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Baltimore, 1865. Marietta Hughes never wanted to be a spy, but the family legacy of espionage is thrust upon her as the War Between the States rolls on. Unknown to her, the Knights of the Golden Circle—a Confederate secret society bent on destroying the Union her brother died for—has been meeting in a lair hidden beneath her home. Faced with the secrets of her late husbandBaltimore, 1865. Marietta Hughes never wanted to be a spy, but the family legacy of espionage is thrust upon her as the War Between the States rolls on. Unknown to her, the Knights of the Golden Circle—a Confederate secret society bent on destroying the Union her brother died for—has been meeting in a lair hidden beneath her home. Faced with the secrets of her late husband and his brother whom she thought she could trust, Marietta's world tilts out of control. Can she right it by protecting a Union agent infiltrating the KGC?Slade Osborne, an undercover Pinkerton agent, is determined to do whatever is necessary to end the conflict between the North and the South. When he infiltrates the secret cell, it isn't just their inner workings that baffle him—it's also the beautiful woman who seems to be a puppet for the new leader and yet...so much more.Do they dare trust each other in this circle of intrigue? Will their shared faith sustain them? And can Mari and Slade stymie the enemy long enough to see their beloved country reunited?...

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Circle of Spies Reviews

  • Dorcas
    2019-01-04 10:02

    5 Stars arent earned easily.But this book deserves every one of them.It isn't often I read a book and say "I wouldn't change a thing ". There's always SOMETHING that just doesn't quite 'scratch the itch'. So I was amazed that when I at last put this book down I didn't have one negative thing to say about it. It was perfect.The characters are flawed and REAL. The heroine is a coquette and drawn in many directions by her desires; she makes some bad choices in her life which eventually cause her to rethink where she is heading. At heart she is a good person. She's also fascinating in that she has perfect recall. She only has to glance at something (or see something or hear something) and it is forever and indelibly inscribed on her memory. This is both a blessing and a curse. But its interesting how it all pans out and is put to use.The hero is very likable. A bit of a rogue who has turned his wayward life around (on the inside) but as a Pinkerton detective he assumes the role of his traitorous dead twin brother to infiltrate the KCG.And the villain...he's a perfect villain. I liked that he didn't hide his "villain-ness" til the last page. He was a villain from the very first chapter which made it all the more spooky. But don't get the idea that he's somehow comical. He is an abusive control freak who will stop at absolutely nothing to posses his deceased brothers wife. (The heroine) .He's positively smooth at the start of the book but becomes increasingly unhinged as he loses the devotion of his intended.I just loved this book. You need to read it. Even the secondary characters were well formed and living. Such a well developed story. Did I say I loved it??CONTENT :SEX : None (although a past indiscretion is mentioned)VIOLENCE : A few people are shot and there are plans to assassinate the president.PROFANITY : NoneSERMONIZING : Very mild and not at all "forced". It just seemed normal progression of thought (regret, repentance, righting wrongs etc) . I didn't find it preachy or "denominational" at all.MY RATING : GMany thanks to NetGalley for my free ecopy to review

  • Tweety
    2018-12-19 07:28

    There were so many things that made this five stars, I don't know where to begin. I've been wanting to read this book for awhile but just never got around to it. Now that I've read it, I wonder what took me so long. I don't often feel that a book is "perfect" and needs no changing. But I didn't even feel like I had to have another page. Sure, I'd love it if this book had kept going on and on, but I'm content with how it ended and I don't NEED another page to satisfy me.I love that the hero grew, he was a rouge once upon a time, and now he's making improvements in the right direction, even though it doesn't appear to some that he's changed at all. The heroine took a chapter or two for me to fully warm up to, purely because it took a bit to see under her porcelain mask. Once I saw under it I couldn't help but love her, and she only got better. The Civil War, Pinkerton Detectives, Murder, Assassination and a Perfect Memory all twisted together to make the perfect book to curl up with, I loved every minute of it. I 100% recommend Circle of Spies, and if I had this in paperback I'd be egging my friends into reading it. I think I have another favorite author…G rating,some shooting, a passed indiscretion and a knock or two. The preachyness was low key and felt like it was just a part of the characters, not forced at all.

  • Amanda Tero
    2019-01-02 06:07

    Another well-written read! My mind was just twirling with all of the interwoven plots and character stories. Super impressive! I enjoyed how the Culpers and Pinkertons worked together, and the whole unraveling of plots against the president. The mystery of who the Hughes really were was also intriguing.It left me a little confused as to whether Marietta got saved during the story or just rededicated her life to Christ (I'm inclined to think the latter). Her story with learning how self-centered she was had a good message. Thinking back on the story, I can't recall a super strong Christian theme. It was a good undertone, I just don't remember a specific strong point that stood out to me.Again, a little high on the romance gauge. An affair was alluded to, but not explicitly portrayed. A lot was mentioned about a man's lustful desires. And there was quite a bit between two of the main characters sneaking kisses and having strong affection for each other.

  • Hannah
    2019-01-09 07:05

    This book is not afraid to get down into the real hearts and souls of the characters. Every one of them are flawed, all in need of redemption. Mari and Slade are an interesting couple; Slade is sent to infiltrate the Knights who are plotting to tilt the war in favor of slaveholders by nefarious means just as Mari is shown by her friends that her late husband's family is in the plot up to their necks. She is a staunch Unionist and can hardly believe that her brother-in-law and new fiancé is one of the ringleaders of the movement which goes against everything she's ever believed. With her world turned upside down, she does what she can to halt the Southern plot and help Slade catch the ringleaders.What I liked best: Mari's awakening, and how her brother's legacy helped her look in the right place when she was ready to seek redemption.What I liked least: The book is too short to deal fully with the issues of the war. It is character and plot driven, and even rich with historical period detail, but a book of this type and length must take a more simplistic view of the issues of an incredibly complex war. So North=good and South=bad for the most part. It is only toward the end that the book touches on the incredible difficulties that slaves and former slaves did and would face in Northern society as well, and then it was only briefly. There were heroes and villains on both sides, but it seems we mostly hear of the heroes of the North in modern historical fiction.

  • Reet Champion
    2018-12-26 10:20

    Marietta Arnaud Hughes is being called upon to be something she had never dreamed of being. A spy. And what better person to take on such a task then someone with her extraordinary memory, inane reputation and  connections. She has a formidable foe before her. The Knights of the Golden Circle is a group to be reckoned with, but Marietta refuses to shy away. When Pinkerton agent Slade Osborne is sent in to infiltrate the group, Marietta does what she can to lend a hand. As their work becomes more dangerous and more intense Marietta and Slade find themselves drawn to one another. But can they overcome their troubled pasts to look to the future? Or for that matter survive the punches the KGC throw their way.I have heard a lot about Roseanna M. White's work, but I don't always pay too much attention to the hype surrounding certain authors; it's proved very disappointing in the past and an extreme time waster. For months I have had one of her novellas languishing on my Nook, but I never read it. At this point I could kick myself for putting it off for so long. Ms. White has a special talent for telling stories. While there is a hint of classical to her style contemporary readers will be enthralled with the action-packed tale of derring-do presented in this Civil War story. There is very rarely a dull moment in Circle of Spies as unexpected twists lead readers around in head spinning adventure.  Ms. White did not shy away from flawed characters when she wrote Circle of Spies; and that is totally fine in my book as it does much to add realism to the story. Thankfully, at the same time she didn't go into sordid detail over characters' past indiscretions. I did think some of the scenes were a little sappy, but not nearly as much as some other books, so I was good with that.So do I recommend this story? You betcha. This will be one tale I can guarantee you won't be able put down.DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we received an electronic copy of “Circle of Spies” from NetGalley.com provided by the publishers, Harvest House Publishers, in exchange for our honest review.reetchampionbookreviews.wordpress.com

  • Joleen
    2019-01-04 07:05

    Circle of Spies by Roseanna M. WhiteTimeframe: 1865 (Civil War era Lincoln was in his second term)Location: Baltimore, MarylandMain Characters:Marietta Hughes: Widow of Lucien Hughes. Slade Osborne: Pinkerton OperativeWalker Payne: Freed slave Marietta used to be in love withDevereaux Hughes: Marietta's brother-in-law intent on marrying herVery interesting book about the Culper Spy Ring, a organization dating back to the Revolutionary War. In this book the group included the Lane family (Marietta's grandfather, Thaddeus, brothers Hez and Isaac, Walker Payne, and now Marietta, among maybe others.) Their purpose is to see that the cause of the North is aided, and now to protect Lincoln. Slade Osborn is a Pinkerton operative who is sent to infiltrate the Knights of the Golden Circle, a group intent on stopping Lincoln in hopes that The South would return to its former way of life. He is disguised as a Northerner turned Southern sympathizer, who supposedly wants to stop Lincoln as well. Their secret lair was tunneled directly under Marietta's home.(view spoiler)[Marietta is a widow. Her husband, Lucien, had been killed over a year ago. Her brother-in-law, Dev (Devereaux) Hughes, a powerful man in the Knights of the Golden Circle, had always loved Marietta and wanted her to be his. He's been waiting for her months of mourning to be over so they could marry. She believes herself to be so loved and desired by him that she is looking forward to this day as well. However, her heart has been pricked lately and her relationship with the Lord has grown. She is suffering guilt over a number of things and is seeing life differently, seeing a more Godly way to be.Her grandfather, who has a very close relationship with the Lord, and who is uncannily aware of God's work around him, decides it's time to bring Marietta into the fold of the Culper Ring. As Slade is working (undercover) within the Knights of the Golden Circle, Marietta doesn't know if she can trust or even if she likes the man. However, as the book progresses, she sees his true faith and good heart, and is becoming more and more aware of the evil in Dev's heart. But he must have her, and his actions to insure that are clearly evil.It was nice to see her mother-in-law, who always seemed to dislike her, change. When Marietta was hurt by a thief on a dark street, Mother Hughes worried over and pampered her for days. She still thought highly of her son until he shot her maid so he didn't have to take her with them on the train. Again, on the train, when Dev blurted out that he killed his brother so he could have Marietta, Mother Hughes realized just how evil her own son was and did what she could to help Marietta escape from him. Oh, the action scenes on the train and at the Inn in the last few chapters...good stuff!! Down ½-star for all the deep kissing and talk of it, and throwing into each other's arms. It was a bit much for two people who weren't even sure they trusted each other just the day before. But they grew in love by the end. (hide spoiler)]Just a side issue…An indiscretion is discussed several times. It's part of the plot, and we get to witness Christ's redemption through it, which overwhelms Marietta. Half star down is mentioned in the spoiler, but I rated it as 5 because 4.5 isn't offered.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-20 07:22

    This book was an uncomfortable read for me. This is due in part to the fact that the h was really flawed and unlikable but at the same time so familiar. I don't judge her at all for her character flaws or for the mistakes that she'd made as a result of them, for how could I judge her for some of the things I see in myself? Regardless of judgment withheld, however, I didn't like her character much. And what's that say about me as a person? Hence the discomfort.There are books that I will rate highly (3.5-4 stars)because they were well written and I was highly entertained. There are also books that I rate highly due to the need that people should feel to read them. They will provoke you, make you feel distressed, and quite possibly change your opinion on something important. A true five star book will combine those two and be highly entertaining and challenging at the same time. Unfortunately in the case of Circle of Spies, I found myself having some original thoughts but not really enjoying myself along the way.The h was a Debbie Downer and that dampened my enjoyment of this book. Plus her self stated fickle heart was really annoying after a while. I know the main message of this story is that God can redeem you no matter what your sins are, no matter how selfish you've been or how rotten of a person you've become. The journey that the h took to arrive at this conclusion and really believe in it dragged on and on. She believed, then she didn't. She felt convicted and then she didn't. She hoped and then she felt foolish for her hope. Ugh. I know that not all books can be light and fluffy, especially those that deal with heavier subject matter, but had this one been written with a slightly lighter hand, I would have given it a higher enjoyment rating. As it was it was a worthwhile read, as long as you don't mind feeling sad for a while.

  • Grace Buckner
    2018-12-23 07:05

    I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but this one just wasn't as good. It had some good messages, but it was a bit confusing, and not really my thing.

  • Rachelle Cobb
    2019-01-13 09:06

    You know how sometimes you read a line of writing so lovely, you have to reread it again?I did that countless times while reading this book. I probably should have finished it long before 1am last week, but I savored so many amazing lines that it took me longer. No matter. I'll reread it again soon, if only to enjoy once more this thrilling conclusion to Roseanna M. White's expertly crafted spy series.Mari confused me, at first. She seemed to have it all, but she isn't at all happy at the beginning of this book. She's made her own choices, but now she has regrets. She's plagued by guilt and determined to set right what has gone wrong in her life, if she can. In short, she's carrying a pretty heavy burden.Enter Slade Osborne, a man who carries burdens of his own.I'll try not to spoil the story for you (really, you must read this book and the whole series!), but I was wondering when Mari and Slade would ever realize they were perfect for each other, when wham, all of a sudden, they realized it all right. But a whole lot of other things had to happen first--like maybe infiltrating the KGC, an organization trying to divide the Union and kidnap Lincoln.Why I Recommend This Book and SeriesOne of the things I admire most about this story (besides the breathtaking writing style and sigh-worthy romance) is that I knew how it would end and I didn't mind. We all know Lincoln's life ends tragically--so how was Roseanna going to pull off an ending that didn't make me feel like Slade had failed?I won't give it away, but she does. Excellently.Love history? The Culper Ring Series tracks some of the most pivotal points in our nation's history--through the eyes of a family of espionage. Love romance? Each of the books in the series holds a beautiful message about the One who loves us best, while offering a story about a couple brought together by God and circumstances. Check out my thoughts about Ring of Secrets (Book One), Fairchild's Lady (the free novella between books one and two), Whispers from the Shadows (Book Two and] my favorite). And don't forget to download A Hero's Promise (the novella between books two and three) for free. Coincidentally, I was up until 2am reading that one. :)

  • Iola
    2018-12-28 06:26

    It is 1865, and young widow Marietta Arnaud Hughes will shortly come out of mourning, and it is expected she will then marry her brother-in-law, Deveraux, who has been in love with her since they first met. Marietta is an odd combination of believable and fantastic. Her foibles and weaknesses are both familiar and relatable, but she has a gift, a photographic memory, and can remember every conversation she has ever had and every page of every book she has ever read.A visit from her grandfather reveals a long-standing secret: that the family is a network of spies, and they need her help, both because of her special gift, and because they believe Deveraux is a leader in a secret organisation trying to undermine the government. But help is at hand, in the form of Slade Osbourne, a Pinkerton agent working for the family rail business. Unfortunately, he’s also too attractive for his own good, and Deveraux is a jealous suitor …I really enjoyed Circle of Spies. The one fault is I thought there was too much male point of view—we got scenes from the viewpoints of Deveraux, Slade and Walker. While each character and scene did add to the overall plot, it just felt a little male-dominated at times (although that was probably a fair representation of the times!).This is the fifth book in the Culper Ring series, following two novels and two free novellas, all following the Lane family and the activities of the Culpers at different times in American history. All have been good, but this was excellent. The research is excellent (but doesn’t overpower the characters and the story), the story is well-plotted with plenty of twists and turns, the characters are strong yet fallible, and there is a solid Christian message without being preachy. Recommended. Thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-21 09:25

    Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for romance and some thematic elementsBest for Ages: 15 and upSadly, this book ended up being my least favorite of the series. Most of it had to do with Marietta. I never felt a connection to her or even felt sorry for her, which made it very hard to enjoy the story. Although I really appreciate the author using Marietta to show that God can forgive even our worst sins, I felt it could have been much better.To be honest, I was disappointed that I didn’t get to hear more about the couple from the novella before this book. I had been expecting their story to be a part of this story, but it wasn’t. I also felt that the Civil War, especially the causes of the south, were not well presented at best and flippantly treated at worst.The romance in my mind left much to be desired. I really didn’t understand how Marietta went from helping Slade to suddenly being in love with him. Maybe I just missed something, but I just didn’t get how Marietta’s emotions changed.With that said, I didn’t hate the story. The suspense was by far the best element. I knew that the good guys were in a race against the clock (even when they didn’t know) which kept me turning the pages. The villain was perfect for the story. He was evil, but very believable.I always like stories of redemption, and the story of redemption in this story was one a lot of girls need to hear. Marietta made a huge mistake in her past and she knows it, one she thinks she cannot be forgiven for. Her journey to forgiveness and finding the Grace of God was worth it.Although not my favorite, I think that most people who read this series will enjoy reading this last story.

  • Melanie
    2018-12-20 07:09

    Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/RAUHGT6F...Review on my blog (to be posted 9/9): http://christianbookshelfreviews.blog...The Culper Ring series has been a great historical/spy series and Circle of Spies was a wonderful conclusion. I loved the thread of redemption and forgiveness in the story.Marietta was definitely one of those characters that goes through a lot of change. At the beginning of Circle of Spies she wasn't that likeable, but she does get better. Her unique ability (which I won't name, since it's not mentioned in the book's blurb) was so intriguing!I absolutely loved that Slade was an undercover Pinkerton agent! I always enjoy books with those types of agents. :) There were also quite a few humorous moments, which was great!Overall, a wonderful historical read with romance AND suspense! I definitely recommend Circle of Spies and this entire series.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  • Anne Campbell
    2019-01-05 10:25

    Another Wow! from Roseanna M. White. This lady has more talent in her little finger than most of us have in fingers, toes--well, the whole body combined. Marietta Hughes married the wrong man. Even though she remained loyal to her husband Lucien during their marriage, her eyes too often strayed to his brother Devereaux. Now her husband is dead, killed by muggers, and Dev steps in to claim Marietta as his own. Except a new man is also on the scene. Will Slade Osborne steal her away from Dev's schemes?Family secrets trouble Marietta, confusing her about those she thought she knew so well and the war she thought she could ignore.

  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    2019-01-18 08:06

    Captivating storyI enjoyed reading this captivating story. With lots of twists and turns, secret passages, and mystery one never knows what's around the next corner! Caution: this book will keep you up late reading late into the night. Well worth the loss of sleep :)

  • Sydney Merten
    2019-01-09 03:15

    Out of this entire series, I have to say that this book was my favorite. I have noticed that all of the series when I first start the book, I have a hard time starting and keeping up with the book. I would put it down and then life would get in the way and I wouldn't pick it up for a while. But when I sat down and started reading again, I would get drawn in and then can't put it down! While this series is a little too faith based for my taste, it made the books work and while I would say the same has happened in this book, it actually made the book better for me. I loved Slade and Marietta, and I felt a deep connection with the characters and the time period in this book than the others. I mean, I am biased as the Civil War is my favorite American time period, but that made the thrill and the secrets and the rush just much more powerful over me. I found it hard to give any book in this series a 5-star review, but this book had no trouble with that (except for the beginning, but then again that was my thoughts on the series as a whole). I am glad that I was able to pick this book back up and get swept up in the espionage and love and tragedy that made this book a favorite.

  • Linda Galella
    2018-12-18 08:04

    Tough to get intoI found the first 12 chapters of this book really rough going. It was hard to connect with the characters and to understand the real issues attendant to the conflict. Additionally, there were not many genuine historical elements beyond a cursory Google search. Perhaps those details exist in the first 2 volumes that I did not read. Blessedly, the author was able to loosen up and move things along at about the mid point by using a bit more dialogue and interaction between characters. Not a terrible book, just not a great one either.

  • Janet Merrell
    2018-12-24 06:24

    This was my favorite of the series. It may have been because it was set during the Civil War, but I also found the plot to kill Lincoln interesting. I thought Slade and Mari had good chemistry. I still felt the book was somewhat lacking, and I'm not sure why. Just found myself disinterested in the end and rushing through.

  • Tracy Smith
    2018-12-28 02:28

    Well written close to the series. I liked the character development and strength of the women involved in the Civil War. It had some unexpected turns and I liked the ending.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-03 03:27

    I enjoyed this series very much and wished there was more.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2018-12-18 03:19

    Title: Circle of Spies (Culper Ring #3)Author: Roseanna M. WhitePages: 357Year: 2014Publisher: Harvest House PublishersThe books in this series keep getting better and better! This third installment in the Culper Ring Series is my favorite one. This story is set in 1865 near the end of the Civil War in Baltimore, Maryland. The Lane and Arnaud families are still involved in the spy game and have brought their children into the game too.Slade Osborne is a Pinkerton agent sent to the Confederate sympathizing group known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. This group is bent on raising havoc against the North and keeping the South’s way of life alive and well despite what President Lincoln has decreed as law. The head of one of the subgroups is Slade’s target. Slade is a Unionist, but is working undercover to infiltrate the KGC. They are planning something big, but Slade must discover what it is and stop it before it is too late. The man in charge of this group is courting Marietta Hughes, a woman who attracts a lot of male attention, including Slade’s. At first he isn’t sure which side of the war she is on. She has an understanding with Devereaux Hughes, who owns slaves, but her family is staunchly Unionist. Is she more than the flirt and manipulator she shows to society? Is there more to this woman underneath the surface? What exactly is the KGC up to?Marietta Hughes is a young widow who has previously only concerned herself with…herself. However, she begins to question if Devereaux really loves her or is just using her. She has a photographic memory and puts it to good use spying. As Slade begins searching for evidence of what the KGC is up to, he and Marietta spend more and more time together. Their romance blooms in secret, but neither thinks they are worthy of the other and that their probably is no together forever in their future. Marietta realizes what a shrew she has been and embraces the faith she has been taught by her parents. Is it too little too late? Can she right the wrongs in her life?I thought watching Marietta struggle with the shame of her past was very realistically portrayed. She has seeks forgiveness from God and believes He has forgiven her, but hasn’t been able to grasp the freedom that goes with the forgiveness until she listens to the wise counsel of her friend. Once she understands, she blazes with her faith, compassion and mercy. Slade spent his young adulthood gambling, drinking and rebelling against his preacher father. However, he came to realize the value of his father’s teaching, how he was wasting his life and turned his life around to become a strong man of God. I liked both main characters for their wit and intelligence as well as their faith. This story just flew by as I quickly kept the pages turning to discover what was going to happen next. I thoroughly enjoyed all three novels in this series and am looking forward to what this author puts forth next.My rating is 5 stars.Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Circle-Spies-Cu...Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  • Maria
    2018-12-31 03:23

    Circle of Spies by Roseanna M. White is the third book in the Culper Ring series. If you are new to this series, it won't hurt anything to read them out of order. I know because I did by accident with the second book! haha I have since read the first book and the free e-book set in between the first and second stories. Plus, there's also a free e-book between the second and third books, too! I love that you can know more about the characters between each full length novel. :-)Marietta Hughes has been a widow for the past 15 months, and even though she feels sorrow over her husband's death more than anything she feels guilty and ashamed for using him. Not loving him. And worse of all, for all her flirtatious looks to her husband's brother, Dev. But then her grandfather shows her something. Something that shakes her to her core and makes her reevaluate who she is and where she is going. Finally broken and defeated, she humbles herself before God and prays for the strength she needs to face the truth.... Devereaux Hughes, the man she thought she knew and loved is not only a member of the KGC, but he is a prominent leader with his headquarters below her house.Her grandfather asks her to protect Slade Osborne, a Pinkerton agent who is infiltrating the Knights of the Golden Circle to garner information to aid the Union. Marietta reluctantly agrees and begins to aid Slade whenever the opportunity arises. With her gifted memory, she is able to do much for their cause, but along the way she starts becoming attracted to Slade. With her past, how can anyone good and kind possibly love her?To me, one of the best parts of this story is the main character. It's not often that you read of a character struggling to be good even when she gets saved so she was a breath of fresh air even though she irritated me to no end at times with her flirtatious ways! lol Seeing how she changed and matured was written very well, and you couldn't help but root for her. I loved the message that our guilt from sin is one of our biggest detriments to growth because we are so bound by shame we can't move forward. Who hasn't experienced that? It's a wonderful story of grace, forgiveness, and love.I enjoyed the story a lot, but I didn't like the spy plot. It just wasn't as good as the first two. It just kind of plodded along with hardly any suspense which in turn didn't leave me at the edge of my seat. Probably because we already know the ending to the plot the author chose. The characters and their lives were what really brought this story alive. So it's a great regular story just not the best if you are looking for a lot of suspense like the first two.I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rachael
    2018-12-23 07:27

    Though there are three spy groups operating - the Knights of the Golden Circle, the Pinkertons, and the Culpers, White does a good job at keeping them distinct. Devereaux Hughes is a leader of the secret Confederate society the KGC (a solid bad guy that one can joyfully hate, in an evil and mildly creepy society). Slade is a Pinkerton agent who is pretending to be a Pinkerton double agent for the KGC, when he is really spying on them to take them down. Marietta, the Culper, is keeping an eye on both parties, to help Slade where she can and make sure the KGC does not succeed, while keeping her role unknown to the both of them. I had no trouble keeping track of which party was doing what, which is testament to the author's excellent ability to tell a story. Marietta surprised me; it is not often the heroine of Christian fiction is an accomplished coquette. She can flirt, tease, and seduce with the best of them, but really she is operating under an oppressive burden of guilt for her fickleness with men, even if she has never broken the letter of the law. She is the sadder but wiser girl - surrounded by wealth, but poor in spirit; free to do as she pleases, but imprisoned by guilt. A major point the author makes - one pointed at Marietta - is that while forgiveness does not eliminate the consequences of one's sins, that responsibility should not be a prison to one's soul. She writes, "You have prayed for forgiveness from your sins. Have you prayed for freedom from their bonds? . . . Never once in the bible does God speak either for or against physical slavery. But spiritual slavery - that is a topic He addresses time and again. Over and over Paul pleads with the early church to embrace the freedom of the soul that Christ offers. You must do that, Mari. You must cling, not just to cleansing, but to freedom." (228). Circle of Spies is an excellent novel and I enjoyed immensely, but I wish it were not the conclusion to the series. The author hit on a marvelous theme for the books, and it is sad to see them end. However, she finishes it with a flourish! 5 out of 5 stars!Thank you Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free e-copy for the purpose of review; I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own.

  • Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
    2019-01-12 03:20

    I've probably have mention this a time or two before, but I'll say it again, I love books based around the Civil War. I love that era. There is so much that happened during that time. So, it is safe to say that if there is a book set in that time, I'm going to do my level headed best to read it!Circle of Spies did no disappoint. This book brings your right into the story with out any preamble. Gettysburg is over but the nation still battles, families all over the nation are in mourning, and our heroine, Mari is brought into her families business when she discovers something about her deceased husband and his brother, who is trying to court her, from her grandfather that is dark and disturbing.Intriguing right?I enjoyed this story right from the start. Mari is handed some staggering information, and in her stubborn style, she has to verify the information herself. In doing so reveals to everyone the secret underground society in the northern boarder states, that her deceased husband was in charge of and now her brother-in-law has taken over, for southern sympathizers who want to find a way to win for the South through spying. However, the Culper Ring isn't the only agency on to this group, the Pinkerton agents have infiltrated with a mole. A cool and closed off individual, Slade, who knows he has to walk a fine line showing is support for the group, while gaining the information he needs.The setting was fantastic, each of the characters were unique and played off of each other well. I also enjoyed seeing Mari's grandparents in this story, they were the focus in Whispers from the Shadows, Thad and Gwyn. They were spunkier in this story and offered a bit of a laugh.The nation collides it seems in this story not only on the battlefield but in the homes as each group of spies is doing their best to help their side in secret. The story also makes you question, how well do you really know the people around you? Mari is surrounded by people she believes thinks the same way she does, but that isn't the case. It's interesting how material possessions and connections can play such a big role in perception, especially in Mari's case. Thank you to Harvest House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Faith
    2019-01-03 02:27

    The Culper Ring series got better by the book. I enjoyed Ring of Secrets. I liked Whispers from the Shadows. I loved Circle of Spies. The mystery ran deeper, the suspense was tenser, the characters felt even more alive to me. The family bonds that carry on from book to book through marriage and children, linking each story, are even more loving by this last volume.Roseanna White's stories have now carried us from the Revolutionary War where we met the quick-witted Winter, to the War of 1812 where we met the sensitive Gwyneth, to the Civil War where we meet Marietta Hughes of the photographic memory. Marietta is existing, but not really living when this book opens. She is full of fears and desires, and she sees no true consolation or fulfillment on the horizon. She's lost a husband and a brother in the War between the States, and she lives now with her mother in law. Her dead husband's brother wants to marry her, and part of Marietta wants to give in. He promises a future for them together, and that may be the best she can hope for. Renewed joy, purpose, peace.... dare I say redemption?.... that is all beyond her. How odd that Marietta would get her first glimpse into hope the day she is introduced to horror. Her Grandfather shows her a secret: both her late husband and his brother are members of The Knights of the Golden Circle, and as a Confederate group they want to sabotage Lincoln. They've written it in blood. And Marietta must act as if she knows nothing. And she must help Slade Osborne, the Pinkerton Detective who is investigating. My favorite part of this story? Marietta's awakening. She had lost pieces of herself so many times that she was sure wholeness was gone forever. God restored her own soul, and her faith in Him. She gained back her passion, and it was no longer squandered on lesser gods. Roseanna White's trilogy richened with each installment. Thank you Harvest House for my review copies.

  • El
    2019-01-06 10:22

    I wanted to like this book, but I didn't find the characters believable. The author takes on a pretty big plot, but just can't sell the story because the characters do too many random things that don't make sense. For example, the hero and heroine are spies, risking their lives to gather information from a dangerous enemy. And yet, in several scenes, when they are on the verge of being caught by our antagonist, they stand around red handed flirting and chatting casually about inconsequential personal matters. I'll give it to the author that at least half the time when she has her characters do unrealistic things, she tells the reader that it's because God just told them to do it. The other half of the time she gives no explanation at all. In another scene, a woman who suffered in a complex situation forgives her persecutor as if her struggles were no more important than a pesky hangnail. I'm all for forgiveness and saintly behavior, but the reaction again didn't match the gravitas of the situation. Also, nearly every minor character in this story has some crazy dramatic backstory of abuse, betrayal, or a secret marriage. It's unrealistic and exhausting. Not as exhausting, however, as our heroine's love life. By the middle of the book, the heroine has been "in love" with three people, not including the hero, and none of the relationships are remotely believable. She spends half her time mentally beating herself up, which is perhaps the only part of the plot I can agree with. And don't get me started on the prose. This author really likes to compare her characters to animals. Sometimes she compares one character to several different animals all in one paragraph. But, to be fair, she also has some really good lines now and then. It makes me wonder what this book could have been with a great editor.

  • Amber Stokes
    2019-01-16 03:24

    This could very well be my favorite of the "Culper Ring" series, although I thoroughly enjoyed each installment. Circle of Spies starts out with some introductions that left me skeptical. Marietta's relationships and attitudes are rather convoluted at first, and Slade is so detached and sullen. It took reading through about the first quarter of the book before I officially got hooked - but once I was, there was no turning back!One of my main qualms with Book 2 (Whispers from the Shadows) was that the beginning impressed me, but I was hoping for a little more from the latter part of the book. It was the other way around for Book 3. Not that the beginning isn't interesting - not at all! But I'm a romantic, so I was a little overeager for things to turn around for the hero and heroine. Yet the somewhat "slower" beginning blossomed into some remarkable character growth and changes that left me happy and definitely invested in their stories. With several subplots all intertwining, there's a lot to keep track of, but I was still a bit surprised that some revelations took so long in coming for some of the characters. Yet there's enough suspense and danger to keep tension high regardless of the more obvious connections that go unnoticed for a time. The plot is overall intricate and intriguing, and I loved the balanced weaving of romance, conflict, and secondary characters into the mix.Circle of Spies offers a stunning portrayal of repentance and regeneration, as well as a touching look at love and hope surviving the darkest of times. It's an exciting albeit bittersweet conclusion to the "Culper Ring" series, and one not to be missed by fans of historical romance.*With thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

  • Barb Klein
    2018-12-20 08:12

    “Circle of Spies” is Book 3 in the Culper Ring series by Roseanna M. White. This novel is set in the time of the Civil War in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore has been in Union territory, but has many Confederate sympathizers. Marietta Hughes is a widow with a Union family and sympathies, living in a household of Confederates. She is engaged to her brother-in-law, who is waiting for her to come out of mourning for his brother, in order to marry her. As the story progresses, we are privy to the secrets of the house. The Pinkerton Agency has sent at agent to infiltrate a clandestine group who is secretly trying to start another revolution after the South admitted defeat. Their primary goal is to kidnap President Lincoln, but plans keep going awry and they resort to another plan. Marietta finds that her intended is not the man she thought and since her family is part of the Culper Ring of spies, she is also included in helping them and the Pinkerton Agent.I really enjoyed this novel because it provides another story behind the Lincoln assassination and shows the mood of the country after the surrender. I was also heartened by the fact that Marietta found herself as we went along in the book. This novel was full of suspense and surprises. I highly recommend it. I am also going to find the first two books in the series, which take place during different periods of war in America. I’m sure I will enjoy reading them.I received a free Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com. No review positive or otherwise was required – all opinions are my own. You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-og, and other reviews on my blog at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.

  • Lakin
    2019-01-05 08:05

    Circle of SpiesGoodreads SummaryThis exciting and adventurous romantic spy novel is the third book in the Culper Ring series from Roseanna M. White. Circle of Spies combines fascinating cloak-and-dagger secrets with a tale of love and intrigue at the end of the Civil War.Baltimore, 1865--Marietta Hughes never wanted to be a spy...but espionage is thrust upon her as the War Between the States rolls on. Unbeknownst to her, a Confederate secret society bent on destroying the Union she loves has been meeting in her basement. When she discovers the plots and papers covering her walls, she feels as though she is losing her world.Slade Osborne, an undercover Pinkerton agent, is determined to do whatever is necessary to help end the conflict between the North and the South. When he infiltrates this secret cell, it isn't just their inner workings that baffle him--it's the beautiful woman who seems to be a puppet for the new leader and yet...somehow not an enemy of the Union.Can he trust her? Will she trust him? Will their shared faith sustain them? And can Marietta and Slade stymie the enemy long enough without being discovered to see their beloved country reunited? Why I'm WaitingI have read and loved the last two books in Roseanna M. Whites Culper Ring series. It has mystery, intrigue, and so much more. They were so interesting and entertaining, and I learned a lot of history from them. I can't wait for this one to come out!

  • Naomi Rawlings
    2019-01-03 08:21

    Marietta Hughes has several secrets, and most of them aren’t very pretty. Slade Osborne knows what her biggest secret is the first moment he lays eyes on her. Unfortunately for him (and fortunately for the rest of us), Marietta’s involvement with the treacherous Hughes family doesn’t keep Slade from falling in love with her, nor does it keep Marietta from having feelings for Slade. Due to all the things standing between the couple, this romance takes a little while to get moving, but once it starts, it rolls down hill with all the reserve of a runaway freight train.From the very beginning, Marietta and Slade walk a tenuous line between trust and deceit, not sure quite where the other stands and just how much trust to bestow upon each other. Add that to The Knights of the Golden Circle, which wants to undermine the Union Army and kill President Abraham Lincoln, and you’ve got yourself a story rife with tension, secrecy, and love.Have I mentioned how much I love this author’s ability to casually slip history into her stories? From John Wilkes Booth and the assassination of President Lincoln, to the surrender of the Confederacy, to Slade and Marietta’s own secret missions, Circle of Spies weaves history and fiction seamlessly together into an unforgettable novel.Read the full review here: http://inspirationalromanceratings.co...

  • Erin
    2019-01-12 10:24

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....Circle of Spies is the third installment of Roseanna M. White's Culper Ring series, but don't worry over reading the books in order. I didn't tackle them as written and had no trouble whatsoever appreciating the novel as a standalone publication. White's heroine interested me for a lot of reasons. Marietta is passionate, flirtatious and inquisitive, but not flawless. She makes mistakes, is prone to both fear and doubt and not to point fingers, but that's not something I'm used to seeing in Christian fiction. Another thing I liked about the book was how natural White's religious message felt within the context of the novel. She introduces her theme slowly and allows it to grow in a realistic fashion which is something I always appreciate, but again, isn't something I'm accustomed to in this genre. Historically White does some very interesting things with railroad culture and the Pinkertons, but what really stood out to me was her treatment of Lincoln's presidency and how the war really changed the perceptions and abilities of our nation's leader.The pacing slowed from time to time and there were instances in which I felt White wandered too far from the central story, but I enjoyed Circle of Spies just the same and look forward to reading the rest of the series.