Leveraging Lincoln: A Civil War Novel

Leveraging Lincoln: A Civil War Novel

by Stephenia H. McGee




"All we have to do is kidnap their President...."

Four years of war have reduced the South to near annihilation. Homes lay smoldering and men become desperate. Amid the shadows of fear, a clandestine group waits for an opportunity to change the course of history.

Harlot, liar, spy...
On the threshold of losing her plantation, Annabelle Ross finds a cryptic letter on a dying soldier and seizes the opportunity to get out a message of her own. She never dreamed her plan would brand her a suspected spy... or worse, an unwilling conspirator.

Deserter, traitor, accomplice...
When Matthew Daniels's brother is taken captive, he finds himself caught up in a plot to gain leverage on the Union. The lines are drawn in blood, and the risk is there for the taking. But will his reckless gamble cost him the woman he had determined not to love?

She wants to save her home. He wants to save his brother. Together, they may just save a nation.

Part one of the Liberator Series, a trilogy following the adventures and romance of Annabelle Ross and Matthew Daniels as they play a part in the dramatic conclusion of Abraham Lincoln's life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692572566
Publisher: By the Vine Press
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Stephenia McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in southern culture.

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Leveraging Lincoln: A Civil War Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CrystalCaudill More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for those who love historical fiction set in the Civil War Era. Mrs. McGee does a marvelous job of interweaving the historical facts of the John Wilkes Booth’s conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln and “what if.” If you struggle with Civil War novels not having a fair view of Southerners or sometimes Northerners, this novel does a fantastic job of balancing both. There is no strictly good guy or back guy when it comes to Confederates and Yankees, although this book is distinctly written from the Southern perspective. Both sides have very realistic evil qualities and very real honorable qualities. Annabelle is a strong female character with very human faults who manages to get herself entangled in a scheme of national proportion as she tries to save her plantation from the greedy fingers of a step-grandfather. As a reader, you love her spunk and level-headedness. The woman is a survivor and has the spunk to endure the realities of a devastated South. Captain Matthew Daniels is a man whose loyalty and honor are admirable but also lead him into his own entanglement with those of less than honorable intentions. He is a hero a head above the rest (and if you read the book, you will get my little pun). His fierce loyalty to his brother and his determination to rescue the older brother whom he looks up to are qualities which will make you admire him. This first book of the series is mainly focused on the entanglement of both the hero and heroine into Booth’s conspiracy and the unfolding of the first attempt on Lincoln’s life. The story is action packed, moves a good clip, and is completely satisfying in the adventure aspect. The budding romance between Annabelle and Matthew is slow and acts more as a subplot to the action around it. It is believable and something the reader looks forward to in the next book of the series. If you are into history and a realistic Southern view of the Civil War this is a great series to pick up. It has a mixture of everything desired in a novel. I, for one, loved the detail and the Southern view realistically applied. I highly recommend you purchase this book. *I was given a free copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest opinion, which you have read above.*
Zelma More than 1 year ago
Very nice book, this is the first book I have ever read by Stephenia H. McGee. I am very impressed. Very easy to read. Characters are well developed. Starts out with Annabelle working on her plantation during the civil war. Her home was converted to a hospital, most of her furniture taken from the soldiers. She was left the plantation with the stipulation she had to get married then it would be transferred into her new husbands name because a woman owning land just wasn't done. Her Grandfather wanted her to marry her uncle "Not by blood but by marriage" who is quite a bit older than she is. But in the mean time she meets Matthew who is trying to get his brother set free from a prisoner camp. I don't want to mention more due to spoilers but which man will Annabelle choose, the one she was arranged to marry or this new mystery man, and is there more to the story with Matthew, Booth, and President Lincoln? Lots of twists and turns, I even love Annabelle's servant Peggy, I just have to laugh esp with the scene of her trying to ride a horse. I can't wait to read how the story continues in Losing Lincoln Next summer!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Annabelle Ross has lost so much to the Civil War and now she faces the fear of losing the plantation that had been her family home for generations. Having nursed countless soldiers when the house was turned into a hospital, she's not surprised to find letters hidden in the patients' pockets, messages that need to reach their destination. A cryptic letter, however, leads her into a quagmire of espionage at the losing end of the war, a war that no one can really win when so many lives have been lost and so many families split by divided loyalties. And now the life of President Lincoln is at risk and Annabelle finds that she is caught in the middle of the plot. The subplots are intriguing as well, like the plan to wed Annabelle against her wishes to her step-mother's brother. Stephenia H. McGee's novel, Leveraging Lincoln: A Civil War Novel (The Liberator Series) (Volume 1), is the first in a series that finds Annabelle and her co-conspirator-turned-love, Matthew Daniels, caught up in espionage and subterfuge to eliminate President Lincoln. The story is well constructed with good characterization and lots of descriptive passages. In fact, it's quite the page-turner. The only disappointment is that the well developed plot really has no resolution. Otherwise, this is a powerful tale of survival in the southern states at the end of the American Civil War. Overall, a great read.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting. It was a great book about the civil war and spies. i loved Annabelle and Mathew. I do look forward to the next book in the series. I received this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion.