Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Byway to Danger by Sandra Merville Hart

Book: Byway to Danger

Author: Sandra Merville Hart

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: July 19, 2022

Everyone in Richmond has secrets. Especially the spies.

Meg Brooks, widow, didn’t stop spying for the Union when her job at the Pinkerton National Detective Agency ended, especially now that she lives in the Confederate capital. Her job at the Yancey bakery provides many opportunities to discover vital information about the Confederacy to pass on to her Union contact. She prefers to work alone, yet the strong, silent baker earns her respect and tugs at her heart.

Cade Yancey knows the beautiful widow is a spy when he hires her only because his fellow Unionist spies know of her activities. Meg sure didn’t tell him. He’s glad she knows how to keep her mouth shut, for he has hidden his dangerous activities from even his closest friends. The more his feelings for the courageous woman grow, the greater his determination to protect her by guarding his secrets. Her own investigations place her in enough peril.

As the danger escalates, Meg realizes her choice to work alone isn’t a wise one. Can she trust Cade with details from her past that not even her family knows?


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I am a fan of Historical Fiction and the Civil War Era is especially intriguing to me. Byway to Danger by Sandra Merville Hart is the latest book in this genre that I have read. It is Book 3 in the Spies of the Civil War Series. I have had the honor of reading the first 2 books in this series and I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book! 

We are taken back to Richmond, VA in 1862. Meg Brooks, who is a widow, used to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency as a Union spy. She now lives in a Confederate town and works at the local bakery, Yancey Bakery. Working at the Bakery gives her the opportunity to give info about the Confederates to her contacts at in the Union. She works alone with the spying and prefers it that way. Cade Yancey, is also a widower, and he is the owner of the Bakery. He has friends in the Union and he knows of Meg's spying. Cade has feelings for Meg and as the feelings grow stronger, he is determined to keep his secrets from her. He has been hiding some dangerous activities and he doesn't want her to feel uncomfortable. Meg is also put into some dangerous perils. She wonders if it is time to trust Cade with the information she hasn't told anyone else. Will Meg and Cade share their secrets with one another? Will they feel safer if they share? Will there be a romance between the pair? 

WOW, another GREAT Book in this series! I was captivated by the storyline from the beginning.  I really enjoyed how this book focused on  Trusting someone in your life. Trust is an issue in life with so many nowadays and it is nice to read a book that shows how to trust others.  I really liked watching the relationship between Meg and Cade grow slowly and how they learned they could trust each other. The book is faith-based and has some faith references. I was so amazed by this story that I started it and couldn't put it down until I was done about 4hrs later! WONDERFUL 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 Byway to Danger, Book 3 of my “Spies of the Civil War” series, both Cade and Meg—our hero and heroine—are Union spies living in Richmond, the Confederate capital in 1862. As if this isn’t dangerous enough, Meg is also a former Pinkerton spy. One Pinkerton spy was hanged in the spring and three others now sit in Richmond jails.


Meg works as an assistant in Cade’s bakery. The strong, quiet man keeps a secret from Meg to protect her, for he’s a conductor on the Underground Railroad. He provides food, clothing, and a safe place to stay until he’s able to take them on to the next stop several miles outside the city. Cade has done this for years before the Civil War and continues as the war rages, a perilous mission.

Historically, early in the war on May 23, 1861, three men escaped slavery and fled to Fort Monroe. Frank Baker, Shepard Mallory, and James Townsend had worked on Confederate fortifications before escaping on a rowboat. They sought the safety of Union soldiers at the fort. The men informed Union Major General Benjamin F. Butler that they escaped from Confederate Colonel Charles K. Mallory of the 115th Virginia Militia.


The next day, Confederate Major John B. Cary arrived at Fort Monroe under a flag of truce. Cary met with Butler and requested he return the enslaved men to Mallory as required by the Fugitive Slave Act.


Butler did some fast thinking. Since the three men had been building fortifications for war, they could be seized as “contraband of war” and didn’t have to be returned. His refusal to return the men was a pivotal decision and sparked a future law that protected fugitives who sought the protection of Union camps.

Dozens of fugitive men, women, and children had joined Baker, Mallory, and Townsend at Fort Monroe within three days. Many others fled to the fort in the following months. “Grand Contraband Camp” was established about three miles from Fort Monroe on the charred remains of Hampton to accommodate the hundreds of fugitives.  It was the nation’s first self-contained black community. By 1865, thousands lived in this camp.


Part of my research for this novel involved a trip to Virginia’s Fort Monroe. (If you love history and have never visited Fort Monroe, I recommend it!) Though I wasn’t certain of my story at the time of my visit, I was so inspired by the fort’s history that I knew it had to be part of my story. And it is!


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 and Byway to Danger are 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 the whole “Spies of the Civil War” series beginning with Book 1 Avenue of Betrayal, Book 2 Boulevard of Confusion, and Book 3 Byway to Danger!

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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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marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a wonderful book

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a fantastic read. Really very intriguing.

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like the kind of book I enjoy!

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a great book with very interesting characters and suspenseful moments.

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on your release of Byway to Danger, Sandra, your book sounds like a great book for me to read! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Happily Managing a Household of Boys, for sharing your review! Have a terrific day!

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

My brother would like this book.
Thanks for the contest.

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