By Jennifer Chiaverini
New York Times bestselling writer Jennifer Chiaverini is again with one other enchanting ancient novel set in the course of the Civil conflict period, this time encouraged by way of the lifetime of “a precise Union lady as actual as metal” who risked every thing through taking care of Union prisoners of conflict — and stealing accomplice secrets and techniques.
Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and knowledgeable by way of Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew used to be a paradox of her time. while her local nation seceded in April 1861, Van Lew’s convictions pressured her to defy the hot accomplice regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White residence, her braveness may by no means waver, at the same time her wartime activities threatened not just her acceptance, but additionally her life.
Van Lew’s abilities in accumulating army intelligence have been unheard of. She helped to build the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the notorious accomplice Libby legal below the guise of humanitarian relief. Her secret agent ring’s succeed in was once enormous, from clerks within the accomplice warfare and army Departments to the very domestic of accomplice President Jefferson Davis.
Although Van Lew used to be inducted posthumously into the army Intelligence corridor of reputation, the astounding scope of her achievements hasn't ever been well known. In Chiaverini’s riveting story of high-stakes espionage, an excellent heroine of the Civil battle eventually will get her due.
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