For today’s Thursday give away, we have an advance copy of Donna Thorland’s debut historical novel, The Turncoat.
Here’s the official blurb:
They are lovers on opposite sides of a brutal war, with everything at stake and no possibility of retreat. They can trust no one—especially not each other.
Major Lord Peter Tremayne is the last man rebel bluestocking Kate Grey should fall in love with, but when the handsome British viscount commandeers her home, Kate throws caution to the wind and responds to his seduction. She is on the verge of surrender when a spy in her own household seizes the opportunity to steal the military dispatches Tremayne carries, ensuring his disgrace—and implicating Kate in high treason. Painfully awakened to the risks of war, Kate determines to put duty ahead of desire, and offers General Washington her services as an undercover agent in the City of Brotherly Love.
Months later, having narrowly escaped court martial and hanging, Tremayne returns to decadent, British-occupied Philadelphia with no stomach for his current assignment—to capture the woman he believes betrayed him. Nor does he relish the glittering entertainments being held for General Howe’s idle officers. Worse, the glamorous woman in the midst of this social whirl, the fiancée of his own dissolute cousin, is none other than Kate Grey herself. And so begins their dangerous dance, between passion and patriotism, between certain death and the promise of a brave new future together.
The description doesn’t do the book justice. What I really loved about this book was watching Kate’s transformation from country mouse to seasoned spy, with all the tough questions and heartache that come with the territory. And, of course, it’s incredibly refreshing to find an American Revolution-set book these days.
So, for an advance copy of Donna Thorland’s The Turncoat, here’s your question:
What less traveled time period or setting would you like to see more of?
The winner will be announced on Sunday.
In the meantime, check out Donna’s fantastic book trailer! In her other lives, Donna spent years working at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem before leaving the material culture of colonial America to acquire an MFA in film production, so this trailer is both historically accurate down to the last corset and beautifully produced.