Friday, July 17, 2020

A Single Spark By Judith Miller

A Single Spark
by Judith Miller
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764235290

Thanks to Bethany House and Judith Miller for sharing this book with me for review!


Wanting to do her part in the war effort, Clara McBride goes to work in the cartridge room at the Washington Arsenal, the city's main site for the production and storing of munitions. She's given the opportunity to train new employees, and all seems to be going well--especially when one of the supervisors shows interest in her.

Lieutenant Joseph Brady is an injured Union Army officer who, no longer able to lead troops into battle, has been assigned a supervisory position at the Washington Arsenal. While Clara has caught his eye, he makes it his mission to fight for increased measures to prevent the mysterious explosions that have destroyed other such factories.

But when rumors of espionage ensue after multiple shipments of cartridges from their factory fail to fire, everyone is suspect for sabotage. Can the spark of love between Joseph and Clara survive?

My Review:

When I read books like A Single Spark I'm reminded once again why I enjoy reading Civil War era novels!

I really enjoyed Clara as a character because while she's a woman who knows her mind, she's willing to be open to new things. Like new friendships, although she's hesitant at first. Because of how sure Clara is in herself, I wasn't surprised when Lieutenant Brady becomes interested in her.

We almost immediately meet Bea and Jeremiah who have just started working at the Arsenal. Bea really rubbed me wrong initially because she comes on so strong in her friendship with Clara. She's also rather needed, which definitely got on my nerves. But, some people need more attention than others. lol

There's a lot that goes on in the background that the reader gets to see, but the characters are unaware of, which makes it somewhat frustrating because you want to guide the "good guys" in the right direction, but can't. hahahaha

A Single Spark is a quick, easy read that will take you back into 1800s!

About the Author:

Judith Miller ( is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judith and her family make their home in Kansas City, Kansas.


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