The Devil Wears Red

Book Three of the Tewkesbury Chronicles

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
250 Pages
Reviewed on 09/25/2017
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Author Biography

Jo Gillespie is retired from corporate life and resides in Stuart, Florida most of the year, spending summer months with family and friends in Connecticut. She hold three degrees in business, but her first love has always been American Colonial history. In retirement she is able to share the results of her passion for historical research and creative historical writing through her novels.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Devil Wears Red: Book Three of the Tewkesbury Chronicles by Jo Gillespie is the third entry in the Tewkesbury Chronicles, a historical novel set in 1781. The French have just joined the Continental Army in their fight against the British. The reader is introduced to a privateering business involving patriotic families and memorable characters, caught between the crossfires of a war they never wanted. Meet Rebecca Tewkesbury, a young widow risking a lot for love. It is during this period that the outgoing and bubbly younger sister of Rebecca comes of age. Their lives are turned upside-down as the effects of the war hit home and things get even worse when the traitor, Benedict Arnold, invades New London and Groton, Connecticut.

Jo Gillespie is a master storyteller with the gift of making history come alive in the reader’s mind, crafting characters that readers would want to journey with and a plot that keeps them turning the pages. The writing is great, laced with powerful descriptions and lovely dialogues. The story is emotionally intense and the characters are deeply explored, and readers will be captivated by their psychological depth. I enjoyed the historical setting which comes vividly through the narrative. The emotion is as exacting as the intensity of the action that fills the pages of this gripping story. The Devil Wears Red: Book Three of the Tewkesbury Chronicles is well paced and I enjoyed the strong conflict and how it moves the story. This is a great story that will offer readers a wonderful reading experience.