About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, May 30, 2022

Boulevard of Confusion (Spies of the Civil War #2) by Sandra Merville Hart

Boulevard of Confusion (Spies of the Civil War #2)

In times of war, is anything as it seems?

Her aunt’s invitation to Richmond is just the change Beatrice Swanson needs after her brother’s release from a Union prison. Bea’s father agrees to the trip with a condition—one that tosses her emotions into swirling confusion.

Though Jay Nickson wants to serve his country as a Confederate soldier, his work is too important to the government. Bea’s interest in his job, which includes secrets that would benefit the Union, arouses his suspicions. Is she spying for the North? His growing feelings for her are hard to squelch.

Though she participates in activities to benefit Confederate soldiers, Bea struggles with her own loyalties and her father’s demands. Where does her cousin, Meg, go on her solitary errands? Bea’s own growing love for Jay, a Southerner, only adds to her confusion. Tensions escalate in Richmond as the Union army approaches, drawing her into more secrecy. Where does her allegiance lie? And how will she be forced to prove it?

Nothing in war is simple…especially when the heart becomes entangled.


Boulevard of Confusion is the second book in the Spies of the Civil War series, and I've been transformed once again to a time when families were divided, loyalties were tested, and trust was hard to maintain. Author Sandra Merville Hart shares another exciting story about this traumatic period, and I was totally captivated by the intrigue and secrets surrounding Beatrice Swanson and her family. Were the Swansons loyal to the Union, or did they have sympathetic feelings for the Confederacy? Were some of them working undercover as spies?

It is 1862 when Beatrice leaves her home in Washington City to travel to Richmond, Virginia. It doesn't take long for an attraction to develop between her and a Confederate businessman, but how can they hope for anything more? A relationship between Beatrice and Jay might be considered treasonous, and their lives would be changed forever!

Hart successfully weaves romance and a strong faith element into this story, but the historical details are the 'icing on the cake'! I could feel the fear and uncertainty as the Union forces advanced toward Richmond and I could only imagine the mixed emotions of the Confederate soldiers as they were being treated by Union women. I was reminded of the importance of women during this war, and I never knew how many of them worked as spies! Boulevard of Confusion is a treasure trove for fans of historical fiction, and I look forward to the next book in this series.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Award-Winning and Amazon Bestselling Author Sandra Merville Hart is thrilled that her next Civil War series “Spies of the Civil War” will release in 2022! Book 1 of the series, Avenue of Betrayal, is set in Washington DC in 1861. Boulevard of Confusion and Byway to Danger (Books 2 & 3) are set in Richmond, Virginia, in 1862. Actual historical spies will influence the lives of fictional characters in a series where everyone has secrets.

Sandra is on the Planning Committee for Faith & Fellowship Book Festival. She served in the past as Executive Editor for DevoKids.com where she also contributed many historical articles. She teaches writer workshops. She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and other writer groups.

Sandra Merville Hart loves to uncover little-known yet fascinating facts about our American history to include in her stories and drags her husband along on her adventures. Thankfully, he also enjoys these fact-finding missions.

Connect with Sandra on her blog, Historical Nibbles, where readers find posts relating to historical food/recipes, book reviews, and American history.

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