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Beloved Enemy by Al Lacy

Beloved Enemy (1994)

by Al Lacy

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I love history, especially Civil War history. Beloved Enemy by Al Lacy is a wonderful historical romance set in the beginning of the Civil War. Mr. Lacey sets the story around the inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln and the events following. This is the story of Jenny Jordan who is a receptionist at the Capitol building. Her father, a hero in the Mexican War, has been named an advisor to the Senate Military Committee. Colonel Jordan is also the head of a Confederate spy ring, along with Rose Greenhowe, who uses young ladies as spy couriers. Jenny has fallen in love with a Northern soldier, Buck Brownell. Buck is quickly advanced in the military for his bravery under battle. Beloved Enemy begins as the First Battle of Bull Run is being contemplated by both forces. The interesting aspect of the Civil War is that the forces were so close together. Washington, D.C. and the southern state of Virginia were right next to each other. Sympathies ran high for both sides in those states bordering the north-south division. Interesting also is the fact that the First Battle of Bull Run was viewed as a spectator event by those in Washington who took picnic baskets and wanted to make a day excursion of viewing the battle. They had to run for home when the Northern soldiers were routed by the Confederates. The author provided many little side stories that could have taken place during this battle. Colonel Jordan tries to persuade his daughter to join the spy ring, even though the punishment is death by firing squad no longer than 48 hours after capture. You’ll have to read the book to find out how Jenny responded to her father’s requests and also to find out if love can truly exist between two opposing political foes.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Mulnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  SilverShrew | Feb 20, 2014 |
This book is got me hooked as soon as I started reading the Preface. This book is great for though that love the Civil War. I got this book and started reading before the other two in this series. This book is Fiction somewhat. There is some true folks from our true american History that is in this book along with some fiction folks.

This book is based on the start of the Civil War. It starts out with Abraham Lincoln traveling to the White House. Then it goes into the Battle of Bull Run. There is some really interesting things and our history in this book. I do not want to spoil the book by giving any thing away. If you have not read this book I strongly read it. My mom is quite interested in reading the book and she barely picks up the same books as I do. If you want to read about the Civil War then I suggest that you read this book called "Beloved Enemy".

You read about the Lincons In Ingratiation and the Battle of Bull Run Creek and who start the Civil war.You learn about Confederate Spies and what happens to them. This is something I would recommend to everyone to read. ( )
  Lindz2012 | Jun 28, 2012 |
Al Lacy has been writing books for a number of years. He did not shirk his duty in grabbing his readers on this one. Beloved Enemy is the first in his Battles of Destiny / Bull Run series. It opens with Lincoln going to Washington to take office. Young Jenny Jordan, daughter of a Union colonel begins work in the White House as a receptionist in Lincoln’s administration. Her father is on the Military Council to prepare for war against the South. Ironically, the Jordans are originally from Virginia, yet chose to stay in the Union army. Their hearts, however, stay with Virginia soil. Jenny falls in love with a daring, dashing Buck Brownell of the Zouave military units of the North. This is the beginning of the intrigue this book brings.
As the approach of war draws near, Jenny becomes more enchanted with Buck, her father determines that he will begin a Confederate spy ring. He presses Jenny into service, albeit reluctantly. The punishment for traitors in wartime is execution by firing squad. Jenny is reluctant, partly because of the punishment, but also because she fears for her father’s life, and for the life of the man she loves. She knows this is a dangerous game they are playing. She is able to successfully avoid carrying messages for a long time. You can only know what happens when you read the story!
Lacy treated the historical facts well, and allowed his characters to interact with real historical figures in a believable manner. He brings actual Confederate spies into the story, along with their real roles. The action, the intrigue, the love, the hope, and the fear are very real when allowing yourself to immerse into the wonderful tome brought forward by Mr. Lacy. America’s streets and homes were filled with the Civil War, whether one was actively involved or not. This book brings that war to your home as well.
Lacy’s treatment to both the North and the South is respectful, yet factual. This book gets a 5 out of 5 stars from me.

DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. ( )
  sara.edens | Jun 6, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0880708093, Paperback)

Jenny's allegiance lay with the Confederate Army. But her heart belonged to the enemy. Faithful to her family and the land of her birth, young Jenny Jordan covers for her father's Confederate spy missions. But as she grows closer to handsome Union soldier Buck Brownell. Jenny finds herself torn between devotion to the South and her feelings for the man she is forbidden to love. Overwhelmed by pressure to assist the South, Jenny agrees to carry critical information over enemy lines. But when she is caught in Buck Brownell's territory, will he follow orders to execute the beautiful spy or find a way to save his Beloved Enemy?

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Faithful to her family and the land of her birth, Jenny Jordan covers for her father's Confederate spy missions. But as she grows closer to Union soldier Buck Brownwell, Jenny finds herself torn between devotion to the South and her feelings for the man she is forbidden to love.… (more)

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