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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 :
This historical thriller begins with a bang and heightens into an intense tale of suspense, betrayal and murder. The story takes place in Virginia at the close of the American Revolution. The hero, Niall, a former Indian fighter who is banished from the American army for his uncontrollable violence, comes under suspicion of brutally murdering an innocent civilian in Williamsburg. Hounded by the local sheriff, Niall seeks anonymity on a nearby tobacco plantation owned by a friend whose life he saved in battle. An attraction soon develops between Niall and Clarice, the planter’s young wife, adding spice to an already intriguing plot. Add to this mix a psychotic serial killer determined to surpass Niall’s legendary savagery, and you have a real nail biter. I couldn’t put this book down.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on July 25, 2015 :
I thought I would read this book at my own pace, but so swiftly does the story intensify that I couldn’t stop reading. Each scene captures the time period authentically, so that I felt immersed in the world in which the characters live, love and endure in post-Revolutionary War Virginia. The plot moves along at a perfect pace, compelling each turn of the page, but it is the depth of emotion each character brings to the story that really sets this book apart. The hero, Captain Niall McLane, a survivor of the war and a gruesome personal tragedy, suffers from what we today would call PTSD. As he struggles to overcome the horrors of his past, a sinister presence rises up seeking to destroy not only Niall but those he loves. When the two finally clash all hell breaks loose.
The author is an excellent storyteller, weaving suspense, adventure and passion into a hair-raising tale I won’t soon forget. I lost some sleep to finish this book, but I have no regrets. “A Devil of a Time” has earned my five-star recommendation.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on July 20, 2015 :
I discovered “A Devil of a Time” after flipping through page after page of historical fiction novels. I’m glad I persevered, otherwise I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of unearthing this gem. The quality of the writing is superb. The original story line stands out from the generic plots that have become so abundant and tiresome.
This remarkable tale centers on a tormented ex-soldier struggling to rise from the furor of the American Revolution. He returns to his birthplace in Virginia hoping to start over, but a menace from his past has other plans for him. What begins as a contest of wills escalates into a deadly showdown that will either free the hero from his dark history or destroy him and the woman he loves.
The author so perfectly captures the flavor of the period that my reading experience felt more like watching a well-crafted historical movie. Each character plays a pivotal role as the story heightens in suspense and intensity to a tumultuous ending that left me breathless one moment, deeply moved the next, and ultimately extremely satisfied as a reader.
If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, don’t miss this book.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)