“An Extraordinary Union” by Alyssa Cole was a very intriguing book about people of color working with the Union as spies in the South. Ellie Burns, a former slave, has the ability to remember with astonishing accuracy things, conversations, written words, most everything. Her talents are greatly prized by the Union. She is sent back into slavery in the South as a spy to garner any information that she can to help the North. Malcolm McCall is a detective with Pinkerton who is sent to infiltrate a Southern stronghold. Elle and Malcolm are very much attracted to each other although their liaison, since one is black and the other white, is much frowned upon in that day and age. As the two of them work together, they discover a plot that would be disastrous to the North. They have to work together to make sure that this plot is uncovered and destroyed.
I found this book to be very interesting and well-written. I enjoy novels about this time period and thought that this one in particular was intriguing because of the forbidden love of the two main characters and how they handled the situation.
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