- File Size: 2573 KB
- Print Length: 399 pages
- Publication Date: April 11, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078XTP4F1
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"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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And then, the whole Scarlet Pimpernel thing was, like someone said, a real knock-off, right down to the caskets and the ‘They seek him here, they seek him there’ poem. I was expecting Pimpernel-like Deception and intrigue, but instead got The Pimpernel.
If the characters had been given more depth and the story had more originality, it would have been 5 stars in my opinion. But alas, ‘twas merely a bad copy. Sorry, Jessica, but I have to be honest about this.
Julia Dandridge is back to visit friends in the state of Virginia. Around them, the Civil War is raging, and many families have been torn apart by the ravages of war. As she attempts to fit back into the mold of familiar surroundings, she is struck by the coldness of her once dear friend Landon Graham. Instead of welcoming her back to the home she lived in as a child, he seems angry that she is even there. Living with the weight of the death of his brother, Landon cannot seem to rejoin the world that he once so enjoyed. Instead he drinks heavily and hides himself away in his room.
With Julia there, small snippets of the past seem to slip through, only to be replaced with the cold contempt that has become his norm.
But the war is not one where women sit silent. Many women are involved in listening to the conversations around them and gain valuable information that can be used for military intelligence. Julia has been told that her brother is being held in prison, and that he will be hanged as a traitor if she does not help figure out who the Lion of the South is.
The Lion of the South has been raiding behind the enemy lines, making off with prisoners and officers alike. No one knows where he will strike, and he seems to come and go like a ghost. Julia is offered her brothers life in exchange for the Lion of the South. As she prepares to give the information, she finds that someone she is extremely close to may be involved, and may cause her to not only lose a brother, but the love of her life as well.
I enjoyed reading this book, but from the middle of the book on, it read just like the Scarlet Pimpernel in a different setting.
Thank you to Netgalley for an early copy for my honest review.