This Day is Ours


Romance - Historical
562 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2019
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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.

Trudi LoPreto

In This Day Is Ours, we meet the heroes, the women left at home to wait, and those who wanted freedom from England and who desperately wanted a new American nation. We encounter those who were still loyal to the king and would fight until the end to stop the chance of freedom for the colonies. After an infamous highwayman robs her of her cherished necklace, Alexandra Pennington encounters a helpful commoner named Dalton Jameson. The two, one rich, the other a poor country boy, surprisingly form a friendship. Charles Villard is deeply in love with Alexandra and will do whatever is necessary to ensure their marriage. He is envious of what he sees between Alexandra and Dalton. As the war progresses, both sides are losing some and winning some of the battles. Dalton gives everything he has to try to win freedom, facing injury, loss of his men and danger at every turn. Villard, fighting for the other side, hopes to prove himself worthy of Alexandra's love.

This Day Is Ours is a story of the American Revolution and a few of the people who lived and fought through it. Author Gretchen Jeannette has written a story that offers the reader love, hate, war, happy and sad times, and everything in between. The colonies versus England and all that it took to win the victory are shown through the well-developed characters of this book. It was easy to root for some and to boo the bad guys. If you like books about 1776 and the struggles of those days, plus a good romantic story, then please do not pass up This Day Is Ours. You will not be disappointed. A must-read for fans of American history and historical romance.

Amanda Rofe

This Day is Ours by Gretchen Jeannette is a historical romance set against the political upheaval of the American revolution of 1776. Alexandra Pennington, a feisty and independent widow, catches the eye of Charles Villard, a prominent aristocrat living in Philadelphia. His plans to marry her, however, are somewhat thwarted by a horse trader called Dalton Jameson, a commoner who she finds attractive despite their political and social differences. Dalton and Charles already dislike each other but Alexandra's friendship with Dalton causes further friction between the couple. When Alexandra is robbed of a precious necklace by a rogue called Jack Flash, life becomes even more complicated for her.

This Day is Ours is an epic tale of romance, action, and adventure. The love story between two of the main protagonists transcends the strict societal boundaries of the eighteenth century and offers an exciting storyline. I was impressed with the attention to detail and the historical accuracy of the book. The description of the various battles and skirmishes, in all their bloody ferocity, were particularly honest and authentic. I couldn't help but be impressed with Villard, and my heart went out to the headstrong Alexandra and the handsome Dalton, a man who has a magical way with horses. Gretchen Jeannette has written a wonderful novel full of absorbing characters and exciting moments. She really does capture the very spirit of the time including the passion of those fighting for independence. Those who enjoy historical romances will absolutely love this book.

Trish Henry

A novel so well written that the characters and history become real.

Alexandra Pennington seems to have everything settled in her life until an encounter with a rebel highwayman turns her world upside down. Her troubles begin right as the opening turmoil of the American Revolution heats up.

Gretchen Jeannette does it again. This book, like all her others, kept me reading late into the night! You will feel transported to another era; the author's descriptions of the people, the settings, the desperate battles, and the life of the times are excellent and well-researched. You will experience fancy balls followed immediately by the horrors of the battlefield, all of which will take your breath away. The unpredictable plot thickens with twists and turns, romance and adventure, good versus evil. Through it all, the characters' actions pull you into their personalities until you come to either adore or despise them.

What is there not to love about a book that has everything? Electrifying battle scenes; wholly intriguing characters; a sensual, enthralling romance; political differences; an intense rivalry, a magnificent stallion; and loyalty and love in abundance. Oh, and a highwayman named Jack Flash who will steal your heart. The climactic ending will leave you deeply satisfied, though I doubt you will see it coming.

Ms. Jeannette's storytelling shines in this wonderfully romantic tale that will grab you from the start and never let go. I highly recommend this book and anything else this gifted author has written.