"This Page Turner Has It All - Mystery, Intrigue, Passion and More!" June 12, 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 19, 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 embedded 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 25, 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 6, 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 2, 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
"This gripping tale will keep you on the edge of your seat." July 13, 2015
Set towards the end of the Revolutionary War, A Devil of a Time by Gretchen Jeannette introduces the reader to the invading British army’s effects on Colonial America. The author mixes romance with historical fiction and mystery to create a captivating story.
Clarice Wade is a young mother and mistress of a struggling tobacco plantation in Williamsburg, VA. Her husband, Andrew, is plagued by demons of his past and has taken to the bottle to drown his sorrows. An old friend of Andrew’s, Niall McLane, a disgraced war veteran, enters into the young couple’s lives. Soon a bizarre love triangle ensues between Clarice, her husband, and Niall. Add a deranged serial killer to the mix, and you have a tale that keeps you guessing! Niall McLane made his fame as a brutal fighter during the war. He is now under suspicion of killing innocent people. Is he the killer? Will he be arrested or can he clear his name?
The setting is lovely. The author gracefully weaves aspects of the time period into the story, from medicine to the hardships of running a tobacco farm, to the effects of the war on the land and people. We also see what it is like to be a woman in the late 1700’s; she at the mercy of her husband’s whims. I found these aspects really interesting and informative; I loved learning about the details of the everyday lives of people during this period.
The characters are well developed and stay true to form throughout the story. The most tragic is that of Andrew. The author did a great job of showing redemption of this character in particular. I alternated between hating him and feeling sorry for him, which I believe was the author’s intention. The budding romantic relationship between Niall and Clarice was well written and exciting.
The plot is thoroughly developed and paced appropriately. I found myself on the edge of my seat for most of the book. I would put the book down and then immediately pick it up again. The ending was along the lines of what I expected but I really enjoyed the twists and turns that the plot took to get there. There is intense action and violence, including flashbacks of the characters’ pasts that give the reader insight into their current actions. These were some of my favorite parts of the book, as it really built the characters into believable people.
Seeing the killer’s motivations and the other characters’ obliviousness made me want to scream. I think that the author’s move to reveal the killer early on instead of making it a mystery was a great one. It was chilling to read about this person’s thought process!
Themes include trauma and war, alcoholism, domestic violence, and mental illness. These are things that people still struggle with today. These issues brought the time period into perspective, as people haven’t changed that much.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Fans of historical fiction, crime, and especially romance will find much to like in this gripping tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end!
"This truly is an exemplary piece of work, and I cannot recommend it highly enough."
May 18, 2015
A Devil of a Time tells the story of Captain Niall McLane--a murder suspect with a reputation as a ruthless scalphunter that does not lessen the suspicion against him. As the true killer runs rampant, Niall becomes trapped in a love triangle with his drunken friend, Andrew, and Andrew's wife, Clarice. What ensues is a sweeping tale of mystery, romance, and danger amidst the backdrop of Virginia in the 1700's.
The first thing that will strike you about this book is the immaculate writing quality with a wonderful flow that lends to the epic feel. The time period has been authentically captured, and each location is so tangible that your imagination will truly be taken on an adventure. The settings alone are enough reason to read the book, but it is the fantastic plot and interplay between the three characters that really bring this novel up to the gold standard.
The trio have a charisma that makes them jump out of the page, such is the quality of the dialogue, and the way the author builds suspense all the way to the dramatic climax makes this one hell of a fulfilling read.
I understand this is only Gretchen Jeannette's second novel, yet she displays the hallmarks of a master of her craft. This truly is an exemplary piece of work, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
"Gretchen Jeannette's A Devil of a Time goes well beyond expectation. This is adventure at the finest level." December 6, 2014
Young adult and older fans of American history, historical fiction, romance and war will find A Devil of a Time by Gretchen Jeannette compelling and more intriguing with every turn of the page. Staged during the Revolutionary War, the excitement builds in this riveting follow-up to The Devil Take Tomorrow, with brilliant storytelling and believable characters. This is adventure at the finest level, wrapped up in a history lesson one will not soon forget. With all the twists and turns, Jeannette's writing is incredibly gripping. Yet, with all of the fantastic imagery and the well-woven story, the air of realism is never lost. Instead, the tale is grounded in true-to-life emotions and events during this tremendously important time of change in the past. Those aware of the tales of yesteryear would have some sense of the ending, and yet, this story goes so far beyond expectations that it does not cease to be suspenseful and thrilling.
The history involved is well researched, the characters are interesting and complex, and the details Jeannette uses to permeate every inch of the book make for a rich story, building with elegance. Audiences will find themselves drawn to the hero, and interest will be peaked by the Revolutionary War as it is shown. A Devil of a Time is unpredictable and satisfying, with a setting gorgeously painted by Gretchen Jeannette's writing style. Despite the complexity of the storytelling, the book is easy to read and intellectually absorb, which makes the experience all the more enjoyable. A Devil of a Time goes well beyond expectation, giving the reader a brilliant imagining of romance and battle right alongside a detailed historical tale. A title such as Gretchen Jeannette's belongs on the reader's home bookshelf, and in the hands of friends to be discussed and read again.
"A Novel Worthy to be Dubbed 'Classic'!" July 19, 2016
Amazon Review by WV
The Devil Take Tomorrow, a brilliant novel by Gretchen Jeannette, is a story of history, intrigue, loyalty and love. It is something of a rare work, in that it stands capable of restoring faith in modern authorship. This book was a pure joy to read and one I highly recommend. This, however, is not a novel for the lazy reader, those who like everything laid out simply like a Big Mac and fries on a reasonably clean tray. No, The Devil Take Tomorrow is a book for those who truly appreciate fine art.
Set in the time of the American Revolution, the story revolves around a plot by British intelligence to capture or kill General George Washington. The action pulls the reader in from the beginning and the characters immediately seem real. Moreover, the author’s meticulous research is not just impressive, it serves as something of a time machine, transporting the reader back to 18th Century Philadelphia.
One of my pet peeves when reading a novel is description-overkill, a failing common among many modern authors, some of whom are now household names. This author is the exception, her descriptions serving a purpose which enhances the “page-turner” aspect of this fine work.
For me, though there is a compelling love story here, this novel doesn’t quite fit the “Romance” genre. Rather, it is more a spy novel with an infusion of romance complimenting the adventure. Further, there is nothing formulaic, sappy or predictable here. The story pulls you in initially, leaving you to wonder who stands where. From there it takes the reader on an incredible journey. If I’ve any criticism, it would be the cover - fine though it is, it somehow fails to do justice to this masterpiece. Aside from that, all I can say is BRAVO for Gretchen Jeannette! (Note from author: cover has since been upgraded!)
"Intelligently written and thoroughly engaging." July 28, 2016
Amazon Review by Beachpassport
I enjoy well written historical fiction but it's rather difficult to find novels that aren't cookie cutter bodice rippers. This is a fast-paced novel set during the American Revolution. The main characters are involved in a great deal of intrigue and it has just enough romance to portray the emotional side of the characters. The author has artfully written of the sensual attraction between the main characters without any gratuitous raw sex. My only complaint is that the book cover doesn't do the novel justice. (Note from author: cover has since been upgraded!)
"A Terrific Book." January 9, 2017
Goodreads Review by Gerrie
I read this book several months ago, and was really impressed. I meant to write a review at the time, but had too many other things going on to sit down and write a review that did justice to this wonderful book. Now, in January 2017, I have a little more time.
I'm a lover of historical romance. But, because I also love historical fiction, the "historical" part of historical romance is very important to me. I also read historical romance because I want a story with a HEA, and too much historical fiction tends to end tragically (unfortunate, but realistic). But, the more a romance incorporates the history of the time, the happier I am. The history here was superbly done. The research was impressive, but equally important was that it was seamlessly part of the story, and not an information dump.
The book takes place during the lowest ebb of the Revolutionary War for the Americans. The British are in control of some major colonial cities, including Philadelphia where the story takes place. The colonial army and their commander-in-chief George Washington are spending a bitterly cold winter holed up in Valley Forge, outside of Philadelphia. In the midst of all this, the colonists uncover a plot by the British to assassinate Washington, who is the glue keeping the colonial army and the cause of independence together. The army sends a spy into Philadelphia to infiltrate the British command, uncover the details of the plot, and stop it. I don't want to say much more and spoil the story.
This story has it all - a wonderful plot, fascinating politics and history, adventure, a swoon worthy hero, and a beautiful valiant heroine. And the book is really well written. Unfortunately, I've read too many books where there are interesting characters and a good plot, but the author just can't get the pacing right. The pacing here is perfect. There is a large cast of characters - both British and those who want independence from Britain - and they are well developed and depicted (many of whom were actual historical figures). And there is a lovely romance, although the book is really more historical fiction with a strong romantic element.
A big complaint of mine about many historical romances is that they are anachronistic - either in the language and references, or in the attitudes and behavior of the characters, or both. I often feel as though I'm reading about 21st Century people in period dress. This book felt pitch perfect about the language and behavior of the characters. Never once did I feel that I was anywhere else than in 18th Century Philadelphia.
I love history, but not everyone does. However, a good book of historical fiction can make history fascinating, and so absorbing that you don't realize that you're getting a history lesson. This one certainly does.
"Best Book I've Read in Ages." July 18, 2016
Amazon Review by Dorothy May Mercer
Ms. Gretchen Jeannette, I just want you to know I am reading your book and absolutely loving it. Am reading it on the KU borrowing program and so you will see the page numbers creeping up each night. Agree with all the kind things that were said here, i.e. the meticulous research is incredible, and you are, indeed, keeping me up past my "lights out" time. The suspense is killing me but I really have to get some sleep here and so I'm forcing myself to put it down, until tomorrow. Wonderful writing! PS I always find typos and, so far, there has not been a single one. Cheerio.
"Engaging read all around!" July 9, 2016
Amazon Kindle Customer Review
This book had action, adventure, and well developed characters. Although a tad bit on the long side to read, it is well worth it. I appreciated the fact that the author was willing to take her hero and heroine into the gray areas of right and wrong. It was refreshing to have a strong hero that was both humorous and strong with just the right amount of arrogance. It was even more refreshing to have a heroine that was strong and willful without coming off as a raving shrew. Great read!
"Loved this book." August 24, 2015
Amazon Review by Noelle
Loved this book. Ploughed through it right after reading A Devil of A Time. Never been super interested in Revolutionary War or colonial history, but love the amount of research she puts into her stories, always finding that sweet spot of giving a great amount of detail without boring the hell out of you. Characters are well developed and believable, and though there weren't crazy twists, I also didn't find it predictable the way a lot of romances are.
This book is a romance with a lot of meat on its bones, and if you're a die hard trashy romance fan that cares little about fleshed out stories and good subplots, you may want to pass, but if you like a good romance that's fleshed out and treats you like an intelligent human being, definitely check it out.
"Excellent Read." November 3, 2014
Amazon Reader Review - J. C. Jackson
Gretchen Jeannette has done it again. I rarely find an author who can follow a truly great first book (The Devil Take Tomorrow) with an equally fine read, but A Devil of a Time is that and more. Set in Virginia at the close of the American Revolution, this gripping tale weaves suspense, romance, action and history into an entertaining tour de force that rivets from the start and never lets go. Wholly convincing characters both stir the heart and unsettle the emotions as they emerge from an era brought vividly to life. With each page turned the plot draws you deeper into a maze of twists and surprises until you're so deeply hooked that you can't wait to reach the shocking conclusion. Be prepared--it will keep you up all night.
" A Devil of a Time is just as good if not better." November 21, 2014
Amazon Reader Review - Sharon V. Unruh
After reading Gretchen Jeannette's first book, The Devil Take Tomorrow, I couldn't wait to read her next one. A Devil of a Time is just as good, if not better. The plot was unpredictable and kept me guessing from start to finish. The historical settings were wonderful, and the characters totally believable and well drawn. The relationship that develops between the hero, Niall, and the heroine, Clarice, has just the right amount of romance in it. There is much more to this book than a love story. The plot kept my interest and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The explosive ending--the clash between good and evil--was extremely satisfying. I was sad when the story ended. It was a thrilling ride.
If you're looking for something different to read, a book filled with action and suspense, unforgettable characters, with a unique historical flair, I highly recommend this book.
"Another must read." January 3, 2015
Amazon Reader Review - J. B. Porter
After reading Gretchen Jeannette's amazing first book, The Devil Take Tomorrow, I immediately ordered A Devil of a Time. Again, I was treated to a very special reading experience! The characters literally come alive as Gretchen paints a beautiful portrait of an exciting time in the growth of our nation. Her robust style continues to stun! I now have another book to recommend to friends and family. Both these books are ones you want to have as a part of your permanent library...so I ordered both in hardcopy and they are happily in a special place on my bookshelf.
Thanks so much, Gretchen, and I can't wait to read This Day is Ours!
"My favourite of her two books (though I loved The Devil Take Tomorrow too)." August 24, 2015
Amazon Review by Noelle
My favourite of her two books (though I loved The Devil Take Tomorrow too). Started a bit slow, but I actually liked the slow build, and don't worry it gets there:). The characters are very well developed, and I liked how she didn't treat the characters or the plot twists with kid gloves. Also a great amount of detail and research into the history of the time, and even though I've never had much interest in the Revolutionary War (I'm Canadian, what can I say?), I found myself getting into it. Would definitely read more of her stuff (so...when's the next one??) and would definitely recommend to friends.
"What makes this book so special are the wonderfully developed characters..." November 19, 2014
Amazon Review by Ralph L. Haney
A classic adventure that has the necessary surprises with twists and turns. What makes this book so special are the wonderfully developed characters placed in a meticulously researched Philadelphia then occupied by the British. Romance softens a brutal background. I have read it twice and will read it again.
"Excellent." April 4, 2013
Amazon Review by J. C. Jackson
This is my first foray in the genre of historic romantic novels, but I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this novel was. Set during the Revolutionary War, The Devil Take Tomorrow is a fast read, one with lots of twists and turns. The protagonist, Ethan Matlock, is as good with pistols and hand-to-hand combat as he is at winning the love of a woman. Matlock is a fevered patriot though he becomes increasingly distracted from his work by the attractive Maddie Graves.
All the characters are all well-defined. The villain is one only his mother could love -- or maybe not even his mother. Matlock's meeting with General George Washington is a particularly vivid portrait of an emerging great man. Matlock and Graves must traverse a tricky social scene in this revolutionary era, where acquaintances, while proclaiming themselves to be loyalists or patriots, conduct themselves far more shadily, leaving one wondering to whom they are truly loyal. I highly recommend this book - a great read.
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