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The Halifax Connection

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A Canadian counter-intelligence novel with a memorable romance at its heart, The Halifax Connection brings to life 1860s Montreal and Halifax with wit, action and a finale that will leave you breathless.

Canada in 1862 is still a few scattered colonies run by an indifferent British crown. As the American Civil War heats up south of the border, Southern Confederates flood i
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Random House Canada
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This book by Marie Jakober is a historical romance with some hints of espionage.

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The American Civil War again saw much activity and prosperity in Halifax. Due to longstanding economic and social connections to New England as well as the Abolition movement, a majority of the population supported the North and many volunteered to fight in the Union army. However, parts of the city's merchant class, especially those trading in the West Indies, supported the
Nov 14, 2013 Joyce added it
Who knew the Confederates during the civil war were coming up to Canada in huge numbers to muster support for their cause against the Yankees? This novel is based on historical events around Halifax at that time, basically the navy contingent of the Confederates and their spy rings. This author has written seven books about the civil war.. she is Canadian living in Calgary? Can't say I really enjoyed the book because i'm not a fan of dialogue and this volume is 75% dialogue.
Jan 30, 2009 nimrodiel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Canada in 1862 was not the proud country we know today. It was still collection of colonies run by the British crown. To the south of Canada in the United States, the Civil War is becoming more volatile. As the fighting gets hotter, people from both sides, Yankee and Confederate alike cross the border into the British Colonies for many reasons. Among the southern gentry flooding into the cities of Halifax and Montreal, there are many spies and military personages. These men and women have ...more
Dec 16, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction readers, Canadian history buffs
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: boyfriend's mum (book club 2009-10)
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Toni Osborne
This is a Canadian counter-intelligence novel with a North of the border spin in the 1862 American Civil War.

Numerous Southern Confederate spies and military officers flood into Montreal and Halifax to plan secret missions. Their aim is to provoke war between England and the Union. Officer Erryn Shaw, a British aristocrat one of Monck's spies, is assigned to infiltrate groups of Confederates in order to keep Canada and Britain out of the war. On a mission to Montreal he meets and courts an intri
Jun 09, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it
This book of Canadian historical fiction is an interestiing and entertaining read. It is set in 1860, on the cusp of the American Civil War which broke out in April, 1861. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president on an election platform that would prohibit the expansion of slavery into the nation's western territories. Within months, seven southern states seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America. Their objective was to obtain European support, especially from ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Deane rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book that dealt with the provinces of the British Empire before the Confederation of said provinces into the Dominion of Canada and their involvement in the American Civic war. The story is set mostly in Halifax, Nova Scotia which, of course, made it all the more intriguing to me.

Somehow I hadn't read before about the merchants and businessmen of the provinces who did support the cause of the South....I always thought the people of north of the border were with the Union ca
Oct 12, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it
The story takes place in the 1860's during the American Civil War. The location is mainly Halifax with a side trip to Montreal. Erryn Shaw, an exiled Englishman and an actor, is persuaded by Matt Calverly, a Halifax police constable, to act as a Canadian spy. A group of Confederates are trying to entice England and Canada into an alliance with them so they can defeat the North and emerge as victors. Erryn has to use his wits complemented with his acting skills to help prevent the ...more
This book started out as a 2 star. About half way through it picked up and I enjoyed it, so giving it 3 stars. It is about the Confederate presence in Canada during the Civil War. Interesting.
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From Wikipedia:

Marie Jakober is an award-winning Canadian novelist.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Jakober writes historical fiction and fantasy. Sandinista: A Novel of Nicaragua (1985) won the Writer's Guild of Alberta Novel Award in 1985. She received the 2002 Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction for her novel Only Call Us Faithful (2002).[1]

Her second Civil War novel, Sons of Li
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