The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini

Probably, this is one of those times where I really should have read the dust jacket before I read the book.

But, since I hate spoiling the story, I glanced at the synopsis, read the first page, thought, “I like the Civil War,” and dove right in.  Had I read a bit more I might have realized I was reading about an actual historical figure which would have been good to know.  Apparently my book selection method only works most of the time…

Would I recommend it? I’m glad that I read it, but I don’t feel that I can unequivocally say you should too. I was, however, fascinated to find that Elizabeth Van Lew was a real person, something that also explains the serious amount historical facts the book contained. It’s possible if you dove in thinking “fictionalized biography” rather than “novel” you’d enjoy it much more. Or, it’s possible that I should read, just a bit, about a book before I start in myself!

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2 comments on “The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini

  1. Jenny says:

    I am like you I don’t read the dust jacket for fear of spoiling something. This sounds like a good one I will have to put on my list.

  2. I had the opposite experience recently with an ebook. It was one of those free or bargain books by a new author. It was called The Gold Mohur Tree, and set in India and England. I was convinced it was an autobiography and it was only when I got to the end of the book that I realised it was a debut novel, and the author was in her eighties! It wasn’t the greatest book ever, but I actually enjoyed it.

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