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A Hope Divided

(The Loyal League #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  973 ratings  ·  216 reviews
The Civil War has turned neighbor against neighbor--but for one scientist spy and her philosopher soldier, war could bind them together . . .

For three years of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace: with coded letters about anti-Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing sl
Published November 28th 2017 by Kensington
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Kay Taylor Rea
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I generally don't rate books I haven't read yet, but this book isn't gonna sit here with a 1-star rating because of a troll, so FIVE STARS. (Also, if you have not read the first book in this series, An Extraordinary Union, DO SO IMMEDIATELY, IT IS WONDERFUL.)


I have now officially read this book and it was so good I failed to give Dianna directions while we were driving and we got lost because I was busy reading.
K.J. Charles
Cole hits it out of the park again with the second in an exceptional histrom series set in the US Civil War. Marlie, a herbalist, is the mixed race daughter of a freed black woman and a wealthy white plantation owner. Her sister Sarah is an abolitionist and takes Marlie into the family as an acknowledged member, but things go rapidly south when Sarah's brother and his virulently racist Southern-belle wife return home. This aspect of the story is brutally painful. Marlie moves from feeling loved ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, historical
I really like how this woman writes! :)

The heroine here was weaker and more protected than the one in the previous book, but I appreciated how he grown up, even if I, and I suppose nobody else, didn't like the reasons that forced her to!

She is also a mixed race free woman, but where the previous heroine was actively fight for the Union, here Marlie is not fighting but helping either with care of the prisoners of war or with hiding the escaped slaves.

Still, her help is done with the protection o
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
“I’m sorry to disturb you again,” he said. He tried to think of what his brother, Malcolm, would say; something witty and dashing and perhaps slightly provocative. “I’ve got a rather small bladder, it seems.”
She looked at him with raised brows and he understood immediately that Malcolm would not have said such a thing.

4.5 stars rounded up.

Behold, ladies and gentlemen, one of the reasons why I love Alyssa Cole’s stories. Even when writing about the brutality of the Civil War, the injustice of sla
Been sitting on my review on this for awhile.

This installment of the series is quite a bit different from the first book. Our intrepid heroes in this one are also spies for the North, but unlike Elle and Malcolm from the first book, Marlies and Ewan's spying isn't as overt.

Marlie is a free woman in the south living with her white half-sister who accepts her as a member of the family. Her mother was a black conjure woman and also a practitioner of hoodoo root magic. I have to pause here and say
Sam (AMNReader)
This is my 4th or 5th Cole. Don't ask me to come up with all the titles rn bc I'm on my phone, away from home so that's not happening. Overall, I can tell you my relationship with her writing is complex. I love how incredibly smart her books are. There's no... What do you all call it? Window dressing here. She's incredible at making me feel the time and place, ultimately the sense of danger. And her covers are spectacular. They always have been. Her heroines are smart, her books are sexy, but th ...more
Taryn Pierson
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite thing about Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League historical romance series (other than the sexy bits) is the way she goes beyond the typical narratives of the Civil War and highlights characters and situations you probably haven’t read about before (but the sexy bits are great too!).

In A Hope Divided, the second installment in the series, main character Marlie is a free black woman, the daughter of a former slave and her white master. As an adult, Marlie is mostly left to live as she pleases,
Lover of Romance
I have read Alyssa Cole before so I came into this book with high expectations especially with it being set in this historical period surrounding the conflicts of the Civil War. For the most part there were many redeemable qualities about this story, there is great histrical context, the characters are in depth and captivating and so very unique. However for some reason the writing didn't grab me. Now I had read Cole's contemporary romance not too long ago and LOVED it. So I just didn't expect t ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Marlie was charming and Ewan was a gentleman. I felt like book's storyline unfolded much more organically than An Extraordinary Union.
I look forward to the next book in this series.
Deanne Patterson
This is a beautiful continuation as # 2 of the Loyal League series. The author has done her research on the Civil War times and the book has left me looking forward to a continuation of the series.
Highly recommended for lovers of historical romance.
Pub Date 28 Nov 2017
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
I was not pleased that the first book in this series didn't really click with me. So many people enjoyed it! I wanted in on the party. But something about the romance between the MCs didn't gel with me, so I rated it three and a half stars and moved on with my life, hoping that book two would be more my style. And it was! Oh, yay.

Something that I did really appreciate in the first book and that holds true for this one as well is that it's really good Civil War-era historical fiction. Cole clearl
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-and-5-stars
Even better than the first book. I just wished for a less rushed ending, or a longer snippet of the hero and the heroine recuperating/readjusting after what happened throughout the book. That said, can't recommend it enough.
Kate Olson
Thanks to Kensington Books for this free review copy!

I have had this book sitting on my shelf since this past winter and FINALLY got to it ~ and I’m totally kicking myself for waiting so long! I read the first book in the Loyal League series (AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION) in the fall and really liked it, but I loved this one even more.
A HOPE DIVIDED is a Civil War romance, but it’s so so so much more than that too. It’s a scathing indictment of slavery, it’s an examination of how genetics and heritag
One of the best books I’ve read this year.

Even before I saw the bibliography at the back, it was obvious this was exquisitely researched to bring nuances of the Civil War to life. Pages 20-21 in particular set in a POW camp in the Carolinas, where noncombatants such as local Quakers, farmers too poor to own slaves and Confederate Army runaways are mixed with captured Union soldiers, reminded us the war was no simple North vs South matter.

Race too is such a wonder and relief here. I basically w
I don't know why my review for the eBook landed in the paperback version, so I'm reposting the review here since they're both within my booklist and I can't fix it any other way. LOL

A HOPE DIVIDED by Alyssa Cole radiates intelligence, human frailties and endurance in a tightly woven package of realistic historical adventure and love.

Marlie Lynch didn’t learn about her family history from her mother, a freed slave and healer, until Marlie’s white half-sister Sarah shows up at their doorstep. Marl
An incredible story that took my breath away. Set during the Civil War, you won't be able to breathe properly as you root for Marlie who fights so freaking hard with the tools she has (science and medicine) as she tries to aid the Union, and for Ewan too who's so tormented by the actions he had to do for the sake of helping the Union too. The sum of both Marlie and Ewan was so sweet and adorable I was clutching onto my iPad and giggling. They had this easy friendship in the beginning which turne ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Union counter-intelligence officer and a member of the Loyal league meet in a Confederate prison and then must work hard against a sadistic evil man who uses his position as leader of the Home Guard to destroy other people. A war fought behind the lines and a personal war fought inside their hearts led to me being riveted once again by the latest Loyal League story.

A Hope Divided is book two of the series. It features the brother to the hero in book one and late in the story brings another cha
Mónica BQ
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fav-romance
I am so torn about this book.
One the one hand I loved the romance. On the other, as I've stated before, I find it impossible to read objectively and to separate certain ongoing present issues from what I'm reading. To be clear and honest, I am speaking about Santino Hassell, Handspun Literary Agency and what has happened in the past month in regards to those things mentioned. It took me the better part of a fortnight to finish this small and otherwise enjoyable novel.

This book was wow. It was en
Cardyn Brooks
An Extraordinary Union set the bar for expectation very high for the second installment of this exceptional series. A Hope Divided met and exceeded those previously established benchmarks for lyrical prose, vivid historical details, emotional intimacy, complicated family, social, and political connections that blend to create a tale with palpable narrative momentum that ends somewhat abruptly (as other reviewers have commented).

A.C.'s writing is voluptuous in its rendering of this time and plac
A HOPE DIVIDED by Alyssa Cole radiates intelligence, human frailties and endurance in a tightly woven package of realistic historical adventure and love.

Marlie Lynch didn’t learn about her family history from her mother, a freed slave and healer, until Marlie’s white half-sister Sarah shows up at their doorstep. Marlie’s mother, Vivienne, teaches her everything she knows about healing during their years together. It’s Marlie’s turn to benefit from what is her due, now that her slave-owner father
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated 4.5 Stars

I love this author's voice. Her books always pull me in from the first word and don't let me go until the very last. That's not entirely true as hours even days later I'm still thinking about the characters and the world they inhabit.

A Hope Divided is no different, it pulled me in from word one and I have no doubt that I'll be thinking about these characters for sometime.

This book is an emotional rollercoaster. It had me flipping through emotions at a rapid rate. I'd be happy, t
I loved this book even more than the first one, which I thought would be hard to top because it was one of my favorite romances of 2017. But Alyssa Cole does it again and shows why she's become an auto-buy author for me with this series.

Marlie is the daughter of a root doctor and freed slave (originally from Guadeloupe) and a white man. In the prologue, Vivienne leaves Marlie with her father's family, the Lynches. They are Unionists, and growing up with them, Marlie has always been respected in
Until she was thirteen, Marlie Lynch grew up with her mother, a freed slave and wise woman. After her white father's death, she was taken in by her half-sister and has been able to combine her knowledge of herbs and root magic with scientific principles. Three years into the American Civil War, Marlie and her half-sister are working surreptitiously to aid the cause of the Union, giving aid to runaway slaves and Freedmen, taking medicine and food to imprisoned Union soldiers, and with Marlie send ...more
I really liked Marlie in this one. She was strong in a quiet way, stronger still when faced with what started to happen in her house and learning the big family secret. I wasn't sure about Ewan, but he really won me over when he made Marlie look at the very conscious choice her mother made in respect to her. Realizing that seemed to rock Marlie then center her, her mother did really love her. I also liked how so many times Ewan was content to take a back seat to Marlie, letting her do her doctor ...more
Karen's Bookshelf
Marlie and Ewan ‘s story was an emotional thought provoking read about two individuals who are thrust into dire situations beyond their control. By chance they meet and a friendship is born that in time they realize is just the beginning of something so much more and gives the strength to fight to survive the toughest battles of their lives. Marlie and Ewan learned that in the worst times that they are stronger than they thought and found a bond that makes them want to fight anyone or anything t ...more
I will say the 3 1/2 stars is more for the writing and story than the romance, because, much like book 1, I felt like the romance was a bit weak for me. However, Cole truly has a lovely writing style, and these are the stories we need on the shelf, so what's a little romance-disappointment among friends, right?

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I will be talking about the book on my next Whatcha Reading? podcast which will go up on TBQ's Book Palace Saturday (12/23).

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This is a cool read
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
I received a copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley to read and review prior to publication. This has not impacted my thoughts or opinions about it.

3.5 stars. A Hope Divided is the story of Marlie and Ewan. Marlie, a half-black woman with heterochromia iridium, a skill for healing and botany, and a spy, ends up meeting Ewan in a prison camp. In An Extraordinary Union, you meet Malcolm; in A Hope Divided, his brother Ewan is the male lead. Together they find themselves in unexpecte
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoying these much more nuanced historical contexts. In this case, the role of guerrilla warfare among southerners in Confederate north Carolina provide a critical back drop.

Alissa Cole deserves a Netflix deal.
Loved it and highly recommend to those who enjoy romance, interracial love and books about Civil War/ Slavery.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 May 10, 2017 11:11AM  
Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who splits her time between fast-paced NYC and island-paced life in the Caribbean.

In addition to writing, she has hosted a romance book club and taught romance writing at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching cat videos on the Internet with he

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