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!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Byway to Danger (Spies of the Civil War #3) by Sandra Merville Hart

Byway to Danger

Everyone in Richmond has secrets. Especially the spies.

Meg Brooks, widow, didn't stop spying for the Union when her job at the Pinkerton National Detective Agency ended, especially now that she lives in the Confederate capital. Her job at the Yancey bakery provides many opportunities to discover vital information about the Confederacy to pass on to her Union contact. She prefers to work alone, yet the strong, silent baker earns her respect and tugs at her heart.

Cade Yancey knows the beautiful widow is a spy when he hires her only because his fellow Unionist spies know of her activities. Meg sure didn't tell him. He's glad she knows how to keep her mouth shut, for he has hidden his dangerous activities from even his closest friends. The more his feelings for the courageous woman grow, the greater his determination to protect her by guarding his secrets. Her own investigations place her in enough peril.

As danger escalates, Meg realizes her choice to work alone isn't a wise one. Can she trust Cade with details from her past not even her family knows?


The Spies of the Civil War series has been thrilling to read but this third book is truly my favorite. Byway to Danger is set in Richmond in 1862, and much of the drama centers around the Underground Railroad. Meg Brooks, a secret spy for the Union, has taken a job with a Richmond baker, and he has his own secrets to protect. Cade Yancey's made it his mission to help those in need and he does so by secretly helping the people who yearn to find freedom by escaping to the North. I've long been fascinated with the Underground Railroad movement and the dangerous night journeys that were taken, and Author Sandra Merville Hart offers an especially poignant portrayal of expectant parents who are determined that their baby be born on free soil. I found myself holding my breath as Cade, Meg, and Aunt Trudy join this couple on their quest for freedom!

It's apparent that the author has devoted much time and effort to her research and the result is an amazing combination of fact and fiction that's been woven together with a message of faith. I learned so much about these spies who worked for both sides of this terrible conflict and I highly recommend Byway to Danger to all who enjoy historical Christian romance.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review, and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts.

My rating: 5 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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Please check out my reviews of the books in this series!


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