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Shades of Gray
A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia

by Jessica James

      Set in Northern Virginia during the War Between the States, Jessica James' Shades of Gray is the story of a young woman who is a Union sympathizer and serves as a courier for the Yankee army, disguised as a boy. She develops a reputation as a formidable enemy to the Confederates, and to the Confederate Captain Alex Hunter in particular.

These two opponents meet on the field of battle on more than one occasion, and Andrea rescues the notorious Captain from certain death by drowning on one such encounter. She is later captured and sent to a Confederate prison. Her disguise is not discovered until later, when Hunter realizes that it was his fault that the young woman was imprisoned and suffered a broken leg. He takes her to his plantation to recover, but their personalities and loyalties clash on a major scale during her recovery. They certainly do not intend to fall in love.

The reality of that tragic war, along with the fear, pain, grief, conflicting loyalties and the main characters' great passion come together for a bittersweet love story that transcends time. It was one of the darkest times in our country's history, and James' research is impeccable. She brings us a highly original and historically accurate story that is much more than a typical romance. I love historical fiction, but do not generally read romance novels. However, this one kept me entranced from the exciting beginning to the unexpected ending.

This is Jessica James' first novel, and I will certainly be watching for more from this talented lady. Shades of Gray has the power to touch you deeply and change something fundamental in your psyche.

The Book

Patriot Press
December 10, 2007
Trade Paperback
0-97960000-6 / 978-0-9796000-0-5
Fiction / Historical, 1860ís American Civil War / Romance
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The Reviewer

Beverly J. Rowe
Reviewed 2008
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