"This Page Turner Has It All - Mystery, Intrigue, Passion and More!" June 2014
The Devil Take Tomorrow really is a must read! Though it is set with remarkable historical accuracy in the eighteenth century's American Revolution, the content is as relevant today as it would have been 200 years ago. Jeannette is a truly gifted writer who weaves a story that is at once complex, surprising, full of well-paced action, and rich with colorful detail that serves to so fully engage the reader that the only place to sit is on the edge of the seat. Frankly, I literally could not put this book down until I finished it. Even then, I wished there was more.
Jeannette's character and story development is so superb that the experience for the reader is one of being right there with friends, family, neighbors and acquaintances. The reader comes away with profound understanding of the passions that motivate human beings to give their lives for a cause. The writer intimately involves us with the developing and poignant friendship of two soldiers - a friendship that transcends their oppositional ideals. And then there is the remarkable love story that demonstrates the infallibility of even the most loss-hardened human heart. Like Diana Gabaldon's books, it takes a few days to "get over" the book, to shift one's reality back to present time and circumstances.
I hope this is not the first and last we have heard of Gretchen Jeannette! I wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend reading anything this very talented writer publishes.
"Fiction becomes believable and fascinating in this poignant story." November 2014
Fiction becomes believable and fascinating in this poignant story by Gretchen Jeannette. Fans of historical fiction, romance and war will love reading The Devil Take Tomorrow, as the author seamlessly weaves a riveting tale of love, drama and the revolutionary era. The story is realistic and grounded, yet nothing about this tale is predicable. Instead, Gretchen Jeannette's writing in The Devil Take Tomorrow will keep readers on the edge of their seats in anticipation as each page is turned.
With a letter of grave warning from the very start, the audience is thrown right into the world of this story, feeling very much a part of the action surrounding the characters. This only serves to make the tale more compelling, the story even more engrossing, as the reader is drawn in, wishing to learn more. The development of each character moves naturally as the story heightens in drama and magnitude throughout every conflict along the way.
A backdrop of the Revolutionary War serves to highlight the intensity of the tale right from the first scene down to the final page. Vivid descriptions rich with detail add spice to the already intriguing narrative. The characters are deeply interesting, and find themselves imbedded in a world well painted by Gretchen Jeannette's written voice. Each character is passionate, no matter if their motives are selfish or selfless, which lends authenticity to the story as a whole. While there are certainly twists and turns guaranteed to feed a reader's excitement, this story is surprisingly easy to follow and quick to read. Gretchen Jeannette's writing goes far beyond expectations in The Devil Take Tomorrow, and is thoroughly entertaining. Due to all of this, The Devil Take Tomorrow comes recommended for purchase as well as sharing with family and friends.
"An epic read in every sense of the word." June 2015
E-book Planet's BOOK OF THE WEEK.
The Devil Take Tomorrow is an epic read in every sense of the word; definitely one for the smart and committed readers out there. It is a piece of historical fiction, set during the American Revolution, which follows Ethan Matlock as he sets out to protect George Washington and save the revolution. He courageously infiltrates the British army, but complications arise in the form of a lady by the name of Maddie Graves, putting the entire mission at risk.
Gretchen Jeannette bears the stroke of a master. There is a wonderful balance to her writing, with word choices that deliver impact and set each scene perfectly. Every page ticks along at a perfect pace, every sequence being necessary or interesting in some way, and helping to provide an engaging reading experience. The attention to detail impresses as Jeannette succeeds in bringing the time period to life with authentic details and believable characters.
Emotional intensity and complexity of interactions are elements that are difficult for any author to pull off, however, Jeannette has done this effortlessly, helping the reader to understand each individual's motivations for irrational behaviors that make them seem all the more human. There is nothing simplistic or generic about this book, yet I still found it to be an easy read, and it seemed shorter than it is because it is so absorbing.
"A captivating novel that will please lovers of historical fiction." August 2015
Filled with action, intrigue, and romance, The Devil Take Tomorrow transports the reader to a defining moment of the American Revolution. Ethan Matlock is a Continental soldier charged with a perilous mission: infiltrating the British Army to foil an assassination attempt upon General George Washington. Using his quick wit and irresistible charms, Matlock immediately plants himself within the social circle of the masterminds behind the attempt but soon becomes distracted by the beautiful (and fiercely patriotic) Maddie Graves, the niece of a British Loyalist. As Ethan becomes entrenched in his double life, time is running out to save George Washington, and the fate of a nation hangs in the balance.
The Devil Take Tomorrow is a captivating novel that will please lovers of historical fiction, especially those with an interest in the Revolutionary War. According to her biography, the author is an enthusiast of eighteenth-century American history and did extensive research into the period to deliver a story that is as accurate as it is entertaining. While I am no expert on the American Revolution, some of the details of the novel prompted me to conduct my own research via the Internet, and I was impressed with my findings. In addition, I learned some things about the Revolutionary War that I did not know prior to reading this book.
The plot moves at a breakneck pace and is combined with a writing style that provides vivid mental pictures of the characters and settings without being overly tedious. As I read, the story unfolded before me as though I was watching a movie. In my mind's eye, I could clearly see the blood-red uniforms of the British officers, elegant ladies in their voluminous gowns, and the stately mansion in which Ethan stays as a guest.
The character development is no less superb. Ethan is a multi-layered protagonist, charming and extremely loyal to his cause, but also not without his share of inner demons. Maddie is fiery, intelligent, and utterly defiant of the expectations of a woman of her station. The villains are thoroughly detestable, but the author avoids painting all British soldiers in a negative light, as so many stories about this period are wont to do. On the contrary, it's made very clear that there are good and bad people on both sides of the conflict.
I don't have any actual criticisms of this book, although I feel the need to warn readers about some of the content. There are some depictions of violence toward women, as well as references to rape. Nothing is graphic, but those who are easily upset by this material might want to avoid this book.
I enjoyed reading The Devil Take Tomorrow and rate it 4 out of 4 stars. Although I have already recommended this book to history lovers, I believe that it has diverse appeal and would be appreciated by a wide range of readers.
"Jeannette moves her plot along at a rapid-fire pace." November 2015
Historical Novel Society
Ethan Matlock, the dashing, dangerous hero of Gretchen Jeannette’s The Devil Take Tomorrow, is a spy for the rebelling American colonies, navigating the demimonde of British-occupied Philadelphia, when he learns of a plot involving British agents masquerading as colonial soldiers. These agents intend to kidnap General George Washington, and as Ethan soon learns, their plans are maturing rapidly – he must act soon or the Revolution will lose its much-vaunted “indispensable man.”
Even so, a spy’s life is dictated by the need for discretion, and that discretion is put at risk by the volatile and fiery-tempered rebel sympathizer Maddie Graves.
In tense drawing rooms all over town and in action sequences on land and at sea, Jeannette moves her plot along at a rapid-fire pace. Although the romantic badinage between Ethan and Maddie may strike some readers as a bit forced, the novel ends up feeling far more textured and authentic than a by-the-numbers romance – especially convincing is the real sense that is conveyed of how fragile the rebellion is at this point, how much of it hinges on the actions of just a few men and women on either side.
Laura McGinty, author of Messages of Truth for Mankind
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"I am so glad I took a leap and picked this book up." January 2017
Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette is a historical fiction novel that takes the reader into the heart of the American Revolutionary War. Ethan Matlock comes across a raiding party determined to bring down the carriage of Robert Sinclair, a loyalist on his way to his holdings. Ethan makes a daring rescue, and integrates himself into Sinclair’s household. However, Ethan has other motives. As a rebel spy, this is the perfect opportunity for him to gain vital information about the British military movements. However, there is one hitch to his plan. He doesn’t count on falling for Maddie Graves, the step-niece of Robert Sinclair, who has her own unexpected devotion to the rebel cause. Can Ethan complete his mission as the noose slowly tightens around his neck and the lives of all the colonists fighting for freedom dangle in the balance, all the while keeping his identity secret from the woman he loves?
This is the first time I have read a novel by Miss Jeannette, and I certainly do not plan on it being the last. As a historical fiction fan, research and historical accuracy are paramount for me. This novel did not go amiss. The characters were engaging, the intrigue palatable, and the romance had a nice touch on top of it all. I typically do not read novels set during the American Revolutionary War period, but I am so glad I took a leap and picked this book up. Sprinkled with humor as well as heart-stopping moments, The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette is certainly not one to be missed by historical fiction fans.
"Carefully crafted historical fiction." January 2017
Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette is a historical fiction novel set in the time of George Washington. The Devil Take Tomorrow will appeal most to an audience made up of adults and young adults who enjoy historical fiction, George Washington, and spy novels. The story follows Ethan Matlock (rebel spy) who has set out to save George Washington from the British agents, who are embedded in the Continental Army and only wait for the order to end George Washington’s life and the hope for the American people. Ethan Matlock infiltrates the heart of the British military where he is constantly surrounded by enemies and the very beautiful Miss Maddie Graves, whose devotion to America threatens his mission.
The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette is a very well written novel that reminded me a bit of the Sleepy Hollow TV show, without the supernatural elements. The Devil Take Tomorrow is a fast-paced novel with both romantic and intriguing elements woven together into the web of this carefully crafted historical fiction. My favorite character was actually not the spy Ethan Matlock, but Miss Maddie Graves. I found her devotion to the American people to be heartening, especially in the face of the huge opposition she faced, not only as a person interested in helping America but also as a woman. I greatly enjoyed reading The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette, and I look forward to future books by this author.
"This story will grab readers by the throat from the very start and won't let them go."
Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
Wow! Just, wow! That's exactly what I thought when I finished reading the debut book by author Gretchen Jeannette, The Devil Take Tomorrow. This book is a roller coaster ride of a read, full of action, adventure, historical intrigue, and yes, even a bit of romance! Following protagonist Ethan Matlock, a Revolutionary spy bent on helping the cause of the fledgling United States as he infiltrates the highest levels of the British military presence, this story will grab readers by the throat from the very start and won't let them go. Full of excitement, espionage, and the complication of the burgeoning romance between Ethan and the lovely Miss Maddie Graves, readers will find themselves obsessively turning the pages from the start all the way through until the very end.
I loved The Devil Take Tomorrow. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's definitely how I felt about this gem of a book. As a person who does a great deal of reading in the historical fiction genre, I found the plot believable, authentic and mired in historical truths. Author Gretchen Jeannette must have truly done her homework in the writing of this novel, and it really shows. Readers of historical fiction should certainly take note of this book, but any others just looking for an excellent story should also pick it up. It is easy for me to give this book my highest recommendation, and I look forward to reading more in this excellent new series as soon as possible!
"A book that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages." January 2017
Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
In an excellent work of historical fiction by promising author Gretchen Jeannette, The Devil Take Tomorrow is a book that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages from the very beginning all the way through until the very end. Taking place during colonial times, in the thick of the Revolutionary War, the story follows rebel spy Ethan Matlock as he bravely and boldly infiltrates the highest levels of the British forces, determined to undermine their plans. During one such daring escapade, Matlock finds himself involved with Maddie Graves, a young woman also devoted to the American cause. Not knowing Matlock's secret ambitions, she ironically causes him quite a few headaches. Will the two come together and aid the young Revolutionary movement or will their relationship lead to ruin? You'll need to read the book to find out!
I so enjoyed The Devil Take Tomorrow. Author Gretchen Jeannette has done a great job in creating realistic and relatable characters that her readers will come to care about and will root for. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The storyline is very exciting, full of historically accurate information that will both entertain and inform. Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, action, adventure, thrills, or just a great piece of fiction should absolutely read The Devil Take Tomorrow. I am so pleased to highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from the very talented author, Gretchen Jeannette as soon as I possibly can!
"A very good Revolutionary War historical novel." January 2017
Raanan Geberer for Readers' Favorite
In The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette, during the early part of the Revolutionary War, a coach bearing Robert Sinclair, a wealthy pro-British merchant with ties to the British high command, is attacked by some unruly Rebel soldiers. They seek to rob the coach and to rape Maddie Graves, Sinclair’s young step-niece. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a horseman with great fighting skills scares off the soldiers. Sinclair finds out that the young man, Ethan Matlock, is also a “Loyalist,” offers to put Ethan up in his home, and gets him a commission in the British army as an espionage agent. What Sinclair doesn’t know is that the whole incident was staged, that Matlock is already a spy — for General Washington’s American army — and that Matlock is now, in effect, a double agent. Matlock also has to worry about Maddie Graves, with whom he has fallen in love. Maddie is fiercely pro-American and could blow Matlock’s cover.
Gretchen Jeannette’s The Devil Take Tomorrow should appeal not only to Revolutionary War aficionados, but to fans of historical fiction in general. It’s clear that Ms. Jeannette has done her homework, with references to the battles at Brandywine, Long Island, Germantown and elsewhere. She does a fine job of showing the contempt the British had for the American “rabble,” a contempt that caused them to underestimate the American army. The book is mainly set among the upper classes, but we also see a glimpse of class conflict in the person of Thomas Moody, Sinclair’s manservant who hates the “upstart” Matlock. As for the writing, it’s both action-packed and literate. All in all, The Devil Take Tomorrow is a very good Revolutionary War historical novel.
"Historical fiction lovers will easily become lost in this thrilling Revolutionary War adventure." November 2017
Janette Derucki for RT Book Reviews
Historical fiction lovers will easily become lost in this thrilling Revolutionary War adventure. Jeannette weaves an exciting tale full of danger and deception centered around actual historical events that will intrigue and delight readers. Jeannette's expert storytelling seamlessly balances intricate detail with surprising twists and abundant action. Readers will find ample romantic tension and chemistry between characters; however, most intimate liaisons occur behind the scenes, keeping this story true to the genre.