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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.
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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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
In The Devil Take Tomorrow, author Gretchen Jeannette offers up a compelling and highly enjoyable Revolutionary War-era historical adventure. The plot involves an attempt to assassinate George Washington at a critical time during the revolution, something I must confess I was wholly unaware of, but now find fascinating.
The story opens with Ethan Matlock, a Loyalist, foiling a band of American rebels intent on assaulting Maddie Graves, her step-mother, and her step-uncle, Robert Sinclair, a descendant of the British aristocracy and an important merchant to the British command. Sinclair is quite taken by Matlock’s skills and offers to put in a good word with General Howe. He also welcomes Matlock into his home. This gives Matlock the added opportunity to get to know Maddie better, but she is an American Patriot, and therefore rejects any attraction she feels for him. We quickly learn that Ethan Matlock is actually a spy for the Americans. He receives an offer to become a spy for the British, which he accepts in order to uncover more about the assassination plot.
While historical novels are not my usual choice, once I started reading Jeanette’s novel, I found it hard to put it down. The story was packed with intriguing details that had me Googling things like brandy sours and devils on horseback (an appetizer made by wrapping bacon around prunes). I liked that Ethan was not a perfect hero, having to wrestle with his conscience as he serves his country in less than honorable ways. Maddie was a courageous great heroine in her own right, the type of which I’d like to see more of these days. Jeannette did an admirable job creating sympathetic characters on both the American and British sides of the revolution. I recommend The Devil Take Tomorrow to anyone who likes a good adventure story with a dash of romance thrown in.
This historical fiction with some romance and mystery was well researched and written. Ethan Matlock, the principal male character, keeps the reader guessing through the book as to who he really is. A good guy or bad? One is left guessing as he seems to have sympathies with the rebel Americans fighting for liberty, but has befriended many influential and important Loyalists and British military soldiers. As the book progresses, one finds that he is actually acting as a double spy, giving the Americans accurate information while the British inaccurate. To complicate matters that threaten his mission to uncover a rumored plot against General Washington's life, he develops a fondness for a Miss Madelaine, step-niece to a Robert Sinclair, a particularly dastardly fellow who is helping fund the British forces. Maddie has much animosity for her step-uncle because he was responsible for having her father imprisoned for treason against the crown and she shares her father's beliefs. The book has lots of action and suspense, wondering if Ethan and Maddie will fall in love, if she will get to see her father released and if her uncle will get his just desserts; wondering if Ethan will get caught as every turn he could be discovered by the British or Maddie and wanting him to be successful in foiling the despicable plots.
One minor character I liked, who is only mentioned briefly, was elderly Lydia Beltram, "a spry old widow who had fought Indians on the Pennsylvania frontier, rumored to have taken scalps, refused to house British soldiers when (General) Howe's army arrived in town. Owing to her age and her threat to burn down the place rather than live with redcoats, Howe made an exception for the woman he dubbed 'that white-haired fiend'. She sounds like a tough woman, strong and independent, not easily cowed... I like that!
I would recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction, suspense, and romance.
“The Devil Take Tomorrow” by Gretchen Jeannette is a historical romance with equal parts action and adventure, with just a dash of intrigue. We get an exciting introduction to two of the main characters, Ethan Matlock and Maddie Graves who are smack dab in the middle of the American Revolution. At this point in time the revolutionary cause is suffering and the British have begun to celebrate their inevitable demise, and eventually we learn where Ethan and Maddie’s loyalties really lie, as well as their affections.
I haven’t read a book like this in a very long time. Because of my archaeology and history background I tend to shy away from historical fiction as there is only so much cringe I can handle, but this book was different. Firstly, I know very little about the American Revolution, so the academic part of my brain could take a little vacation. Secondly this book has such a lovely balance between romance and action, intrigue and mystery. I can’t comment on the accuracy of the details, but I can say this was a very enjoyable book. Jeannette did an excellent job of taking readers on a rollercoaster ride; feeling fearful when Ethan is on a dangerous mission, feeling powerful when Maddie defies her uncle. The dialogue was also excellent, giving the inner thoughts of people context and adding flavour to the tension as it builds.
I have a tough time saying anything negative or even critical of this book. I was surprised at how much I loved this book, and how much it captivated me. This may not compare to great literary works, or the classics, but it strikes me as the perfect book to read in the fall, curled up in a comfy chair and a snuggly blanket, with a hot mug of tea on one side and a fragrant candle burning on the other side. If you knew me, you would know this is some of the highest praise I can give a book, as that state is basically what I aspire to be in at all times.
"Where the army goes, the law soon disappears." -Gretchen Jeannette in The Devil Take Tomorrow.
This haunting quote is echoed throughout the novel where we see the tragedy war has had on colonial America- it has split families such as Loxley's, jailed men who care about their country such as Maddie's father, and caused death and misery throughout America. The novel revolves around the tale of two lovers Ethan and Maddie but its true strength lies in its historical portrayal. From the very first page which is a letter to George Washington, the reader is instantly immersed into the revolutionary drama that is to come. We get a glimpse of almost every feature of colonial life from glittering balls to elaborate powdered wigs. The research that is demonstrated in the novel must have been painstakingly collected over months, if not years. I won't mince words: while I thought the writing sometimes was over descriptive for the sake of being descriptive, I still would recommend the book because of its outstanding historical research and decent romance. If you want to get a glimpse of colonial life, this is the book for you.
Gretchen Jeannette was able to create a descriptive accurate book that never seemed boring. The book seemed plausible because of this historical accuracy. The story was fictional but the places and descriptions were real. The mansions and clothing were described in vivid detail that brought the book alive. I was most impressed that the language was so authentic to the time period. I had to use my dictionary several times to look unfamiliar words up because today’s American is not the same as almost 250 years ago. I highly recommend the book to anyone who likes a good historical fiction because this was the best of the best. I have never read a historical fiction that felt as if the entire book was written with language from the period. (less)
The Devil Take Tomorrow is an epic read in every sense of the word; definitely one for the smart and committed readers out there. It is a piece of historical fiction, set during the American Revolution, which follows Ethan Matlock as he sets out to protect George Washington and save the revolution. He courageously infiltrates the British army, but complications arise in the form of a lady by the name of Maddie Graves, putting the entire mission at risk.
Gretchen Jeanette bears the stroke of a master. There is a wonderful balance to her writing, with word choices that deliver impact and set each scene perfectly. Every page ticks along at a perfect pace, every sequence being necessary or interesting in some way, and helping to provide an engaging reading experience. The attention to detail impresses as Jeanette succeeds in bringing the time period to life with authentic details and believable characters.
Emotional intensity and complexity of interactions are elements that are difficult for any author to pull off, however, Jeanette has done this effortlessly, helping the reader to understand each individual's motivations for irrational behaviours that make them seem all the more human. There is nothing simplistic or generic about this book, yet I still found it to be an easy read and it seemed shorter than it is because it is so absorbing.
The Devil Take Tomorrow really is a must read! Though it is set with remarkable historical accuracy in the eighteenth century's American Revolution, the content is as relevant today as it would have been 200 years ago. Jeannette is a truly gifted writer who weaves a story that is at once complex, surprising, full of well-paced action, and rich with colorful detail that serves to so fully engage the reader that the only place to sit is on the edge of the seat. Frankly, I literally could not put this book down until I finished it. Even then, I wished there was more!
Jeanette's character and story development is so superb that the experience for the reader is one of being right there with friends, family, neighbors and acquaintances. The reader comes away with profound understanding of the passions that motivate human beings to give their lives for a cause. The writer intimately involves us with the developing and poignant friendship of two soldiers - a friendship that transcends their oppositional ideals and is so meaningful that one crosses the line to be with his friend as he dies. And then there is the remarkable love story that demonstrates the infallibility of even the most loss-hardened human heart. Like Diana Gabaldon's books, it takes a few days to "get over" the book - to shift one's reality back to present time and circumstances.
I hope this is not the first and last we have heard of G.A. Jeannette! I wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend reading anything this very talented writer publishes.
A captivating yarn deftly told!
The story involves a complex take set during the revolutionary war. It is a historical novel based on a believable story supported by detailed imagery of the period. Above all, it is well written. What does that actually mean? I read over a hundred books a year- many of them historical fiction. Of that genre, I consider books by Bernard Cornwell and Jeff Shaara well written.
The moment I opened “The Devil Take Tomorrow,” I could feel myself being drawn into a well-woven and exciting tale of one of the most important times in our country’s existence. Thank you, Gretchen Jeannette, for cleverly spinning a tale that kept me turning pages as fast as I could.
You dropped me smack into the Revolutionary War and I could almost feel first hand the upheaval, change and passionate relationships that existed during those difficult years.
I heartily recommend the “The Devil Take Tomorrow.” The author’s blend of well-researched history and characters that jump off the pages to tell you their story will keep you riveted. A great read.
Fabulous read - did not want to put it down.
While I enjoy historical reading and a periodic love story, I thoroughly enjoyed "The Devil Take Tomorrow" and had a difficult time putting it down. Characters are well developed yet the plot takes them on unexpected journeys. Not one page is predictable but comes together to not only tell a great story but enlighten the reader's mind about the events of the day. Yes, I learned a few things about the Revolutionary War that I did not know and had not thought about. It makes me appreciate what those early revolutionists went through for my new country. The author obviously has researched details of history and does a great job sharing that insight.
I recommend this enjoyable read for all adults and older teenagers (as there are adult themes). It's one of my top recommended books ever. Not only does it have a great story line, but it is well written and well edited.
I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint - I had a hard time putting it down. The characters are well developed and the author's rich detail provided an escape to another time (and a refreshing change from regency/victorian-era novels). This book has it all--action, adventure, romance, and some surprising twists.
This was, without doubt, one of my most enjoyable reads and only the second book I will read again. The story is so compelling and the writing style so rich I could "see" the characters and the scenes as though I was watching a video! This is only the second book I have ever recommended to others and their feedback matches mine! Thanks for this special book, Gretchen Jeannette, and I can't wait to read "A Devil of a Time"!
When is a book worth 5 stars? When it keeps you awake at night thinking one more page, one more chapter…
"The Devil Take Tomorrow" is an involved story of bravery, battles, espionage, loyalty, profiteering and love. Ethan Matlock is one heck of a man! He rescues the beautiful and rebellious Maddie Graves literally from the hands of the enemy and ingratiates himself with her uncle, Sinclair, who is loyal to the British. Sinclair is a business man who has a business proposition for Matlock, and introduces him to General Mitchell and through that man, to Major General Sir William Howe. General Mitchell offers him a job, catching rebel spies. I will tell you no more than that and let the author take it from here.
This is a wonderful, detailed and intricate story that I enjoyed reading so much it kept me up in the night. The characters within the pages are rich and full, their motives clear and their histories told. The action scenes are as intense as the feelings between Maddie and Matlock, and within them you have every faith in Ethan Matlock’s ability to prevail. In fact, everyone in the book seems to believe in him as much as the reader does, which makes for a surprise twist in one of the last action scenes.
I will happily tell you that Maddie Graves is not just a beautiful woman, there to provide friction and frustration for our hero. Though I groaned as he rescued her from a second rebellious adventure, she does come through on her own in some surprising situations.
There is enough of everything in this book to satisfy lovers of most genres; action, adventure, historical, romance. I recommend you give it a try, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
A captivating historical spy story that keeps the tension ratcheted up until the very end.
Fans of historical fiction will find a world of pleasure to enjoy in Gretchen Jeannette’s "The Devil Take Tomorrow." Part of the pleasure of this kind of fiction is a reader’s ability to travel back in time and experience a different world. The impressive depth and breadth of Jeannette’s historical research brings Revolutionary War Philadelphia to vivid life. I personally wouldn’t have wanted to live back then. For one thing, Benjamin Franklin never got around to inventing the flush toilet. For another, 1777 was a desperate year for a fledgling republic still trying to find its wings, let alone spread them.
It’s easy to overlook the fact that our independence owes much to the incompetence of the arrogant generals who so badly mismanaged the war. As one of the characters, British lieutenant Geoffrey Fraser bitterly remarks, “…very soon, thanks to those brilliant strategists in London, we shall quit this place like whipped dogs.” Like Jeanette’s rich command of the large and small details of 18th Century life, her carefully accurate historical context is seamlessly woven into the story: we don’t just get to read about our history; we get to re-live it.
Her characters − historical and fictional − are intriguingly, compellingly developed. Her hero, Ethan Matlock, is every bit as dashing and recklessly daring as one could wish. One would happily follow him into battle, or a tavern, or a bawdy house. And he's often hilarious. When he sits on an elegant sofa made by a cabinet maker loyal to the King, he quips: “It’s Tory all right. Plenty of stuffing but no hint of backbone.” And Matlock is well-matched by Jeanette’s tempestuous heroine, Maddy Graves.
Above all, this is a captivating spy story that keeps the tension ratcheted up until the very end.
Best Book I've Read in Ages.
Ms. Gretchen Jeannette, I just want you to know I am reading your book and absolutely loving it. Am reading it on the KU borrowing program and so you will see the page numbers creeping up each night. Agree with all the kind things that were said here, i.e. the meticulous research is incredible, and you are, indeed, keeping me up past my "lights out" time. The suspense is killing me but I really have to get some sleep here and so I'm forcing myself to put it down, until tomorrow. Wonderful writing! PS I always find typos and, so far, there has not been a single one. Cheerio.
I loved how well the author has rendered the world of late 18th century America. The characters are complex, and almost no one is a pure villain. The description is rich and detailed, and the love story works well within the whole plot.
I highly recommend this novel to historical fiction fans.
This book had me hooked by the end of the first chapter. I've been in a reading slump lately and this book had what it took to pull me out of it. History, espionage, and just enough romance all come together in what turned out to be an amazing account of one hero's journey through the British lines in Revolutionary War Philadelphia.
I am an American history buff, so this book immediately caught my eye. Then upon reading it, I was captivated by the story arch, character development, and most of all historical accuracy. I would recommend this to any history fan, especially those who enjoy the Revolutionary War period.
Loved this book. Ploughed through it right after reading "A Devil of A Time." Never been super interested in Revolutionary war or colonial history, but love the amount of research she puts into her stories, always finding that sweet spot of giving a great amount of detail without boring the hell out of you. Characters are well developed and believable, and though there weren't crazy twists, I also didn't find it predictable the way a lot of romances are.
This book is a romance with a lot of meat on its bones, and if you're a die-hard trashy romance fan that cares little about fleshed out stories and good subplots, you may want to pass, but if you like a good romance that's fleshed out and treats you like an intelligent human being, definitely check it out.
I read this book several months ago and was really impressed. I meant to write a review at the time but had too many other things going on to sit down and write a review that did justice to this wonderful book. Now, in January 2017, I have a little more time.
I'm a lover of historical romance. But, because I also love historical fiction, the "historical" part of historical romance is very important to me. I also read historical romance because I want a story with a HEA, and too much historical fiction tends to end tragically (unfortunate, but realistic). But, the more a romance incorporates the history of the time, the happier I am. The history here was superbly done. The research was impressive, but equally important was that it was seamlessly part of the story and not an information dump.
The book takes place during the lowest ebb of the Revolutionary War for the Americans. The British are in control of some major colonial cities, including Philadelphia where the story takes place. The colonial army and their commander-in-chief George Washington are spending a bitterly cold winter holed up in Valley Forge, outside of Philadelphia. In the midst of all this, the colonists uncover a plot by the British to assassinate Washington, who is the glue keeping the colonial army and the cause of independence together. The army sends a spy into Philadelphia to infiltrate the British command, uncover the details of the plot, and stop it. I don't want to say much more and spoil the story.
This story has it all - a wonderful plot, fascinating politics and history, adventure, a swoon-worthy hero, and a beautiful valiant heroine. And the book is really well written. Unfortunately, I've read too many books where there are interesting characters and a good plot, but the author just can't get the pacing right. The pacing here is perfect. There is a large cast of characters - both British and those who want independence from Britain - and they are well developed and depicted (many of whom were actual historical figures). And there is a lovely romance, although the book is really more historical fiction with a strong romantic element.
A big complaint of mine about many historical romances is that they are anachronistic - either in the language and references, or in the attitudes and behavior of the characters, or both. I often feel as though I'm reading about 21st Century people in period dress. This book felt pitch-perfect about the language and behavior of the characters. Never once did I feel that I was anywhere else than in 18th Century Philadelphia.
I love history, but not everyone does. However, a good book of historical fiction can make history fascinating, and so absorbing that you don't realize that you're getting a history lesson. This one certainly does.
This is a historical fiction tale filled to the brim with action, adventure, espionage, and romance. Taking place during the years 1777-1779 in the history-laden setting of Pennsylvania, this is a very well researched, well written, and thoroughly entertaining novel that any history buff should read.
"Leftenant" Ethan Matlock is well liked by his superiors and admired as a devout defender of the Crown and unrelenting catcher of rebel spies. Robert Sinclair, a very wealthy and influential Englishman, takes him under his wing as the son he wished he had. Maddie Graves, Sinclair's niece and ward, is a headstrong patriot for the rebel cause, who never thought she could fall for a man who fought for the Crown until she met Ethan.
Ethan Matlock, however, is a double agent fighting for General Washington, seeking information concerning an assassination attempt that he knows they are plotting. When his love for Maddie grows, his entire mission is thrown into jeopardy. Will he have to choose between his cause and her?
I liked this book very much. It is powerfully told, and the history is woven into the story so skillfully. I am very impressed with the writing talent of the author. The story was also to my knowledge very historically accurate, except for one small thing. I thought the story was much too vulgar for the time period. I don't think that people used the f-word with such frequency in the 1700s. And I especially don't think they cursed that way to their friends, or in front of women. If it wasn't for the love scenes and the cursing, this would have been a five-star book. Still, I thought that the skill of the author makes this book well deserving of at least four stars.
A novel worthy to be dubbed 'classic'!
The Devil Take Tomorrow, a brilliant novel by Gretchen Jeannette is a story of history, intrigue, loyalty, and love. It is something of a rare work, in that it stands capable of restoring faith in modern authorship. This book was a pure joy to read and one I highly recommend. This, however, is not a novel for the lazy reader, those who like everything laid out simply like a Big Mac and fries on a reasonably clean tray. No, The Devil Take Tomorrow is a book for those who truly appreciate fine art.
Set in the time of the American Revolution, the story revolves around a plot by British intelligence to capture or kill General George Washington. The action pulls the reader in from the beginning and the characters immediately seem real. Moreover, the author’s meticulous research is not just impressive, it serves as something of a time machine, transporting the reader back to 18th Century Philadelphia.
One of my pet peeves when reading a novel is description-overkill, a failing common among many modern authors, some of whom are now household names. This author is the exception, her descriptions serving a purpose which enhances the “page-turner” aspect of this fine work.
For me, though there is a compelling love story here, this novel doesn’t quite fit the “Romance” genre. Rather, it is more a spy novel with an infusion of romance complimenting the adventure. Further, there is nothing formulaic, sappy or predictable here. The story pulls you in initially, leaving you to wonder who stands where. From there it takes the reader on an incredible journey. If I’ve any criticism, it would be the cover - fine though it is, it somehow fails to do justice to this masterpiece. Aside from that, all I can say is BRAVO for Gretchen Jeannette! (Note from the author: cover has since been upgraded!)
Fiction becomes believable and fascinating in this poignant story by Gretchen Jeannette. Fans of historical fiction, romance and war will love reading The Devil Take Tomorrow, as the author seamlessly weaves a riveting tale of love, drama, and the revolutionary era. The story is realistic and grounded, yet nothing about this tale is predictable. Instead, Gretchen Jeannette's writing in The Devil Take Tomorrow will keep readers on the edge of their seats in anticipation as each page is turned.
With a letter of grave warning from the very start, the audience is thrown right into the world of this story, feeling very much a part of the action surrounding the characters. This only serves to make the tale more compelling, the story even more engrossing, as the reader is drawn in, wishing to learn more. The development of each character moves naturally as the story heightens in drama and magnitude throughout every conflict along the way.
A backdrop of the Revolutionary War serves to highlight the intensity of the tale right from the first scene down to the final page. Vivid descriptions rich with detail add spice to the already intriguing narrative. The characters are deeply interesting and find themselves embedded in a world well painted by Gretchen Jeannette's written voice. Each character is passionate, no matter if their motives are selfish or selfless, which lends authenticity to the story as a whole. While there are certainly twists and turns guaranteed to feed a reader's excitement, this story is surprisingly easy to follow and quick to read. Gretchen Jeannette's writing goes far beyond expectations in The Devil Take Tomorrow and is thoroughly entertaining. Due to all of this, The Devil Take Tomorrow comes recommended for purchase as well as sharing with family and friends.
A classic adventure that has the necessary surprises with twists and turns. What makes this book so special are the wonderfully developed characters placed in a meticulously researched Philadelphia then occupied by the British. Romance softens a brutal background. I have read it twice and will read it again.