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.
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, reviewing it for the Christian Review of Books, both of which she co-founded with her husband, or homeschooling her two small children.