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Shades of Gray: A Civil War Love Story: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia (English Edition) von [James, Jessica]
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Shades of Gray: A Civil War Love Story: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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Award-Winning Civil War Love Story

“It is a book that 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

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

Honor and conviction clash with loyalty and love in this epic Civil War love story that pits brother against brother. Shades of Gray chronicles the clash of a Confederate cavalry officer with a Union spy as they defend their beliefs, their country, and their honor. Called “a riveting piece of historical fiction” by the Midwest Book Review and often compared to Gone with the Wind, the novel takes readers across the rolling hills of Virginia in a page-turning tale of courage and love.

Gallantry and chivalry are put to the test when Colonel Alexander Hunter discovers the woman he promised his dying brother he would protect is the Union spy he has vowed to his men he would destroy. 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.

Awards Won By Jessica James

  • 2014 Sheila Award Finalist, Valley Forge Romance Writers
  • 2014 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
  • 2014 Reader’s Crown Award Finalist
  • 2014 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist in Fiction/Religious
  • 2013 USA “Best Books 2013” Finalist in Fiction/Religious
  • 2012 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year (Bronze) in Romance
  • 2011 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
  • 2011 USA "Best Books 2011" Finalist in Historical Fiction
  • 2011 Next Generation Indie Award for Best Regional Fiction
  • 2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Romance
  • 2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Historical Fiction
  • 2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
  • 2010 Stars and Flags: 2nd place for Historical Fiction
  • 2009 HOLT Medallion Finalist for Best Southern Theme
  • 2008 Indie Next Generation Award for Best Regional Fiction
  • 2008 Indie Next Generation Finalist for Best Historical Fiction
  • 2008 IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction
  • 2008 ForeWord Magazine Finalist for Book of the Year in Romance

“This stunning story captures the reader's attention from the start. A moving account of two people who are drawn into an untenable conflict and find love, despite their opposing beliefs.” – Romantic Times

“Readers will find the attention to historical detail impeccable and the characters are strongly drawn.” – Foreword Magazine

Synopsis

Winner of two Best Regional Fiction awards since its release in January 2008, Shades of Gray chronicles the clash of a Confederate cavalry officer with a Union spy as they defend their beliefs, their country, and their honor. The Historical Novel Society called Shdes of Gray "a sympathetic, loving portrait," while Book Review Journal says it is "well written and expertely executed. You cannot leave this book unchanged in your understanding of the souls of the Civil War." Shades of Gray is an epic love story that illuminates the fine line between friends and enemies at a time when traditions and principles were worth defending at all costs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1366 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 468 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Patriot Press; Auflage: 1 (11. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0019SW4DS
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen 2 Kundenrezensionen
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"Shades of Gray" ist wunderschön geschrieben und beschreibt die Grausamkeit des Krieges und die unglaubliche Tapferkeit der Nord- und Südstaatler während des Bürgerkriegs (1861-1865). Die beiden Protagonisten sind hervorragend getroffen, sie sind ehrenhaft, stolz und sie verbindet eine Liebe, die alle Grenzen überschreitet und sie bis in alle Ewigkeit verbinden wird. Sie stehen auf verschiedenen Seiten, sind Feinde durch ihre Überzeugungen und treffen mehr als einmal in Situationen aufeinander, die lebensgefährlich sind. Es gibt viele Missverständnisse und die beiden tun einander immer wieder weh (emotional).
Es scheint, dass zwei so stolze und eherenhafte Menschen niemals zueinander finden können. Doch die Liebe überwindet auch diese Schranken... Sogar die allerletzte.

Während ich das Buch las sind mir sehr oft die Tränen gekommen. Das Buch ist sehr, sehr einfühlsam geschrieben ohne auch ur annährend gefühlsduselig oder gar schnulzig zu werden. Der Autorin ist es gelungen, ohne zu sehr ins Detail zu gehen, sämtliche Gefühle und Situationen derart glaubhaft darzustellen, dass der Leser glaubt, mitten im Geschehen zu sein und die beiden Protagonisten sehr gut zu kennen. Für beide kann man nur Bewunderung empfinden.

Ich bin eine regelrechte Leseratte, aber so ein wuderschönes Buch ist mir selten begegnet!!!
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Shades of Gray opens as a wild adventure novel featuring a headstrong young girl fighting for her country in the American Civil War.
And on that level, read as a light "War is an adventure" YA oriented novel it works great.
It falters at being a "historical" novel, though; I won't go into speculation about the authors background on that end but hazard a guess that her "research" wasn't worth the mention. The romance part, on the other hand, worked a lot of the time perfectly for me - not the least because Jessica James doesn't care much for accuracy and rather presents us a very modern romance heroine. The greatest drawback however for the story is in my opinion its highly episodic build-up, often months pass between chapters and there's not much of a plot to make out over all besides "they meet, they lose sight of each other, they meet again, they lose sight..."
One or the other gets hurt, captured, missing...
If you are looking for more than light reading fare with some wonderful playful, romantic banter between reluctant lovers seperated by differing loyalties, you will be disappointed for sure. If some clean, fun romance, albeit at times gruesome in its descriptions of harsh war realities, is what you are looking for, then Shades of Gray might be just the right book for you.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 von 5 Sternen 1.402 Rezensionen
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A slow, laborious read with a disappointing ending 17. März 2015
Von Carmen Redding - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The first part of Shades of Grey opened with the promise of interesting characters engaged in exciting exploits. However, the book was too long. The action seemed to come to a standstill less than halfway through the book. My favorite part of the book were the quotes at t he beginning of each chapter.

The word I would use to describe this love story is melodramatic.The conversations and animated sparring between Andrea and Hunter were repetitive, cliched and unrealistic. The author's attempt to bring another female into the plot to add conflict fell flat. I liked Andrea when disguised as Sinclair a lot better than when she acted like a spoiled brat while convalescing at Hawthorne, Hunter's estate in Virginia. Her attitude toward the slaves seemed inconsistent. On the one hand, she helped them, but also had no qualms about making their work harder by being stubborn and uncooperative.

It seems like it took me forever to read this book. I kept hoping that it would get better, but it never did. The elements of a good book were there, but they just did not mesh together into a cohesive whole. Therefore, I can only give it two stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Is All Really Fair in Love and War? 12. Mai 2014
Von V. Williams - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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War is said to be Hell and certainly none can compare to the brutal American Civil War; brothers fighting brothers. The Confederates in Virginia fiercely fought to protect their soil, their homes, their lives. Captain Alexander Hunter was crafted somewhat by a real life hero; his band of warriors keenly attuned to their cavalry officer and his cunning leadership. Stealthily hitting the federal forces when and where they could, fighting a terrorist war of their own, demoralizing the federals where they could, capturing supplies and materiel as well as prisoners. The Union forces relentlessly continued their advance aided in part by a shadowy character of a very young agile rider on a large black horse quickly making a legend of his own. But wait! Was Sinclair a "he", or Andrea Evans; strong, independent, and fearless scout borne of harsh childhood experience. As occurs so often, the lives of these two continue to intertwine; always finding themselves at odds until circumstances begin to force grudging respect. Andrea pushes the threshold of her spying activity until she is captured and presented to Captain Hunter wherein her fate rests. Spared a firing squad, but forever altering life thereafter her captive status eventually begins a torturous change in her philosophy of loyalty and honor. Fiercely competitive, intellectual equals, Captain Hunter and Andrea present a formidable force in both love and war. Not one to read romance novels, I downloaded this free offering from an interest in historical fiction, and was rewarded with a three-hanky novel powerful from beginning to end. Recommended for Civil War buffs and anyone else interested in a hard-to-put-down yarn that leaves you emotionally drained and breathless.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Spy Who Loved Me: Civil War Style 2. November 2016
Von David W. Berg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This story is like a Civil War version of a James Bond movie. The protagonists/antagonists are a southern belle turned Union spy Andrea Evans (alias Andrew Sinclair) who meets an elusive Confederate partisan ranger Captain Alexander Hunter (loosely based on Confederate John Mosby). This book begins as a fast-paced adventure, transitions to a spy thriller, then to a lengthy battle of personalities and civil war political beliefs, and climaxes into an unlikely love story. As the book reaches its conclusion, it becomes difficult to put down. I didn't get to sleep until 2am while reading the last 150 to 200 pages of the book, as riveting as it was. The book's final "scenes" were anti-climatic, but well-done as fitting epilogue to the story. I gave it four stars because much of the book is mired down in tedious political arguments between the two protagonists/antagonists. I was most impressed by the author's ample knowledge of military culture & patrol tactics; and a grasp for the intimate horror of combat. This book is probably acceptable reading for ages 14 and older. Very mild profanity ("hell" and "damn") and very mild sexuality (mostly references to kissing). There are no offensive racial epithets in the book; slaves are referred to as "slaves", "servants", and "negroes".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shades 25. Februar 2016
Von Joleen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Okay...what I didn't know was that this book has been rewritten and now being called Noble Cause. Apparently it has a different ending than this book. I wish I had that book instead. I read reviews when I was 95% done with this one and chose to not read the rest due to the sad ending.

This was a VERY well done book. Intelligently written and so well developed.
1) The characters were wonderful. Hero and heroine (Alex and Andrea) had an attraction under great amounts of animosity and distrust due to her being on the side of the North and Alex being a Colonel defending Virginia on the South. Many other characters wove a wonderful tapestry within is amazing story.
2) The history was amazing and well told. It didn't sound like a history book at all.
3) Ms. James can write!!! Her explanations of battle scenes, and conversations, okay arguments, between the characters were so well done. I didn't think the arguments were too long winded, as some reviewers said, I was entertained by how articulate they were. And of course they are going to have arguments...they are enemies from opposite sides!
4) the romance (which didn't become reality until 70% into the book, and even then, there are immediately complications.
By the time love is finally declared there is a choice that has to be made about safety in battle and what can be done to be together after.
This is where I started looking at others reviews and learned Noble Cause is the book I should read, rather than this one.
You know, I still liked this one and just might pick up its rewrite.
UPDATE:
Okay... I apparently purchased the newer version AND the Audible version of Noble Cause 6 months ago and forgot about them. Found them when I did a search. So I both finished the as Noble Cause, and listened to the Audible book. I don't recommend the Audible version. The narrator's voice inflections just aren't right.
Okay, here's my take on it...I enjoyed the ending of the rewrite because it was a happy one. Then I ended up going back to read the ending of Shades of Gray. It wasn't so bad after all. Not the HEA people (including myself) usually appreciate, but it was still well done and not melodramatic. I actually like both versions.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shades of Gray: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia by Jessica James 8. Juni 2016
Von Army Mom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Oh my! This story holds many larger than life characters who did what was necessary to make it through the Civil War while remaining true to their convictions, honor and side. Andrea Evans, disguised as a young man, works as a courier/scout giving the North information on the movements of Southern troops while carrying messages from one commander to another. Captain Hunter is a commander for the South in Virginia who has fallen victim to the info that Miss. Evans has provided. This story tells how they meet and become acquainted during some difficult circumstances of the war. They are forced to become familiar with each other due to a man, they have in common, a good friend of Miss. Evan's and one of the officers she reports to and the younger brother of Captain Hunter. Will they be able to see how very much alike they are in spite of what side of the war their ideals have put them on? Can they come to an understanding and tolerance of each others views? Jessica James is a wonderful author who gives all the information you need to give the reader an idea of how difficult war can be with regards to the sacrifices of ideals and of a personal nature particularly those experienced during a civil war.
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