An Extraordinary Union - An unlikely civil war romance
What a great story with a formidable heroine, a very likable hero and a plot that kept me turning the pages. An Extraordinary Union is one of the most entertaining stories I've read in months. Elle Burns' family was set free from slavery when she was still a child. She has a unique gift - an incredible memory - that initially brings much shame to her, unbeknownst to her family, as she is paraded and asked to perform incredible mental feats for strangers. Eventually, she embraces this gift as she realizes its potential to benefit the Union in this war of North versus South and gains admittance to the exclusive Loyal League detective agency.
She poses as a mute slave in the household of a Virginia Senator to gather intelligence. A guest arrives wearing a confederate uniform, an abominable sight to Elle, therefore she can't fathom this strong attraction she has for him. Malcolm McCall is an enigma to Elle, whose life depends on reading people accurately, and she has a feeling there's more to him than meets the eye in the despicable uniform. She soon discovers he's an undercover agent also working to preserve the Union.
They are thrust together as they attempt to uncover a plot that could adversely change the course of the war. They both realize that their life is not the only thing they must risk; they must also risk their heart.
The author Alyssa Cole is a great storyteller. I've read several of her books but this is my favorite. She describes this historical setting in vivid color and has created unforgettable characters. Susan Caffrey, the senator's trifling and self-centered daughter offered much comic relief in her attempts to seduce Malcolm who suffers her attentions for the sake of his mission.
An Extraordinary Union was published in 2017 by Kensington and is available on Amazon. Get a copy today and leave a comment to let me know what you thought of it.