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Noble Cause: A Romantic Civil War Novel of Virginia (Hearts Through History Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jessica James
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#1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller

Winner of 5 national literary awards

The Civil War novel Shades of Gray has a new happily-ever-after ending in this award-winning and Amazon bestselling novel called Noble Cause.

Noble Cause is the recipient of the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction and captured the title for Regional Fiction in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Award contest. It was also a Bronze winner in Foreword Magazine's BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD contest in the Romance category, and was a Finalist in the USA "Best Books 2011 Awards for Historical Fiction.

Often compared to Gone with the Wind, Midwest Book Review called Noble Cause "a riveting piece of historical fiction."

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.

Author Jessica James uniquely blends elements of romantic and historical fiction in this deeply personal and poignant tale that, according to one reviewer, “transcends the pages to settle in the very marrow of the reader’s bones.” Winner of numerous national awards, James has received critical acclaim for this page-turning story of courage, honor, and enduring love.

Destined for an honored place among the classics of the American Civil War, Noble Cause is a book to read, and keep, and remember forever.

Author's Note: This novel is a new version of Shades of Gray with a Happily-Ever-After ending.


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"Noble Cause is a riveting piece of historical fiction, very much highly recommended reading." - Midwest Book Review, June 2011

From the Inside Flap

He was fiercely devoted to the Confederacy;
She, fervently dedicated to the Union.
One risked life to save a Cause--
The other, honor, to save a life.


Praised by readers of romantic and historical fiction since its publication in 2008, the award-winning historical fiction novel Shades of Gray now has a new ending in this special 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Commemorative edition entitled, Noble Cause.

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.

Author Jessica James uniquely blends elements of romantic and historical fiction in this deeply personal and poignant tale that, according to one reviewer, "transcends the pages to settle in the very marrow of the reader's bones." Winner of numerous national awards, James has received critical acclaim for this page-turning story of courage, honor, and enduring love.

Destined for an honored place among the classics of the American Civil War, Noble Cause is a book to read, and keep, and remember forever.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noble Cause August 16, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Having stayed away from Civil War books (both fiction & non-fiction) for a long time as the subject matter is so depressing, this book drew me to it in a way no others have. By weaving a romantic story between a Union spy and a Rebel officer, Jessica James brings to life so beautifully the time period, the personal cost of war to both sides and the conflicts and pain it brought to people just trying to live their lives as best they could in such a tragic time. I agree with a reviewer on the jacket who said it was comparable to "Gone With the Wind" in scope, grandeur and quality. In addition, this is a special edition re-written for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War with a "happy ending" vs. it's predecessor "Shades of Gray". A must read!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb Civil War romance, ''six stars" August 30, 2011
Format:Hardcover
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. Read more ›
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Same Book! Don't Buy Both. June 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love civil war stories, and this one is a good read. However, it seemed to me that I had read it before; so I checked my library, and sure enough, This author's book "Shades of Gray", is the exact same book, except for the ending. I truly enjoyed Noble Cause - the ending was better. But a reader shouldn't have to buy 2 books that are the same story, with just a different ending.

I'd recommend this book; but if you've read the other one, don't bother.

jtbastian
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
As a Civil War history lover, I can't explain my excitement when reading Noble Cause. This is a wonderful mix of Civil War history and a love story that proved love can endure in the harshest of circumstances. The history of this war is compelling and this book is written in a way that Jessica James portrays the events, the characters, the surroundings, and the words spoken with such eloquence to honor the North and South. She makes you feel like you are right there front and center just waiting for the next page page to turn. I could not put this novel down and neither will you. A must read.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Another disappointing historical fiction novel. The first quarter of the book is pretty good, describing what it is like for Andrea, disguised as a boy, to be a spy for the North. The second and third quarter of the book are repetitive scenes between Andrea and a rebel soldier, debating/arguing/bantering back and forth about who's better, the North or the South. There is nothing further about anything else except episode after episode of dialogue between these two where they rehash the same argument. I found Andrea to be annoying and ridicuous at times, with no one to blame, but herself for her misery. I almost stopped reading entirely at this part, but decided to hang in there in case something unexpected happened at the end - it did'nt. The last quarter revolves around these two characters finally realizing and declaring their love for each other (nauseatingly at times) as well as alittle bit regarding the realities of war. I very glad to finally remove this book from my Kindle and will be avoiding any others by this author.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars kattywatty March 2, 2012
By katty
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed the beginning of this book...fast paced energy....but then hit chapter 26 and it was all down hill from there. It was like riding on a fast train and then someone pulled the break cord. I found the rest of the book ( except for a chapter here and there) to be just blah and too much dialog between the two main characters. She is a Yankee spy and he is a rebel officer. They argue for their causes and it goes on and on and on and on( like this sentence). I won't look for anymore books by this author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read. I have read both Shades of Gray ...
This author has a unique talent to bring battle Scenes to life. It feels as though you are part of the battle. I couldn't put the book down. A wonderful read. Read more
Published 7 days ago by A. McPeak
1.0 out of 5 stars Why?
Why did I by the SAME book with a different ending?
Published 7 days ago by flamingo princess
4.0 out of 5 stars Civil War Part 2
Essentially Shades of Blue and Grey with a different (happier) ending. The book is 95% the same and seems redundant to the extreme. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Wendy Power
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story
Suspenseful and beautiful. Characters were well developed and the plot was exciting. The only negative was the cheesy quotes at the beginning of each chapter.
Published 23 days ago by Maria E. Figueroa
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read
I enjoyed this book. It was well written and i liked the role of the heroine. She was a strong woman for her time.
Published 23 days ago by jackierealtor
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Wonderfully written. Such a well written book. Fast paced and. Rey compelling. Felt like I was right there throughout the entire book. Looking for more by this author.
Published 1 month ago by patti gudmundson
5.0 out of 5 stars A star crossed lover theme akin to Gone With The Wind
A page turner. Can this relationship survive tumultuous times? Historically correct fiction done well. Will search out other books by this author.
Published 1 month ago by Georgia Sweetie
5.0 out of 5 stars WAR AND ROMANCE.........
This is the same story as "Shades Of Gray" with an alternate ending. It's happier and leaves you feeling the saga is continuing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
4.5 Stars. Clean romance/historical. (Clean meaning there isn't any intimate detail.) I got a little sick of every time Alex and Andrea started communicating, they'd fight about... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Bothwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Star Novel! Basically the same as Shades of Gray...Excellent...
I loved the book Shades of Gray, I'm not normally Cival War reader but decided to read this after visiting Gettysburg with my 13 yr old son. And I am so glad that I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Renee
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More About the Author

Jessica James is the author of four historical fiction novels and is the first two-time winner of the coveted John Esten Cook Award for Southern Fiction.

A former editor, James spent 18 years in a newsroom before turning her attention to writing historical fiction and Southern romance. Her Civil War novels ABOVE AND BEYOND and NOBLE CAUSE both won the Cooke Award for Southern Fiction in addition to a number of other national literary awards in both the historical fiction and romance categories. Those novels also hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller list in the categories of Christian Historical Fiction and Military Romance.

James added another literary honor to her list of accolades when her first Civil War novel SHADES OF GRAY was used as a clue on the popular game show Jeopardy. The novel was re-written and entitled NOBLE CAUSE to provide romance readers with a happily-ever-after ending.

James stays busy working part-time as a stagehand where she assists with shows ranging from country bands and comedy acts, to operas, symphonies and ballets.

James is featured in the book "50 Writers You Should Be Reading," published in 2010. She has been a featured author at the Amelia Island Book Festival and the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville.


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One book , two titles!!!
I just ran acorss your post and want to apologize for the confusion caused by the two titles. The first, Shades, was self-published, and then picked up by a publisher who wanted a new, happily-ever-after ending, so they only differ in that respect. If you bought the print version and want to send... Read More
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