Honor and conviction clash with loyalty and love in this debut Civil War novel that pits brother against brother.
Winner of numerous literary awards and often compared to Gone with the Wind, Shades of Gray chronicles the clash of a Confederate officer with a Union spy as they defend their beliefs, their country and their honor.
Readers will discover the fine line between friends and enemies when the fates of two tenacious foes cross by the fates of war and their destinies become entwined forever.
A classic tale of courage, honor, and enduring love that has been praised by both men and women—from professors of history to avid romance readers.
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2010 Military Writers Society Award in Historical Fiction
2009 HOLT Medallion Finalist for Best Southern Theme
2009 Nominated for the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction
2008 Indie Next Generation Award for Best Regional Fiction
2008 Indie Next Generation Finalist for Best Historical Fiction
2008 IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction
2008 ForeWord Magazine Finalist for Book of the Year in Romance category
“[Emotions] seem to transcend the pages to settle in the very marrow of the reader’s bones. Jessica James has produced a tremendous and wonderful saga about love, loyalty and honor for which she must lauded.”
Scott MingusCivil War Blogger
"[James’] work stands out among the best of the historical novelists, and is a worthy addition to the Civil War fiction line-up. Huzzah!"
Virginia MortonAuthor of “Marching Through Culpeper
“I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in years! Shades of Gray is an incredible achievement and a treasure.”
"A very thoughtful perspective on the nature of war that enables the reader to see that both sides are often motivated by a noble cause"
Heather Froeschl Book Review Journal
“Well written and expertly executed… You cannot leave this book unchanged in your understanding of the souls of the Civil War.”
JEB Stuart, V
"A fine addition to anyone's library of historical novels"
“I loved this book and carry the memory with me still.”
Becky LaneyBecky’s Reads
“…An engaging read. I didn't want to put it down at all. My eyes kept getting heavier and heavier, but I wanted to keep going. I told myself ‘just one more chapter’ at least half a dozen times.”
Printed Page Blog
"Loved it ~ start to finish. I didn’t just read about the Civil War I was there smack dab in the middle of it. This book has it all. The last 100-150 pages were intense, the last 50 pages heartbreaking, the last 20 pages I cried."
Betty CoxNew Book Reviews
“I felt like I had actually lived in the beautiful state of Virginia!”
“In its brief, brilliant, and tragic history, the Southern Confederacy exhibited extraordinary valor and devotion and high honor. This should never be forgotten by Americans. As long as there are writers like Jessica James, there is no danger of such forgetting.”
"James handles battle scenes with vibrant and powerful images, and her descriptions of setting are poetic. There are shades of meaning and lessons to be learned in Shades of Gray, and Jessica James has done a masterful job."
"Sweeping romantic fiction that asks the reader to look back to days gone by. Highly recommend."
Catherine BennettAmazon Reviewer
"Shades of Gray is a beautiful story with a timeless message. It touched my heart and soul.”
Historical Novel Society
“This is not a contemporary retelling of the Civil War as much as it is a sympathetic and loving portrait. Interpersonal conflict as well as battlefield conflict make the book a page-turner and quick read.”
D. GaynorBook Reviewer
“One of the most moving Civil War stories I have ever read. I had to remind myself this was fiction. Do not walk, run to your nearest bookstore for your copy of Shades of Gray.”