Friday, May 20, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Boulevard of Confusion by Sandra Merville Hart

Book: Boulevard of Confusion

Author: Sandra Merville Hart

Genre: Christian historical romance

Release date: May 10, 2022

In times of war, is anything as it seems?

Her aunt’s invitation to Richmond is just the change Beatrice Swanson needs after her brother’s release from a Union prison. Bea’s father agrees to the trip with a condition—one that tosses her emotions into swirling confusion.

Though Jay Nickson wants to serve his country as a Confederate soldier, his work is too important to the government. Bea’s interest in his job, which includes secrets that would benefit the Union, arouses his suspicions. Is she spying for the North? His growing feelings for her are hard to squelch.

Though she participates in activities to benefit Confederate soldiers, Bea struggles with her own loyalties and her father’s demands. Where does her cousin, Meg, go on her solitary errands? Bea’s own growing love for Jay, a Southerner, only adds to her confusion. Tensions escalate in Richmond as the Union army approaches, drawing her into more secrecy. Where does her allegiance lie? And how will she be forced to prove it?

Nothing in war is simple…especially when the heart becomes entangled.


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I am a fan of Historical Fiction and the Civil War Era is especially intriguing to me. Boulevard of Confusion by Sandra Merville Hart is the latest book in this genre that I have read. It is Book 2 in the Spies of the Cival War Series. I have had the honor of reading Book 1 and just read Book 2. I enjoy reading books that are a part of a Series, so I was excited to read both in this series so far. 

The time is 1862 and the War is still raging on. Beatrice Swanson has been asked to come visit her Aunt in Richmond, VA. Her cousin Meg makes the trip with her. Bea's father has given Bea some conditions for this trip to take place and she agrees, though she is very confused by his request.  Jay Nickson very much wants to serve in the Confederate Army, but he has a very important Government Job. Bea takes interest in his Government Job and it gets Jay thinking "Is she a Spy from the North?" It is the last thing he needs to have his job secrets revealed. He realizes that he has feelings for her, but could she also be falling for him. Bea is a Northener, but she is seeing herself being on both sides of the War. Things are getting tense in Richmond, VA and Bea realizes she might have to choose one side only. Will Bea be able to give her alligiance to one side only? Will there be a Romanatic connection between Bea and Jay? 

I can honestly say this was one the BEST Civil War Era, Christian Historical Fiction series that I have read!  I really enjoyed how this book focused on a different member of  The Swanson family. Bea is a very good character, although she is confused about being Loyal to her Dad and to the alligance to the North. Jay is a a GREAT character in this book. I really like how he wants to serve in the Army, but also knows how important is current job is. I really liked watching the relationship between Bea and Jay grow,  and overcome some challenges. I was captivated by this story from the First Chapter and kept reading and finished it within 3hrs. FANTASTIC BOOK! 


Sandra Merville Hart, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author of inspirational historical romances, loves to discover little-known yet fascinating facts from American history to include in her stories. Her desire is to transport her readers back in time. She is also a blogger, speaker, and conference teacher. Connect with Sandra on her blog,


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In Boulevard of Confusion, Book 2 of my “Spies of the Civil War” series, two people in love—one supporting the North, one supporting the South—struggle to rise above their differing loyalties.

In my book, the hero is a Virginian who supports the South. Though Jay hates slavery, he cannot turn against his state. His job at Tredegar Ironworks supplies the Confederate army with artillery. They develop new weapons and technology, such as submarines, that must be kept secret even from Richmond residents.

Our heroine is from the North. Bea has Southern ties and her brother, a Confederate officer, was recently released from a prison camp. Bea’s understanding of both sides of the conflict tosses her into confusion, especially in light of her growing feelings for Jay.

Part of my research for this novel involved a trip to Richmond museums. One display in particular at the American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar made me want to do a little dance. (If you followed me around on my museum visits, you’d witness my enthusiasm for historical people and events and how they impact my stories. Perhaps you share my love of history. 😊)

Anyway, this particular display was a painting of Julia Ann Mitchell, who lived in Richmond at the start of the Civil War. She was from a well-to-do family that traveled often. On one of these trips, she met and fell in love with Frederick Coggill, a New York City resident. Though they loved one another, the couple was divided in their loyalties.

Sadly, Julia’s brother, who fought for the Confederacy, was killed in battle. This probably added to the conflict between Julia and Frederick.

I’m happy to say that the couple seemed to enjoy a happy ending, for they were married in 1863.

I didn’t yet know my characters when I read this display, for the stories ferment in my imagination as research reveals the history. I tucked it away in my mind and it later inspired me.

Boulevard of Confusion isn’t Julia’s and Frederick’s love story. Not at all. It’s simply that history’s record of them overcoming their differing loyalties to marry proves that it happened. That’s all I needed to know.

Avenue of Betrayal, Book 1, is set in the Union capital of Washington City (Washington DC) in 1861, where a surprising number of Confederate sympathizers and spies lived. Boulevard of Confusion is set in Richmond, the Confederate capital in 1862. Actual historical spies touch the lives of our fictional family.

Through both real and fictional characters, this series highlights activities spies were involved in and some of the motives behind their decisions.

I invite you to read both Avenue of Betrayal and Boulevard of Confusion. And please watch for Book 3, Byway to Danger, which will soon follow!

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To celebrate her tour, Sandra is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Sandra, Boulevard of Confusion sounds like a great book to read, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Happily Managing a Household of Boys, for sharing your review! Have a wonderful TGIF!

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a fun story to read!

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

This book captures the heartbreak and problems of loved ones on different sides of war.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing our excellent review of Boulevard of Confusion, this book sounds like a must read for me and I am truly looking forward to it.

traciem said... Best Blogger Tips

What inspires your book plots?

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