Review for “The Devil Take Tomorrow” by Gretchen Jeannette
“The Devil Take Tomorrow” by Gretchen Jeannette is a historical romance with equal parts action and adventure, with just a dash of intrigue. We get an exciting introduction to two of the main characters, Ethan Matlock and Maddie Graves who are smack dab in the middle of the American Revolution. At this point in time the revolutionary cause is suffering and the British have begun to celebrate their inevitable demise, and eventually we learn where Ethan and Maddie’s loyalties really lie, as well as their affections.
I haven’t read a book like this in a very long time. Because of my archaeology and history background I tend to shy away from historical fiction as there is only so much cringe I can handle, but this book was different. Firstly, I know very little about the American Revolution, so the academic part of my brain could take a little vacation. Secondly this book has such a lovely balance between romance and action, intrigue and mystery. I can’t comment on the accuracy of the details, but I can say this was a very enjoyable book. Jeannette did an excellent job of taking readers on a rollercoaster ride; feeling fearful when Ethan is on a dangerous mission, feeling powerful when Maddie defies her uncle. The dialogue was also excellent, giving the inner thoughts of people context and adding flavour to the tension as it builds.
I have a tough time saying anything negative or even critical of this book. I was surprised at how much I loved this book, and how much it captivated me. This may not compare to great literary works, or the classics, but it strikes me as the perfect book to read in the fall, curled up in a comfy chair and a snugly blanket, with a hot mug of tea on one side and a fragrant candle burning on the other side. If you knew me, you would know this is some of the highest praise I can give a book, as that state is basically what I aspire to be in at all times.
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