An Extraordinary Union

An Extraordinary Union

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During the Civil War, two undercover agents, Elle Burns, a former slave, and Malcolm McCall, a detective in Pinkerton's Secret Service, uncover a plot that could lead to a Confederate victory. They vow to preserve the Union at any cost.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781496707444
Branch Call Number: F COLE
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 21 cm


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Born into slavery, Elle Burns is now a free woman and a spy for the pro-Union Loyalty League. While on assignment in Richmond, Virginia, she encounters another undercover operative: white Pinkerton Detective Malcolm McCall. Their attraction is instantaneous (and mutual), but there are so many rea... Read More »

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Mar 31, 2018

Elle has taken on a most dangerous and demeaning task: as a free black woman she is working as a spy, having volunteered to pose as a slave in a southern household, in an effort to glean intelligence she can pass through her network to aid the Union cause. Complicating her efforts is Malcolm, a fellow infiltrator posing as a Rebel soldier.

I was charmed by this romantic tale and love that it was inspired by several real historical figures from the era. It was a joy to watch Elle and Malcolm's relationship develop. Well done! Looking forward to Cole's next title.

JessicaGma Dec 14, 2017

I avoid Civil War books as a rule, but I sure am glad I broke that rule to read this fantastic novel. I wondered if a romance with spies during the Civil War would work, especially due to the different backgrounds, but this book is absolutely brilliant. Elle is fantastic and needs to be in more books immediately. I cannot wait for more offerings by the author.

Nov 07, 2017

This spy adventure romance is one of the best I have read. Well researched, this isn't a historical novel that sugarcoats of what went on during America's past. Elle is a protagonist that is sharp and determined to aid the Union with her photographic memory and uncanny resourcefulness. Malcolm, another spy disguising as a soldier for the Confederacy, is charming and loyal as he begins to realize his feelings are much more with Elle as they work together. They become a lot more than partners in "crime" as they discover a plan that could turn the Civil war. A romance read that will not let you go.

PimaLib_JessicaP Apr 24, 2017

You know that book you never knew you needed in your life? This is it. Set during the American Civil War, this is the story of Elle, a spy for the Loyal League with an eidetic memory, and Malcolm, a Pinkerton masquerading in Richmond as a Confederate. That's right: it's a Civil War Spy Novel. It's also an interracial romance. How does the author pull that off without tipping the power balance in the absolute wrong direction? Very carefully, very cleverly, and very adeptly. There are still issues of the times to overcome, but overall, this is one of the best historical romances set in the US that I've read, featuring wonderful characters, snarky, witty banter, and a true, well-researched look at the time in which it was set.

martha_w Apr 02, 2017

This is a really stellar historical romance. I tend to like my romances light and funny (and set in Regency England), so the only reason I picked this one up is because it's gotten so much buzz from authors I really like, because a Civil War-era romance just seemed like it would be too heavy to be an enjoyable read. But guess what? I was totally wrong. This was excellent -- the fact that the heroine is black and the hero is white gives their romance a true obstacle that never feels contrived or unbelievable, unlike some of the obstacles faced by couples in other books, and the fact that they're both Union spies embedded in a Richmond plantation is just... so great. They're so well-matched, the the power dynamics of their relationship, which could have been tricky due to the racial politics of the time, never feel uncomfortable -- they are so clearly equals in every way. Man, this was so good. And there's going to be a sequel! A+.


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