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Beloved Enemy

Title:  Beloved Enemy
Author:  Al Lacy
Pages:  364
Year:  2006
Publishers:  Multnomah Press
     A novel about love, forgiveness, loyalty, and more is what is encountered in the pages of this novel.  The novel I will share about is the third in the series of “Battles of Destiny” by Al Lacy.  Mr. Lacy shares how he has written books in several different timeframes and how much reading he did about The Civil War to gain knowledge about this historical event.  The main battle spoken of in this book is the first Battle of Bull Run.  In reading this book as an avid reader about The Civil War, I can say that there are many historical facts in the plot that are accurate, while the conversations, characters, and more are mainly, though not exclusively, fictional.
     There were at this time in our nation’s history spies who had infiltrated the government sending secret information to the South.  As with all wars, there are spies whose loyalties may be spoken toward one direction, but lived in another.  Ladies were used as spies to carry the information because at that time they were thought to draw less suspicion.  Rose O’Neal Greenhow is a character in the story who enlisted other women with southern sympathies to carry information across enemy lines.  These women did so with great conviction, knowing they could be shot for being spies if caught.
     Jenny Jordan is a lady who lives in Washington, works as a secretary, which gives her access to the many secrets and plans of the Union.  Her father, Jeffery Jordan, was a war hero whom President Lincoln asked to be a military advisor to the Senate Committee.  Even though Jenny was raised in the South and is being pressured to join a spy ring, she hesitates.  Why?
     Buck, who gave himself this nickname because his real name caused him embarrassment while growing up, fell in love with Jenny the first moment their eyes met.  Buck never knew about Jenny’s involvement, but had courted her for some time before her father put a stop to it.  Buck knew there was more to this decision, but wasn’t able to find anything out.  Buck rose through the ranks in the Union Army for meritorious actions under fire.  Will his rank be enough to save Jenny from a firing squad?  How can he free her from the certain penalty of death?  When Buck remembers an action Jenny did while watching the fighting at Bull Run, he wonders if it would be enough to receive a full pardon.  Convinced she had done this only once and under duress Buck rides to get the reprieve before her execution.  Will he receive a reprieve for her or even make it back before the execution?
     I loved reading this novel.  Yes, it has a love story, but the action was what caught my attention.  The author does such a wonderful job painting scenes and actions with words, I could almost see it in my mind’s eye.  It is a thrilling story with a touching ending; I loved it.  Though I hadn’t read the other two novels that were written before Beloved Enemy, it was awesome all by itself!
     My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988.

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