Marietta Hughes never wanted to be a spy.
You know how sometimes you read a line of writing so lovely, you have to reread it again?
I did that countless times while reading this book. I probably should have finished it long before 1am last week, but I savored so many amazing lines that it took me longer. No matter. I’ll reread it again soon, if only to enjoy once more this thrilling conclusion to Roseanna M. White‘s expertly crafted spy series.
Mari confused me, at first. She seemed to have it all, but she isn’t at all happy at the beginning of this book. She’s made her own choices, but now she has regrets. She’s plagued by guilt and determined to set right what has gone wrong in her life, if she can. In short, she’s carrying a pretty heavy burden.
Enter Slade Osborne, a man who carries burdens of his own.
I’ll try not to spoil the story for you (really, you must read this book and the whole series!), but I was wondering when Mari and Slade would ever realize they were perfect for each other, when wham, all of a sudden, they realized it all right. But a whole lot of other things had to happen first–like maybe infiltrating the KGC, an organization trying to divide the Union and kidnap Lincoln.
One of the things I admire most about this story (besides the breathtaking writing style and sigh-worthy romance) is that I knew how it would end and I didn’t mind. We all know Lincoln’s life ends tragically–so how was Roseanna going to pull off an ending that didn’t make me feel like Slade had failed?
I won’t give it away, but she does. Excellently.
Love history? The Culper Ring Series tracks some of the most pivotal points in our nation’s history–through the eyes of a family of espionage. Love romance? Each of the books in the series holds a beautiful message about the One who loves us best, while offering a story about a couple brought together by God and circumstances. Check out my thoughts about Ring of Secrets (Book One), Fairchild’s Lady (the free novella between books one and two), Whispers from the Shadows (Book Two and] my favorite).
And don’t forget to download A Hero’s Promise (the novella between books two and three) for free. Coincidentally, I was up until 2am reading that one.
About the Author
Roseanna M. White is the author of two biblical novels from WhiteFire Publishing, and historical novels, including The Lost Heiress of the Ladies of the Manor series. She is the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, HisWriters, HEWN Marketing, and Colonial Christian Fiction Writers. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and on her website.
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