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The Turncoat: Renegades of the Revolution (Renegades of Revolution) [Kindle Edition]

Donna Thorland
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Book Description

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.


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For Kate Grey, a sensible Quaker woman living with her father, talk of rebels and Tories and battles and brigades all seemed to be taking place comfortingly far away from her home in rural Pennsylvania. When the British mount a new campaign outside Philadelphia, a dashingly handsome viscount commandeers the Grey estate to house himself and his soldiers for the evening, and Kate comes face-to-face with the realities of war. Kate, her father, and a mysterious Aunt Angela set a plan in motion to deliver information to the rebel army, and Kate is quickly swept up in a sea of espionage, secret codes, and false identities. When the handsome viscount resurfaces, Kate has to decide whose loyalty is worth favoring and whose favor is worth dying for. A combination of historical espionage and smoldering romance, Thorland’s first novel is a surprising and engrossing tale. Immersing the reader in 1777 Philadelphia, sweeping from decadent high-society balls to the filth of battlefield infirmaries, Thorland exhibits real passion for the time period. Fans of Philippa Gregory and Loretta Chase will find The Turncoat a thrilling read. --Stephanie Turza


"A compelling world filled with fascinating characters. Thorland takes you on an incredible adventure through a wonderfully realized depiction of Colonial America. I was so taken by the story, I finished the novel in a single sitting. Highly recommended to anyone with a love of adventure, intrigue, and romance!
 If you enjoy reading awesome things, check out the The Turncoat by the supremely talented Donna Thorland." -Corey May, Writer of Assassin's Creed III

"Cool & sexy." -New York Times Bestselling Author Meg Cabot

"A combination of historical espionage and smoldering romance, Thorland's first novel is a surprising and engrossing tale. Immersing the reader in 1777 Philadelphia, sweeping from decadent high-society balls to the filth of battlefield infirmaries, Thorland exhibits real passion for the time period. Fans of Philippa Gregory and Loretta Chase will findThe Turncoat a thrilling read." -Booklist
"The Turncoat is an exhilarating, intelligent, and superbly intricate spy thriller that keeps its tension vibrating and surprises crackling until the very last page." -RT Book Reviews
"A stay-up-all-night, swashbuckling, breath-holding adventure of a novel...An extraordinary book about an extraordinary heroine."--Lauren Willig, National Bestselling Author of the Pink Carnation series
"Fabulous...A world of spies, suspense, skullduggery, and sex.  You won't want to stop reading."-- New York TimesBestselling Author William Martin
"It's historical romance for those who like military tactics front and center, genealogy gnarled and explicit sex scenes rare (but, uh, pretty darn explicit)." -Philadelphia City Paper

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  • File Size: 638 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (March 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008U4BOW6
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously tense historical fiction! March 11, 2013
If you were asked to name a memorable historical romance novel set in the American Revolutionary War, most would find it difficult to name one or two. THE TURNCOAT, Book #1 in the Renegades of the Revolution series will without a doubt fill that void.

The year is 1777 and Kate Grey, a Quaker and other women of her church are packing up supplies for the Continental Army. Her father is Arthur Grey, a successful military man who recently departed Grey Farm with important information to deliver. Among the ladies is Mrs. Ferrers, a widow, who appears to Kate to be out of place, somewhat odd.

Shortly, a British soldier and company, requisition the Grey Farm. He has an important dispatch to deliver to General Howe. The man is Peter Tremayne, Lord Sancreed a Regular in King George's army. Tremayne is handsome, more arrogant than not with an air of self-importance and superiority. His uniformed exterior is lined with a sexual allure that is intoxicating. His eyes are set on Kate Grey, plain and innocent. He discovers a hidden document left by her father. With these compromising papers as a lure, Kate agrees to meet him later. While Tremayne is distracted by Kate, Mrs. Ferrers, who is a rebel spy, switches his documents before he continues on his journey. Tremayne faces court martial and possible hanging, but is given a reprieve with an ultimatum. His mission is to uncover the spy who betrayed him and this leads him to Philadelphia. When he arrives, he meets up with his cousin Caide, rivals for years and a notorious rake. As they catch up, Caide shares his news of his upcoming nuptials. When Peter turns to meet the lucky woman, he gazes into familiar eyes. Before him stands a beautiful well appointed woman, who he'd know anywhere as the plain and simple Kate Grey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! March 8, 2013
THE TURNCOAT by Donna Thorland is an exciting historical fiction set in 1777 The Jerseys and Philadelphia. #1 in "Renegades of the Revolution". Fast paced,filled with danger and passion. It has sensual tension,spies,suspense,betrayal,sacrifice,treason,the tension of war,and a blossoming love filled with dread and danger. "The Turncoat" is a captivating story of a turbulent time in our history, for both the America Colonies and the British,and the extraordinary men and women of that time. Meet,Kate Grey,a young Quaker girl who is thrust into war. And Major Lord Peter Tremayne,a young British Viscount who has no stomach for war but must endure.One is a spy the other may become a traitor to his countrymen.A Rebel spy and an enemy officer,both will face danger and may lose their lives in the next heartbeat. Ms. Thorland has written a story that is filled with the horrors of war,and the thin line between passion and patriotism. I enjoyed this story, while the romance was there it was not the most important factor in "The Turncoat". A must read for not only history bluffs,but for romance readers alike. You will not be disappointed in "The Turncoat". A joy to read, and one you will not want to put down. The plot is intriguing filled with historical facts,and the characters who jump off the page. A must read. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It March 20, 2013
I love the American Revolution as the setting for a romance. Unfortunately for the past 15 years or so, New York publishers have decided this era and setting doesn't sell, resulting in a dearth of these stories.

I'm happy to say I've almost found that in The Turncoat, a mix of romance, historical novel and spy thriller. The leads share a great sexual tension and a seriously hot love scene, but it also contains a few elements that keep it out of the pure romance category. The foremost of these is the grit with which the war is portrayed. There's also the matter of the heroine spending a little more quality time with a man other than the hero than you normally see in a straight romance.

The Turncoat is essentially a spy novel set during the Philadelphia campaign of the Revolutionary War, pitting Kate Grey, a Quaker, and thus bound by her religion to remain pacifist and keep away from the war. That doesn't, however, mean she can't pick a side, and it doesn't mean her morals won't be challenged as the story unfolds. In spite of herself, she is drawn in to the wider conflict when she gets mixed up with a intelligencer known as the Merry Widow. The Merry Widow takes Kate under her wing, trains her, and ensures her placement in the center of General Howe's occupied Philadelphia. It also places her in the center of two men, Peter Tremayne and Bayard Caide, one a hero, the other a decided anti-hero.

She has feelings for both but only one of them is right for her.

I haven't been this captivated by a story in a good long while. Its plot kept me turning pages, and the author cranked up the tension with every successive chapter. I will happily pick up Ms. Thorland's next book when it comes out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Turncoat Lessons March 26, 2013
By mary j
Format:Kindle Edition
Spy thriller? Romance? Historical fiction? Bodice ripper? Who cares? Worrying about what category/list best describes Donna Thorland's first novel The Turncoat is as counter productive as trying to force a round peg into a square hole. This book is bigger and better than those narrow and artificial confines. The Turncoat brings the reality of a small slice of the American Revolution to life for the modern reader, embodying the tension between American loyalists and American revolutionists and the unequal forces of the British regulars and the Continental army with characters who step off the page and into our hearts. By allowing the reader to take part in the action of the birth of America, history is not the dull lesson too often taught in school. The steamy sex might make the novel a bit too adult for the high school Advanced Placement student, but the grasp of the reality of the times, people, and circumstances would put the modern reader at the head of the class! The Turncoat also serves up excellent lessons in exciting story telling with characters and cliffhangers at chapter endings worthy of Dickens!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
A story set during the Revolutionary War that gave me a chilling feel of circumstances at that time in New England. The author had me captivated from beginning to end.
Published 8 days ago by Sallie P. Cote
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy! This is sizzling romantic historic fiction with a ...
Edgy! This is sizzling romantic historic fiction with a twist. Thorland has done incredible research and tucks her storyline of spies and dupes in the blank spaces presented by... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Lynn Robb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is in a series About the American Revolutionary War you need to read them all
Published 2 months ago by Dp Fillinger
5.0 out of 5 stars a major figure and source of love interest for Kate Grey is Lord...
Reviewed by Jim Duggins, Ph.D. Author of The Possession of Sarah Winchester

Donna Thorland’s American revolutionary period novel is awash with plots and adventure, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by jim duggins
5.0 out of 5 stars for those who like history this book was a treat. this book is fiction...
This was the third book I have read about the spy network that helped Washington win the revolution . Although it is a work of fiction it was also based on a real person. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lois A. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical read
I am not usually a fan of spy novels or mysteries, but I love historical fiction, and I love historical romance. This is a little bit of all of these. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CA
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting realism
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The historical background was accurate. The author's tampering with history for the historical people in this novel was neither outlandish nor... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and itelligently written
As in The Rebel Pirate, the author makes the American Revolution fascinating, and she creates interesting characters who don't fall into the usual stereotypes. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Turncoat is thrilling historical fiction
Donna Thorland's gripping debut novel paints a vivid portrait of espionage and intrigue during the American Revolution. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. N. Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars The Turncoat is a page turner
It's refreshing to read about the Revolutionary War era from the American side. This book had a strong hero and heroine and realistic conflicts together with some well drawn... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jersey Girl
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Graduating from Yale with a degree in Classics and Art History, Donna managed architecture and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem for several years. She then earned an MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has been a Disney/ABC Television Writing Fellow and a WGA Writer's Access Project Honoree, and has written for the TV shows Cupid and Tron: Uprising. The director of several award-winning short films, her most recent project, The Night Caller, aired on WNET Channel 13. Her fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Albedo One. She is married with one cat and divides her time between Los Angeles and Salem.

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