Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
The setting is Virginia during the Civil War. Families had divided loyalties. The era of southern belles and plantations has always fascinated me.
Acting as a spy and messenger, Andrea dressed in men’s clothing. Captain Alex Hunter was determined to catch the spy that led him into a trap. He pursued the rider only to have an accident. Andrea could not let the man die. She pulled him to shore. The ungrateful man attempted to capture her. Their lives cross paths again and again as though fate had determined they would be together.
There have been many books written of fictional accounts of the Civil War. Jessica James has created one of the most moving Civil War stories I have ever read. The love story between Alex and Andrea is beautifully written. Ms. James manages to capture the essence of the era. Andrea is a unique character. She strongly fights for what she believes in. This delightful character has a tempest personality. Alex is just as determined and fights just as hard. He could be brutal and yet could exhibit the traits of a southern gentleman. The characters are so well-developed that I had to remind myself this was fiction. One of the things I liked about Shades of Gray was the way the author presented both viewpoints. Shades of Gray would make a great movie. Ms. James is extremely talented, and I believe we will hear a lot more from her. Do not walk, run to your nearest bookstore for your copy of Shades of Gray.