Honor and conviction clash with loyalty and love in this epic Civil War novel that pits brother against brother. Winner of the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, Noble Cause chronicles the clash of a Confederate cavalry officer with a Union spy as they defend their beliefs, their country, and their honor.
Noble Cause takes readers across the rolling hills of Virginia in a page-turning tale of courage and love.
Gallantry and chivalry are put to the test when Colonel Alexander Hunter discovers the woman he promised his dying brother he would protect is the Union spy he has vowed to his men he would destroy.
Though laced with historical detail, this epic novel is less about the clash of armies on the battlefield as it is about the clash of loyalty and love. Readers will discover the fine line between friends and enemies when the paths of two tenacious foes cross by the fates of war and their destinies become entwined forever.
With its unique blend of romantic and historical fiction, Noble Cause tells a deeply personal and poignant tale.
Andrea lifted her eyes from a book to gaze at the rays of soft sunlight drenching the lawn in a rich golden blanket. She heard the front door close, then the familiar sound of Hunter’s spurs clanking across the porch. Seemingly unaware of her presence, he leaned one shoulder against the ionic column and gazed meditatively over the gorgeous panorama of the valley he owned.
Andrea could not draw her eyes away from the indomitable figure. With one hand wrapped around a cup of coffee, the other stuffed indifferently in his pocket, his relaxed image suggested little of the intrepid character she knew so well. Dressed casually, without his Confederate coat, he seemed tranquil and calm. Yet his large muscular frame, with his strong, tan forearms and powerfully built legs, showed evidence of his ability to put up a fight.
She lowered her eyes to her book, and then lifted them once again. He was striking, she mused, irresistibly masculine and, she had to admit, very appealing. Tall, broad-shouldered, and vigorous, he was the incarnation of force and strength. A fearless soldier, he was likewise respected by others as a gracious and gallant gentleman, creating a puzzling veil of mystery that made him all the more captivating.
Andrea cocked her head and scrutinized him. Most officers dressed flamboyantly. Hunter, on the other hand, always wore a uniform that displayed nothing but hard usage. She could not help yielding him some admiration, for he was almost impossible to dislike.
Andrea looked away as her thoughts began to disturb her, and a sigh involuntarily escaped her lips.
“Oh, there you are.” Hunter turned around.
He moved toward her with a brilliant smile, revealing a hidden handsomeness all the more enchanting. Placing his cup down on the table opposite her, he took a seat. Andrea detected an uncharacteristic twinkle in his eye and tried to decipher its cause.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica James is a former newspaper editor who spent 18 years in a newsroom before turning her attention to writing fiction. Her novel Noble Cause won the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction in addition to numerous other national literary awards.
James stays active working part-time as a stagehand where she assists with shows ranging from country bands and comedy acts, to operas, symphonies and ballets. She resides in Gettysburg, Pa., and has a passion for old dwellings and first edition 19th century books.