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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Gretchen Jeannette's historical romance novel This Day is Ours does not cease to thrill and entrance readers. The novel deserves to be popular. Even with the multitudes of historical romance novels published every year, Gretchen Jeannette's work stands out through her meticulous attention to detail and well-developed characters. A savvy description is becoming her trademark as a novelist. The story’s backdrop is the brewing turmoil of the American Revolution. Back when the country was divided by loyalties and ideologies, Alexandra Pennington has her life well planned. Betrothed to a dashing king's man that any woman would not hesitate to marry, Alexandra's loyalty to her country and the man she vowed to marry will be tested by the emergence of Jack Flash, a rogue highwayman preying on the elites supporting British colonization.
This Day is Ours lies in the continuum between historical epic and boy meets girl drama, but Gretchen Jeannette strikes a balance between history and romance that dilutes the cliches prevalent in the romance genre. Popular fiction often employs time-tested tropes and a reader may begin to expect what might happen as the plot progresses. But the author fine-tunes the reader's involvement as she puts her heroine archetype into difficult choices that give readers a reason to wait and see what happens. Gretchen Jeannette could well find her name in the canon of beloved romance novels. Many historical romances may transport us into the olden days, but this book also ponders on the complexity of women’s role in society and the anatomy of human desire.