The Devil Take Tomorrow

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
559 Pages
Reviewed on 01/09/2017
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Author Biography

Hello Friends! Thank you for your interest in my novels.

I ​live and work in Chester County, Pennsylvania, an area rich in Revolutionary War and Colonial American history. My 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 my disappointment I had trouble finding them on bookshelves, so I decided to write one of my own. Thus began a journey fueled by my passion to breathe life into history through believable characters, plots woven with adventure, romance and suspense and, of course, plenty of derring-do.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Wow! Just, wow! That's exactly what I thought when I finished reading the debut book by author Gretchen Jeannette, The Devil Take Tomorrow. This book is a roller coaster ride of a read, full of action, adventure, historical intrigue, and yes, even a bit of romance! Following protagonist Ethan Matlock, a Revolutionary spy bent on helping the cause of the fledgling United States as he infiltrates the highest levels of the British military presence, this story will grab readers by the throat from the very start and won't let them go. Full of excitement, espionage, and the complication of the burgeoning romance between Ethan and the lovely Miss Maddie Graves, readers will find themselves obsessively turning the pages from the start all the way through until the very end.

I loved The Devil Take Tomorrow. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's definitely how I felt about this gem of a book. As a person who does a great deal of reading in the historical fiction genre, I found the plot believable, authentic, and mired in historical truths. Author Gretchen Jeannette must have truly done her homework in the writing of this novel, and it really shows. Readers of historical fiction should certainly take note of this book, but any others just looking for an excellent story should also pick it up. It is easy for me to give this book my highest recommendation, and I look forward to reading more in this excellent new series as soon as possible!

Heather Osborne

The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette is a historical fiction novel that takes the reader into the heart of the American Revolutionary War. Ethan Matlock comes across a raiding party determined to bring down the carriage of Robert Sinclair, a loyalist on his way to his holdings. Ethan makes a daring rescue, and integrates himself into Sinclair’s household. However, Ethan has other motives. As a rebel spy, this is the perfect opportunity for him to gain vital information about the British military movements. However, there is one hitch to his plan. He doesn’t count on falling for Maddie Graves, the step-niece of Robert Sinclair, who has her own unexpected devotion to the rebel cause. Can Ethan complete his mission as the noose slowly tightens around his neck and the lives of all the colonists fighting for freedom dangle in the balance, all the while keeping his identity secret from the woman he loves?

This is the first time I have read a novel by Miss Jeannette, and I certainly do not plan on it being the last. As a historical fiction fan, research and historical accuracy are paramount for me. This novel did not go amiss. The characters were engaging, the intrigue palatable, and the romance had a nice touch on top of it all. I typically do not read novels set during the American Revolutionary War period, but I am so glad I took a leap and picked this book up. Sprinkled with humor as well as heart-stopping moments, The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette is certainly not one to be missed by historical fiction fans.

Sefina Hawke

The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette is a historical fiction novel set in the time of George Washington. The Devil Take Tomorrow will appeal most to an audience made up of adults and young adults who enjoy historical fiction, George Washington, and spy novels. The story follows Ethan Matlock (rebel spy) who has set out to save George Washington from the British agents, who are embedded in the Continental Army and only wait for the order to end George Washington’s life and the hope for the American people. Ethan Matlock infiltrates the heart of the British military where he is constantly surrounded by enemies and the very beautiful Miss Maddie Graves, whose devotion to America threatens his mission.

The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette is a very well written novel that reminded me a bit of the Sleepy Hollow TV show, without the supernatural elements. The Devil Take Tomorrow is a fast paced novel with both romantic and intriguing elements woven together into the web of this carefully crafted historical fiction. My favorite character was actually not the spy Ethan Matlock, but Miss Maddie Graves. I found her devotion to the American people to be heartening, especially in the face of the huge opposition she faced, not only as a person interested in helping America, but also as a woman. I greatly enjoyed reading The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette and I look forward to future books by this author.

Tracy Slowiak

In an excellent work of historical fiction by promising author Gretchen Jeannette, The Devil Take Tomorrow is a book that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages from the very beginning all the way through until the very end. Taking place during colonial times, in the thick of the Revolutionary War, the story follows rebel spy Ethan Matlock as he bravely and boldly infiltrates the highest levels of the British forces, determined to undermine their plans. During one such daring escapade, Matlock finds himself involved with Maddie Graves, a young woman also devoted to the American cause. Not knowing Matlock's secret ambitions, she ironically causes him quite a few headaches. Will the two come together and aid the young Revolutionary movement or will their relationship lead to ruin? You'll need to read the book to find out!

I so enjoyed The Devil Take Tomorrow. Author Gretchen Jeannette has done a great job in creating realistic and relatable characters that her readers will come to care about and will root for. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The story line is very exciting, full of historically accurate information that will both entertain and inform. Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, action, adventure, thrills, or just a great piece of fiction should absolutely read The Devil Take Tomorrow. I am so pleased to highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from the very talented author, Gretchen Jeannette as soon as I possibly can!

Raanan Geberer

In The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette, during the early part of the Revolutionary War, a coach bearing Robert Sinclair, a wealthy pro-British merchant with ties to the British high command, is attacked by some unruly Rebel soldiers. They seek to rob the coach and to rape Maddie Graves, Sinclair’s young step-niece. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a horseman with great fighting skills scares off the soldiers. Sinclair finds out that the young man, Ethan Matlock, is also a “Loyalist,” offers to put Ethan up in his home, and gets him a commission in the British army as an espionage agent. What Sinclair doesn’t know is that the whole incident was staged, that Matlock is already a spy — for General Washington’s American army — and that Matlock is now, in effect, a double agent. Matlock also has to worry about Maddie Graves, with whom he has fallen in love. Maddie is fiercely pro-American and could blow Matlock’s cover.

Gretchen Jeannette’s The Devil Take Tomorrow should appeal not only to Revolutionary War aficionados, but to fans of historical fiction in general. It’s clear that Ms. Jeannette has done her homework, with references to the battles at Brandywine, Long Island, Germantown and elsewhere. She does a fine job of showing the contempt the British had for the American “rabble,” a contempt that caused them to underestimate the American army. The book is mainly set among the upper classes, but we also see a glimpse of class conflict in the person of Thomas Moody, Sinclair’s manservant who hates the “upstart” Matlock. As for the writing, it’s both action-packed and literate. All in all, The Devil Take Tomorrow is a very good Revolutionary War historical novel.

Ellie Midwood

Wow, this will make a great movie one day! I rarely say it about books, but this one was that good! It was fast-paced, meticulously researched, beautifully written and impossible to put down.
It’s historical fiction which takes place during the War of Independence in the United States. An infiltrated spy, Ethan Montgomery, works his way right into the den of the high British command, set on finding a “rat” – another infiltrated agent, only within American lines – whose mission is nothing less but to assassinate George Washington himself. Only, while playing this dangerous game in Robert Sinclair’s house, who is also implemented in the assassination plot, Ethan finds himself getting more and more attached to Sinclair’s beautiful niece, Maddie. To add to Ethan’s problems, Maddie seems to have her own secrets…
I adored the main characters. They were so real that by the end of the novel I felt like I knew them all. Ethan was also an amazingly complex protagonist who can be honorable and courageous, and also can have a very dark side, which always fascinates me and makes me empathize with such characters even more. Maddie too is an incredibly strong woman, who is worth admiration.
Authentic language, natural flowing dialogue and unforgettable characters really make this novel a must read for all lovers of historical fiction genre. Five huge stars.

Cary Jackson

I’m what you might call a connoisseur of historical fiction. One of my favorite time periods to read about is the American Revolution. The trouble is there just aren’t enough good Revolutionary War novels out there. Those I have found are either not well written or poorly researched or rely solely on romance to drive a thin story line. “The Devil Take Tomorrow” is not only an exception, in my opinion it is THE exception on all counts.

Set during the British occupation of Philadelphia in 1777, the story centers on Ethan Matlock, a rebel spy who must stop a British plot to kill his commander in chief, George Washington. This book has everything, from fascinating characters to an original, perfectly paced plot to a touching romance that compliments the adventure. Clearly this author knows how to spin a tale that will make you forget you’re reading fiction, it’s that absorbing.

I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys historical fiction or just a darn good story.