We so often get novels of the British or French Civil war, but our own American Civil War gets short shrift. This novel helps to correct that imbalance, as it portrays a genuine historical figure: Elizabeth Van Lew, a Richmond heiress turned Union spy. Civil War buffs will be thrilled to get their hands on this.
Born to wealth and privilege to a slave-holding family, Lizzie was horrified when the southern states left the Union. The saga of her tireless work in support of Union aims was brave in a time when such bravery could be severely punished. No spoilers, so I'll say no more. For a fine recounting of a heroic life, this should be on your reading list. It could also make an excellent book for a reading group. It's a 4.