Liar Temptress Soldier Spy
By: Karen Abbott
The amazing and harrowing story of four women who refused to sit idly and let history come crashing down upon them, Liar Temptress Soldier Spy is an exciting, nerve wracking and brave story of this little told side of the Civil War. One of the bloodiest conflicts to fill the pages of our nation’s history was directly impacted by members of society who had no voice, no say, in politics and yet had sacrificed so much for their cause. Karen Abbott (Or Abbott, as she prefers) has produced yet another fantastic book. Her knack for the details and passion for history combined to author an anthology of four strong and brave women who rushed to, rather than ran from, the heart of the war to aide their fathers, sons, uncles and neighbors willing their side to victory. Women from both sides of the conflict are featured and each one is absolutely captivating. Either hiding their sex and joining the ranks of the army or using their demured place in society to their advantage and becoming a spy, these four courageous women risked everything. In a world where every turn was fraught with risk, of discovery, of imprisonment, of death, these women steadied their nerves and set themselves about the tasks at hand.
Reading Abbott’s Liar Temptress Soldier Spy was extremely educational – eye opening really. It captivated me and held my attention, while tugging at my emotions, through the very last page. Over the two weeks that it took me to read (I was moving slowly as to take in every detail), many people would interrupt me to ask what the book was, or who authored it, and everyone of them walked away with the intention of purchasing themselves a copy. Personally, I loved reading this history penned by a young woman. It is absolutely refreshing to get a young woman’s perspective on a topic that is so much related to our sex. We are so used to being taught history by men – who I must admit do a very good job, but there is something lacking, in their ability to relate to a topic that like this one. Abbott’s passion for history is inspiring and infectious and it sheds light on our contributions both past and present. I highly recommend this book to all women, and to men, especially those who have espoused themselves to strong and independent women. There is as much to learn about their actions as there is their character, their minds and their wills. Liar Temptress Soldier Spy is one incredible work, the only thing more so would be the feats accomplished by the women whose stories are told through its pages.