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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 mAuthor'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....

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  • Dianne
    2019-05-21 21:16

    Author Jessica James has written an amazing historical romance, "Noble Cause” – noted by the author as being a new version of Shades of Gray with a Happily-Ever-After ending. The Civil War, one of the most horrific episodes in American history is brought back to life with vivid battle scenes blended with the tragedy of having to choose honor and a sense of duty to country over promises made in the name of love. Confederate Colonel Alexander Hunter is known for his abilities on the battlefield, as well as his loyalty to his home, Virginia. The one thorn in his side is a young Union scout, Andrew Sinclair, who is willing to risk his life for the union as a spy. The two enemies cross paths often. But Andrew is not a small statured young man, he is Andrea Evans, a young Southern woman who abhorred the treatment of slaves on her father’s plantation, escaped her homeland to fight for the North. Andrea is captured and brutally tortured in a Confederate prison camp. Alex rescues her and hides her at his Virginia home, at great personal risk. As she recovers her wounds, her ability to think decisively and speak up for what she believes to be right causes many heated, verbal battles between Andrea and Alex. The more they argue, the more they respect each other, the closer they grow emotionally, and maintaining their respective “North/South” attitudes becomes difficult. What they each considered to be black & white issues, becomes blurred, gray areas as they realize the flaws in their political doctrines.The question that remains is which is more important, duty and love of country or the love of another person? How does one choose?Jessica James blends history with a forbidden romance that blooms in spite of the taint of the War Between the States with characters that play off of each other so well, it gives another meaning to “Love Thy Enemy.” If you enjoy historical fiction with your romance, like feisty heroines and strong, gentlemanly heroes, this could be for you!This ARC re-release copy was provided by NetGalley, Parrot Press and IBPA in exchange for my honest review.For more reviews and book related things, Please Visit:

  • Gaile
    2019-05-12 16:10

    Although this book started out well enough, it soon began to limp along like a goose with a broken wing.There was too much squabbling between the two characters. There were extra characters that were not integral to the story and should have been eliminated. The pace would pick up and then slow down, pick up and slow down. I found myself reading it with only half my mind on it. The end was disappointing and again dragged along until I thought the end would never come. Not my favorite read.

  • Regan Walker
    2019-04-22 15:04

    Loving the Enemy in the Civil WarSet in Virginia, beginning in 1862, this is the story of Captain Alexander Hunter, an officer in the Confederate army, who is respected by all but continually outsmarted by a Union scout, a mere boy. In reality, the boy is a young woman named Andrea Evans, who works for her cousin’s husband, Col. J.J. Jordan of the Union army.Thinking to send Andrea away from battle, J.J. sends her to Richmond on an undercover assignment to act the lady in the heart of the Confederacy. She is to report to Col. Daniel Delaney who is sweet on her. (Their emerging “sort of” romance was a bit confusing, especially given I was pretty sure Hunter was the hero.)The author takes pains to tell us what courageous beings both Hunter and Andrea are—larger than life characters of extraordinary intelligence, strength, courage and ability. Andrea thinks Hunter is “the incarnation of knighthood”; he thinks her smile is “the sweetest that had ever illuminated a mortal face”.Though she is a Southerner, Andrea fights for the North because of her past experience with slavery, slipping across the South’s lines, going without food for days (apparently without ill effect) as she defies Hunter. No less gifted than his nemesis, Hunter is committed to seeing the South independent.Our heroine Andrea begins the story dressed as a lad with short hair, but less than a year later, she’s in Richmond with long hair, dressed as a lady and waltzing around the dance floor with Hunter, who sees her as the only intelligent female around. Her appearance, specifically her hair, was a constant question throughout the story. When she acted the lad, all accepted her as a boy; when she played the lady, she had a lady’s hair. Hmm….When Andrea ends up in prison (beaten badly, but apparently not raped), Alexander brings her back to his family home to slowly recover. In that same house is Victoria, who we are led to believe is Hunter’s mistress, but we are never sure about that.You won’t experience a major battle of the Civil War, but you will see some of the guerilla warfare Hunter and his men engage in and you will live through the aftermath of bloody men and horses. I liked the story, much of it very well written, but the pace is uneven. The first part and the last part were the best; the middle dragged with the constant and repetitive bickering between Andrea and Hunter at his Virginia estate.

  • Melinda
    2019-05-02 16:15

    I received this ARC of Noble Cause from Netgalley in return for an honest review.I understand that Noble Cause is a re release of a book called Shades of Gray with a happier ending. I didn't read the original book so I went into this one knowing nothing about the other,I really loved the historical fiction and romance part of this book combined together. Both are genres I enjoy and I felt this author did a great job of giving us a good balance of them. Noble Cause is set during the Civil War and highlights many different aspects of grief during that time – from the familial bonds that were strained to friendships and lovers that were torn apart. I liked the Civil War as the setting of this book, I felt that there were enough facts to make the setting feel real and to come alive and make me feel as if I were there.The relationship between Alex and Andrea pulls you in from the beginning and doesn't let you go. The romance feels realistic and very vivid. I was rooting for them to succeed and beat the odds that were stacked against them.I know this book was re-done to have a happy ending and that’s the only part that felt a little too much to me. I can’t imagine a whole lot of happy endings happening during this time period so on one hand I was happy to see it happening but on the other I wasn't sure if I believed it. Either way, overall the book was very good.

  • Englishrose
    2019-05-13 16:03

    This was a simply fabulous book! Something every historical fiction and every romance lover will enjoy. James pulls you into a world of war, loyalties, and love in a wonderfully woven story of being true to your heart. Alex is a strong male character that you fall in love with. Andrea is an amazing woman whose moral dilemmas you feel in your own heart. Their romance is strong and realistic and absolutely heart-wrenching. To be pulled so strongly into a story with such wild and vicious issues and events left my heart racing long after I turned the final page. A sturdy host of sub-characters filled out the war on both sides and gave credence to the internal struggles of loyalty to love and country. Simply a fantastic read and one I would highly, highly

  • Tricia
    2019-05-08 17:16

    This was a bit melodramatic and predictable...but still a good read if you like VA history.

  • Suzanna
    2019-04-25 21:12

    I bought this book while on a trip to Gettysburg with my family. I am happy I read it and enjoyed it so much!There were minor things that threw me off at first, but as the story continued I became used to them or they went away entirely(like the pacing and character backgrounds, for example).I would recommend to american historical fiction lovers :)

  • Cheryl Malandrinos
    2019-04-22 16:18

    A powerful, engaging, and totally captivating novel of the War Between the States awaits you in "Shades of Gray: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia" by Jessica James.Andrew Sinclair is a Union spy and the dreaded foe of Confederate calvary officer Alexander Hunter. Both fighting a war based on honor and conviction--one fighting to keep the Union together, the other to preserve a way of life--they vow to fight to the death. But there is something about Sinclair that Hunter does not know: he's a woman! And not only a woman, but a woman who is haunted by her past and motivated to fight without concern for her welfare to right past wrongs. Neither could have imagined how their lives would become entwined. Neither could imagine giving up the fight. And neither could imagine life without the other!"Shades of Gray" is without a doubt the finest historical fiction has to offer. Complex characters, an engaging plot, and historical accuracy, come together to make this novel a must read for any fan of historical and Civil War fiction.It is a rare book that can pull the reader in so deeply that she is overcome with emotion. And yet, I could not contain myself as I read certain passages. A true page-turner, I digested over 400 pages in three days. A reviewer can be alarmed when she receives a book the size of "Shades of Gray" (524 pages); what if it is like fingernails across a chalkboard that forces you to cover your ears until the painful screeching stops. This reader can attest that you will not find that in this novel. Every page moves the story forward, and so involved will you be with Andrea and Alex's story that you will be unable to break away from it. Not a page is wasted, not a word should be removed.James has done her research and she has done it well. From the fashions, to the language, to the sense of honor and duty that fills its pages, "Shades of Gray" explores the War Between the States in a way that will touch you like no other work of fiction. If anyone seeks to know more about the reasons brother fought brother in a war that threatened the future of a nation, then she should read this book.All this and more, makes me declare "Shades of Gray" by Jessica James, the best book I have read this year! Worth every penny, if you only read one book in 2009, make it this one.

  • Sandy Vaughan
    2019-05-10 23:08

    What drew me to the novel? The title which suggests a willingness to give the reader an unbiased view of the conflict? The cover? The fact that General Lee was from Virginia? Maybe I was influenced by my southern heritage with both parents being deeply routed there. I can only rejoice that i was drawn to the novel.You are not taken from one blood battle to the next, rather you are taken through the war by the conflicts of two people, both Southerns, but one strongly for the rights of the stare and one strongly for keeping the states united. As they battle each other with their wits, as they dutifully do their assigned tasks to end the conflict, the reader is exposed to more of the war's complexities.The book starts with a chase during the beginning of the war. Confederates chasing a small farmer boy on a big black charger. The Federals suddenly appear causing the Confederates to split up…except for their leader who is intent on his youthful prey.As the reader, it was the start of a fast moving junket that did no slow down. I could see each character, hear their voices, understand their emotions.Who do i think should read Shades of Gray? Civil War buffs. Lovers of historical fiction. History lovers. Anyone who just wants a really good read.

  • Dee Sweitzer
    2019-05-02 20:17

    This is an historical novel, a love story in historical context. The leading male character, Alex, is based on Capt. John S. Mosby of the 43d Virginia Cavalry and chronicles the clash of Alex with a Union spy as they defend their beliefs, their country, and their honor. Though laced with historical detail, it is less about the clash of armies on the batttlefield, as it is about the clash of loyalty and love with honor and conviction.Although I enjoyed reading this book, I did not like the long verbal spats (lasting for pages) between the 2 main characters; it seemed as though that is all they did in the first three quarters of the book and some of that should be edited. I am anxious to see what changes will occur if it goes to a national publisher.

  • Tracyk
    2019-04-27 22:14

    Hmm i'm a bit torn wether to give this book a 3 or 4*. I enjoyed the beginning but the middle really slowed down with a lot of repetition of Hunter leaving for war missions for a couple of weeks then going back home & arguing with Andrea the Heroine.I so hated the Ending.

  • Petra
    2019-04-29 21:10

    Shades of Gray chronicles the clash of a Confederate cavalry officer with a Union spy as they defend their beliefs, their country, and their honor. Andrea is a woman of courage, faith, and commitment. Capt. Hunter is a man of devotion, valor, and honor. This is a great read.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-20 16:04

    Thanks to NetGalley and Patriot Press for my copy of Noble Cause.Honestly, when you start a book that is compared to Gone with the Wind, you almost feel intimidated. I LOVED Gone With the Wind, and to think that a book could compare was... impressive.I started Noble Cause and could not put it down. The characters were what made the book. You have a southern born belle fighting in any way that she can for the North, and the United States of America, and you have a Virginia born horse breeder, willing to give his life to protect the state that he loves. This could be one of the most impartial civil war books I have ever had the priviliage to read, which was refreshing. The relationship between Alex and Andrea is a rocky one. Both are very stubborn individuals completely driven by their convictions and the love of their country. Their sparring was great fun to read, and so refreshing to see a woman that is educated and willing to share her ideals, and a man that is willing to respect them, even if they are different from his own. I did wish that there was more action, and less convalescing. Although all the recovering from injuries did give Andrea and Hunter a better chance to learn about each other. All in all, a great book. I am not sure it is quite a "Gone With the Wind" but it is good. I would most certainly recommend it to anyone. I am sure that I will read Jessica James again!

  • Donna McBroom-Theriot
    2019-05-19 23:03

    I have always loved historical romances. They are always full of intrigue and action, and of course, love. Noble Cause opened with action and kept you riveted from the first page to the last.I love the quote that the author opened the book with, written by Abraham Lincoln: "But one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came." The characters in the book are inspired by the love they hold for their country and they are guided by their sense of duty and honor and loyalty. The war, for many, was not cut and dry. The war pitted friends against friends and soul-wrenching decisions had to made in the face of battle. The writer gives the reader wonderful characters. There is the young, spirited spy, the loyal soldier, and a legendary Confederate officer. The writer also gives an accounting of the daily struggles, the good and the bad, of war, as she brings the pages of the book and history, to life for the reader. I enjoyed this page-turner and couldn't put it down. It is worth every star of its five star rating.

  • Jultri
    2019-05-16 17:08

    Sweeping Civil War saga which revolved around Andrea Evans aka Sinclair, the dare-devil Union scout, and her antagonist, legendary Captain Hunter of the Confederate army who swore that he would capture this evasive Yankee youth and bring 'him' to justice. Both passionately loyal to their respective causes, their prolonged forced acquaintance however tested their initial black and white stances, leaving them with the realisation that there were all too numerous shades of grey and that too many had lost too much to this insidious war. Gorgeous writing, intelligent and often humorous dialogue and spirited characters made this book an utterly captivating read. This is a 'clean' book, yet is a perfect example of the effectiveness of one well described touch in conveying depths of emotions and passion, that 20 pages of luridly detailed narration of the coital act fail to achieve.

  • Terry
    2019-05-14 14:59

    This book started out very slowly with way too many capture and escapes between the main two protagonists repeating the same arguments over and over but once you get about 150 pages into the book, the story picked up and held my interest. At that point I began to care about the characters and wanted to know what happened to them. I even shed some tears a few times towards the end of the book. I would recommend this book for people who enjoy historical romances set during the civil war just speed read the first 150 pages or so. Merged review:Read Shade of Gray and liked it once I got into it. Have to read the end of this one to see how she changed it.

  • Eternal Gypsy
    2019-05-22 17:02

    Just 2 words... Loved It! I would totally recommend this to anyone who loves historical romance. I quite enjoyed the arguments between Andrea and Alex. They reminded me so much of the "discussions" my own husband and I have had regarding the reasons for secession and fighting the Civil War. Bottom line - It's a great storyline, you quickly fall for the characters (both are highly intelligent and strong willed), it's action packed to the point where you won't want to put it down, and it has some real facts and locations mixed in as well. Pick it up today!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-20 19:13

    This book is purely a love story with a LOT of tedious dialogue. I was expecting some serious historical fiction and got a simpering romance novel. The characters felt very contrived and were the embodiments of extremes. Their conversations were repetitive and the end was, frankly, a bit hokey.That said, it was a good romance. If I'd gone into it expecting a straight romance novel plus a little Civil War backdrop, I would've been happy and satisfied. But this book stretches on far too long for what it is.

  • Faith Ingram
    2019-05-08 19:23

    This was the most moving book I have read about the Civil War. The characters have very deep conversations about their reasons for fighting in the war. I was so connected with the main characters feelings and emotions that I wept right along with her through several parts of the story.Her horse and her country are the great loves of her life. Because of past and present hardships she does not let herself get too close to people until one great man is finally able to crack the hard protective shell she has around her heart.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-25 22:19

    I'll preface this by saying I haven't read Shades of Grey. I downloaded Noble Cause as it was being offered as a free Kindle book. I felt that this book was nothing more than two people arguing non-stop. It was kind of cute at first, but it became completely unbelievable by the end. It just wasn't my cup of tea. I'm wondering if it was just me....judging by the other reviews on here, lots of folks seem to have a different opinion.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-16 15:57

    This book got great reviews on Amazon so I was expecting it to be a well-researched historical novel. Instead, it was more like a slow moving harlequin romance novel (without any romance in the first 10 chapters of the book where I abandoned it). The writing was contrived and juvenile. Disappointing.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-11 21:04

    I read this book thinking it would be a "meaty" historical fiction that detailed the civil war. I was disappointed in that instead it was a light "romance" story taking place during the civil war. Not what I expected.

  • Sandy
    2019-05-05 23:02

    Really enjoyed this story. Merged review:This is a re-write I believe of Shades of Gray. This is just is shorter version.

  • Tara
    2019-05-14 22:24

    Beautiful love story set during the Civil War. Great settinga and dialogue that helped me understand the choices that were made.

  • Misfit
    2019-04-27 15:58

    Just picked up at the library. Interesting comments on the critical one star reviews on Amazon. Must see for myself.

  • Jessica Jenson
    2019-05-14 20:02

    Ok.Seriously.Anger. In the extreme.It's times like these that I sincerely wish there was such a thing as a negative 5 stars. Don't get me wrong, it's not because the writing was terrible (I actually really liked the flow of the book), but because I hated the main character so, so, so, SO, SO, SO, (never-ending "so's") SO SO SO MUCH!!!! Why?1) She acted childish all throughout the book. Adults would tell her to do something, and she would disregard them, saying "It was her life and she could put herself in danger if she wanted to". Or, "I have to sacrifice myself to pay for past wrongs." Yeah, whatever. Anyone with a brain (obviously she did not have one) would at least say, "Hey, you know what? I appreciate your concern. I know that you care for me, but I have to do this." Really, that was all that it took. But did she say that? Did she say anything remotely similar? Negative.And don't get me started on her anger management issues. Everyone back then who had high-society upbringing, would have MANNERS and would act like a lady - whether or not she wanted to. People weren't jerks back then. They knew how to treat people - even their enemies.2) She was shallow. I really liked her at first. I mean, who WOULDN'T like an adventurous horse-riding girl who can outsmart the most legendary, and feared man in the civil war? Dang, she was cool. But then it happened - her pride. I don't know about all of you other people out there, but I HATE WITH A PASSION when a female lead has no plausible reason for being a jerk. Which she didn't. Listen, author, I GET that there was a lot of conflict between the North and South, but they weren't idiots, ok? No matter how "passionately" she felt toward the North's cause, she wouldn't be an unfeeling imbecile. To say that it got annoying is an understatement.Hunter would say something he loved about the South and, WITHOUT FAIL Andrea would retort back, spouting words of justice, equality, and blah blah blah. She wasn't unfeeling in the beginning of the book, so why did the author make her be like that around the guy? Ticks me off.3) She wasn't consistent. In the beginning of the book, Hunter's supposed to be this formidable enemy that no one in the North wants to cross swords with. He's known for his ability to create fear and havoc out of order and bravery. He's cunning, clever, and ruthless. Pretty sweet, right? I thought it was the perfect set-up: A girl with a reason for dressing as a boy; a guy who doesn't know how to love, and how he starts to care for the enemy. Made me squeal inside.BUT THEN --Halfway through the book, he turns SOFT. Instead of taking her by the horns, he repeatedly "gives in" just because he "is too tired to fight". Are you kidding me? He's a flipping Colonel! (AGAIN) No matter how stubborn she is, there is NO WAY she should've won EVERY ARGUMENT!!!!!...Just a sec - I feel too strongly about this and need to calm down....Deep breaths...And I'm not saying he can't show a bit of understanding sometimes - but people who have the make that Alexander Hunter does, do not "give in", got it? Completely out of character. Anyway, back to the real reason - not only does he go soft, but she goes hard. Suddenly she's this unreasonable brat that loathes every bit of him, when, twenty five pages before, he scared the daylights out of her. No way on earth that your fear could just dissipate into thin air! And even MORE unlikely that he would cease to treat her in the way that caused her to fear him in the first place!!!'Nuff said.Another reason why I hated this book is because it took all the wrong turns. It was supposed to be this cool, adventurous story with a romance woven throughout the book. But instead it turned into one of those overdone, cliche books where they take turns nursing each other back to health; where they hate each other at first, but they fall in love in the end; where the book REVOLVES around romance. Stupid. I just couldn't get over it for the longest time - that the author, who had such a sweet set-up, would go out of her way to make the story fail miserably. I DO have the give the author SOME credit, though. I really did like the writing. The book flowed really well, and it was my kind of book. Well, until it got stupid. So 72 er somethin. There was so much stupid I couldn't keep track of it all.And now, here is something that I must rant about that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with this book: how obvious the back is. Really. Can't stand it.For example, let me tell you where the story SHOULD have gone: "The measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The beauty of a woman is not in her outward show of elegance, but in the deepest part of her soul. And during the Civil War, both man and woman will prove their worth. He leads a small band of men; she a shadowed horse. He strikes fear into all who hear of him; she, relief and hope. He is faithful to the Confederacy; she, devoted to the Union. Fate would hope they never meet...and yet they do. Captured, she plans escape; captured, she cannot leave him. Slowly, he grants her freedom; slowly, he gains her trust - but not so with his men. She is from the North. She cannot be trusted. Yet he feels she can. What is he to do? For, his worth is being tested..."Come on! How intriguing is that? Dude, I would read that in a heartbeat. Why can't people leave a little to the imagination? Why do authors give us the SUMMARY of the book? I mean, it's not like we're idiots. We can tell - just by the back - how skilled an author really is.I mean, I hate it when they put something like: "Sarah works as a dressmaker. One day, Jim shows up in town, and orders a couple of overalls from her shop - forcing her to work with him. However, as time goes by, she find that her attraction for Jim is growing. But, Sarah was hurt long ago. Can she trust him? And when Jim reveals a secret from his past, things get even more difficult. Will Sarah learn to love again? Can she make her decision before it's too late?"Like I don't know where that one is going. Seriously, whenever I read a synopsis like that, I immediately drop the book and go, "Well, THAT'S not gonna happen", and walk away. Anyway, just saying that I hate it, and I'm sure many of you out there do too. If you do, jump up out of you chair right now and say "Monkeys don't eat dairy". ^^If you did, we might as well be blood sisters :) People like you make the world a better place and I love you.Ok. I'm done.In a nutshell, it was a book full of idiots. If you like to read about idiots, read this book. I personally prefer to read about people who know how to think, act, and treat people. Just saying - you are what you read :)Content: NOT clean.Interest level: Refreshing lemonade that ferments and turns to pig swell

  • Ashley
    2019-05-21 23:20

    Maybe it’s because I just watched the play Hamilton, or maybe it’s just that good, but I couldn’t put this book down. I thought about getting back to reading every time I had to stop (which I did have to stop because it was so long). If you like Pride and Predjucie (movie, not book since I actually haven’t read the book), then you’ll probably like this. Also similar to Romeo and Juliet, 2 foes from different sides. My heart raced while reading and I’ll be thinking about it for awhile.

  • Kathy Barter
    2019-05-10 23:13

    Good bookFascinating story of the civil war, north versus south. A love story, a fearless young lady whose for the north, a worthy southern officer of the south.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-01 22:20

    My first exposure to this title was actually through the first one, Shades of Gray. When I found out how that book ended, I was very upset to put it lightly and dropped it like a hot potato. Sorry to say, but I like my romances to have some happy resolution. So I was happy to learn that the author had written an alternate with a happier ending, Noble Cause. So I dove in.I've got to give the author this, she definitely did her research into the horrors of the Civil War, the divisions it caused in families and in people’s psyches, and the small details of 1860’s life. I found myself transported onto the battlefields, into the parlors, and into the hospital tents; I experienced them vicariously along with the characters. Her characters are also very vivid. I cried when some of them died, and I flew on the wings of romance when Alex and Andrea had their little interludes. There were a few background characters that slid into stereotypes (thinking Victoria here), but for the most part, everyone was strong and had very distinct personalities. I got to know the individuals portrayed in this novel. I got to feel connected enough that I became very concerned for all their fates.The romance is just beautiful. I loved how bound together Alex and Andrea are, how much they balance each other out and appreciate the other. I don’t think many men in this era could appreciate the strength and courage that Andrea has other than Alex. He also provides the cherishing and utter devotion that I think Andrea desperately needs in her life after the tragedies of her past. Let’s just say more than once a huge grin was gracing my face as I read their interactions.The one real downside to this novel is a lot of the dialogue throughout these pages. There are passages that feel extremely archaic and just downright awkward. Some of the exchanges between Alex and Andrea when their arguing or having confrontations also seem extremely awkward, for lack of a better term. They seem to repeat the same ideas again and again, just phrased differently, sometimes in the exact same conversation. The words and phrases seem overblown for what the novel really is. I’m not sure if the author was trying for a feel of maybe an older, more classic of a novel. But it didn't work out that way. I just found myself skipping some exchanges to get away from the uncomfortable word exchanges.Overall, this novel is definitely an enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the characters, romance, and setting. I could tell that the author took some serious time in her research of the time period and in her development of the characters and their relationships. Now if only the word and phrasing choices had been a bit different, this book would have been a 5 stars, no problem. But it’s still a very respectable 4. Definitely recommended for Civil War enthusiasts and those who enjoy romances from the time period.

  • Virginia Campbell
    2019-04-30 19:25

    Author Jessica James has written a superb historical romance, "Noble Cause: A Novel of Love and War". With an elegant, evocative style, and a history lover's eye for detail, Ms. James brings to vivid life one of the most devastating of American tragedies. The involving battles scenes and fascinating military strategies are well-blended with the human issues of the war. An impossible and undeniable love is found just as so much is lost forever. Confederate Colonel Alexander Hunter is legendary for his battlefield brilliance and his deeply felt love of his Virginia homeland. His almost supernatural ability to outthink, outmaneuver, and upstage the Union Army faces only one real challenge: a young Union scout, small in stature, with unequaled horsemanship and the wiles of a fox. Andrea Evans, in her guise as Andrew Sinclair, risks her life at every opportunity to forward the cause of the Union. She is a scout, a spy, and a young woman on the run from her past. Born a privileged daughter of the South, Andrea fled her home at a very young age to leave behind the cruelty of her father, a slave-owner not afraid to use his whip. Time and time again, Alex and Andrea provoke and elude each other in a daring wartime dance. When Andrea is finally captured, she is sent to a hell-hole Confederate prison camp where she suffers unspeakable torture and becomes gravely ill. When Alex learns Andrea's fate, which was against his direct orders, he rescues her and takes her to his Virginia home to recover. He gambles much by keeping the infamous Yankee spy under his own roof, but he is following the dictates of his heart. Andrea proves to be more than a match for Alex, and their sparring intellects and spirited verbal battles make for a stirring romance. For me, a true hero must have an inner core of compassion. Alex is a man of ideals, a revered leader who has learned to place the needs of his command above his own personal needs. Andrea is a strong and intelligent woman, never afraid to stand up for her own beliefs, and those are the characteristics which Alex finds hardest to resist! The more that these two sworn opponents clash, the more their attraction begins to grow. As they learn about each other, they also learn about the "shades of gray" that cloud both sides of the horrific War Between the States. The skillful storytelling of Jessica James will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. The outcome of the Civil War is unchangeable, but the romance between the gentleman colonel and his fearless lady is one that you will not want to end. Highly recommended! Review Copy Gratis Author