Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (November 10, 2015)
Writing under a man’s name, Josephine Breaux is the finest reporter at Washington’s Morning Clarion. Using her wit and charm, she never fails to get the scoop on the latest Union and Confederate activities. But when a rival paper reveals her true identity, accusations of treason fly. Despite her claims of loyalty to the Union, she is arrested as a spy and traitor.
To Josephine’s surprise, she’s whisked away to the White House, where she learns that President Lincoln himself wishes to use her cunning and skill for a secret mission in New Orleans that could hasten the end of the war. For Josephine, though, this mission threatens to open old wounds and expose dangerous secrets. In the middle of the most violent conflict the country has ever seen, can one woman overcome the treacherous secrets of her past in order to secure her nation’s future?
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Josephine Breaux makes her living as a newspaper reporter; however during the Civil War she must write under a male pseudonym. As a female, she is able to get information from both the Union and the Confederacy. When her cover is blown, Josephine is arrested at a traitor and spy. To her surprise, Pinkerton Agent, Franklin Gray takes her instead to Washington where she meets President Lincoln himself. Lincoln wants Josephine on a mission in New Orleans collecting information for the Union. Josephine arrives in New Orleans during the height of the fighting. Josephine’s past helps her get through the battles, but some other people from her past want to bring her down.
I love reading about women in the Civil War. The Crescent Spy offered an exciting account of another brave woman who gave her all during the war. Josephine’s character is very intriguing with her past as interesting as her present. Josephine is intelligent, fast-thinking, brave and compassionate. I loved seeing her perspective on the battles and her news stories. Josephine acts truly selflessly in all of her actions throughout the war. I was very impressed with Josephine’s decisions and thought process in her determination in the Union taking New Orleans. There was very realistic battle scenes and historical information, also. I loved that the romance took a back-burner to the plot, but was still a great part of the story.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Michael Wallace was born in California and raised in a small religious community in Utah, eventually heading east to live in Rhode Island and Vermont. In addition to working as a literary agent and innkeeper, he has been a software engineer for a Department of Defense contractor programming simulators for nuclear submarines. He is the author of more than twenty novels, including the Wall Street Journal bestselling Righteous series, set in a polygamist enclave in the desert.