alert and in a continuous state of panic. In battle Hunter had no equal, being the epitome of force and strength. Hunter found Andrea to be the most unpredictable, infuriating woman he'd ever known and her courage amazed him. 

Andrea Evans's (aka-Andrew Sinclair) earlier years were filled with pampered elegance, but the aristocratic child of the South was gone, and along with it her loyalty. Now Andrea's whole heart and soul were entrenched in a war that had no end in sight. And now, disguised as Andrew Sinclair, a Union spy, she was sent into the heart of the confederacy, away from Union defenses. Andrea had a defiant spirit, and vengeance was part of her being, but she carried a lot of hurt inside. She was within the Confederate lines for the purpose of securing information, and she would be arrested as a Union spy. 

Both Hunter and Andrea were stubborn, fearless, and fiercely independent as any two people could be. They were both fighting for what they believed in, and the story unfolds as they struggle to overcome a myriad of obstacles.

The author was able to bring history to life with meticulous detail. The complex characters, with their vivid personalities and riveting dialogue, made it a story you'll not soon forget. This book has it all - a complicated plot, compelling characters, and a satisfying conclusion. 

My only negative comment - at times the scenes were too drawn out, making the book rather long, but the tempo really picks up in the second half of the book. 

Noble Cause is powerful and piercingly real and I highly recommend.  4.5 Stars 
Jessica James

The Author: Jessica James is a history buff and historical fiction author who resides in Gettysburg, Pa. 

Her latest novel, Above and Beyond, hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller list in the Christian historical fiction category on its first day of release. It was also a finalist in the Fiction/Religious category in the 2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS CONTEST.

Her last novel, Noble Cause, won the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction as well as the 2011 Indie Next Generation contest in the Best Regional Fiction category. The novel was also a Finalist in both the Romance and Historical Fiction categories.

Most recently, Noble Cause was announced as a bronze winner in Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award contest in the Romance category.

She is featured in the book "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading," released in 2010.

The MidWest Book Review says Noble Cause "is a riveting piece of historical fiction, very much highly recommended reading." 

Originally published as Shades of Gray, Noble Cause gives romance readers the highly-anticipated happily-ever-after ending they requested.