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Captain Matthew Daniels never imagined that the kind of leverage he was being offered, in order to find his imprisoned brother George, was the kind that could cost him his life and misrepresent him as a traitor to the Confederacy. How could he have gotten himself mixed up in such a scheme? Not only that, a beautiful young woman, a "Miss Smith", has unknowingly gotten herself involved as well, serving as a messenger in a dangerous game of coded missives. The blond spitfire seems to straddling both sides of the same fence, what Daniels wants to know is, just what does she have in mind?
Annabelle Ross is desperate to escape her step-grandfather's nefarious plans for an arranged marriage to his despicable son, ultimately confiscating her inheritance, and ruining Annabelle's chances for the kind of future that her father wanted her to have. Already their once beautiful Mississippi plantation had been mercilessly plundered by Union troops, and more recently served as a makeshift hospital for the wounded on both sides of the nation's bloody civil war. Her only hope arrives in the form of a delivery, hopefully sending her closer to her true uncle who can save her from the clutches of an unwanted suitor. How could she have known the cyclone of events that would ensue or that a face from her past would continually resurface?
"Leveraging Lincoln" is really quite fascinating, as the author skillfully weaves a complicated web of conspiracy in and out of history, with both fictional and actual characters intersecting beautifully in a tale that could easily be believable. What a great story, . . . . which has only just begun.
I actually had been enjoying this story and especially since it made me recall the movie about Mary Surratt and her sons and the other Lincoln conspirators. There were quite a few typos and grammatical errors, but beyond that the story itself was going along nicely until I found out that I would have to buy two more books before it came to a final conclusion. Also, since I don't plan on buying said books, I guess I won't find out whether George has survived and what about the conspirators being caught and tried for treason? At least that was so in real life for the ones caught. I think John skipped out to Canada. Anyway, because I hate stories that leave you with a cliff hanger, I'm not happy with this book's outcome in book 1.
I love history. I studied it in college. Civil War history is some of my favorite. Having lived in areas a lot of Civil War battles happened in and visited many historic places I love to read books about them. I didn’t know what to expect from a book about such a famous figure as Abraham Lincoln. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I actually bought the other two from the series when I finished this one. The story is about a young woman, Annabelle Ross, who finds herself way in over her head. She accidentally gets involved with conspirators plotting to kidnap the president. The whole scenario seems crazy, but the way she accidentally stumbled into such a mess intrigued me. When she gets in trouble she finds herself “rescued” by Matthew Daniels a Confederate officer. She herself is a Southerner, but she has abolitionist tendencies. She has a terrible home situation due to the war and greedy relatives. She is trying to escape an arranged marriage when she finds herself traveling across state lines and into the North with a band of deserters gunning for the president. I love all the trouble she gets into. She lies and all kinds of things digging herself deeper into messes, but she has what she feels is best in mind as she does this. She tries so hard to do the right thing but finds it to be difficult at best. This book series had me googling different events mentioned and plots against Lincoln to learn more about the truth behind the fiction. The story has a lot of truth to it even though Annabelle and her involvement are fictional. I particularly love the quotes from John Surratt's journals at the start of each chapter.
I bought this book full price for my reading pleasure.
Leveraging Lincoln (Liberator series, Book #1) By Stephenia H. McGee
If you're after realistic historical fiction in the Civil War era, put Stephenia McGee's Liberator series on your wishlist!
With a colorful cast of characters and multiple plots going, you won't want to stop after reading the first book.
....and in a few moments Annabelle found herself trailing a group of soldiers, who were more likely to be spies, into a cold morning and down the road that would lead her ever farther from home. e-book version, page 203
...."I don't like the looks of what's goin' on here. Something's up with this whole thing. They's plannin' somethin'. I just know it." Peggy E-book version, page 257
Annabelle is strong, stubborn, and a challenge to men. Peggy is the nosy friend who always knows how to get to the truth (and a lousy horseback rider). Matthew is a soldier who will fight for those he loves ... even if he is branded a traitor and deserter to do it. Other characters fall in the "love to hate" category, such as "Grandfather" and O'Malley. From a plantation used as a field hospital to battle to the 2nd inauguration of Lincoln, each plays a part in the future of a country that hangs on a thread....
I'm looking forward to reading the other two books in this series!
The Civil War. Lincoln. Conspiracy. Annabelle Ross, beautiful Southern girl with Unionist leanings and her friend Peggy (former slave) get caught up with a group of men planning to kidnap the President of the United States. Matthew Daniels, soldier in the Confederate Army along with his brother George (who ends up captured by the Yanks). Matthew will do anything to secure his brother's freedom. Even desert. Even get involved in a plot he doesn't understand. There's romance, but it's not the romance which drives the story. Don't start reading this book until you have a block of time because once you start, you won't want to stop. Right now I'm counting the days to the release of book 2 in Summer 2016. While you wait, read Stephenia Magees previously published novels. You can't go wrong reading this gifted author's books.
Good action, interesting characters and a fascinating "what if", i.e. the plot to kidnap Lincoln. I couldn't rate this five stars because the Yankee private who appeared as an important character in the first part of the book is never heard of again. Since this is book 1 of a series he we well appear in a subsequent book, but.... There is no definite closure to the book as it leads directly into the next book of the series. I obtained this book at no charge through The Fussy Librarian.
Author Stephenia McGee makes history come alive. She does an incredible job of researching for her books, and it shows. I learn so much but it's not dry or boring. Her characters come alive and the descriptions of places, houses, battles, etc put me right in the scene.
I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed it. The narrator did a fantastic job with voices and inflection. She definitely kept me engaged.
If you enjoy historical fiction I highly recommend An Accidental Spy.
I do not order books that are incomplete. It was my mistake. The author did a great job, but It is really frustrating to be lured in. Why not publish the three book story as one and charge what it is worth. I would much prefer that open approach. Simply reading a few pages with the look inside feature would tell me if it was worthwhile. In years past books were longer, but today’s formula seems to be 300 pages. A longer book is okay as interested readers can manage the longer attention span.
After reading Stephenia H. McGee's delightful Her Place in Time, the novella with a few of the same characters, I had to start this series! I love how the author captures sentiments from the civil war, that are also timeless to today. Division is nothing new, but there is always hope we can learn from history. I was immediately rooting for Matthew & Annabelle, and Annabelle's surrogate mother Peggy. I am looking forward to the adventure sure to be found in the next two stories in this series.
While I was disappointed that this book ended with a cliff hanger, thinking I'd not be able to afford to read further, I just realized it is on Kindle Unlimited, so I can finish this series about espionage and mayhem during the awful civil war. One requirement of mine for a romance is that the two parties not be oohing and aahing about the other party's physical attributes, and this author manage to control that aspect while getting the romance across.