4 out of 4 stars
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The Devil Take Tomorrow is a intriguing historical fiction written about the American Revolution in and around Philadelphia. In some ways this is a romance but in others a mystery. Whatever genre this book falls in, Gretchen Jeannette created an accurate enjoyable historically accurate book.
The story focuses on Ethan Matlock, a spy for the colonials against the British. He is task with stopping a plot to kill George Washington. Maggie Graves is the heroine whose loyalty lies with the American revolutionist yet she’s living with a step uncle who is a strong loyalist for the British.
Ethan is able to infiltrate the British through a calculated plan. A plan that causes a British loyalist and businessman, Robert Sinclair, to be grateful to Ethan for saving him from rebels on their journey from New York. Maddie is Sinclair’s step niece. Maddie has secrets and suspects that Ethan saving the family was a set up. Ethan is a very complex character that felt like he was in the gray area of right and wrong. Maddie was a strong woman who knew what she believed and stood by that.
The author 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 than 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. I did not find any errors. The book seemed professionally edited. The only criticism was that the title seems like it should be, The Devil Takes not Take Tomorrow. I give The Devil Take Tomorrow 4 out of 4 stars.
The Devil Take Tomorrow
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