Rebel Spy – Veronica Rossi

From the publisher, “A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355—a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War.  Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman body floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather—and she takes it.

Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she’s eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington’s Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty—but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true “355” and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.”

The writing excels in this important story of how the actions of individuals, ordinary people, helped turn the tide of the American Revolution.  The author deftly crafts Frannie, drawing the reader to her plight showing her grit and determination. Action abounds as she manages to get herself off the island and into her new life.  How she was draw into the spy ring is also quite believable.  A cause so great, that a person was willing to risk their life, a life of security and comfort, to bring about the needed change is a story that needs to be told and never forgotten.  This book could be paired with George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War by Thomas B. Allen.  Highly recommend.

eGalley review                                                     Publication date 6.23.2020

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