Troubador Whippoorwill

Released: 28/11/2017

ISBN: 9781788035781

eISBN: 9781788033817

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Barely fourteen, Ceci Prejean is a tomboy running wild in the hot Louisiana summer. After breaking the nose of a local boy, her father decides to enlist the aid of Hecubah, a beautiful Creole woman, with a secret past, who takes Ceci in hand and turns her into a lady. Now, eighteen-year-old Ceci meets and falls passionately in love with a handsome young northerner, Trent Sinclaire. Trent is a cadet at the West Point military academy. He acts as if he knows Ceci. They begin a torrid affair, even as the southern states begin to secede from the Union. Only weeks before their wedding, the Confederate army attacks Fort Sumter and the civil war begins. Trent is called to active service in the north, leaving Ceci heartbroken in the south. Swearing vengeance on the union, after the untimely death of her family at the fall of New Orleans, Ceci meets with infamous spy master, Henry Doucet. He initiates her into the shadowy world of espionage. After her failure to avert the catastrophe at Gettysburg, Ceci infiltrates the White House. There, she comes face to face with Abraham Lincoln, a man she’s sworn to kill. Forming a reckless alliance with the actor, John Wilkes Booth, she is drawn deeper into the plot to assassinate the President of the United States. A Confederate spy in love with a Union officer, her next decision will determine whether she lives or dies...

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A Southern spy whose love is an Union officer sets that background of Ceci and Trent's story. The Civil war tears apart a country as the pressure these two to keep love alive. Find a comfortable seat as you won't want to put it down. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.

by Dawn


A Southern spy whose love is an Union officer sets that background of Ceci and Trent's story. The Civil war tears apart a country as the pressure these two to keep love alive. Find a comfortable seat as you won't want to put it down.

by Dawn Morse


I was skeptical at first--a British man writing a historical romance set during the American Civil War? Pleasantly surprised is an understatement. Bartram has written an interesting novel, part coming-of-age, part thriller, with romance thrown in. The Louisiana setting at times seemed as slow and languid as a bayou in the summer. The pace certainly picked up as Ceci left the cocoon of safety on the plantation. (The young women focusing on sex quite often seemed a little contrived, but did not detract much from the story.) I enjoyed the story, and even stayed up late to finish it.

As an educator, the book provides opportunities for discussion of the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by Ceci, Hecubah, and others, in addition to examining the choices that must be made during a war.

by Kathryn Garnes


Well written, this book took me by surprise. I have never heard of this author and wasn't sure what to expect. One thing I don't like about the book is the cover. I think if this book had a different cover and was re-marketed it would sell better. The story was just incredible. This was no fluffy story this is a dig in and think kind of story with spies,Civil War going ons,the White House and more. The author has definitely done his research on this very well thought out plot with so much going on.

by Deanne Patterson


R.L. Bartram

Having first put pen to paper at the age of seventeen. He has now been writing for a number of years and many of his short stories have appeared in various national periodicals and magazines.

His debut novel Dance The Moon Down, a story of one woman's courage and faith against adversity, during the First World War, won considerable critical acclaim, being voted book of the month by 'Wall to Wall books'.

Whippoorwill his second novel deals with the sweeping changes to the life of one young southern woman at the onset of the American Civil War.

He is single and lives and works in Hertfordshire.

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