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5 stars for Duty Bound by Award-Winning @jessicajames #historicalromance #civilwar #histfic #bookish

Title: Duty Bound A Sweeping Southern Tale of Espionage, Faith and Impossible Love during the American Civil War (Shades of Gray Civil War Serial Trilogy Book 1)

Author: Jessica James

Genre: Historical Sweet Romance, Historical Fiction, Civil War

Book Blurb:

There’s a fine line between friends and enemies.

Honor and conviction clash with loyalty and love in this sweeping Civil War tale that pits brother against brother. Shades of Gray Civil War Serial Trilogy consists of three books: Duty Bound, Honor Bound, and Glory Bound.

Note: This book was previously published as Shades of Gray, and later re-released as Noble Cause with a happily-ever-after ending. It has been revised, expanded and re-edited for this release.

Colonel Alexander Hunter would rather die than see the Union set foot on his beloved Virginia soil. And while he holds the line against Northern aggression with legendary skill, a treacherous boy on horseback always thwarts his offensives.

His allegiance is tested when the traitor he unmasks is the woman he once swore to his brother he would protect.

Andrea Evans would do anything to make her country whole again. A Southern-born Union spy, she’s dedicated to undermining the arrogant Confederate officer. When she’s taken captive and badly injured, Andrea is shocked to wake up in the legendary home of her nemesis, rather than prison.

As prisoner and captor spend time together, their mutual loyalty grows into unexpected devotion. But as fresh conflicts arise, they again, cross swords.

Can two adversaries reach beyond the battle lines to unite in the midst war?

The Shades of Gray Civil War Serial Trilogy is a powerful exploration into a defining era of American history. If you like emotional journeys, rich Southern backdrops, and epic stories of devotion, then you’ll adore Jessica James’s captivating Civil War adventure.

Buy Duty Bound and feel the raw emotion and passion today!

Shades of Gray, first published in 2008, was later published as Noble Cause, with a new happily-ever-after ending.

What they said about Shades of Gray:

“It is a book 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

“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

"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

"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

Shades of Gray series book trailer:

My Review:

Can a Union spy and a Confederate cavalry commander stop hating each other long enough to surrender to love? Sinclair, whose real name is Andrea, is a Union spy as the Civil War rages on. Terror grips her when Sinclair encounters Confederate Colonel Alexander Hunter. He’s got her in his crosshairs when suddenly his horse throws him into the river and renders him unconscious. Instead of leaving him there to die, Sinclair rescues him before taking off. With each encounter, their hatred grows but also something close to passion emerges. Sinclair pushes for an undercover assignment in Richmond, portraying a true Southern belle. Promises made are soon broken as Sinclair and Alexander wage war with each other, all in the name of duty. When love calls their duty into question, will they stay loyal to their convictions on opposing sides of a brutal war or cede to love?

Duty Bound is a historical Civil War romantic adventure masterpiece. Jessica James is an award-winning author plus has a deep love for this time period and location. Considering many historic battles that took place not far from where she lives, it’s no surprise. Every word, every sentence, every scene oozes her passion for this time period and how it shaped America. From the intricate descriptive narration to the historical accurate plot to the emotional depth of each character, Duty Bound is a feast for historical readers. The plot moves at a great pace with plenty of action, adventure, suspense, and romance thrown in. For readers who can’t get enough of enemies-to-lovers romance, you’ll want to read Duty Bound. For history buffs, especially those who study the Civil War, you’ll enjoy Duty Bound. This is book one of a trilogy and yes, this book ends on a cliffhanger. But the next book is releasing in just a week so you won’t have to wait long to see what happens next. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars

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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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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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