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Gretchen Jeannette lives and works in Chester County, Pennsylvania, an area rich in Revolutionary War and Colonial American history. Her enduring interest in 18th Century America began at a young age, inspired by the novels of Dale Van Every and Allan Eckert, whose timeless tales of adventure and romance capture the essence of early American lore. Eager to read more such stories, to her disappointment she had trouble finding them on bookshelves. So she decided to write one of her own. Thus began a journey fueled by her passion to breathe life into history through believable characters, plots woven with adventure, romance and suspense and, of course, plenty of derring-do.
on Aug. 02, 2015 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author did a wonderful job of transporting me back to the American Revolution, one of my favorite historical periods. The settings are beautifully described. The characters are well developed and totally believable. The action, adventure and thrills keep coming as the story builds to an exciting conclusion. I highly recommend “The Devil Take Tomorrow” to anyone interested in 18th Century American history.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on July 25, 2015 :
This riveting tale of historical espionage is written with elegant style. Wholly convincing characters bring to life the exploits of a patriot spy charged with unraveling a British conspiracy to assassinate General George Washington. The action is intense and continual. The plot never veers off course. The true friendship that develops between the hero and his unwitting pawn, a British officer, illustrates how complex and dehumanizing the role of a spy can be. The hero must also resist his growing affection for a lovely but meddlesome young woman whose patriotic zeal further complicates his mission. Through it all his resolve never falters, but his will to succeed at any cost carries a heavy price.
The author does a fantastic job of blending fact with fiction. Readers of this story will be well-rewarded.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on July 15, 2015 :
There are several key elements by which I rate historical fiction:
Development and depth of characters;
Historical accuracy; and
The Devil Take Tomorrow excels in all these categories. I often have trouble finding good novels about the American Revolution, so I was pleasantly surprised by this hard-hitting tale of adventure, espionage and romance set during the British occupation of Philadelphia 1777-1778. This is no piece of fluff to be skimmed. Far from it, this story will engage even the most selective reader of 18th Century American fiction. The hero, a rebel spy, must overcome daunting challenges to fulfill his mission—save George Washington and thus, the Revolution—while balancing his attraction to the indomitable heroine whose loyalty to the rebel cause might end up destroying them both.
I cannot rate this book highly enough. Lovers of American history, enjoy!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)