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Beloved Enemy: Battle of First Bull Run

(Battles of Destiny #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Jenny's allegiance lay with the Confederate Army. But her heart belonged to the enemy. Faithful to her family and the land of her birth, young Jenny Jordan covers for her father's Confederate spy missions. But as she grows closer to handsome Union soldier Buck Brownell. Jenny finds herself torn between devotion to the South and her feelings for the man she is forbidden to ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Multnomah
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May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beloved Enemy by Al Lacy is book one in his Battles of Destiny series. This beautiful and captivating story felt like I was reading poetry rather than a story about the beginning of the Civil War. My head usually starts spinning after reading the long list of generals, colonels, and other important officers in each of the battles, but that didn't happen this time. Instead, I was transported to that time and while seeing the outbreak of the Civil War and the major battle at Bull Run my attention ...more
So this was a good story in many ways. It told the intriguing and equally horrifying story of the battle of the First Bull Run. And the daring lives of women Confederate spies. And the sweet romance between a young woman caught in the middle of the South and the North because of her Confederate spy father, and her beloved Union soldier.

I got caught up in the story, I truly did. It ended well. All that. But the spies' attitudes disturbed me. Or most everyone's attitudes except for Buck, Jenny,
Lisa Johnson
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Title: Beloved Enemy
Author: Al Lacy
Pages: 364
Year: 2006
Publishers: Multnomah Press
A novel about love, forgiveness, loyalty, and more is what is encountered in the pages of this novel. The novel I will share about is the third in the series of “Battles of Destiny” by Al Lacy. Mr. Lacy shares how he has written books in several different timeframes and how much reading he did about The Civil War to gain knowledge about this historical event. The main battle spoken of in this book is the first Bat
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
As you know I love reading historical romance novels. Such is the reason that this novel drew me in.

::A bit about the novel::
One of the main characters, Jenny Jordan, takes a job with the federal government, and at the same time covers for her father's Confederate spy missions. Her father warns her never to get involved with a soldier, and that's just what happens. Jenny's father accepts a job offered by Abraham Lincoln, but is not honest in his motives. He feigns loyalty to the North while in r
May 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
When I selected Beloved Enemy by Al Lacy for my next WaterBrook Press review, I was tempted by the Civil War history referred to as well as the chance for a little romance in the reading. However, upon receipt of the book and jumping right in to it, I struggled to be drawn in by the story line and writing style.

I will confess I had never read one of Mr. Lacy's books before and therefore didn't know what to expect. What I didn't expect though was to find some inconsistencies that quite frankly bo
Sara Nowlin-Edens
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Al Lacy has been writing books for a number of years. He did not shirk his duty in grabbing his readers on this one. Beloved Enemy is the first in his Battles of Destiny / Bull Run series. It opens with Lincoln going to Washington to take office. Young Jenny Jordan, daughter of a Union colonel begins work in the White House as a receptionist in Lincoln’s administration. Her father is on the Military Council to prepare for war against the South. Ironically, the Jordans are originally from Virgin ...more
Bethany Baldwin
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books, 2013
Wow. Okay. My thoughts on this book are mixed. It's like throwing my emotions and writing opinions into a mixing bowl, and spinning them all up into a gooey mess. So maybe that's not the best analogy... but...

When I first had the opportunity to review this book, I snatched it up pretty quick. I do like historical fiction, and the fact that it was about the war between the states, and spies, and such things only interested me further. But when I started reading, I wasn't the most happy camper.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love history, especially Civil War history. Beloved Enemy by Al Lacy is a wonderful historical romance set in the beginning of the Civil War. Mr. Lacey sets the story around the inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln and the events following. This is the story of Jenny Jordan who is a receptionist at the Capitol building. Her father, a hero in the Mexican War, has been named an advisor to the Senate Military Committee. Colonel Jordan is also the head of a Confederate spy ring, along with Ro ...more
Erin Cataldi
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Al Lacy's latest Civil War masterpiece, "Beloved Enemy," starts off slow but picks up steam and plows you right through it. Once I got into it I was hooked and couldn't put it down. My only regret is that I didn't know about the other books in the Battles of Destiny and started with this one instead of reading the other two first. That being said I had no problem following the story-line and I think my not having read the other two volumes didn't impede my ability to understand what was going on ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jenny Jordan is from Virginia but moved to Washington for her father’s job. After his success in the Mexican war President Lincoln put him in charge of the Senate Military Committee. As the Civil war breaks out the Jordan’s find it difficult being proud southerners and living in the north. President Lincoln is impressed with Jenny, not only because she is beautiful but smart and he offers her a job as a receptionist at the White House.
When the Union troops were attacked by an angry mob on a trai
Book Him Danno
I love historical novels and the Civil War is a fascinating time in American’s history. My first book about the Civil War was Gone With the Wind, and I have to say that I was hooked with that one. I read many more and have seen most of the movies out there about that time in history. Brother fighting brother, a nation against itself, Gettysburg Address and so many stories and adventures seem to surround that time period. We have taken our family to Bull Run, Gettysburg and Antietam to tour the C ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-finished, 2012
I received a copy of this book through the Blogging for Books program, & it was unfortunately a disappointment from beginning to end.

I love historical fiction, though I mainly read European historical fiction. But I also like reading Civil War historical fiction, so I was eager to pick up this book. When I received it in the mail, I was disappointed to realize it was actually 3rd in a series, & I hate HATE picking up a book or a movie or heck, even a TV show, in the middle of the series.
Virginia Campbell
Author Al Lacy has a distinct voice as a storyteller. His words reflect his strong personal beliefs and love of history. "Beloved Enemy" is a compelling Civil War era romance which shows the humanity behind the horror of Americans fighting each other on American soil. Jenny Jordan and her father move from VA to Washington, DC when her father receives a prestigious post in President Lincoln's cabinet. Jenny finds work as a receptionist in the White House. Loyal to her family and homeland, Jenny c ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Civil War was a horrible time in our nation, and Al Lacy takes a fresh look at its impact in his new book, "Beloved Enemy." Abraham Lincoln has just been sworn in as President, tensions have continued to mount, when finally they overflow and the first shots are fired at Fort Sumter. Now it is time for Americans to choose sides.

Jenny's father is a well-respected war strategist from Virginia. When he is tapped to help President Lincoln with the problems of possible war, he affirms that he will
Jess Wigal
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beloved Enemy by Al Lacy starts out at the beginning of the Civil War again. The main character and her father get jobs with Honest Abe; however, her father mainly turns out to be not so honest and brings his daughter down with him. The main character falls in love with a Union soldier. Her and her father makes her love interest believe her father just doesn’t want his daughter dating a soldier during war time. The true story is he doesn’t want her dating a northerner because he wants her to joi ...more
This book is got me hooked as soon as I started reading the Preface. This book is great for though that love the Civil War. I got this book and started reading before the other two in this series. This book is Fiction somewhat. There is some true folks from our true american History that is in this book along with some fiction folks.

This book is backed on the start of the Civil War. It starts out with Abraham Lincoln traveling to the White House. Then it goes into the Battle of Bull Run. There i
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beloved Enemy, written by Al Lacy, is a historical fiction novel in the Christian market that takes place in early Civil War 1861, particularly covering the Bull Run battle.
not a great book, but interesting for historical perspective.
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this in High school but loved its easy read and history:)
good-suspense and love-continue Civil War series
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Beloved Enemy is the book that got me into the Civil War.
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Al Lacy writes Christian novels like no other. A mixture of love and suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat in this Christian historical novel.
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Al Lacy has written more than ninety novels, including the Angel of Mercy, Battles of Destiny, and Journeys of the Stranger series. He and his wife, JoAnna Lacy, are coauthors of the Mail Order Bride, Hannah of Fort Bridger, and Shadow of Liberty series. The Lacys make their home in the Colorado Rockies.

Other books in the series

Battles of Destiny (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • A Promise Unbroken: Battle of Rich Mountain (Battles of Destiny #1)
  • A Heart Divided: Battle of Mobile Bay (Battles of Destiny, #2)
  • Shadowed Memories: Battle of Shiloh (Battles of Destiny, #4)
  • Joy from Ashes: Battle of Fredericksburg (Battles of Destiny #5)
  • Season of Valor: Battle of Gettysburg (Battles of Destiny #6)
  • Wings of the Wind: Battle of Antietam (Battles of Destiny, #7)
  • Turn of Glory: Battle of Chancellorsville (Battles of Destiny #8)
  • Beloved Enemy/A Heart Divided/A Promise Unbroken/Shadowed Memories (Battles of Destiny #1-4)
  • Battles of Destiny 2-in-1 Vol. 1 (Battles of Destiny Series, #1-2)
  • Battles of Destiny 2-in-1 Vol. 2 (Battles of Destiny Series #3-4)