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Wanting to do her part in the Civil War effort, Clara McBride goes to work in the cartridge room at the Washington Arsenal. Her supervisor, Lieutenant Joseph Brady, is drawn to Clara but must focus on preventing explosions in the factory. When multiple shipments of cartridges fail to fire and everyone is suspect, can the spark of love between them survive?


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Wanting to do her part in the Civil War effort, Clara McBride goes to work in the cartridge room at the Washington Arsenal. Her supervisor, Lieutenant Joseph Brady, is drawn to Clara but must focus on preventing explosions in the factory. When multiple shipments of cartridges fail to fire and everyone is suspect, can the spark of love between them survive?

30 review for A Single Spark

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Overall, a good character-driven novel about the Northern "home-front" and the worry over saboteurs in the arsenal. No wonder; the work with live explosives meant that the tiniest mistake would cost dozens of lives. Added to that was the worry that saboteurs would sneak in and manage to damage the munitions at the point of their origin. I really liked Clara and Joseph and found it easy to care about them, both individually and as a couple. Bea and Jeremiah...way to go on complex character motivati Overall, a good character-driven novel about the Northern "home-front" and the worry over saboteurs in the arsenal. No wonder; the work with live explosives meant that the tiniest mistake would cost dozens of lives. Added to that was the worry that saboteurs would sneak in and manage to damage the munitions at the point of their origin. I really liked Clara and Joseph and found it easy to care about them, both individually and as a couple. Bea and Jeremiah...way to go on complex character motivations and desires. We know all along that they aren't trustworthy, but Clara is still kind to them no matter what; all the way up to their big moment and sudden twist of destiny, they remain complex instead of being faceless clowns of badness. I loved the reality of this portrayal. While the story does slant heavily to the Union, I really appreciated that Southerners weren't blanket-vilified but were shown with some other depths. The only historical thing that raised my ruffle was the unnecessary slur that Mosby might have had a connection to sabotage, which the author herself refutes in the afterword; why name a name if it's obviously inaccurate? There are lots of names to use without slapping at a name of a gentleman respected by both sides. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free reading copy. A favorable review as not required.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    A five-star Civil War book??? I’m completely stunned right now. This genre is so very tricky for me. They’re generally overly melodramatic and not my style. But this one… This one hit the spot precisely. The perfect amount of drama and surprises and twists that all felt completely natural to the plot of the story. Characters I could stand behind and believe as realistic and true Patriots. I loved that this book featured an arsenal factory. I’ve never read about one of those before, so that was a A five-star Civil War book??? I’m completely stunned right now. This genre is so very tricky for me. They’re generally overly melodramatic and not my style. But this one… This one hit the spot precisely. The perfect amount of drama and surprises and twists that all felt completely natural to the plot of the story. Characters I could stand behind and believe as realistic and true Patriots. I loved that this book featured an arsenal factory. I’ve never read about one of those before, so that was a real treat! It seemed very well researched as well, so I felt I learned a lot about how the factory worked while I was reading. The fact that spies were involved was another organic aspect of this story. I’m sure both sides of the Civil War used spies to garner information about the enemy, as most wars have done in America’s past. All in all, this book was a complete joy to read, and I can hardly wait to get a hard copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    I found this take on the behind the scenes of the Civil War interesting. I have never read anything about the Arsenal facilities and the part women played in making cartridges for the soldiers. It was enlightening to see how they put their lives on the line while their menfolk were off fighting for freedom. Add the twist of southern sympathizers who have infiltrated and budding romance and you have the makings of a great read. I love the slower pacing of Ms. Millers books as it gives you time to I found this take on the behind the scenes of the Civil War interesting. I have never read anything about the Arsenal facilities and the part women played in making cartridges for the soldiers. It was enlightening to see how they put their lives on the line while their menfolk were off fighting for freedom. Add the twist of southern sympathizers who have infiltrated and budding romance and you have the makings of a great read. I love the slower pacing of Ms. Millers books as it gives you time to absorb what is taking place and get to know the characters on several layers. Although I didn’t care for Bea and her tactics of using people I was hopeful for redemption. I always tend to see the good in people like Clara but we cannot change them, as only Christ can. I loved the faith portrayed and Clara’s relationship with her mother. This is a good solid Historical read that is informative as well as entertaining. This goes on my Judith Miller shelf with my other treasured books by this author. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Breny

    I love historical fiction books that give us glimpses into unconventional jobs and professions for women in the 1800’s. I must say, Judith Millers did an amazing job researching for this book set in the Civil War, Allegheny Arsenal and John S. Mosby, but I felt that something was missing. That emotion that makes me care for the characters. The beginning was very slow and I struggled to get into the story. The book is set in Washington D.C in an ammunition laboratory where women are employed to ma I love historical fiction books that give us glimpses into unconventional jobs and professions for women in the 1800’s. I must say, Judith Millers did an amazing job researching for this book set in the Civil War, Allegheny Arsenal and John S. Mosby, but I felt that something was missing. That emotion that makes me care for the characters. The beginning was very slow and I struggled to get into the story. The book is set in Washington D.C in an ammunition laboratory where women are employed to make ammunition for the Union Army. Clara, our main character, is employed there, and we see how life for women working those arduous fast-paced works of concentration and precision were for them. It was truly interesting. It is at the ammunition laboratory that Clara meets Luitenant Joseph. Joseph is a wounded soldier that has been given the task to administrate the work of the laboratory now that he can’t be sent to war. He oversees the overall performance of the lab and instantly becomes smitten with Clara. And, yeah…Well, don’t know… The problem for me with this book was the characters. Clara was to ”robotic” for me. I couldn't feel anything for her and her relationship with Joseph. It was stale. No chemistry at all. Nothing. Nada. It was like they liked each other but didn’t like each other and then they talked to each other like they were mere acquaintances. But then Joseph professed his love in his head and it sounded like he knew her for centuries (when in reality he had just talked to her like for a week) and then the words that came out of his mouth didn't quite match with his head… Clara was exactly the same. For a second I thought she was just marrying for convenience because I think she had this idea in her head that she would ”grow” to love him…I don’t know 😂 I ended up feeling that the secondary characters were much more developed than the main ones. I will say, there were plot twists that I didn't see coming at all! That picked up the story at the 60ish percent mark, and it helped me finish the book : ) But, if you like Civil War fiction you might like this book! It has some pretty cool insights into how labs worked, and I for one got my little nugget of knowledge from the read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Judith Miller has written another captivating story about the Civil War. What I find interesting about this story is that it was set in an arsenal factory. Something we don't often read about when reading a Civil War book. It's always set somewhere else. I love this new outlook. It was fascinating! I learned quite a lot along the way. I never knew how or where the soldiers got their ammunition from. Miller kept me guessing until the very end. I was surprised. It wasn't who I thought it was at fi Judith Miller has written another captivating story about the Civil War. What I find interesting about this story is that it was set in an arsenal factory. Something we don't often read about when reading a Civil War book. It's always set somewhere else. I love this new outlook. It was fascinating! I learned quite a lot along the way. I never knew how or where the soldiers got their ammunition from. Miller kept me guessing until the very end. I was surprised. It wasn't who I thought it was at first. I didn't like Bea from the get go. She was to me a shifty person always thinking about herself and using other people like Clara for her own gains in life. Clara is just the opposite. I thought her a sweetheart. In many ways she's just like me. She wears her heart on her sleeve. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. It was in the wee hours of the morning when I did. I'm a fan of Judith Miller for life. I love looking to see what she comes out with next. They never disappoint. I highly recommend this book. My thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    I love reading historical fiction its one of my favorite genres, especially when it is a romantic historical fiction but was torn with this book. I think Judith Miller as always did an exceptional job in her research of her Civil War history, Allegheny Arsenal and John S. Mosby but I have to be honest it started out a bit slow for me and although it picked up for me it wasn't like her other books. This is the story of Clara McBride and Lt. Joseph Brady and their works in the ammunition laborator I love reading historical fiction its one of my favorite genres, especially when it is a romantic historical fiction but was torn with this book. I think Judith Miller as always did an exceptional job in her research of her Civil War history, Allegheny Arsenal and John S. Mosby but I have to be honest it started out a bit slow for me and although it picked up for me it wasn't like her other books. This is the story of Clara McBride and Lt. Joseph Brady and their works in the ammunition laboratory in Washington during the time of the Civil War, when civilians were hired and used by the armies to make their ammunition. Clara is one of the women who works at the laboratories and through her job she meets Lt. Joseph. He is a wounded veteran for the Union, still in active duty and eventually assigned to observe and put in place several safety improvements due to the Allegheny Ammunition explosion. Like I mentioned the beginning of the story was slow, to me there was a lot details that weren't really necessary to the whole story line. The love story between Clara and Joseph was a bit dull. It lacked a little more chemistry so for me they were not completely relatable or captured my reading soul. That being said the story does pick up quite nicely, I don't want to give away the story but Miller does a great job at throwing some suspense into the mix with some of the characters and they play their part perfectly. I think that is what saved the story for me and the rating. If you like historical fiction definitely give this book a try. Happy Reading! FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I love the reads by this author, and this one did not disappoint, based on history and including some truth, this story pulled me in and didn't let go. Dealing with the grief of loosing her father, Clara McBride and her mother are getting by living in Washington DC, she working at the Arsenal, and her mom as a seamstress. A chance meeting on the way to work adds new friends to Clara's life, and all our on their way to make the ammunition to help the Union win the war. We are offered a couple of swe I love the reads by this author, and this one did not disappoint, based on history and including some truth, this story pulled me in and didn't let go. Dealing with the grief of loosing her father, Clara McBride and her mother are getting by living in Washington DC, she working at the Arsenal, and her mom as a seamstress. A chance meeting on the way to work adds new friends to Clara's life, and all our on their way to make the ammunition to help the Union win the war. We are offered a couple of sweet romances, a chance to look at the top leaders during this time at parties, and some of the reality of war. Be aware not everyone is what or whom they claim to be, including some that you feel like you are falling in love with. I so enjoyed reading the author's notes at the end of this read, and loved the facts gleaned there. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    Set in Washington D.C. in 1862 at the beginning of the Civil War, Clara McBride works at the Washington Arsenal where ladies are responsible for making cartridges that will be sent to the front for use by the Union troops. Lt. Joseph Brady is the new person in charge of the cylinder room where Clara works. Bea Hodson is a new trainee, and her brother Jeremiah works in the warehouse. When strange things begin happening at the Washington Arsenal, Joseph and Clara put their heads together to try an Set in Washington D.C. in 1862 at the beginning of the Civil War, Clara McBride works at the Washington Arsenal where ladies are responsible for making cartridges that will be sent to the front for use by the Union troops. Lt. Joseph Brady is the new person in charge of the cylinder room where Clara works. Bea Hodson is a new trainee, and her brother Jeremiah works in the warehouse. When strange things begin happening at the Washington Arsenal, Joseph and Clara put their heads together to try and discover who is behind the possible sabotage and sparks begin to fly between them not just at the arsenal. I found this book quite interesting as I never even thought about how the cartridges were made and what was involved. This was actually dangerous work as all of the employees (mainly female) involved in each step were dealing with gunpowder which was also stored at the arsenal. There was actually an explosion at another arsenal where 75 people died, and it was ignited by a spark from a wagon wheel running across some gunpowder that had not been cleaned up properly. Clara and Joseph were well crafted characters who were realistic and believable. Joseph was such a sweet hero with his protectiveness toward Clara, yet at the same time he respected her opinions and ideas. Clara saw the best in everyone even when Bea continued to use her for her own needs. Bea and Joseph kept just enough clues going to suspect they were villains but never certainty that they would get caught. Miller, as always, includes a faith thread that appears throughout the story line. The historical research is evident throughout the story, and the notes included at the end of the book gave even more information about the arsenals and the role they played in helping the Union win the Civil War. Excellent historical fiction that will please any reader who enjoys books set in the Civil War period. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hodgkins

    “Clara McBride carefully counted ten cartridges before dividing them into a double stack of five.” Opening line of “A Single Spark” by Judith Miller “A Single Spark” by Judith Miller is set in the American civil war at an ammunition factory. I found the back cover gave a little too much a way for me as it takes quite a while before there is an illusion to sabotage. The majority of the book is dedicated to the relationships of the workers at the factory as well as the process of production and it’s “Clara McBride carefully counted ten cartridges before dividing them into a double stack of five.” Opening line of “A Single Spark” by Judith Miller “A Single Spark” by Judith Miller is set in the American civil war at an ammunition factory. I found the back cover gave a little too much a way for me as it takes quite a while before there is an illusion to sabotage. The majority of the book is dedicated to the relationships of the workers at the factory as well as the process of production and it’s dangers. It is well written and if you enjoy learning about history through novels, this is one for you. There is a lot of carefully researched detail and Judith brings this to life through the story. For me, it was a little much as I enjoy a bit more of a pace to a story and a little more intrigue. Whilst this one wasn’t quite my cup of tea, I have to give it four out of five on the enJOYment as I did find it interesting and had to know how it would resolve!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jerrye Bell

    A Single Spark by Judith Miller Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ______________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Judith Miller presents readers with a new story based during the beginnings of the Civil War that includes history, drama, intrigue and a quiet love story that will weather some tough storms. I’m so glad I finished this book. I say that because when I first downloaded the ARC it would not keep my place and I had to swipe through to the page that I had bee A Single Spark by Judith Miller Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ______________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Judith Miller presents readers with a new story based during the beginnings of the Civil War that includes history, drama, intrigue and a quiet love story that will weather some tough storms. I’m so glad I finished this book. I say that because when I first downloaded the ARC it would not keep my place and I had to swipe through to the page that I had been on before every time I came back to read. I almost got too frustrated to finish but the story turned out to be so good, I needed to know what happened. It begins in August of 1862 with a young woman named Clara McBride, a civilian worker at the Washington Arsenal. Clara is one of many workers who prepare and pack ammunition cartridges that will be sent to the front lines of the Union army. She is proud of her work and that she is able to support those who are battling for the safety of their families. She works under the supervision of Lieutenant Joseph Brady, a man she has come to admire for his kindness and ability to keep his employees meeting the necessary quotas. She is asked by Joseph to train a new employee, one Bea Hodson, who quickly becomes her friend. Joseph also tells Clara that he would like to court her if she is agreeable, but not until after an ordered trip to Allegheny Arsenal to see why how they are able to meet higher quotas. She is thrilled at this news of courtship but saddened that they must wait for a time. But Clara determines to put their time apart to good use by helping Bea learn all the aspects of packing cartridges. She also meets Bea’s brother Jeremiah, who is also recently been employed by the arsenal. Bea and Jeremiah are fairly kind people but they seem to have a great interest in the workings of the arsenal, which strikes Clara as odd but not unusual for non-military persons. Joseph meanwhile begins his observations of the Allegheny Arsenal and learns a great deal. While they seem to be able to meet higher quotas, there also seems to be a lack of safety precautions for the workers. It will prove to be a tragic lack of precaution when the arsenal laboratory explodes one day, killing 70 civilian workers. Joseph is sick over the loss but determines he will not be so lax when it comes to his workers. His return to Washington brings much needed changes for the better at the arsenal and also allows he and Clara to get to know one another better. As they grow closer together, there will be many challenges to their future, including each of them learning to trust the other with their deepest secrets. And when problems begin appearing at the arsenal, they will need each other more that ever if they are going to stay safe from those responsible. Who is behind all the trouble and why are they causing it? Can Clara and Joseph trust anyone working at the Arsenal or are there those close to them that require their suspicion? They will have to puzzle things out quickly if they are going to save their own lives and the lives of those fighting on the front lines. I’m always a fan of historical books, even when there is a good bit of fiction attached to them. This story illustrated how things might have been during that time for the workers at the arsenals. War promotes spies, intrigue and danger in a variety of ways that may be less than obvious. I loved how Ms. Miller crafted a story that didn’t give away all the secrets but released them a little at a time so as to keep you reading. While my frustration with the book was from its inability to stay on a page, I loved the actual plot and the characters. I did think Clara was a bit too naive when it came to Bea and her motives for asking Clara to do things. Common logic should have made her more suspicious and cautious in sharing information or requesting help for someone she didn’t really know all that well. I also though that Joseph seems a little apathetic when it came to his gut instincts. He couldn’t allow himself to fully suspect anyone and that made me want to slap him a couple times. But overall, I really liked how everything played out and how everyone ended up. There was plenty of light tension, good conversation and nice romance to ensure that this was a book I enjoyed. I will recommend this book to others who enjoy historical fiction. I have no doubt they will enjoy it as I have. I received this temporary complimentary E-book from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley in order to provide a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    A Single Spark had a lot going for it. I don't always enjoy reading about the Civil War period, but the description seemed to go in a completely different direction than the issues I usually have with the time. I've been branching out more and more with my historical fiction reads, and I really liked the unique idea of reading about the Arsenal, the women who worked there, and the idea of creating ammunition that would be used in the war. So many unique things. The caution needed in such a job d A Single Spark had a lot going for it. I don't always enjoy reading about the Civil War period, but the description seemed to go in a completely different direction than the issues I usually have with the time. I've been branching out more and more with my historical fiction reads, and I really liked the unique idea of reading about the Arsenal, the women who worked there, and the idea of creating ammunition that would be used in the war. So many unique things. The caution needed in such a job due to the extreme danger of explosions. Clara is easily likable. She's well versed in different areas of the ammunition creation process in the Arsenal. She has a working history with Lt. Brady, but until he's sent on a mission to learn from a more productive arsenal, the two haven't had much a personal relationship. Clara has a history and I wouldn't say that she was a flat character, but her history and person could have been fleshed out a little more. I felt like Judith McCoy Miller spent more time delving into who Joseph was and how his experiences have crafted who he is currently. But the relationship between Clara and Joseph felt a little flat to me. I think the biggest problem for me was a lot of telling and not a lot of showing. The characters certainly spent time together, but we didn't get to see too much depth between them leading up to the level of relationship they claimed to be at. I find that I often struggle with books where the villain (or one of the villains) narrate. I understand that these characters have a unique perspective, but I tend to struggle through their sections of the book. At times, I actually found Bea's sections more interesting than the other narrators (Joseph and Clara), but that was a little bit due to not completely knowing which direction Bea was going to go. I found her big villain revelation speech at the end of the book to feel a little out of character. So much of Bea's sections included a mix of espionage combined with self-preservation, but I felt like all of that blew with the wind when Bea had the opportunity to gloat rather than attempt to save her skin. Favorite quotes: -"Decision making can be a lonely and crushing business." -"You want to see only good in [...], yet she truly isn't deserving of your unwavering loyalty."..."The Bible says a friend loves at all times. We don't get to pick and choose when that is convenient." "But we do get to choose the company we keep." A Single Spark was one of those books that focused more on the plot than the romance. I've mentioned before that this isn't wrong, but it just isn't my personal reading preferences. I would rather read a book driven by a relationship than some elaborate plot. The romance certainly fell flat for me. I also felt the dialogue was stilted at times. I feel like A Single Spark could have benefited more from showing versus telling when it comes to the relationship, and similarly, could have used a little less description of the ammunition creation process. A Single Spark gets 3 Stars. It wasn't bad, but I did feel a little disappointed that it wasn't as good as I hoped. Have you read A Single Spark? What did you think? Let me know!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Averee Whited

    Set in the beginning of the civil war, A Single Spark is told through the perspective of three characters. Wanting to do her part for the war effort, Clara McBride goes to work at the Washington Arsenal, the city's main site for production and storing munitions. An injured soldier, Lieutenant Joseph Brady has been tasked with the safety of all those who work at Washington Arsenal. Clara befriends two new workers, who may not be who they seem. As danger begins to build, will Lieutenant Brady be a Set in the beginning of the civil war, A Single Spark is told through the perspective of three characters. Wanting to do her part for the war effort, Clara McBride goes to work at the Washington Arsenal, the city's main site for production and storing munitions. An injured soldier, Lieutenant Joseph Brady has been tasked with the safety of all those who work at Washington Arsenal. Clara befriends two new workers, who may not be who they seem. As danger begins to build, will Lieutenant Brady be able to keep everyone safe, including the woman he loves? A Single Spark was a joy read. Although there is suspense and intrigue, the story does not contain too much drama. I read the whole book within a few hours and went to bed happily. As I typically read regency, colonial, and gilded age novels, I enjoyed reading something a little different. I appreciated all the historical detail and was fascinated to learn more about a different side of the Civil War, the working civilians. Clara McBride is a strong, dependable, steadfast woman. At times I wished she spoke her mind, but I respect her grace and intellect. Tough, compassionate, and intelligent Lieutenant Brady is a man you not only want leading you into battle but a man you can trust. They were a good combination together. Now the villain was interesting. It was a slow build and honestly, I didn’t fully put everything together until the end, although I had my suspicions. I do wish that there would have been a little more gray area in the heart of the villain. It seemed so very black and white, which doesn’t seem realistic to me as I would imagine there would be some conflicting emotions. I am curious if there will be more to this story as Clara mentioned on many occasions that she didn’t know if her brother, a Union soldier, is alive. If not, it seems like a strange detail, but it doesn’t truly affect the story. A Single Spark will be released on June 2nd! I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions in this review are completely my own. Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️💔(.5) *** 3.5 Stars: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline (.5), Unable to Stop

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    The time is during the Civil War and the place is the Washington Arsenal in Washington, D.C. In A Single Spark by Judith Miller, Clara McBride is helping provide for her and her mother while also helping the North’s war effort. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Joseph Brady is tasked with improving the arsenal’s production and uncovering a potential spy. Clara simply wants to work. And do her work well. After her father’s death in the war and with no news of her brother, she wants to help as much as she can. The time is during the Civil War and the place is the Washington Arsenal in Washington, D.C. In A Single Spark by Judith Miller, Clara McBride is helping provide for her and her mother while also helping the North’s war effort. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Joseph Brady is tasked with improving the arsenal’s production and uncovering a potential spy. Clara simply wants to work. And do her work well. After her father’s death in the war and with no news of her brother, she wants to help as much as she can. Lieutenant Brady not only sees her skills in the Armory, but also wants to get to know her personally. A situation she readily agrees to. Joseph really likes Clara, but worries his wounds, inflicted at the same battle in which her father died and the reason he is stationed at the armory, will mean the end of their relationship. He struggles to sleep, to walk. But he is good at his job and his commander trusts him. I have not read a Judith Miller novel before and found A Single Spark more sweet romance than suspenseful. There is a mystery to solve, but it is not a heart-pounding one. This take was unexpected for me, but a pleasant change of pace. I could greatly relate to Clara and her ability to see good in everyone and Joseph was a real hero. I wanted to see them succeed and the suspense came from worrying for their safety. While a wartime setting doesn’t sound like a beach read, A Single Spark stays light enough that it makes for a good summer read. It touches on some of the political challenges of the Civil War, but briefly and not too deeply, other than explaining the Clara, Joseph, and the bad guy’s motivations. I enjoyed A Single Spark. I especially liked that the story circled around an armory. That uniqueness and the lovable characters made this a delightful story. And – the title is perfect! --- I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley in order to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Smith

    A Single Spark takes place at the Washington Arsenal, the city’s main site for producing and storing munitions. While the men are fighting for their cause, women are busy working at the ammunition plants. When Clara McBride, who works at the Washington Arsenal is given the opportunity to train a new employee, Beatrice (Bea) Hodson, they become close friends. Bea makes it known to Clara almost immediately that she would love to become friends with their handsome supervisor, Joseph Brady, but it se A Single Spark takes place at the Washington Arsenal, the city’s main site for producing and storing munitions. While the men are fighting for their cause, women are busy working at the ammunition plants. When Clara McBride, who works at the Washington Arsenal is given the opportunity to train a new employee, Beatrice (Bea) Hodson, they become close friends. Bea makes it known to Clara almost immediately that she would love to become friends with their handsome supervisor, Joseph Brady, but it seems she doesn’t have much of a chance since he has eyes for another: Clara. But will Bea find a way to interfere? As the story progresses the interesting characters bring to life what it might have been like to work at the arsenal. But also a bit of a mystery is introduced. When cartridges fail to fire from several shipments, the search begins to locate what is happening at the Washington Arsenal. Everyone falls as a suspect of sabotage. My Thoughts This felt like a light, entertaining, historical novel. The characters were interesting, and the writing done well. The romance was sweet and the espionage was the reason to continue turning pages. Though it comes as no surprise of those involved, I wondered where it would go and when they would be discovered. What Concerned Me This was a little slow in catching my interest, though it eventually did. What I Like Best Miller’s historical novel about the Civil War and Washington Arsenal is the perfect story for those who love romance, history, and a touch of suspense. The writing flows and the descriptions are just right. I could easily visualize where the ladies were sitting and working and the bits of historical details felt accurate. The story had an enjoyable combination of history, romance, espionage, and faith. I would compare it in some ways to a sweet, cozy mystery. My thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this title. Opinions expressed are my own. Pick A Good Book Blog Pick A Good Book Instagram Pick A Good Book Twitter

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A Single Spark by Judith Miller 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 production and storing of munitions. She's given the opportunity to train new employees and forms a friendship with two of them. All seems to be going well, especially when one of the supervisors shows interest in her. Lieutenant Joseph Brady is an injured army officer who, no longer able to lead troops into battle, has been a A Single Spark by Judith Miller 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 production and storing of munitions. She's given the opportunity to train new employees and forms a friendship with two of them. All seems to be going well, especially when one of the supervisors shows interest in her. Lieutenant Joseph Brady is an injured army officer who, no longer able to lead troops into battle, has been assigned to a supervisory position at the Washington Arsenal. While Clara has caught his eye, he also makes it his mission to fight for increased measures to prevent explosions in the factory. But when suspicions arise after multiple shipments of Washington Arsenal cartridges fail to fire and everyone is suspect for sabotage, can the spark of love between Joseph and Clara survive? Impressions: The book was a bit dry at parts but still well-paced. Liked: I loved the shock I was left with at the end. As romance goes most stories are going to end in a Hallmark manor as this one does as well but there was a bit of a surprise to the characters that threw me and made this story more endearing. Didn’t like: Hmm… I think that this was a likable book for the most part. As I said before there were slower parts but they were required to build up the story. Learned: A good friend is not something to take for granted. I think Clara’s mother had some great advice, below. Quotes: “Good friends stick around long enough to know when you’re sad or frustrated. They also know and care if you’re happy. They’re supportive and rejoice with us. Do you believe Bea’s actions are intended to deepen your friendship or to serve her own selfish desires?”

  16. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    A Single Spark, by Judith Miller, takes place during the Civil War in the Washington DC area. While soldiers are fighting the war, civilian are working at arsenal plants to make the ammunition. Joseph was injured during Bull Run and now oversees part of the plant. Clara lost her father during Bull Run. She works at the plant while her mother sews dresses for the wives of officers. Clara has become friends with co-workers Bea and Jeremiah, who repeatedly ask her for favors. The plants are dangerou A Single Spark, by Judith Miller, takes place during the Civil War in the Washington DC area. While soldiers are fighting the war, civilian are working at arsenal plants to make the ammunition. Joseph was injured during Bull Run and now oversees part of the plant. Clara lost her father during Bull Run. She works at the plant while her mother sews dresses for the wives of officers. Clara has become friends with co-workers Bea and Jeremiah, who repeatedly ask her for favors. The plants are dangerous places to work as just one spark could set off a fire that could injure or kill workers. Joseph is involved with trying to find those who could be trying to sabotage the ammunition. I loved this story. I appreciate the historical aspects as well as the realistic points the author makes about the important role civilians, especially women, have during the war. Some of the things that stand out in my mind for this story are the lengths each side would go to. Even after being injured, Joseph continues to work for the war efforts. He endures much pain to do so. And the danger those from the south put themselves in to sabotage the ammunition. This story is very well written with few characters. The characters are well introduced strong characters. I enjoyed the friendship and budding romance between Clara and Joseph and Clara's mothers strength and determination. But, my absolute favorite character is Clara's landlord. She encourages Clara's and Joseph's friendship to get help from Joseph to make repairs to her home. I received an e-book copy of this book from Bethany Publishing through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    As a lover of the Civil War (we reenact it and I met my husband doing so) I always pick up new books that happen during those years. This book was a fun and fast read. Within A Single Spark we meet Clara who works in an arsenal helping to make the cartridges that go out to the Union soldiers. She secretly likes her supervisor Joseph Brady who is an army man with an injury from battle so he can no longer fight. When he makes it known that he returns her affections they begin to court. Newcomers t As a lover of the Civil War (we reenact it and I met my husband doing so) I always pick up new books that happen during those years. This book was a fun and fast read. Within A Single Spark we meet Clara who works in an arsenal helping to make the cartridges that go out to the Union soldiers. She secretly likes her supervisor Joseph Brady who is an army man with an injury from battle so he can no longer fight. When he makes it known that he returns her affections they begin to court. Newcomers to the arsenal in a brother and sister bring out some changes and new friendships that aren't what they seem. When things start to happen at the arsenal that aren't safe can Joseph and Clara find out who's behind it before it's too late? A part of the book that I really enjoyed was Clara's relationship with her mother. They have a wonderful and strong relationship. Clara helps her mother with her seamstress business when she can and they truly love each other and care for each other. I highly recommend this book and hope you read it. It has some mystery and suspense but nothing that is going to have you watching over your shoulder while you read. Plus it has some nice clean romance. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    A Single Spark by Judith Miller as reviewed by Gail M. Murray Set in 1862, the early days of the American Civil War, Clara Mc Bride works at the Washington Arsenal. Lieutenant Joseph Brady, a Union officer wounded at Bull Run, is her immediate supervisor. A spark between them grows into a sweet romance. A spark at the Arsenal could cause death. In WWII, many women, known as Bomb Girls, worked in defense plants. During the Civil War, while men fought on the front lines, women filled positions i A Single Spark by Judith Miller as reviewed by Gail M. Murray Set in 1862, the early days of the American Civil War, Clara Mc Bride works at the Washington Arsenal. Lieutenant Joseph Brady, a Union officer wounded at Bull Run, is her immediate supervisor. A spark between them grows into a sweet romance. A spark at the Arsenal could cause death. In WWII, many women, known as Bomb Girls, worked in defense plants. During the Civil War, while men fought on the front lines, women filled positions in arsenal laboratories where ammunition was produced working long shifts completing tedious and dangerous work. Only girls with their small hands were hired for the cartridge room. In fact an explosion at the Allegheny Arsenal in Pennsylvania caused 78 deaths – the greatest civilian disaster of the war. Joseph dispatched to the Allegheny Arsenal to discover why they are so productive, is present for the above explosion. He returns vowing to enact new safety protocols. What no one had counted on was sabotage. Joseph is proud, determined to be of value in this war. Although suffering from his war wound; he hides his pain. Beatrice and Jeremiah Hodson are (Southerners) newly hired at the factory. From the outset I found Beatrice aggressive and overbearing in her efforts to become ‘friends’ with the kind and gentle Clara. As well as beauty Clara has a gentle and giving spirit and is easily duped by the unscrupulous Beatrice. Given the serious topic, I found this a light read, almost domestic with repetitious passages about the daily grind at the laboratory and the absence of big dramatic battles except for Joseph’s horrific nightmares of Bull Run. The sabotage of the arsenal drives the plot. Can Joseph keep them safe? Will these spies/saboteurs be discovered and routed out?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Prairie Sky Book Reviews

    I always learn some interesting history lessons when I pick up a Judith Miller book from Bethany House Publishers! In her new release of “A Single Spark”, I discovered unique facts about the arsenals responsible for producing munitions during the Civil War, and how the vast majority of employees in these facilities were women. Although necessary for the Union Army to win the war, these were dangerous positions for many reasons including close contact with gunpowder, as well as the possibility fo I always learn some interesting history lessons when I pick up a Judith Miller book from Bethany House Publishers! In her new release of “A Single Spark”, I discovered unique facts about the arsenals responsible for producing munitions during the Civil War, and how the vast majority of employees in these facilities were women. Although necessary for the Union Army to win the war, these were dangerous positions for many reasons including close contact with gunpowder, as well as the possibility for treasonous activity within the production sites. . . As was the case in “A Single Spark”! Although the history was interesting, the storyline and the characters who brought it to life were a little lacking - they downright drove me crazy at times with their naivete! I could see who the ‘bad guys’ were from a mile away, but the heroine remained in the dark until just about the end of the book. I guess her biggest character trait was undying loyalty, but it still seemed that she was a little silly for not catching on to obvious hints a bit sooner. In any case, I enjoy reading Judith Miller’s stories for their unique insight into rarely depicted snippets from history, but the characters and plot of this particular story fell a bit flat for me. But if you can overlook this flaw and see beyond to an otherwise decent Christian Historical Novel, you may want to give “A Single Spark” a try. “Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Judith McCoy Miller is one of the greats in my opinion. Her Amana Colonies series is one of my favorites, but this differs greatly from that series. A Single Spark takes place during the Civil War, when civilians are hired by and used by the armies to make their ammunition. Clara McBride is one of the women who works at the laboratories and through her job she meets Lt. Joseph Brady. He is wounded veteran for the Union and still in active duty, being assigned to the laboratory in Washington, DC. Judith McCoy Miller is one of the greats in my opinion. Her Amana Colonies series is one of my favorites, but this differs greatly from that series. A Single Spark takes place during the Civil War, when civilians are hired by and used by the armies to make their ammunition. Clara McBride is one of the women who works at the laboratories and through her job she meets Lt. Joseph Brady. He is wounded veteran for the Union and still in active duty, being assigned to the laboratory in Washington, DC. During the course of his assignment, he is sent to the Allegheny Ammunition works in Pennsylvania. While he is inspecting the works, there is an explosion because something sparks the gunpowder. There were many casualties and quite a few fatalities. Joseph has observed several safety issues there and returns to Washington with several recommendations for safety improvements. Judith has added several other characters to the mix, treasonists, society mavens, and other soldiers. Each of the characters play their part perfectly to make the book so very hard to put down. It's worth every minute it takes to read it. Five stars, two thumbs up, and an ammunition maker. Bethany House and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    A Single Spark by Judith Miller Bethany House Bethany House Publishers Christian Pub Date 02 Jun 2020 I am reviewing a copy of A Single Spark through Bethany House publishers and Netgalley: For fans of Francine Rivers, Janette Oke, Gilbert Morris and Lauraine Snelling, if you’re like me you’ll love A Single Spark set in civil war era Washington. Clara McBride goes to work work in the cartridge room at the Washington Arsenal, the city's main site for production and storing of munitions, because she w A Single Spark by Judith Miller Bethany House Bethany House Publishers Christian Pub Date 02 Jun 2020 I am reviewing a copy of A Single Spark through Bethany House publishers and Netgalley: For fans of Francine Rivers, Janette Oke, Gilbert Morris and Lauraine Snelling, if you’re like me you’ll love A Single Spark set in civil war era Washington. Clara McBride goes to work work in the cartridge room at the Washington Arsenal, the city's main site for production and storing of munitions, because she wants to do her part for the war effort. It is here she is given the chance to train new employees as well as form a couple of them. Everything seems to go well, especially when one of the supervisors shows interest in her. Lieutenant Joseph Brady is assigned a supervisory position at the Washington Arsenal when an injury prevents him from being able to lead troops to battle. Clara has caught his eye, but he is fighting for increased measures to prevent explosions in the factory as well. After multiple shipments of Washington Arsenal Cartridges fail to fire, everyone who works there becomes suspect of sabotage. Will the love between Clara and Joseph survive both pressure and suspicion. I give A Single Spark five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    If you are a fan of historical inspirational fiction or Judith Miller in general, you'll love this new release from Bethany House! A Single Spark, coming out on June 2nd, captures a pivotal era in American history and I actually learned more about the war efforts from the perspective of women left behind during the Civil War and the danger they faced while lending support to an epic cause. Judith Miller sparks interest through her lively and easy-to-read historical offerings. This title, in parti If you are a fan of historical inspirational fiction or Judith Miller in general, you'll love this new release from Bethany House! A Single Spark, coming out on June 2nd, captures a pivotal era in American history and I actually learned more about the war efforts from the perspective of women left behind during the Civil War and the danger they faced while lending support to an epic cause. Judith Miller sparks interest through her lively and easy-to-read historical offerings. This title, in particular, has characters you'll love, characters you'll despise, emotion, and mystery! The gentle romance weaving its magic between the pages will endear you. Overall, it's a 4-star read for anyone who enjoys clean, simple historical fiction with a dash of love and strong elements of faith. I received a complimentary copy of this title via NetGalley with thanks. Opinions expressed are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Bryant

    This intriguing narrative grabbed and kept my interest from beginning to end. Historical romance set in the Civil War era is my favorite genre, but this book is refreshingly different from others I have read in that it is not set on a plantation or battlefield but in a military arsenal employing civilian workers doing their part for the war effort. Historical events and people are woven expertly into the fictional narrative evidencing extensive research. The captivating plot flows at a steady pa This intriguing narrative grabbed and kept my interest from beginning to end. Historical romance set in the Civil War era is my favorite genre, but this book is refreshingly different from others I have read in that it is not set on a plantation or battlefield but in a military arsenal employing civilian workers doing their part for the war effort. Historical events and people are woven expertly into the fictional narrative evidencing extensive research. The captivating plot flows at a steady pace with twists and turns and a few surprises leading to a satisfying end. The characters are well-developed and memorable, and the romance is sweet. The combination of romance, faith, history, and suspense make for a very enjoyable read which I highly recommend. I received a copy of this book in e-book form from the publisher via netgalley but was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    A remarkable name for a wonderful book. A single spark that ignited a whole chain of events with great endings. Wonderful characters. I liked the chemistry between Joseph and Clara. The wordings of the story was really enjoyable. My heart went out for the trauma Joseph went through during battle but the fact that he choose to push on and make something out of a life threatening situation was very admirable. I found it very, very courageous to read about the women that worked in the arsenals to p A remarkable name for a wonderful book. A single spark that ignited a whole chain of events with great endings. Wonderful characters. I liked the chemistry between Joseph and Clara. The wordings of the story was really enjoyable. My heart went out for the trauma Joseph went through during battle but the fact that he choose to push on and make something out of a life threatening situation was very admirable. I found it very, very courageous to read about the women that worked in the arsenals to produce ammunitions for the soliders in battle. Bold, bold women doing their bit in the time of war. This is the first of this author I am reading and it is a compelling tale. If you love historical fiction with events and romance that will keep you captivated, you definitely should read this book. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    An historical novel based during the Civil War but there was no real graphic parts of fighting or battle. It revolves around people who work at the Washington Arsenal producing munitions for the war. Most of the workers are women and children. The main female character is Clara, a young woman who lost her father in the war and her brother is fighting but she and her mother have not heard from him for quite a while. She has a heart of gold and wants to always think the best of others -- even poss An historical novel based during the Civil War but there was no real graphic parts of fighting or battle. It revolves around people who work at the Washington Arsenal producing munitions for the war. Most of the workers are women and children. The main female character is Clara, a young woman who lost her father in the war and her brother is fighting but she and her mother have not heard from him for quite a while. She has a heart of gold and wants to always think the best of others -- even possibly due to her detriment. On the male side is Lieutenant Joseph Brody, a soldier who was injured at Bull Run and is now supervising the Arsenal. When suspicions of traitors and spies arise, the race is on to find out the truth before more people are hurt. Although this time period is not my favorite for books, this one was enjoyable with a nice Christian message without sex or profanity.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Larimer

    # A Single Spark # by Judith Miller is an historical Christian fiction book . The story takes place during the Civil War. in Washington, D.C. The reader will step into the work room where the weapons ( cartridges) were made for the war. The work stations had rules and order to get the production done. There were lots of demands on those who worked there. The two sides in the Civil War ( North and the South) each competed with each other during the war. The book gives insight into what it took to # A Single Spark # by Judith Miller is an historical Christian fiction book . The story takes place during the Civil War. in Washington, D.C. The reader will step into the work room where the weapons ( cartridges) were made for the war. The work stations had rules and order to get the production done. There were lots of demands on those who worked there. The two sides in the Civil War ( North and the South) each competed with each other during the war. The book gives insight into what it took to keep the war going. The themes of the book are honesty vs. dishonesty, love. The book has Christian values weaved into the story. Thank you to the publisher , netgalley, the author for allowing me to read and review this book. The opinions are my own

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Judith Miller’s “A Single Spark” is full of detailed history and suspense. Although the history is very interesting and does add to the story, it is not woven seamlessly into the story but rather in chunks that don’t always mesh well with the plot. I admit I skimmed some of the book because I couldn’t connect with the characters and the plot, although intriguing, just never completely piqued my interest. Readers who enjoy historical aspects of novels more than romantic build-up will enjoy this s Judith Miller’s “A Single Spark” is full of detailed history and suspense. Although the history is very interesting and does add to the story, it is not woven seamlessly into the story but rather in chunks that don’t always mesh well with the plot. I admit I skimmed some of the book because I couldn’t connect with the characters and the plot, although intriguing, just never completely piqued my interest. Readers who enjoy historical aspects of novels more than romantic build-up will enjoy this story. 3/5 stars I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Connie Carpenter

    This book was a great read - written during the civil war time period - it was well written, with well developed characters and a unique storyline. This book is set Washington D.C. in 1862 at the beginning of the Civil War, Clara McBride works at the Washington Arsenal - they make the cartridges that go to the union troops. This is something that you forget had to be done by hand - and very carefully. Joseph is protective of Clara as they work together to try and find out who is sabotaging the c This book was a great read - written during the civil war time period - it was well written, with well developed characters and a unique storyline. This book is set Washington D.C. in 1862 at the beginning of the Civil War, Clara McBride works at the Washington Arsenal - they make the cartridges that go to the union troops. This is something that you forget had to be done by hand - and very carefully. Joseph is protective of Clara as they work together to try and find out who is sabotaging the cartridges. The author seemed to do a great deal of research to make this as realistic as possible Thank you to Netgalley and the author for allowing me to read this story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Judith Miller’s “A Single Spark” is full of detailed history and suspense. Although the history is very interesting and does add to the story, it is not woven seamlessly into the story but rather in chunks that don’t always mesh well with the plot. I admit I skimmed some of the book because I couldn’t connect with the characters and the plot, although intriguing, just never completely piqued my interest. Readers who enjoy historical aspects of novels more than romantic build-up will enjoy this s Judith Miller’s “A Single Spark” is full of detailed history and suspense. Although the history is very interesting and does add to the story, it is not woven seamlessly into the story but rather in chunks that don’t always mesh well with the plot. I admit I skimmed some of the book because I couldn’t connect with the characters and the plot, although intriguing, just never completely piqued my interest. Readers who enjoy historical aspects of novels more than romantic build-up will enjoy this story. 3/5 stars I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I enjoyed this Christian historical fiction novel set during the Civil War. The value of honesty is highlighted by the actions Joseph, and the importance of not being naive and trusting too quickly is also explored. The one thing I found hard to accept was that the author chose to place a well-known assassination attempt and placed it in a totally different time, location, and with a different perpetrator. I know historical fiction authors embellish what they think might have happened, but it se I enjoyed this Christian historical fiction novel set during the Civil War. The value of honesty is highlighted by the actions Joseph, and the importance of not being naive and trusting too quickly is also explored. The one thing I found hard to accept was that the author chose to place a well-known assassination attempt and placed it in a totally different time, location, and with a different perpetrator. I know historical fiction authors embellish what they think might have happened, but it seemed strange to have a very prominent event portrayed so differently. The book is worth reading, however.

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