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The first of award-winning author Alyssa Coleâ€™s highly-acclaimed Loyal League series! As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past . . .
Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the Southâ€”to spy for the Union Army.
Malcolm McCall is a detectiveÂ forÂ Pinkerton’s Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but heâ€™s facing his deadliest mission yetâ€”risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.
Two undercover agents who share a common causeâ€”and an undeniable attractionâ€”Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy’s favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any costâ€”even if it means losing each other . . .
Praise for An Extraordinary Union
â€śCole does the seemingly impossible, using the Civil War as a backdrop for a realistic, gripping interracial romance that interrogates slavery, systemic racism, and more, while still remaining utterly swoon-worthy.â€ť
â€śCole deftly interweaves the fraught realities of American history with romance and adventure â€” this is a spy story, after all â€” and it is elegantly told.â€ť
â€śAlyssa Coleâ€™s AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION is as extraordinary as the title suggestsâ€“riveting, romantic, and utterly remarkable.â€ť â€”CourtneyÂ Milan,Â New YorkÂ TimesÂ bestselling author
â€śWith its richly detailed setting, heart-stopping plot, and unforgettable characters,Â An Extraordinary UnionÂ is everything you can ask from historical fiction. Alyssa Cole has taken an unforgettable hero, a uniquely resourceful heroine, and mixed them together for some truly combustible chemistry. Brava!â€ť
â€”Deanna Raybourn,Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author
â€śAlyssa Cole is just a wonderful storyteller, and sheâ€™s fast become one of my auto-buy authors.Â An Extraordinary UnionÂ is the perfect blend of history, adventure, and heart-stopping romance, with a courageous heroine youâ€™ll love and a hero youâ€™ll fall in love with. I read it in a single sitting, and my heart wants to go on living with these characters.â€ť
â€”Susanna Kearsley,Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author
â€śColeâ€™s sparkling gem of a romance portrays love at its most practical and sublime.â€ťÂ
â€”Publishers Weekly,Â starred review
â€śCole spins a tale that will pull you in from the very first page.â€ť
â€”RT Book Reviews *five star* Top PickÂ review