Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Book Review: Mistress Firebrand

It feels so good to be able to sit down and plow through books again.  After finishing A Curious Beginning, I took a couple days off, then bought Mistress Firebrand, by Donna Thorland, for my Kindle.

Mistress Firebrand is the third in Thorland's Renegades of the American Revolution series, and each can be read on their own.  Aside from General Washington, there is really one other character that has an influence in all the books.  At times we get hints of what's happened in the other stories, but only hints.  Each book can stand on its own.  And I happened to read them in the order as they were published, accidentally.  I didn't even check the publishing dates.

British Occupied Manhattan, 1777.  With her witty comedies, American actress Jennifer Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater, but she longs to escape the provincial circuit for the glamour of the London stage. When the playwright General John Burgoyne visits the city, fresh from a recent success in the capitol, she seizes the opportunity to court his patronage.  But her plan is foiled by British intelligence officer Severin Devere. 
Severin’s mission is to keep the pleasure-loving general focused on the war effort…and away from pretty young actresses. But the tables are turned when Severin himself can’t resist Jennifer Leighton…
Months later, Jenny has abandoned her dreams of stage glory and begun writing seditious plays for the Rebels under the pen name “Cornelia,” ridiculing “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne and his army—and undermining the crown’s campaign to take Albany. By the time Severin meets up with Jenny once again, she is on a British hanging list, and Severin is ordered to find her—and deliver her to certain death. Soon, the two are launched on a desperate journey through the wilderness, toward a future shaped by the revolution—and their passion for each other…
There's intrigue, danger, espionage, romance, and of course, history.  I didn't want to put this book down, just like the other 2 in the series, The Turncoat and The Rebel Pirate.  I do think the ending could've been stronger.  We always get both Jenny's and Severin's points of view, but the last chapter cut out one of them.  I think that missing point of view would've made the last chapter stronger, and the last few pages of that chapter could've been made into an epilogue.

Overall, I enjoyed it very much, and Thorland has a 4th book just published in this series.  I'll read some other books first, but the 4th book is on my to-read list.


  1. Oooh, I've never heard of this series but it sounds intriguing! I like stories that mix literary genres. Will have to put this on my future to-read list!

    1. I started reading the series last year, but the books had been out for a couple years. Now I'm almost all caught up.