Santee, California - Looking for a new book to read? Library Technician Nancy Karp from the Santee County Library has got a great recommendation for you.

What it's called: “The Spymistress”

Who wrote it: Jennifer Chiaverini

Read it if you liked: “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker”

What it's about: When her native Virginia secedes from the Union and Richmond becomes the capital of the Confederacy, Unionist Elizabeth Van Lew is determined to defend the Union in any way possible. She begins by tending to the sick and wounded Union soldiers imprisoned in the infamous Libby Prison. While there, she devises methods of smuggling valuable messages out of the prison and into the hands of the Union Army. With help from the newly formed Richmond Underground, she is also able to assist prisoners escape to the North. This story of a true heroine of the Civil War is a great read for any lover of historical fiction.

How to get your hands on it: Visit your local County library, request it in the library bookmobile or see if it's available online through e-books.

Check out past recommended reads on the County library blog.