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Petticoat Spy

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Colonial Massachusetts, 1775
Abigail Stowell is a rarity for her time. The comely young woman is educated, outspoken, and attuned to the charged political climate around her. She is a staunch Patriot. In short, she is a rebel. So when Gideon Whitlock, an avowed Tory, rides into her village, Abby is not only put off by his politics and arrogance but is also annoyed by her
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Covenant Communications, Inc.
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Whenever I read a good book set in Colonial times it makes me feel patriotic and humbled by the men and women who lived during such a turbulent and important era, participating in the formation of our country and fighting for liberty. Petticoat Spy has a strong heroine who is passionate for the cause, and learning to balance speaking out for her convictions with maintaining a ladylike demeanor and schooling her mind to bring honor to her family name. Although Abby has an impetuous nature, she is ...more
Jessica Wolf
I was super excited to start reading this because I've always loved history about early America, and I'd been looking for a novel about spies in this era, too. Unfortunately, I came away feeling entirely "meh" about this book. It was written well, mind you, but the story itself was pretty lacking and the characters were all cut from the same cloth.

Abby was 100% a total Mary-Sue. If you dislike any novel with Mary-Sues are the main character, do not read this book. Every time a man looked at
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
4.5 stars
This book is easy to get lost into. I fell in love with the characters and the plot was intriguing!

The book begins just before the US Revolutionary War. The main character is Abigail Stowell. She is the daughter of a revolutionist. I loved reading the historic events through the eyes of someone who was experiencing them. I realize she is a fictional character, but it had an authentic feel to it.

Abigail is willingly brought into a world of becoming a spy and passing information to
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
PETTICOAT SPY may look like an unsuspecting sweet romance with some minor spying, but the story is so much more. Full of danger, deception, and a fight for the characters' very lives makes for a riveting tale. Then also add in a little whimsy with a wise woman who receives warnings and some predictions, a quaint town, a loving family, a world in turmoil on the brink of war, and a dashing gentleman to charm the heroine's heart. Historical romance and suspense readers are sure to enjoy!

I fell in
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Charissa
This Revolutionary War era fictional tale tells the story of Abigail, who wants more than anything to help the patriots like her father with the war effort. When she meets Gideon Whitlock, she is revolted by the arrogant Tory. But things arent always as they seem, and as she moves to Boston to help her dear friend, Aunt Caroline, she discovers dangerous truths that will put her life, and those she loves, at risk. This was an awesome book! I loved Abbys courage and need for adventure. She does ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I've been reading a lot of regency novels lately and this book was a refreshing change in scenery. I love books set during important times in history and this one takes place just before the Revolutionary War in America. The Patriot movement is increasing and strengthening and Abigail Stowell finds herself right in the middle of it.

Abby is a strong and determined girl. She has a keen mind and desperately wants to be a part of the cause she so strongly believes in. This leads her to a few
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Sara Cardon
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Revolutionary War history. This historical fiction is set in Boston as men begin gathering to fight and people pick sides. Abigail passes information on to the patriots. The story is woven with compelling storylines of Abigail's efforts to discover information despite danger, her relationship with Gideon, and helping a close family friend. I like Abigail, Gideon, Abigail's father, and the woman who resembles a witch.

It seems like Abigail spends a lot of effort getting into Boston, and
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Paul
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A young woman whose father is a rabble rouser because of his association with troublemakers like Samuel Adams is recruited to pass messages just prior to the events at Lexington and Concord in April 1775. Once she has succeeded in that and fallen for the recipient of the message, a lawyer in Tory-controlled Boston she is given permission to go to the occupied city to care for her ailing aunt in the home of one of General Gages main intelligence sources!

As time passes, she learns that her aunt
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Shauna
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this title! What a GREAT BOOK!
I am always intrigued with the men and women who put their lives on the line to help our country and our liberty. This time in history is amazing to read about and Abigail is such an inspiring character! You will love reading about her!
This book is definitely on the MUST-READ LIST!
NaDell
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite genres is historical fiction. Toss in some Revolutionary War, a female spy, and a little romance and it's so easy and fun (but suspenseful) to read and I love that while I read this genre, I learn some things I didn't know before (even though some of the characters are fictional, the main events happen the same way).
I thought this book was clever and interesting and full of unique characters (most of whom you cannot help but love!)

Julie Carpenter
Oh my heavens!!! I was seriously turning the pages as fast as possible. I picked up the book and not too many pages in I could tell this was going to be one of those books for me where I wouldn't want to set it down. I loved the historical setting, pre-revolutionary war. I loved the characters. I loved the sweet romance. I loved the suspense and intensity during several parts, especially the last half(or more) of the book. I loved the villain.....I know, I did just say that. Ok maybe love is the ...more
Sydney
Carol Warburton has written a delightful and adventurous romance in her Revolutionary War novel, Petticoat Spy. I have always loved novels written about the Revolutionary War and Warburtons novel is no different. From the cover of the novel, to the back cover blurb, to the first page, this book will captivate the attention of readers. I love how the main character, Abigail Stowell, is brave and bold and wants to help with the war effort; to do something to make a difference. And in the process ...more
Lisa Johnson
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Petticoat Spy
Author: Carol Warburton
Pages: 296
Year: 2017
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
My rating is 4 stars.
The year is 1775 and tempers are running hot as the colonists, or rebels as they are called by loyal Tories, are gathering information, ammunition and guns to stockpile for the unavoidable oncoming war with England. The story is set in the Boston area. The two main characters are Gideon Whitlock and Abigail Stowell, both young and passionate about what they believe to be in
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Toni
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first time I've read a revolutionary war time story. It was great as all Carol's books are. She has a great talent with combining history with romance and excitement. This was exciting from front to back and I couldn't put it down till I finished. Loved it!
Daryl
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice, good read. I have found I quite like Carol Warburton as an author. A few twrists and turns. More than just fluff.
Cathy
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! I loved it from the very beginning.

I really loved Abigail, I loved the way she was willing to step up in a time that women were pretty much expected to sit in the corner quietly and work on their sewing. She had opinions, strong ones, and she was willing to express them and even get into trouble for them when she acted on them. I also loved that she was willing to apologize when she needed to. And I loved the way she went out of her way to care for her invalid "aunt," and
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Adrienne
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abigail's family are staunch Patriots, so her first meeting with Gideon, a Tory, doesn't go so well. However, she soon comes to find out that there is more to Gideon than she thought--he is actually spying for the Patriots. As tensions heighten between the two sides, Abigail's realizes that as a woman, underestimated by men, can do some spying of her own. As most Patriots are leaving Boston, she goes to stay with family friends in the city, where she finds herself father's former friend is not ...more
Tenille
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This took me a bit to get into it, but then I couldn't wait to finish it. It had history, romance, war-adventure and drama. I ended up really enjoying this book. Abby is a strong, brave woman who went against everything women should do and helped the rebels in war.
A.L. Sowards
One of my favorite books has long been Johnny Tremain, and I loved that this one had a similar settingBoston and the surrounding area in 1775. This story had a good amount of history woven into a clean love story, told with beautiful prose. I enjoyed this one enough that I plan to look up some of the authors other books. ...more
Amy
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Petticoat Spy is a fabulous read. It is a mixture of what makes a great book to me: Revolutionary War era historical, strong woman, action, suspense, and romance.
I have already ordered other books by Carol Warburton since I enjoyed this one so much.
5 plus stars
Jenny
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this a 3.5 star rating. This book was well written. There were just some things in it that bothered me.
Julie
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this smart, fast-paced historical romance with great main characters and a swoony romance.
LaBibliodeCaro
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Petticoat Spy had all the enticing ingredients to become a book I would utterly love strong female character, historical tale, some spying, much family drama and a promising love interest Even the sleek cover instantly caught my eye! I was suppose to adore it! So understand my frustration when I started to realise that I couldnt relate to the story. Why on earth couldnt I fully enjoy it and get into the book?

To be fair, I did find some scenes captivating, especially those where Abigail finds
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Nicole
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 but I will round up to 3. This is the 3rd book of Carol Warburton I have read. While she comes up with some intriguing story lines her heroine, I am coming to realize, seems to be always the perfect woman (and usually very comely- a word she uses far too often). I am willing to overlook it a bit in this book because of the historical nature and the setting during the American Revolution. I love learning about this time period and so really enjoyed the reminder of what happened during these ...more
Karen
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook. I love listening to or reading historical fiction. It is a way to make our history seem more real. This was a fun book with Gideon and Abigail as main characters. Gideon is first seen as a staunch Tory. Abigail cant stand him and his cockiness. She wants nothing to do with the man who has different political views. She is a staunch Patriot. She soon realizes that Gideon isnt who he seems and she cant withstand her attraction to him. Abigail has desires to help the ...more
Mary-Anne Swift
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was just okay for me. It was pretty cheesy and very predictable. And I wouldnt really call Abby a spy because she did about two spy-like things. It was set in the late 1700s on the verge of the revolutionary war, which was an interesting time period. The story just didnt work well for me. It did get a little more interesting in the second half when Abby went to live with her aunt and uncle in Boston. But if you like cheesy regency romance books (think Sarah Eden-ish) then youd probably ...more
Barb
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I havent read many books set in Colonial period so that was interesting. It only had a few historical facts here and there. Otherwise I got engaged with the story and love story. It did get a little suspenseful near the end. Abby wants to help out with the war and does what no one would expect a young women to be during that time - a spy. She ends up in Boston to hopefully gather information to send back to the Patriots. She is staying with a family friends under the ruse of caring for the ...more
Leslie
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This takes place during the Revolutionary War, between the patriots and the Red Coats. Abigail knows of the political climate around her and goes to Boston to be a spy for the Patriots, posing to live and help her aunt Caroline, who's husband is helping the enemy. She is always in danger of being found out, but is such a help to the patriots and Aunt Caroline who is so ill. What will the future bring?
Terri
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good story about a girl who lives near Lexington right before the beginning of the Revolutionary War and gets caught up in it as she travels to Boston to care for an ailing friend. She carries a few messages into and out of Boston before the Lexington battle and then is in Boston during the blockade that follows. There's a sweet romance and a bit of adventure.
Diana
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really great read. The characters were interesting and so was the story line. I don't read many books set in this time period and it was quite eye opening. The chaos that can ensue from fear and speculation is frightening. I really liked the strength of the characters and what they were willing to do for their country and freedom. Plus the romance was fun too!
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