The Dancing Delilahs is the story of two female civil war spies. The book is about real people and real events, but written as a novel to bring the action and intrigue to life!
One spy romanced and married her captor. Another, recruited by the Secret Service, packed a pistol and a hard punch. Antonia Ford and Pauline Cushman were as daring yet desirable as today's action movie heroines. Breaking every rule of genteel society, they joined one side in the conflict while stealthily serving the other.
Pauline, an actress by trade, used her skills to enchant army officers as she gathered information on their troops, becoming the only female spy sentenced to hang. Her life--a medley of despair and triumph--was her best role. Antonia, an expert at reading infantry information, used her beauty, charm and character for her beloved cause. Despite dodging bullets and injury, she too was captured and imprisoned.
Each woman excelled in speaking for one side while acting for the other. Both earned the rank of "Major." What could inspire two ordinary women to give up beloved children while risking life and limb? How could they charm battle-hardened soldiers into divulging crucial military plans on one day, and then withstand personal loss and danger the next? Be transported into the real-life world of two legendary women warriors who changed the course of the American Civil War--and our future--forever.
A mesmerizing tale. A story of deep patriotism, deception and duplicity, tragedy and treachery. An unbridled love discovered in the midst of national turmoil. Once again Pam Mueller has rewarded her legions of readers with her sharp- insights, hugely entertaining literary style, and utilization of superb and accurate historical research that makes her novels a delight.
--Buddy Sullivan, Coastal Georgia Historian,
Award Winning Author