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Duty Bound (Shades of Gray Civil War Serial Trilogy Vol. 1)

Honor Bound (Shades of Gray Civil War Serial Trilogy Vol. 2)

Glory Bound (Shades of Gray Civil War Serial Trilogy Vol. 3)

Shades of Gray Complete Civil War Serial Trilogy

Author: Jessica James

Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Blurbs:


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

Honor and conviction clash with loyalty and love in this poignant Civil War tale that pits brother against brother. Readers will discover the fine line between friends and enemies when the lives of two tenacious foes cross by the fates of war and their destinies become entwined forever. A classic tale of courage, honor, and enduring love that has been praised by both men and women—from professors of history to avid romance readers.

Duty Bound: Takes readers across the rolling hills of Virginia in a page-turning tale of action and adventure as a Union spy spars with a renowned Confederate cavalry commander. Gallantry and chivalry are put to the test when Colonel Alexander Hunter discovers that Andrea Evans is not only the woman he promised his dying brother he would protect, but is the Union spy he has vowed to his men he would destroy.

Honor Bound: This volume follows Union Spy Andrea Evans as she finds herself recuperating from an injury in the home of her enemy, Colonel Alexander Hunter. 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.

Glory Bound: The series culminates in this emotional final volume that reflects the sacrifices of both sides and proves there can be no bond stronger than that which unites enemies. Immortal love, whence it flows, can never die.

What they said about the original Shades of Gray:

“If you want to read a book you will never forget and will think about for months after reading it, read Shades of Gray. The book took my breath away. Honestly, you will not sleep.” – A Bookworm’s Dinner Blog

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

“Andrea and Alex will surely take the place in my heart of Rhett and Scarlett as the perfect Civil War fictional love story!” – A. Deyarmin, Reviewer

"I am reluctant to admit I enjoyed it (Shades of Gray) more than Gone With the Wind! This book takes you through so many emotions!" – Amazon Reviewer

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

"Not since reading Gone With the Wind have I enjoyed a book so much as Jessica James's Shades of Gray! I could not put Shades of Gray down, from start to finish!" - S. Winch

"This is what epic stores are made of. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book ... especially if you love The Civil War. I will not get rid of this one. It is a keeper that I will read time and time again." – T. Weatherby

Shades of Gray was later published as Noble Cause with a happily-ever-after ending.


Northern Virginia


“Rise and shine, sleepyhead.” J.J. opened the tent flap, allowing a stream of sunlight to gush in and fill every corner. “Please tell me you didn’t sleep with one boot on,” he said, holding a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and a pair of shiny boots in the other.

Andrea sat up and blinked at the sudden brightness. “I guess I was more tired than I realized. It’s been awhile since I slept in a bed.”

J.J. winced. “I would hardly call that a bed.” He stared at his wife’s cousin sitting on the edge of his cot, elbows on her knees and face in her hands, trying to wipe away the sleep that remained. Her thick blonde hair lay tangled with twigs and leaves like the mane of a wild horse. Her pants were torn and muddy. The picture she presented was one of determination and a strong will, two traits equally at fault for leading her into frequent trouble.

“You must stop this.” He handed her the cup of coffee. “It’s getting too dangerous.”

Dangerous?” Andrea gave him a look that indicated she did not think he was being rational. “The Union is at stake—”

J.J. shook his head and put his hands up to stop her. She pushed his patience, and his nerves, to the limit. The decision to allow her into camp had been a source of much regret from the start. But in his defense, he had been given little choice. She had enlisted the aid of his wife to stand against him, and between them, they had worn him down.

With much reluctance he had allowed her to carry messages back and forth to Catherine, usually only a day’s ride, depending on where he was camped. At the beginning of the war, the idea seemed harmless enough. He’d actually enjoyed the frequent communications from his wife. But that was back when everyone assumed the Confederacy would be defeated in a single battle, when the conflict’s duration was prophesied to be short, and the Union’s success was considered to be certain.

Although he could not recall the exact circumstances, somewhere along the line she had been asked to deliver a message to an outpost close by—then another and another. And now here she was, entrenched in a war that had no end in sight, her heart and soul enlisted in such a way it seemed impossible to remove her. Every officer in this part of the state knew of the kid called “Sinclair.” They knew of the youth’s familiarity with the countryside and the swiftness of his horse. And though they assumed he was too young to enlist, they heard he was fearless.

What they don’t know is that “he” is a “she” who has more courage than sense. And that it’s entirely up to me to keep her out of trouble.

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Honor Bound (Vol. 2)

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Author Biography:

Jessica James is an award-winning author of patriotic suspense, historical fiction, and heartwarming Southern small town fiction. She is a four-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Fiction, and has won more than a dozen other literary awards including a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. James’ novels have been used in schools and are available in hundreds of libraries including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy. She resides in Gettysburg, Pa., and has a passion for old dwellings and first edition books.

When not writing, Jessica loves to travel to the back roads of America and discover untold stories of our nation’s history. You can follow along at or receive a free book when you sign up for her author newsletter at

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