A Hope Divided

A Hope Divided

The Civil War has turned neighbor against neighbor--but for one scientist spy and her philosopher soldier, war could bind them together . . . For three years of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace: with coded letters about anti-Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing sl...

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Title:A Hope Divided
Author:Alyssa Cole
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A Hope Divided Reviews

  • Kay Taylor Rea

    I generally don't rate books I haven't read yet, but this book isn't gonna sit here with a 1-star rating because of a troll, so FIVE STARS. (Also, if you have not read the first book in this series,

    , DO SO IMMEDIATELY, IT IS WONDERFUL.)

    update:

    I have now officially read this book and it was so good I failed to give Dianna directions while we were driving and we got lost because I was busy reading.

  • Mei

    I really like how this woman writes! :)

    The heroine here was weaker and more protected than the one in the previous book, but I appreciated how he grown up, even if I, and I suppose nobody else, didn't like the reasons that forced her to!

    She is also a mixed race free woman, but where the previous heroine was actively fight for the Union, here Marlie is not fighting but helping either with care of the prisoners of war or with hiding the escaped slaves.

    Still, her help is done with the protection o

    I really like how this woman writes! :)

    The heroine here was weaker and more protected than the one in the previous book, but I appreciated how he grown up, even if I, and I suppose nobody else, didn't like the reasons that forced her to!

    She is also a mixed race free woman, but where the previous heroine was actively fight for the Union, here Marlie is not fighting but helping either with care of the prisoners of war or with hiding the escaped slaves.

    Still, her help is done with the protection of the powerful family: her half sister's. So, she's somehow respected and allowed more freedom with her herbalist's experiments. She doesn't need to work inorder to maintain herself. She has a home where she's loved and all her needs are met.

    The hero, on the other hand is an active fighter for the Union, even if his fight is rather horrific: she's a torturer! But he's also a prisoner in the camp where Marlie is tending and helping.

    When he escapes, wonded, he's brought to Marlie for help.

    Unfortunately, the half-brother comes home with a harpy of a wife who brings into their, until then peaceful home, the Confederate forces! She also hates Marlie because of the colour of her skin and because she cannot accept that her husband's half sister is allowed freedom and respect!

    All that hate forces Malie to flee to save herself and she's forced to feel on her own skin the real treatment the slaves are subjected to.

    Fortunately she has the hero's, Ewan's help.

    Ewan is a very curious character. He's alsmot robotic in some of his behaviours. But, he starts having feelings for Marlie and is rather clumsy with her.

    I liked him a lot. He was just what Marlie needed to make her best come out!

    A very unusual pair and a very well written story!

    I'm looking forward to more books from Ms. Cole!

  • Sophia

    A Union counter-intelligence officer and a member of the Loyal league meet in a Confederate prison and then must work hard against a sadistic evil man who uses his position as leader of the Home Guard to destroy other people. A war fought behind the lines and a personal war fought inside their hearts led to me being riveted once again by the latest Loyal League story.

    A Hope Divided is book two of the series. It features the brother to the hero in book one and late in the story brings another cha

    A Union counter-intelligence officer and a member of the Loyal league meet in a Confederate prison and then must work hard against a sadistic evil man who uses his position as leader of the Home Guard to destroy other people. A war fought behind the lines and a personal war fought inside their hearts led to me being riveted once again by the latest Loyal League story.

    A Hope Divided is book two of the series. It features the brother to the hero in book one and late in the story brings another character from book one into the mixed, but for the most part, it can be read standalone or out of order.

    This book like book one, An Extraordinary Union, told a fantastic historical romantic suspense story set against the backdrop of America's Civil War. But it was so much more than that. The author dug deep into lesser known historical events and produced a war story set behind Confederate lines and showed how much divisiveness there was in the South beyond their war with the North. She had a big picture and a smaller picture set inside it with the individual stories of her characters. Details were authentic in feel and the plot was well balanced between character and action driven plot.

    The war was tearing people apart because of their greatly differing beliefs and forcing smaller fights between Southern abolitionists and anti-war Quakers and militant state sanctioned forces like the Home Guard. And it wasn't just the south, the Union's people were just as divided about the war- several were not fighting against slavery and were as bigoted about the blacks as some in the South.

    The story is broad in scope, but the focus stays on Marlie and Ewan. She's a free half-black living with her white relations in comparative comfort and had/has opportunities to an education and career field in studying botany and natural medicine. She's caught between two worlds and it all comes crashing down on her as she is exposed to the cruelties around her and a deep family secret. Ewan is darker with the work he does in counter-intelligence and self-loathing. He's brilliant, but tortured. They didn't label autism back then, but the way the author wrote his character, I felt he might have been on the spectrum.

    They were fantastic characters and I loved seeing their tentative friendship and secret longings grow into love and need. Both must struggle with how their pasts shape their thinking and how their present situation will likely push them apart, particularly since they are attempting to bridge the gap between black and white.

    I have to say that the author can write some vile, loathsome villains. The leader of the Home Guard and Marlie's relation by her brother's marriage, Melanie turned my stomach. I so wanted them both to come to a bad end.

    This was another fabulous story in the series and I can't recommend the Loyal League series enough. The author can see perspective and gets right into the minds of the people of the day while writing a riveting storyline. I'm left with a good story, curiosity about history, and a thought provoking issue that is still true today.

    I rec'd this book from Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.

  • Karen's Bookshelf

    Marlie and Ewan ‘s story was an emotional thought provoking read about two individuals who are thrust into dire situations beyond their control. By chance they meet and a friendship is born that in time they realize is just the beginning of something so much more and gives the strength to fight to survive the toughest battles of their lives. Marlie and Ewan learned that in the worst times that they are stronger than they thought and found a bond that makes them want to fight anyone or anything t

    Marlie and Ewan ‘s story was an emotional thought provoking read about two individuals who are thrust into dire situations beyond their control. By chance they meet and a friendship is born that in time they realize is just the beginning of something so much more and gives the strength to fight to survive the toughest battles of their lives. Marlie and Ewan learned that in the worst times that they are stronger than they thought and found a bond that makes them want to fight anyone or anything that stands in the way of them being together.

  • Tina

    Been sitting on my review on this for awhile.

    This installment of the series is quite a bit different from the first book. Our intrepid heroes in this one are also spies for the North, but unlike Elle and Malcolm from the first book, Marlies and Ewan's spying isn't as overt.

    Marlie is a free woman in the south living with her white half-sister who accepts her as a member of the family. Her mother was a black conjure woman and also a practitioner of hoodoo root magic. I have to pause here and say

    Been sitting on my review on this for awhile.

    This installment of the series is quite a bit different from the first book. Our intrepid heroes in this one are also spies for the North, but unlike Elle and Malcolm from the first book, Marlies and Ewan's spying isn't as overt.

    Marlie is a free woman in the south living with her white half-sister who accepts her as a member of the family. Her mother was a black conjure woman and also a practitioner of hoodoo root magic. I have to pause here and say I loved the first chapter, the language of this type of medicine woman felt very familiar to me. This is a long tradition that still lives today. My 80 y.o. grandmother is a strong believer of root magic. I like how the author allowed Marlie's practice to lightly straddle the line of simple wise woman medicine work and some mystical belief. It doesn't quite cross the line into anything really paranormal... but there is a bit of an air.

    Like Elle in the previous book, Marlie's status as a free woman is somewhat precarious as she later learns. Her secure life is shaken when she realizes that her acceptance as a daughter of the house can't protect her from people with power who might want to see her back into chattel slavery.

    The hero in this one is Ewan, brother of Malcolm from the first book. We first meet him as he has allowed himself to be imprisoned into a southern prison to gather intelligence. He has special skills and can affect a break anytime he wants. I liked Ewan he was bookish and inward thinking and he was a woke white bae. When one of the prison guards refers to the slaves as workers, Ewan disagrees with his terminology.

    Marlie and Ewan are thrown into each others' company and at various times com to each others' rescue.

    This is a nicely written book, very thoughtful and paints a good nuanced picture of two people who are living in specific space in history and letting us peek into their lives as they navigate it.

    I especially appreciate the bit of writing where the author relays the dignity and humanity of the enslaved without it sounding pedantic or patronizing.

    I hope this series continues.

  • Timitra

    Rated 4.5 Stars

    I love this author's voice. Her books always pull me in from the first word and don't let me go until the very last. That's not entirely true as hours even days later I'm still thinking about the characters and the world they inhabit.

    A Hope Divided is no different, it pulled me in from word one and I have no doubt that I'll be thinking about these characters for sometime.

    This book is an emotional rollercoaster. It had me flipping through emotions at a rapid rate. I'd be happy, t

    Rated 4.5 Stars

    I love this author's voice. Her books always pull me in from the first word and don't let me go until the very last. That's not entirely true as hours even days later I'm still thinking about the characters and the world they inhabit.

    A Hope Divided is no different, it pulled me in from word one and I have no doubt that I'll be thinking about these characters for sometime.

    This book is an emotional rollercoaster. It had me flipping through emotions at a rapid rate. I'd be happy, then sad, then angry, then nervous, then anxious and so on. It was thrilling. I loved it and definitely recommend it.

    ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley

  • Giedre

    4.5/5

    Even better than the first book. I just wished for a less rushed ending, or a longer snippet of the hero and the heroine recuperating/readjusting after what happened throughout the book. That said, can't recommend it enough.

  • Jess

    I received a copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley to read and review prior to publication. This has not impacted my thoughts or opinions about it.

    3.5 stars.

    is the story of Marlie and Ewan. Marlie, a half-black woman with heterochromia iridium, a skill for healing and botany, and a spy, ends up meeting Ewan in a prison camp. In

    , you meet Malcolm; in

    , his brother Ewan is the male lead. Together they find themselves in unexpecte

    I received a copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley to read and review prior to publication. This has not impacted my thoughts or opinions about it.

    3.5 stars.

    is the story of Marlie and Ewan. Marlie, a half-black woman with heterochromia iridium, a skill for healing and botany, and a spy, ends up meeting Ewan in a prison camp. In

    , you meet Malcolm; in

    , his brother Ewan is the male lead. Together they find themselves in unexpected close quarters fighting terror and upheaval during the Civil War. Add in Marlie's complicated family relationship and a mystery father, and you have quite the historical romance.

    While I enjoyed the general plot, I found Marlie to be less dynamic than Elle (the protagonist in

    ). Ewan was fine, though I thought his character was far more interesting towards the end when a reveal about his personal history emerges.

    Overall, I'd recommend it to people who enjoy American historical romances and anyone who read and loved

    .

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