Noble Cause: A Novel of Love and War


By Jessica James

Publisher : Patriot Press

ABOUT Jessica James

Jessica James
Jessica James is the award-winning author of the historical fiction novel Shades of Gray, an epic Civil War love story that has twice overtaken Gone with the Wind on the Amazon bestseller list in the romance/historical/U.S. category. A former newspaper editor, she spent 18 years in a new More...



Praised by readers of romantic and historical fiction since its publication in 2008, the award-winning historical fiction novel Shades of Gray now has a new ending in this special 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Commemorative edition entitled, Noble Cause.


This is the tale of Colonel Alexander Hunter, a dauntless and daring Confederate cavalry officer, who, with his band of intrepid outcasts, becomes a legend in the rolling hills of northern Virginia. Inspired by love of country and guided by a sense of duty and honor, Hunter must make a desperate choice when he discovers the woman he promised his dying brother he would protect is the Union spy he vowed to his men he would destroy.


Readers will discover the fine line between friends and enemies when the paths of these two tenacious foes cross by the fates of war and their destinies become entwined forever.


Author Jessica James uniquely blends elements of romantic and historical fiction in this deeply personal and poignant tale that, according to one reviewer, “transcends the pages to settle in the very marrow of the reader’s bones.” Winner of numerous national awards, James has received critical acclaim for this page-turning story of courage, honor, and enduring love.


Destined for an honored place among the classics of the America Civil War, Noble Cause is a book to read, and keep, and remember forever.

“It is a book that I think could have the impact… of a ‘Gone With the Wind.’’ ”    Jonathan A. Noyalas, Assistant Professor of History and Director for Civil War Studies, Lord Fairfax Community College


“Explores the War Between the States in a way that will touch you like no other work of fiction.”  The Book Connection


“A fine addition to anyone's library of historical novels.”  J.E.B. Stuart, V



“I think it is the best Civil War fiction book since Cold Mountain.” James D. Bibb SCV Trimble Camp 1836


“[James] has drawn a picture filled with conflict and love, loyalty and betrayal, history and romance, and a passion of lives lived in the moment.” Jim Miller, Civil War Notebook


“Well written and expertly executed… You cannot leave this book unchanged in your understanding of the souls of the Civil War.”  Book Review Journal

“Shades of Gray is a beautiful story with a timeless message. It touched my heart and soul.”  Catherine Bennett


“Has the power to touch you deeply.”MyShelf


One of the most moving Civil War stories I have ever read. I had to remind myself this was fiction.”Review Your Books


“The book took my breath away. Honestly, you will not sleep.”  A Bookworm’s Dinner Blog


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.”Historical Novel Society


“[James’]  work stands out among the best of the historical novelists, and is a worthy addition to the Civil War fiction line-up. Huzzah!”  Scott Mingus, Civil War Blogger


“… Exciting, intense, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish. The most balanced book on the War Between the States I have ever read.”  Bob O’Connor, Author of The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln


“Andrea and Hunter are like a Virginian, Civil War-era Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.”  Shana Schmadeke

“Readers will find the attention to historical detail impeccable and the characters are so strongly drawn that the history does not eclipse the forward trajectory of the story.”    Foreword Magazine