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Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, America, Colonial/Revolutionary War
The Turncoat is an exhilarating, intelligent, and superbly intricate spy thriller that keeps its tension vibrating and surprises crackling until the very last page. Heroine Kate is a strong, resourceful and memorable character, but one note rings false: For a supposedly sheltered young Quaker woman, she’s barely fazed by the moral compromises she must continually make — not the least of which include her involvement in a vicious, bloody war and her intensifying fascination with her fiancé’s sexual deviance.
After witnessing the rape of her pregnant best friend by marauding British soldiers, Kate Grey abandons her pacifist Quaker ways to become an operative reporting to “The Merry Widow,” George Washington’s most notorious spymaster. Under the Widow’s tutelage, country mouse Kate becomes a femme fatale whose wholesome beauty and razor-sharp intelligence ensnare two British officers, the disgraced Peter Tremayne and his cousin, the jealous and sadistic Bayard Caird. When Kate’s cover is blown, she must choose between two men and two countries, no longer certain where her political, romantic and sexual loyalties lie. (NAL, Mar., 448 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Carolyn Martin
Published: March 2013