Circle of Spies

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1865--Marietta Hughes never wanted to be a spy, but the family legacy of espionage is thrust upon her as the War Between the States rolls on. Unknown to her, the Knights of the Golden Circle--a Confederate secret society bent on destroying the Union her brother died for--has been meeting in a hidden lair beneath her home. Faced with the secrets of her late husband and his brother, whom she thought she could trust with anything, Marietta's world tilts out of control. Can she ...

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1865--Marietta Hughes never wanted to be a spy, but the family legacy of espionage is thrust upon her as the War Between the States rolls on. Unknown to her, the Knights of the Golden Circle--a Confederate secret society bent on destroying the Union her brother died for--has been meeting in a hidden lair beneath her home. Faced with the secrets of her late husband and his brother, whom she thought she could trust with anything, Marietta's world tilts out of control. Can she right it by protecting a Union agent infiltrating the KGC?

Slade Osborne, an undercover Pinkerton agent, is determined to do whatever is necessary to end the conflict between the North and the South. When he infiltrates this secret cell, it isn't just their inner workings that baffle him--it's the beautiful woman who seems to be a puppet for the new leader and yet...so much more.

Do they dare trust each other in this circle of intrigue? Will their shared faith sustain them? And can Mari and Slade stymie the enemy long enough to see their beloved country reunited?

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Library Journal
04/15/2014
Marietta Hughes is a spy for the Union, a family tradition that she embraced with some reluctance. Shade Osborne is a Pinkerton agent who has infiltrated the Knights of the Golden Circle, a Confederate spy ring that is meeting in a secret hideaway located under Marietta's home. The discovery of the Golden Circle's meeting place and their plans to destroy the Union tilts Marietta's world on its axis. Having lost her husband and brother during the war, she no longer knows whom she can trust. Her blossoming romance with the dashing Shade is overshadowed by worry about his trustworthiness. VERDICT White's third historical espionage series entry (after Ring of Secrets and Whispers from the Shadows) is a gripping tale of cloak-and-dagger intrigue and romance at the end of the Civil War. The author's sensitive portrayal of the genuine friendships and bonds between Marietta and the freed slaves brings an added dimension to an already heartwarming tale of love, hope, and adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736951036
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Culper Ring Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 290,451
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Roseanna M. White pens her novels under the Betsy Ross flag hanging above her desk, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When she isn't writing fiction, she's editing it for WhiteFire Publishing or reviewing it for the Christian Review of Books, both of which she cofounded with her husband. www.roseannawhite.com
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  • Posted August 1, 2014

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    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Marietta Hughes

    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

    Marietta Hughes was forced into her job as a spy because of her family legacy during the War Between the States, and the secrets of her late husband and brother-in-law. When her grandfather told her about her husband and the KGC members, she was more than willing to help. Pinkerton agent Slade Osborne will to go any means to end the conflict between North and South, and his interaction with Marietta seems to have him stunned! But, being a Pinkerton agent, Slade can’t trust anyone.

    It is really hard to write a review of Circle of Spies by Roseanna M. White and not give any of the plot. So if you are a history or Civil War buff, I will just tell you now that this one is a must. With the setting around the Civil War era, the history here is phenomenal and the vivid scenes described by Ms. White are amazing. I love when I can read historical fiction and feel as though I am there in the scenes, and that is just how it was. I could feel the emotions of the people, and smell the scent of the air, and taste the food they ate. The clothes they wore were sometimes awesome and other times not so much. Marietta was truly a heroine after she learned the truth about her husband. And though it was difficult for me to read through some of the scenes, this makes the story more believable and realistic. There are many twists and turns throughout the book that help keep your attention as well. All in all, this is a fantastic read and one that will grab you in the beginning and stay with you for a while after you finish.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

       The Culper Ring series got better by the book.  I enjoyed Rin

       The Culper Ring series got better by the book. 
    I enjoyed Ring of Secrets. I liked Whispers from the Shadows. I loved Circle of Spies. 
    The mystery ran deeper, the suspense was tenser, the characters felt even more alive to me. The family bonds that carry on from book to book through marriage and children, linking each story, are even more loving by this last volume.




    Roseanna White's stories have now carried us from the Revolutionary War where we met the quick-witted Winter, to the War of 1812 where we met the sensitive Gwyneth, to the Civil War where we meet Marietta Hughes of the photographic memory.  
    Marietta is existing, but not really living when this book opens. She is full of fears and desires, and she sees no true consolation or fulfillment on the horizon. 
    She's lost a husband and a brother in the War between the States, and she lives now with her mother in law. Her dead husband's brother wants to marry her, and part of Marietta wants to give in. He promises a future for them together, and that may be the best she can hope for.  
    Renewed joy, purpose, peace.... dare I say redemption?.... that is all beyond her. 




    How odd that Marietta would get her first glimpse into hope the day she is introduced to horror. 
    Her Grandfather shows her a secret: both her late husband and his brother are members of The Knights of the Golden Circle, and as a Confederate group they want to sabotage Lincoln. They've written it in blood. 




    And Marietta must act as if she knows nothing. And she must help Slade Osborne, the Pinkerton Detective who is investigating. 




    My favorite part of this story? Marietta's awakening. She had lost pieces of herself so many times that she was sure wholeness was gone forever. God restored her own soul, and her faith in Him. She gained back her passion, and it was no longer squandered on lesser gods.  




    Roseanna White's trilogy richened with each installment. 




    Thank you Harvest House for my review copies. 

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

    American history is one of my favorite subjects; so obviously, I

    American history is one of my favorite subjects; so obviously, I would enjoy a book like this, especially from this author, whom I have grown to appreciate. She is very talented!
     
    Circle of Spies is once again a mystery comprising espionage by the Lane family and their descendants. This book can stand alone if you have not been following the series from the beginning, but takes on a much deeper meaning if you have followed from the start.
    This book is based in the Civil War time period. Marietta is Thad Lane’s granddaughter and unbeknownst to her, just happens to have inherited a home from her late husband, which is secret quarters to the KGC (Knights of the Golden Circle).  She has a memory like Detective Monk (if you are familiar with that TV series) As he calls it – a blessing and a curse, hers is as well. But to the benefit of the spy ring, her memory can be used for good.
    When she discovers her late husband and future husband have been involved in a sabotage plan against the Union, things get down and dirty. Hr family asks her to join the Culper Ring and use her advantages to uncover important information that could save the president. She will be subtly working along side Pinkerton agent Slade Osborne to bring down the KGC.  But if her soon to be fiance finds out what she is doing. She could be in grave danger.

    Another aspect of the book, I loved, was Mari’s change of heart. She becomes a new creature in Christ. Instead of self-serving she begins serving others and looking out for their best interests.  The change that comes over her is incredible, and yet, in its own way brings her added troubles. She has to learn to forgive herself for the mistakes she made in her past and her string of bad choices. Can God redeem her past and give her hope for her future? Or is she bound to pay for the path she has chosen?
    This is a book you don’t want to miss!

    I was privileged to receive this book from Harvest House in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive one.

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  • Posted May 1, 2014

    Another Wow! from Roseanna M. White. This lady has more talent i

    Another Wow! from Roseanna M. White. This lady has more talent in her little finger than most of us have in fingers, toes--well, the whole body combined. 

    Marietta Hughes married the wrong man. Even though she remained loyal to her husband Lucien during their marriage, her eyes too often strayed to  his brother Devereaux. Now her husband is dead, killed by muggers, and Dev steps in to claim Marietta as his own. Except a new man is also on the scene. Will Slade Osborne steal her away from Dev's schemes?

    Family secrets trouble Marietta, confusing her about those she thought she knew so well and the war she thought she could ignore. 

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

    I've enjoyed all three of the books in this series, but this is

    I've enjoyed all three of the books in this series, but this is the best. It got my attention at the very first chapter and kept it all the way through. Fantastic writing, suspense, danger, intrigue, romance, this story has it all. The main character, Marietta, goes through a metamorphosis from a spoiled, shallow, self centered woman to one with a completely different outlook on life but it feels very natural and real. 




    The characters from Whispers From the Shadows, the book before this, are Marietta's grandparents and Thad Lane has a role in the story and his character is a fun addition. With this series I would recommend starting with the first book, Ring of Secrets to fully understand what the Culper Ring is all about but you certainly could read each of the three books in any order without any trouble.




    Oh, and I love this book trailer. Make sure you watch it. :o)




    This book was provided to me by Harvest House Publishers for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Harvest House.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Another one I've thoroughly enjoyed by Roseanna White.  Circle o

    Another one I've thoroughly enjoyed by Roseanna White.  Circle of Spies is another intriguing addition to her Culper Ring espionage series.  I felt the characterizations were the strongest part of the novel, breathing life into people struggling with taking hold of redemption and all it entails.  The intrigue was also very good, blending history and fiction well and keeping me waiting to see how everything would pan out.  I remain a big fan of Roseanna White's fiction thus far.

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