She thought she'd saved them all, but now a more nefarious plot emerges, increasing the stakes and threatening to bring a nation to its knees.
Displaced, rejected, forsaken...
Annabelle finds herself pulled farther from home and ever closer to the malicious repercussions of war. Elmira prison is filled beyond its capacity, and starving men are left shivering in threadbare clothing beneath paltry shelters. Among the thousands of captured and hopeless Confederates, she searches to find the one man who could be the key to saving her inheritance.
Wounded, desperate, defeated...
Matthew yearns for peace away from Washington. Yet, he can never seem to escape his ties to a frantic madman seeking vengeance. Lurking in the shadows at every turn, the cycle of retribution continually brings yet another danger, and Matthew will do everything in his power to protect the woman he loves - even if it means keeping her from the truth.
In the final dark day days of war, Matthew sets his hopes on Annabelle. She could be the lighthouse that guides him out of the ever encroaching sea of chaos - if only they can allow love and trust to overcome their prideful hearts.
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Be forewarned, this is not a stand-alone book. It is necessary to read the first one, Leveraging Lincoln, before reading this one. In this second installment in the conspiracy to capture Lincoln, several new loveable characters are added and the focus on a love story is more prominent, especially in the first half of the book. However, do not fear, the conspirators against Lincoln raise their ugly heads again and Matthew, as well as Annabelle and the new extended cast, must race to save Lincoln. The first half of this novel is slower paced than the first book, but it is comfortable and an enjoyable walk through the nuances of unadmitted and self-sacrificial love. Matthew and Anabelle go back and forth between working together and obstinately working alone. As the self-awareness of feelings grows, you long to see the two stubborn characters come together. Right about the mid-point of the book, the schemes of those seeking to capture Lincoln resurface and morph into plans for assassination. It is once again up to Matthew and Annabelle to risk everything to save the man who was once considered their enemy. The pace picks up and the plot continues all the way to its inevitable end. Without giving too much away, Mrs. McGee does a very good job of bringing all the details of the conspiracy plot together. I must admit, my history knowledge was not as strong as I thought and I learned quite a bit. It was definitely an ending which had me looking into the history books on my shelves to confirm all the details I hadn’t realized existed. At the end of the book, you have a sense of closure with still plenty of loose ends to be tied up in the third book. I highly recommend this series. The second book did not disappoint and I am eagerly awaiting the third book. *I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest opinion, which you have read above.*
This is my 2nd book of Stephenia McGee. I absolutely love this series. Started with Leveraging Lincoln. and now we continue with book 2 with Annabella and Matthew who are still looking for Matthew's brother in a prison camp in New York. This story keeps you on the edge of your seat and Stephenia McGee is so wonderful at painting a picture that makes you think you are right there. Very descriptive and you can tell she did a lot of research of President Lincoln around the end of the civil war. I love when I can read a book and believe that it really happened. You will find mystery, suspense mixed with a bit of CLEAN romance. I can't wait for book 3.