A Hope Divided

A Hope Divided The Civil War has turned neighbor against neighbor but for one scientist spy and her philosopher soldier war could bind them together For three years of the War Between the States Marlie Lynch has h

  • Title: A Hope Divided
  • Author: Alyssa Cole
  • ISBN: 9781496707468
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Civil War has turned neighbor against neighbor but for one scientist spy and her philosopher soldier, war could bind them together For three years of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace with coded letters about anti Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing slThe Civil War has turned neighbor against neighbor but for one scientist spy and her philosopher soldier, war could bind them together For three years of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace with coded letters about anti Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing slave and Freeman alike Her formerly enslaved mother s traditions and the name of a white father she never knew have protected her until the vicious Confederate Home Guard claims Marlie s home for their new base of operations in the guerilla war against Southern resistors of the Rebel cause Unbeknowst to those under her roof, escaped prisoner Ewan McCall is sheltering in her laboratory Seemingly a quiet philosopher, Ewan has his own history with the cruel captain of the Home Guard, and a thoughtful but unbending strength Marlie finds irresistible When the revelation of a stunning family secret places Marlie s freedom on the line, she and Ewan have to run for their lives into the hostile Carolina night Following the path of the Underground Railroad, they find themselves caught up in a vicious battle that could dash their hopes of love and freedom before they ever cross state lines.

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    1. Cole hits it out of the park again with the second in an exceptional histrom series set in the US Civil War. Marlie, a herbalist, is the mixed race daughter of a freed black woman and a wealthy white plantation owner. Her sister Sarah is an abolitionist and takes Marlie into the family as an acknowledged member, but things go rapidly south when Sarah's brother and his virulently racist Southern-belle wife return home. This aspect of the story is brutally painful. Marlie moves from feeling loved [...]

    2. I generally don't rate books I haven't read yet, but this book isn't gonna sit here with a 1-star rating because of a troll, so FIVE STARS. (Also, if you have not read the first book in this series, An Extraordinary Union, DO SO IMMEDIATELY, IT IS WONDERFUL.)update:I have now officially read this book and it was so good I failed to give Dianna directions while we were driving and we got lost because I was busy reading.

    3. I really like how this woman writes! :)The heroine here was weaker and more protected than the one in the previous book, but I appreciated how he grown up, even if I, and I suppose nobody else, didn't like the reasons that forced her to!She is also a mixed race free woman, but where the previous heroine was actively fight for the Union, here Marlie is not fighting but helping either with care of the prisoners of war or with hiding the escaped slaves. Still, her help is done with the protection o [...]

    4. Been sitting on my review on this for awhile.This installment of the series is quite a bit different from the first book. Our intrepid heroes in this one are also spies for the North, but unlike Elle and Malcolm from the first book, Marlies and Ewan's spying isn't as overt. Marlie is a free woman in the south living with her white half-sister who accepts her as a member of the family. Her mother was a black conjure woman and also a practitioner of hoodoo root magic. I have to pause here and say [...]

    5. I have read Alyssa Cole before so I came into this book with high expectations especially with it being set in this historical period surrounding the conflicts of the Civil War. For the most part there were many redeemable qualities about this story, there is great histrical context, the characters are in depth and captivating and so very unique. However for some reason the writing didn't grab me. Now I had read Cole's contemporary romance not too long ago and LOVED it. So I just didn't expect t [...]

    6. This is a beautiful continuation as # 2 of the Loyal League series. The author has done her research on the Civil War times and the book has left me looking forward to a continuation of the series. Highly recommended for lovers of historical romance.Pub Date 28 Nov 2017 Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

    7. My favorite thing about Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League historical romance series (other than the sexy bits) is the way she goes beyond the typical narratives of the Civil War and highlights characters and situations you probably haven’t read about before (but the sexy bits are great too!). In A Hope Divided, the second installment in the series, main character Marlie is a free black woman, the daughter of a former slave and her white master. As an adult, Marlie is mostly left to live as she plea [...]

    8. I was not pleased that the first book in this series didn't really click with me. So many people enjoyed it! I wanted in on the party. But something about the romance between the MCs didn't gel with me, so I rated it three and a half stars and moved on with my life, hoping that book two would be more my style. And it was! Oh, yay.Something that I did really appreciate in the first book and that holds true for this one as well is that it's really good Civil War-era historical fiction. Cole clearl [...]

    9. 4.5/5Even better than the first book. I just wished for a less rushed ending, or a longer snippet of the hero and the heroine recuperating/readjusting after what happened throughout the book. That said, can't recommend it enough.

    10. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Even before I saw the bibliography at the back, it was obvious this was exquisitely researched to bring nuances of the Civil War to life. Pages 20-21 in particular set in a POW camp in the Carolinas, where noncombatants such as local Quakers, farmers too poor to own slaves and Confederate Army runaways are mixed with captured Union soldiers, reminded us the war was no simple North vs South matter. Race too is such a wonder and relief here. I basically [...]

    11. A Union counter-intelligence officer and a member of the Loyal league meet in a Confederate prison and then must work hard against a sadistic evil man who uses his position as leader of the Home Guard to destroy other people. A war fought behind the lines and a personal war fought inside their hearts led to me being riveted once again by the latest Loyal League story.A Hope Divided is book two of the series. It features the brother to the hero in book one and late in the story brings another cha [...]

    12. An Extraordinary Union set the bar for expectation very high for the second installment of this exceptional series. A Hope Divided met and exceeded those previously established benchmarks for lyrical prose, vivid historical details, emotional intimacy, complicated family, social, and political connections that blend to create a tale with palpable narrative momentum that ends somewhat abruptly (as other reviewers have commented). A.C.'s writing is voluptuous in its rendering of this time and plac [...]

    13. A HOPE DIVIDED by Alyssa Cole radiates intelligence, human frailties and endurance in a tightly woven package of realistic historical adventure and love.Marlie Lynch didn’t learn about her family history from her mother, a freed slave and healer, until Marlie’s white half-sister Sarah shows up at their doorstep. Marlie’s mother, Vivienne, teaches her everything she knows about healing during their years together. It’s Marlie’s turn to benefit from what is her due, now that her slave-ow [...]

    14. Rated 4.5 StarsI love this author's voice. Her books always pull me in from the first word and don't let me go until the very last. That's not entirely true as hours even days later I'm still thinking about the characters and the world they inhabit. A Hope Divided is no different, it pulled me in from word one and I have no doubt that I'll be thinking about these characters for sometime. This book is an emotional rollercoaster. It had me flipping through emotions at a rapid rate. I'd be happy, t [...]

    15. I loved this book even more than the first one, which I thought would be hard to top because it was one of my favorite romances of 2017. But Alyssa Cole does it again and shows why she's become an auto-buy author for me with this series. Marlie is the daughter of a root doctor and freed slave (originally from Guadeloupe) and a white man. In the prologue, Vivienne leaves Marlie with her father's family, the Lynches. They are Unionists, and growing up with them, Marlie has always been respected in [...]

    16. Until she was thirteen, Marlie Lynch grew up with her mother, a freed slave and wise woman. After her white father's death, she was taken in by her half-sister and has been able to combine her knowledge of herbs and root magic with scientific principles. Three years into the American Civil War, Marlie and her half-sister are working surreptitiously to aid the cause of the Union, giving aid to runaway slaves and Freedmen, taking medicine and food to imprisoned Union soldiers, and with Marlie send [...]

    17. An incredible story that took my breath away. Set during the Civil War, you won't be able to breathe properly as you root for Marlie who fights so freaking hard with the tools she has (science and medicine) as she tries to aid the Union, and for Ewan too who's so tormented by the actions he had to do for the sake of helping the Union too. The sum of both Marlie and Ewan was so sweet and adorable I was clutching onto my iPad and giggling. They had this easy friendship in the beginning which turne [...]

    18. Marlie and Ewan ‘s story was an emotional thought provoking read about two individuals who are thrust into dire situations beyond their control. By chance they meet and a friendship is born that in time they realize is just the beginning of something so much more and gives the strength to fight to survive the toughest battles of their lives. Marlie and Ewan learned that in the worst times that they are stronger than they thought and found a bond that makes them want to fight anyone or anything [...]

    19. I will say the 3 1/2 stars is more for the writing and story than the romance, because, much like book 1, I felt like the romance was a bit weak for me. However, Cole truly has a lovely writing style, and these are the stories we need on the shelf, so what's a little romance-disappointment among friends, right?~ * ~ * ~ * ~ I will be talking about the book on my next Whatcha Reading? podcast which will go up on TBQ's Book Palace Saturday (12/23).If you wish to look at some quotes/thoughts I high [...]

    20. I received a copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley to read and review prior to publication. This has not impacted my thoughts or opinions about it.3.5 stars. A Hope Divided is the story of Marlie and Ewan. Marlie, a half-black woman with heterochromia iridium, a skill for healing and botany, and a spy, ends up meeting Ewan in a prison camp. In An Extraordinary Union, you meet Malcolm; in A Hope Divided, his brother Ewan is the male lead. Together they find themselves in unexpecte [...]

    21. Loved it and highly recommend to those who enjoy romance, interracial love and books about Civil War/ Slavery.

    22. ****I received this book free in exchange for an honest review****Not as good as the first book, but to be fair - the first book was a tough act to follow. Still - it was a good read. This book focuses on minor characters from the first book. While I did read this in two sittings as it was fast paced - I did have a been there/done that feeling that I couldn't shake. The two stories are similar with the first being better developed. Also the romance seemed to take a back seat to the other themes [...]

    23. Another winner from Alyssa Cole! A Hope Divided, the second book in her Loyal League series, was definitely worth the wait. Marlie and Ewan's story--he as a Union interrogator who ends up as a prisoner of war and she as the illegitimate daughter of a freed slave and a white Southern landowner--hooks you already within the first few pages and keeps you hooked. I didn't want to stop reading to work or sleep (though I had to).I love that Alyssa has chosen to shine a light on a historical period tha [...]

    24. I have been anxiously waiting for this book ever since I finished An Extraordinary Union and Alyssa did not disappoint! I was lucky enough to snag an ARC at RWA this past July and promptly devoured it. A Hope Divided is an extraordinary story that will leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat. Alyssa never lets you forget what is at stake for Marlie and Ewan and the seemingly insurmountable odds they face. The fact that they not only survive by triumph will renew your faith in the stren [...]

    25. 3.5 starsThis is the second book in the series and it's very different in tone than the first book despite the outward similarities. This is the story of Ewan, Malcolm's brother (who is a soldier and interrogator for the Union) falling for Marlie, a free mixed race woman (spy for the Union and healer woman).It's a very character focused story where the suspense elements are less prominent than in the first book. For me it read like an exploration of the human soul with its darkest, scariest corn [...]

    26. 4.5 StarsThe lives of Ewan McCall, a Union soldier and Marlie Lynch, a biracial woman intersect during the Civil War. Marlie lends a helping hand with her knowledge of healing by using root medicine on wounded soldiers. She forms a friendly relationship with Ewan as his informal lending librarian and they bond over books and philosophy. These tasks serve a dual purpose so she can report back to the Loyal League. They reunite weeks later after Ewan escapes from prison and ends up (with some unexp [...]

    27. If all historical fiction was as excellent as Alyssa Cole's The Loyal League series is, I would read much more historical fiction. Discovering her writing this year has been an absolute gift and I was delighted her latest novel exceeded my expectations.A Hope Divided introduces us to Marlie, a freed biracial woman, and Ewan, an escaped prisoner of the Confederate and also Malcolm's brother. (An Extraordinary Union is Malcolm's story but you don't need to read it first. Although you should totall [...]

    28. I have always been drawn to Civil War fiction, John Jakes' North and South being an early favorite of mine. I have been interested in trying Alyssa Cole's Loyal League series, and when I saw A Hope Divided available on Netgalley I jumped at the chance, and luckily was approved!I enjoyed the characters, Marlie is in a difficult position of being considered Negro, yet protected by her family name, and Ewan is not at all your conventional romance hero, often unsure of himself and confused by Marlie [...]

    29. As a novel about a historical time period, A Hope Divided is lively, fast paced, and thoroughly interesting. Cole has meticulously researched the American Civil War, and what it was like to be a person of any race, gender, or political leaning living during it; she depicts the American South in vivid colour. I also particularly appreciated her knowledge of medical sciences at the time. Marley's grasp on her career is inspiring, and contributes nicely to the forward motion and underlying threat t [...]

    30. This book is one huge intense read. I just finished racing through it, and my feels have not settled yet, so my words will be lacking. Peril, injustice, risk, secrets, spying, danger, and hope. The Civil War is not a setting for light reading. Marlie has grown up wrapped in a cocoon of safety during a time when injustice abounded, trapped in the middle of several worlds, and not fully belonging to any. She is inherently good, takes risks, and wants to help heal people any way she can. Ewan is an [...]

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