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The Courier's Wife: Book One Secrets of the Blue and Gray by Vanessa Lind is a historical novel that unravels in 1862 at the height of the American Civil War. Escaping from a privileged life in Indiana, Hattie Logan is determined to make a difference for the Union and finds a job as one of Pinkerton National Detective Agency’s mailroom girls. A fast learner, she learns to decipher codes, dreams of becoming a real spy, and helps alter the course of the war. She tries to hide her past and manages to get an assignment as courier Tom Welton’s wife. Posing as newlyweds, they venture behind enemy lines where the danger of being exposed as spies is all too real.
Vanessa Lind’s The Courier's Wife is a tale of valor, strength, and love based on the true story of a female spy in 1862 America. The author’s descriptive style is effective in making the characters interesting and easy to identify with. With an intriguing plot that gradually heightens the suspense, it is an exciting read. The historically authentic setting sets the tone from the very start and vividly takes us back to the time when the Civil War broke out between the North and the South. This spellbinding novel transforms history into a powerful story of a woman’s courage in the face of adversity. It is both inspiring and a well-deserved tribute to the women spies of that time, the unsung heroes of the American Civil War.