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Shades of Gray: A Civil War Love Story: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia [Kindle Edition]

Jessica James
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Award-Winning and #1 Amazon Best Selling Novel

“It is a book that I think could have the impact of a ‘Gone With the Wind.” – J. Noyalas, Assistant Professor of History

“The best Civil War fiction book since Cold Mountain.” – J. Bibb, SCV, Trimble Camp 1836

“A classic love story as much as it is a war story.” – Civil War Book Review

Honor and conviction clash with loyalty and love in this epic Civil War love story that pits brother against brother. 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. Called “a riveting piece of historical fiction” by the Midwest Book Review and often compared to Gone with the Wind, the novel takes readers across the rolling hills of Virginia in a page-turning tale of courage and love.

Gallantry and chivalry are put to the test when Colonel Alexander Hunter discovers the woman he promised his dying brother he would protect is the Union spy he has vowed to his men he would destroy. Readers will discover the fine line between friends and enemies when the lives of these two tenacious foes cross by the fates of war and their destinies become entwined forever.

Awards Won By Jessica James

  • 2014 Sheila Award Finalist, Valley Forge Romance Writers
  • 2014 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
  • 2014 Reader’s Crown Award Finalist
  • 2014 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist in Fiction/Religious
  • 2013 USA “Best Books 2013” Finalist in Fiction/Religious
  • 2012 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year (Bronze) in Romance
  • 2011 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
  • 2011 USA "Best Books 2011" Finalist in Historical Fiction
  • 2011 Next Generation Indie Award for Best Regional Fiction
  • 2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Romance
  • 2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Historical Fiction
  • 2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
  • 2010 Stars and Flags: 2nd place for Historical Fiction
  • 2009 HOLT Medallion Finalist for Best Southern Theme
  • 2008 Indie Next Generation Award for Best Regional Fiction
  • 2008 Indie Next Generation Finalist for Best Historical Fiction
  • 2008 IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction
  • 2008 ForeWord Magazine Finalist for Book of the Year in Romance

“This stunning story captures the reader's attention from the start. A moving account of two people who are drawn into an untenable conflict and find love, despite their opposing beliefs.” – Romantic Times

“Readers will find the attention to historical detail impeccable and the characters are strongly drawn.” – Foreword Magazine

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About the Author

Jessica James is a former newspaper editor who spent 18 years in a newsroom before turning her attention to writing fiction. She enjoys reading 19th century fiction and non-fiction, and writing about the honor, traditions and strong Christian principles prevalent in the South during the Civil War. James holds a master’s degree in communications and a bachelor’s degree in public relations/journalism. She is featured in the book, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading, which was published in 2010.

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  • File Size: 1364 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Patriot Press; 1 edition (January 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0019SW4DS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars about the honor and dedication December 19, 2007
There was a divide among the states, among brothers, families, and friends. There was a common ground, in honor. Jessica James' book, "Shades of Gray," is a novel about the Civil War in Virginia, but it is more about the honor and dedication, beliefs and convictions of both sides, than about the battles themselves.

Captain Hunter, a Confederate cavalry officer, is a fierce and worthy opponent to the Union. His determination and cunning is respected and feared. He'd never met an equal on the field, until a Union spy came face to face with him at a river crossing. Sinclair, with an imposing beast of a black horse, was a legend, escaping the grips of death again and again. These two foes would hunt each other, evade each other, and eventually, save each other's lives. Sinclair holds more secrets than the future plans of the southern forces; Sinclair is a woman in scout's disguise. Known only to her cousin's husband, Colonel Jordan, she is sent on missions to deliver messages, bring back information, and try to stay alive. Her desire to fight for her beliefs leads her to much more; going up against the famed Hunter becomes a challenge she cannot stop herself from pursuing. What she ends up allowing herself to do is well beyond what is expected, or accepted in the days of the Civil War.

Capturing the reader's attention from the start, Jessica James offers a different sort of historical fiction. While the conflicts and skirmishes are detailed and enthralling, the feeling within the soldier is what is so important here. The passion and depth of convictions is clear, respectfully portrayed on both sides, to a point. The plot is intricate with southern nuances, northern straightforwardness and the inner and outer battles of war.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Gray April 14, 2008
I have given relatives and friends a number of copies of Shades of Gray as I was so impressed by it. Their feedback has been fantastic! A sister wrote she could hardly put it down. Not a word should be changed, not a line omitted, perfect, she cried over it.

Sons of Confederate Veteran Camp members have also purchased copies and love it.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming, enchanting tale April 2, 2008
By Miranda
Jessica James' Shades of Gray is a touching, captivating tale about Andrea, a spirited young woman serving as a scout for the Union, and Hunter, a dashing, powerful colonel in the Confederate army. After Andrea saves Hunter's life, their fates become intertwined as she poses as a Southern lady, reveals her true identity as a Unionist, and eventually ends up as a captive in his home.

The stubborn nature of both Andrea and Hunter, combined with Andrea's hot temper, make for some interesting, explosive battles of wits between the two. Their attraction for each other builds throughout the novel, but trouble befalls them from the moment they admit their feelings. The succeeding battles and plot twists pull the reader so deeply into the story that putting the book down is not an option.

Jessica James' has done a fantastic job with this novel, giving Civil War buffs and anyone looking for a wonderful book something fabulous to read. She skillfully weaves real battles and historical figures into her tale, and creates characters and plot twists that keep you begging for more. I wholeheartedly recommend this splendid book.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it ~ start to finish November 5, 2008
By Marcia
Loved it ~ start to finish. I didn't just read about the civil war I was there smack dab in the middle of it. The spying, the battles, the raids, the camps. The human drama, the camaraderie, the love, the lives hanging on the edge. This book has it all. The last 100-150 pages were intense, the last 50 pages heartbreaking, the last 20 pages I cried. I mean the tears were running down my face.

The passion between Andrea and Hunter is so explosive that I thought the book was going to catch on fire. The scenes where they argue and fight for their own beliefs and feelings about the war and why each is involved are intense and heated. I felt like I was in the room listening to these two worthy opponents do battle for themselves, their families, their homes and their country. As they slowly come to realize that what they feel for each other is beyond their control they surrender pieces of themselves to the other and cross battle lines.

For the time it took me to read this book I was transported back to those war years. I was there in the thick of it. I was riding my beloved horse across enemy lines to bring dispatches and information back to camp. I shared my days and nights with my fellow soldiers. I fought side by side with them. I stared the enemy in the eye. I worked to save their live and when I couldn't I held them as they died. I shared stories of home and family as they read letters from loved ones. I cleverly played the part of spy whether I was a southern belle or disguised as a young man.

Any book that captivates me, absorbs me, captures my imagination is a good book indeed. Shades of Gray did all that. I recommend this book to any reader as it has something for everyone. Readers of historical fiction should especially enjoy it.
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119 of 133 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yentl meets Dances with Wolves August 22, 2012
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I'm surprised this novel received positive reviews. It's poorly written, cliche, and entirely predictable. The heroine spends much of her time riding her huge horse (that only a man should be able to handle) through unrelenting peril-- all while posing as a fearless young male Union message courier/undercover scout. The scene during which she brazenly rides her trusty steed across an open field under Rebel fire from all sides so closely resembles the opening scene from Dances with Wolves that we can simply call it plagiarism. Furthermore, the writing is banal and repetitive-- to the extent one wonders if an editor even saw the manuscript. Here's and example (two consecutive sentences): "He had a noble air about him, a manner and tone of voice that instantly riveted attention. Whether giving orders on the field of battle or merely conversing with his men, there was something in his voice that was irrefutably authoritative, a quality that instantly riveted attention." Too bad this book doesn't INSTANTLY RIVET ATTENTION. The author and editor also do not know the difference between "compel" and "impel" or "explicit" and "implicit." When the heroine again does not follow her commanding officer's orders, he admonishes her: "Was your mission not clear? Were my orders not implicit?" I couldn't get past the first 10% of the Kindle version and will search for another historical fiction book set during this fascinating period of American history.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I think it is probably a very good Romance novel and the setting is...
I picked this book thinking it was an historical novel. IT IS CERTAINLY NOT THAT!! This is a Romance novel--pure and simple. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Gray
As a history buff I have never read a more compelling novel with a Civil War setting. Brilliant writing. I was SEEING events rather than reading words. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad
Very sad time for us but love conquers even war. Full of adventure but was missing some background Sad ending
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very engrossing
I know a book is very good when I think about it after I complete the book, and I cannot start another one right away. Five star rating for sure. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joy E Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kept my interest.
Published 8 days ago by Dave Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars More of a romance novel set during the Civil War ...
More of a romance novel set during the Civil
War than historical fiction. Romance, without overly explicit descriptions.
Well written.
Published 8 days ago by Karen Backer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the type of story I would usually read, ...
Not the type of story I would usually read, however, I found it interesting and somewhat unique, just thought it was a little to long.
Published 10 days ago by october deputy
2.0 out of 5 stars Relive the Full Misery of the Civil War through the Suffering of the...
This story was a non-stop rush between one harrowing event after another. The two main characters, primarily the main female character, Andrea, suffered excruciating physical and... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars enchanting civil war story
Here is a fast moving story that tells a tall tale. I enjoyed the intrigue of the next thing to occur. Read more
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Civil War Epic Novels - HELP!!!
Jessica, Please don't change the ending!! It was perfect. There was nothing "happy" about the Civil War and I believe that the ending was so appropriate and contributed greatly to the overall tone of the whole book. I've read your book several times now and recommend it to everyone!
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