Book Review: Noble Cause by Jessica James

Noble CauseThis is the tale of Colonel Alexander Hunter, a dauntless and daring Confederate cavalry officer, who, with his band of intrepid outcasts, becomes a legend in the rolling hills of northern Virginia. Inspired by love of country and guided by a sense of duty and honor, Hunter must make a desperate choice when he discovers the woman he promised his dying brother he would protect is the Union spy he vowed to his men he would destroy. Readers will discover the fine line between friends and enemies when the paths of these two tenacious foes cross by the fates of war and their destinies become entwined forever

Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com. Read on my ipad using kindle software.

This is both a civil war story and a romance but as other reviewers have pointed out suffers from a few issues at the beginning: Their constant arguing takes up too much time at the beginning and by the time you find out more about why either of them keep to the sides they have chosen, it’s too late for the reader to really care. Andrea also goes through this weird phase in the middle of providing some alliterative cursing that is, thankfully, never repeated beyond those few chapters. On the plus side, the latter stages of the book provide both a good example of the horrors of war, plus a reasonable romance. However, it really comes too late to recover the book as a whole.

In the edition I read, the book was also let down by the formatting – words were split across paragraphs and page breaks. 3, 4 and even 5 words were pushed together without a space to separate them. Each formatting error slowed down the reading, as the reader has to stop and translate the text into something readable. What should have flowed smoothly was a jagged spiky read

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