Review: The Turncoat by Donna Thorland

Thursday, March 7

Title:  The Turncoat:  Renegades of the Revolution*
Author: Donna Thorland
Genre:  Historical Fiction/Historical Romance
Publisher:  NAL Trade
Format:  Hardcover, paperback, ebook & audio
Date/Year: March 5, 2013
Reviewed by:  Andrea
*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

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.

My Musings:

Warning: If you choose to read The Turncoat you had better really (really!) love history.

I love historical novels, especially anything pertaining to the American Revolution.  It’s a darn good thing too, because I consider that an essential requirement for reading this book.  There is a lot of historical detail included!  It actually reminded me of the descriptions of Culloden in Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon.  Both books are pretty dry reads at times because of all the history, and I had to take breaks when so many facts being thrown at me got overwhelming.  The biggest difference between the two is that Dragonfly in Amber has a fantastic romance to go along with all that history, The Turncoat doesn’t. 

The main characters are Kate and Peter.  Kate is wonderful.  I always fall for the smart, gutsy heroines, so I really like Kate.  She is intelligent, courageous, and idealistic.  Her Quaker upbringing was instrumental in shaping her world view.  That’s a new one for me, one which I found it fascinating.  Kate’s love interest is Peter.  Uhm... he’s okay.  I never felt like I got to know him and I’m still not sure why Kate found him so appealing.  He isn’t the righteous idealist Kate is, but he ended up doing the right thing most of the time. 

The shining star of this book was the historical fiction.  The sacrifices Kate and her mentor made in order to serve their country were incredible.  For the telling of that story alone, I must say that the author has talent.  The book is well-written and well researched, but something was missing for me.  I wasn’t drawn into the the lives and motivations of the characters as much as I needed to be. On top of that, the romance never managed to capture my attention.  The sex scenes were hot and steamy, but outside the bedroom, I was less than impressed.  The flow between the historical fiction and the historical romance wasn’t very good, they seemed to be battling against one another most of the time.  To put it bluntly, I was left feeling that the romance was only added in an attempt to make the book more marketable. 

I know that’s like a lot of criticism for a book I liked, but I am writing for a romance review blog, and the romance wasn’t stellar.  As a historical fiction, it is a good book.  As a romance, it’s not very good.


Overall: 3
Sensuality level: 5
(Graphic sex and non-consensual sex)
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