The acclaimed, award-winning author of An Extraordinary Union and A Hope Divided delivers “her most powerful novel yet” (Entertainment Weekly).
After being kidnapped and sold into slavery, Daniel Cumberland is rescued, but he’s a changed man. When he’s offered entry into the Loyal League, the covert organization of Black spies who helped free him, he seizes the opportunity for vengeance against the Confederacy and those who support it.
When the Union Army occupies the Florida home of Cuban Janeta Sanchez, her family’s wealth does not protect her father from being imprisoned. Under duress and blaming herself for the arrest, Janeta agrees to infiltrate a group called the Loyal League as a double agent—and finds a cause truly worth the sacrifice.
Daniel is aggravated by the headstrong and much too observant new detective he’s paired with, and Janeta is intrigued by the broken but honorable man she is tasked with betraying. As they embark on a mission to intercept Jefferson Davis and thwart European meddling, their dual hidden agendas are threatened by the ghosts of their pasts and a growing affection that could strengthen both the Union and their souls—or lead to their downfall.
“Alyssa Cole is telling a different story about the Civil War.” —Bustle
“A sumptuously written and meticulously researched tale of a country at war with itself and two damaged people who find themselves in each other’s arms.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[A] triumphant conclusion to an outstanding series that has redefined the possibilities of historical romance.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Cole completes the Loyal League trilogy with a hopeful look at interracial romance during the Civil War. Daniel Cumberland, a detective for the pro-Union Loyal League, has recently been reliberated after he was kidnapped back into slavery. He wants to kill the men responsible for his suffering. Janeta Sanchez, descended from Cuban immigrants, has never truly understood her own tenuous relationship to slavery. Forced by her former lover to spy for the Confederacy, Janeta infiltrates the League and joins Daniel on a mission to uncover Britain's involvement in the war. Janeta and Daniel's love story is a slow burn as Daniel deals with the echoes of past trauma and Janeta learns the true meaning of slavery. Both characters have much more on their minds than romance, which is exactly what makes the romance so real. Neither is perfect, and they still see the good in each other. Even a slightly hurried ending can't diminish this triumphant conclusion to an outstanding series that has redefined the possibilities of historical romance.