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The Turncoat (Renegades of the Revolution)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  762 ratings  ·  175 reviews
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
Paperback, 395 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by New American Library (first published March 1st 2013)
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3.5 stars

In 1777 General Howe has just landed at Head of Elk ready to march on Philadelphia and take the capital. The plans and details for this attack are being dispatched from Howe to General Clinton in New York. If these dispatches can be stolen and brought to Washington, a blow will be dealt to the British.

Kate Grey is not quite the dull Quaker she appears. Living on Grey Farm near Philadelphia, her father was a convert and has raised his daughter to be educated, free-thinking and independen
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Colonial America

After witnessing the rape of her pregnant best friend by marauding British Soldiers, Kate Grey abandons her pacifist Quaker ways to become an operative reporting to "The Merry Widow," George Washington's most notorious spymaster. Under the Widow's tutelage, country mouse Kate becomes a femme fatale whose wholesome beauty and razor sharp intelligence ensnare two British officers, the disgraced Peter Tremayne and his cousin the jealous and sadistic Bayard Caird. When Kate'
Ahnika White
I had high hopes for this novel--I really enjoy historical fiction and the novel mentioned many historically accurate battles and figures, but the author threw all this away by making the centered female character a hussy for a handsome british soldier and his equally attractive cousin slash half brother (spoiler alert, but not really because it's completely obvious from very early on but the author still tries to make it some jaw-dropping revelation and it all ends up being super anti-climactic ...more
Donna Thorland
Aug 21, 2014 Donna Thorland added it  ·  (Review from the author)
"cool & sexy" –New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot

"awesome" –Corey May, Assassin's Creed 3

“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 Times Bestselling Author William Martin

“Very entertaining.”—New York Times bestselling author M
This review originally appeared on the Historical Novel Society's website. Review copy provided by publisher.

The Turncoat is a strong debut set mostly in British-occupied Philadelphia during the Revolutionary years 1777 to 1780. Kate Grey, the Quaker daughter of a farmer turned revolutionary, is drawn into the world of espionage by a glamorous Rebel spy known as the Widow, but not before she has inadvertently given away her father’s secret to British officer Peter Tremayne. Tremayne does not bet
1777. Kate Grey, a modest Quaker girl, meets English officer Peter Tremayne when he and his men commandeer her home. Despite her rebel sympathies, Kate is drawn to Tremayne but unwittingly plays a part in a deception that ensures his disgrace. Kate flees her home and her old life to start a new life in the midst of British-occupied Philadelphia. She rediscovers Tremayne, the only man who knows her true sympathies, but also the man charged with bringing her to justice.

A fast-paced historical adve
Rosina Lippi
I have a tbr pile that I worry about. First, because if it falls over it will crush one of my dogs and second, because I make so little progress. There are novels I have been trying to read for months. My lack of success has nothing to do with the novels themselves -- hiding in the stack may be the best novel I'll ever come across. It's just life. And I will not bore you with the details.

The way I came to read The Turncoat is: it fell in my lap. Somebody handed it to me and said, read the first
I got about four-five chapters read and gave up. The history part is okay; it was the interaction among the characters and some of the scenes, i.e., an American undercover spy woman galloping away from the "bad guys" while simultaneously turning around in her saddle to fire away at them with her pistol -- a pistol which in those days was only good for one or two shots. C'mon! Only in Hollywood would such a thing be tried and then only in the "old days" of film. And then another main character, a ...more
Jennifer McQuiston
I am going to start this review off by saying this isn't a Romance, even though it is being reviewed on several Romance sites. I am usually a reader of historical romance, because straight historical fiction tends to bore me to tears. Nothing about this book even approximates boring. It held me riveted... I mean, "take a long lunch break" kind of riveted, because I couldn't bear to put it down and return to my desk.

Thorland masterfully crafts Kate Grey as a Quaker woman turned Rebel spy, who rem
Ashlyn Macnamara
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
When I signed up for the War Through the Generations challenge for this year, I knew that I was going to struggle to find books set in the American Revolution, but that's okay. It just means that you have to work a bit harder to complete the challenge. That doesn't mean to say that if a book that fits the criteria lands in your lap you don't say yes, so when I heard about this book I knew I was going to read it if only because of that. Fortunately, it sounded like a fascinating read too.

Kate Gre
Alan White
Set in 1777 The Turncoat: Renegades of the Revolution, is a swashbuckling, novel full of intrigue, romance, tempers like black powder and tongues sharp as blades. The main character Kate Grey is a simple farm woman, who is anything but simple. Educated and self reliant Kate is capable, used to hard work rather than the trappings citied society, and enjoy's spirited debate with worthy opponents. She finds such a rival in Major Peter Tremayn. The witty rivalry quickly leads to heated passions that ...more
Abby Letner
This book was a lot of fun to read. I'm into this time period so it was fun to run into the different characters from the Revolution that I've read about in history books. And also to learn about the female spies during that time. It was a very thoroughly researched novel and then the romantic plot line was also awesome. Lots of action and adventure. It was non-stop and I couldn't put it down.

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Entertaining with a few quibbles - here is my review:

Here is the book trailer, which is very well done by the author:
There wasn't a lot about the book that I enjoyed. While the actual historical fiction aspect throughout the book were well done and interesting enough, I found that even those were lost in the "romance" of the book. The book was suppose to be a historical fiction, but what I got was poorly executed "romance" between the characters. The romance wasn't believable and I found it to be forced, it took over the entire story, rather than compliment it. I also found that the character interactions duri ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
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,Ka ...more
Miss Clara
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I live near Valley Forge and many of the forts and battlefields mentioned in this engaging historical novel. That being said, I could easily imagine the hordes of soldiers galloping over the hills to battle the enemy as described in this book. I often drive by battlefield markers and will now pay close attention to what is inscribed on them.

The rebels suffered for the right to be free of the yoke of the English, but they never gave up. They lost their homes, everything they owned, and often thei
As a big fan of historical fiction, I was excited to get my hands on THE TURNCOAT, by newcomer Donna Thorland. The story of a Massachusetts farm girl who becomes embroiled in a dangerous web of espionage during the American Revolution, THE TURNCOAT takes you from ballrooms to battle grounds and everything in between.

Thorland's vivid writing brings the Revolution Era to life - you can practically smell the sweet rum punch wafting through the air - and deftly weaves her fictional characters in wi
Simone St James
I gave a quote for this one! It's fantastic. Recommended!
Wisteria Leigh
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 secret information to deliver. Among t
Eh, I was a bit disappointed in this book. I was expecting it to be more historical fiction and less romance novel-y. The romance itself did not grab me much as it was too insta-love in the 1770s.

There was a lot of historical stuff about the war smushed in around the lame romance, but it was confusing and kind of boring.

The characters are what killed this for me. I never really felt like we got to know them well, because they were all kind of one dimensional.

Kate Grey was a Mary Sue. Sorry. Sh
Kathy Davie
I'm guessing it's the first in the Renegades of the Revolution historical fiction series revolving around a female spy and a noble British major. (Thorland appears to be promoting this as if it were part of a series, but I can't find any other information about it...)

My Take
This was just excellent. And interesting to read right after C.C. Humphreys' Jack Absolute (Jack Absolute, 1) revolving around the exact same time period, place, and those characters who were not fictional! Do read Jack Abs
3 1/2 star from me.
I would have rated it higher except for the eye-rolling moments, especially the incredible horseback riding/shooting scene near the beginning. Sheesh! shades of Annie Oakley in 1777.
Secondly, while I was really excited to read a book set during the American Revolution, I was disappointed that the first book in this proposed series uses one of the most-used scenarios.
Yes, we are once again transported to British occupied Philadelphia. Sigh.
(John Andre's big extravaganza, the M
Quakers are meant to be pacifists, but Kate Grey can no longer abide by those rules once her father leaves home to join General Washington and the woman he left behind to watch after her is revealed to be a spy for the Americans. Using Kate for her own purposes, The Widow allows a British officer to get close to the young Quaker so that the dispatches he has on his person may be stolen. The result of the plot is Peter Tremayne’s court-martial and Kate’s inclusion into the war effort. The Widow t ...more
This was the perfect balance of tense and tender. I was skeptical at first- how are we supposed to believe everything Tremayne does for a farm girl he shared fleeting minutes with?

But we do. The bond they share is unquestionable, unshakable and only strengthens throughout the course of the story. Not only is the writing simply spellbinding, but the twists of this tale kept me from looking up until I finished it entirely!

Kate, or Lydia as she's later known as, is bold and cunning and poignantly h
A historical fiction novel set against the backdrop of the American Revolution wouldn't be a typical book for me, however, I do like the genre—it's just the aforementioned war doesn't hold much appeal UNTIL NOW. The author has incredible writing skills; her characters are well drawn—even the bad ones and I literally had trouble putting this thing down. My intensions were to savor it as I was drawn into the story immediately, unfortunately, and because I couldn’t put it down I ended up devouring ...more
Erin Cavazos
The Turncoat takes you back to the birth of our nation and gives a peek behind the lines on both sides of the war. The lavish lifestyles of the British elite, the struggle to pick a side by some Colonists, the means in which some went about risking life and limb (and love) for the Rebel cause.... The characters are engaging and left me wanting to know more about their futures ...
When I bought this is had no idea it was going to be a trilogy! However, I am thrilled! This new author is fantastic! I have never read a historical fiction surrounding the Revolution. The characters were delicious and enticing! Curiosity held at every turn of the page! Thoroughly enjoyable read!! Ready for book two!
Well written period piece, taking place around the time of Valley Forge. Well written complex characters and a plot line that will keep you turning the pages. when you finish you will want to look up the history behind it.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Feb 09, 2015 10:59AM  
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Currently a writer on the WGN historical drama, SALEM, Donna Graduated from Yale with a degree in Classics and Art History and managed architecture and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem for several years. She earned an MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, has been a Disney/ABC Television Writing Fellow and a WGA Writer’s Access Project Honoree, and has wr ...more
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“I advise you against following my example. Don’t take up with a man who will die for you. Find one who will kill for you instead.” 16 likes
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