Beloved Enemy

Beloved Enemy

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by Al Lacy

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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…  See more details below


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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The Crown Publishing Group
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Battles of Destiny Series
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Beloved Enemy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jadijohnson More than 1 year ago
The book opens in the quiet before the storm. It’s only a few months before the Battle of Bull Run, but they are far from peaceful. It is a terrible time to fall in love, yet that is exactly what Jenny Jordan and Buck Brownell do. The odds are definitely against them. Buck is a Union soldier, ready to do battle with the Rebels. And Jenny’s father is doing his best to aid the very soldiers Buck will be going up against. Jenny is being pulled in opposite directions by the two men she loves most in the world. Her situation only gets worse when she is forced to play the part of a spy. She isn’t just betraying the North; she is betraying the man she loves. And Buck is the only Union soldier who is willing to save the beautiful enemy. This book was like a roller coaster ride. It started out kind of slow. In the fourth scene, when the heroine was introduced, the book picked up speed and got really exciting. During the battle, the author spent more time with the enemy than he did on the hero’s side. It would have been okay if the author showed a few scenes where the enemy was setting up ambushes for the good guys. But it was almost like he was trying to change the reader’s loyalty to the Rebels’ side. After the battle, the book got good again. I would recommend it. All in all, I liked it a lot. And there is a huge shock that took me totally by surprise. I received this free book from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program.
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts on this book Buck and Jenny met at war, The Civil War, they fell in love, but there didn’t seem to be a happily every after for them. First of all, Jenny’s Confederate father wasn’t at all happy that Buck was a Union soldier. Well it could have been because they were enemies right? But Buck and Jenny didn’t let that stop their love for each other. Then when Jenny agrees to carry critical information over the enemy lines, she is caught by Buck. Will Buck do the usual punishment for someone who has crossed the lines, or will he save the love of his life? I thoroughly enjoyed Buck and Jenny’s story, though it got touchy at times, and sometimes a little scary. With the two being in love, there was always a chance they would slip up and be seen. Jenny’s dad was determined to keep them apart, but would he be able to? Al Lacy created characters that readers will grow to love as they follow Buck and Jenny’s love life through the Civil War days. With the twists and turns, its sometimes difficult to put the book down. This is just a good, clean, enjoyable Christian fiction story that is good for anyone to read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys war stories and Christian fiction. This book was generously provided by Waterbrook Press in exchange for a review. I was under no obligation to post a positive review of this book. The opinions in this review are mine only.
SherreyM More than 1 year ago
When I selected Beloved Enemy by Al Lacy for my next WaterBrook Press review, I was tempted by the Civil War history referred to as well as the chance for a little romance in the reading. However, upon receipt of the book and jumping right in to it, I struggled to be drawn in by the story line and writing style. I will confess I had never read one of Mr. Lacy's books before and therefore didn't know what to expect. What I didn't expect though was to find some inconsistencies that quite frankly bothered me. If a writer is going to write historical fiction, it is my belief he or she should remain tied to the time period in language, casual lifestyle references and its historical stance. Once or twice in Beloved Enemy, when scenes include Mrs. Lincoln and her two boys, Willie and Tad, the boys refer to their mother as "mom." When this didn't seem absolutely timely, I checked online resources ([Merriam-Webster][1] regarding the origin of the word "mom." Here, we are told that the word's first known use was circa 1894. Since Beloved Enemy opens in the early part of the 1860s and continues only through that same early period, it is highly unlikely that the Lincoln boys called their mother "mom." At one point in this same early part of the book, one character is read in dialogue to say: "Let's have a cup of coffee at the cafe." Another language form that, in my own opinion, doesn't seem to ring true with the times. Also, I found it difficult to maintain a record of the many Confederate and Yankee officers named throughout the book. Mr. Lacy often refers to each in a multitude of names, sometimes using their titles, often only first names. This would make it difficult for a reader unfamiliar with the war itself to track very well. References to the women spies during the Civil War seem to be completely accurate. Rose Greenhow was chief among the Confederate women spies as reflected here. It is with great pride as a woman from the South to know that women played a strategic, if costly, role in the Civil War. I'm reluctant to say that I will step out again and read one of Al Lacy's publications, but have done as WaterBrook Press asked and have given my honest opinion of Beloved Enemy. * * * I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
ductapewallet More than 1 year ago
This month I read the first book in the ‘Battles of Destiny’ series, Bull Run 1 “Beloved Enemy” by Al Lacy. I love history, and I went to a high school where my mascot was a ‘rebel’ so reading about the civil war is usually fun for me. I really enjoyed the story in this book, the story of Jenny and Buck, she from a southern family working in northern Washington DC, and he a soldier coming up in the union army. They meet and fall in love against her fathers wishes at the beginning of the civil war and this book takes you through their challenges during that time. It also is a story of the battle of Bull Run, of confederate spies in Washington DC, and the story of the soldiers that fought to win for what they thought was right, keeping their loyalties to their birthplaces, each believing themselves to be right. I did not enjoy the style of writing where the author uses multiple names to refer to the same character or characters. for example, the southern soldiers might be called “southern soldiers” , “confederates” ,”grey bellies”,or “rebels”. Northern soldiers might be reffered to as “union”, “federal soldiers”,”blue bellies” or “yankees”. A single character was often refferred to using their full rank and full name in one sentance, then only part of their rank or a shortened version of their name in another, it was very confusing because there is too much detail, too many individual soldiers whose full name and rank are written into the book, but are just minor parts of the story. I also didn’t enjoy most of the story of the battle of Bull Run, there were half chapters containing battle stories that had nothing to do with the main story of confederate spies in Washington,or the love story of Jenny and Buck, but were just gory details of war that muddied the overall book. Again, there were too many details, too many captains telling their regiments to go here, and majors telling their battilions to fight there, all with full names and ranks, directions of where they were stationed and where they went to fight. A map somewhere in the book for refrence to these directions might have helped, a list in the back of the difference in military ranks would have been nice. I know a private is a basic soldier and captains and majors are above that, but knowing whether a colonel is higher ranked than a captain, or a corporal is higher in the chain of command than a general would have helped me understand some of the book a whole lot more. There is a smallish part of this story that gives us a glimpse into the personal life of Abrahm Lincoln and his family at the start of his Presidancy and the beginning of the civil war. I enjoyed that small peek into the personalities of the children and close personal friends of Lincolns, the author did a good job tying the main characters in the book to the story of the President and his family, that came full circle at the end of the book. Overall I enjoyed the story, but I doubt that I will be looking for the rest of the titles in this series,I dont like picking the story out of all the overstated facts. “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”
Lindz2012 More than 1 year ago
Beloved Enemy 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 backed 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 Aungration 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.
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This story is told wonderfully, it holds everything a great book needs! You will not be disappointed!