ROMANCE

An Unconditional Freedom

Kensington. (Loyal League, Bk. 3). Mar. 2019. 265p. ISBN 9781496707482. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781496707499.HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Born free, captured by slavers, and then rescued, law student Daniel Cumberland—disillusioned, angry, and embittered—wants nothing more than to bring down the Confederacy. A member of the Loyal League, the shadowy organization of black detectives and spies who freed him, Daniel finds himself on a dangerous mission to Mississippi, saddled with Janeta Sanchez, a green-as-grass and far too curious recruit. Yet Janeta, pampered daughter of a Cuban plantation owner and his freedwoman wife, is more than just an annoyance—she is a double agent, coerced into spying for the South in exchange for her imprisoned father's freedom. The journey brings sometimes painful truths to them both.
VERDICT A heroine torn by conflicting loyalties and a vengeance-driven hero haunted by the past struggle to come to terms with reality and their feelings in this emotionally compelling, information-rich story. Very nicely done. Cole (A Hope Divided) divides her time between New York City and Martinique. [An editor's pick, p. 22; previewed in Kathryn Howe's "Love Changes Everything," LJ 10/15/18.]

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