Monday, June 25, 2012

Beloved Enemy Book Review

I will be throwing books at you left and right this week, so hold on for dear life, and just take them in and mull them around a little and see which one suits your fancy. Since I haven't felt good lately (you can read the health updates I sent up under Giveaways), I decided to tackle alot of books that I had to review and some I didn't. I have a few books that are just mine and either this week or next want to tell you about a few of them.

I normally don't misjudge and get books I don't like but one in particular was one I won from somewhere and for the life of me I can't remember where. But I kept putting it off for months and finally did it this past weekend. It was the most interesting book I think I have yet to read on Armegedden.

But, for now, let's concentrate on Beloved Enemy by Al Lacy. He is an author who has wrote over 50 historical novels and westerns with 2.8 million copies sold. He said that an editor once told him if he did not write sex scenes in with his books he would be through. Well, Al Lacy's answer to that was, "Then I guess I am through"! I was never so glad to see an author finally stand up for something that I personally don't give a crap about reading! Don't get me wrong, I just think there should be a little mystery to it all. Why are we always in such a rush to know everything right now, our way, right now?

Here is an excerpt of this lovely book:
Jenny's allegiance lay with the Confederate Army. But her heart belonged to the enemy.

Faithful to her family and the land of her birth, young Jenny Jordan covers for her father's Confederate spy missions. But as she grows closer to handsome Union soldier Buck Brownell, Jenny finds herself torn between devotion to the South and her feelings for the man she is forbidden to love.

Overwhelmed by pressure to assist the South, Jenny agrees to carry critical information over enemy lines. But when she is caught in Buck Brownell's territory, will he follow orders to execute the beautiful spy or find a way to save his Beloved Enemy? 

Jenny and her family are from Virginia and they truly loved their state and country. Jenny's father is a Lt. Colonel and he and another southerner named John Calhoun were both on Lincoln's Advisory Committee and they knew if war broke out, they would be in the perfect spot to get critical information to the Confederacy. They also had the help of Rose O'Neal Greenhow, a wealthy socialite in Washington and was in the upper crust of society. She had help from several girls who would help get messages across the lines to the Confederacy.

Both Buck Brownell and Jenny Jordan knew the instant that they saw each other that they were in love. But, Jenny's father told her she would not get involved with any soldier, let alone a Yankee. Her father got her into trouble and the only reason she was not convicted and shot as a spy was that she did something really brave for someone very famous and she was given a pardon. Her father was not so lucky and neither was Mr. Calhoun and another girl named Lola.

I am going to stop there so that you will have some surprises to read about if you decide to get this book. It was such a tricky time back then, I don't know how I would have survived or how brave I would have been. Well, I sorta do know. If they had such things as Fibromyalgia back in those days and just did not know what it was, I imagine I wouldn't have lasted long. They had to be pretty tough and I don't Fibromyalgia would have fit into those plans very well at all. I probably would have been considered lazy and no good. Definitely, I would not be married, that is for sure!

I hope you do take the leap of faith and immerse yourself in a little history about our country and some of the people who lived in those times.
Happy Reading!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."