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*Read Epub ⚶ Mistress Firebrand Ë British Occupied Manhattan,American actress Jennifer Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater with her witty comedies, 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 Setting New York City 17774 1 2 StarsAfter reading the authors first two books and I absolutely loved them, I admit I was hesitant going into this one only because I really don t care for historical books romance or otherwise where the backdrop is a actress playwright actor theme I don t know why, but they just bore me and I can t hold any interest in one That being saidI thought Mistress Firebrand her most amusing, clever, adventurous, and thought provoking novel yet and I couldn t put Setting New York City 17774 1 2 StarsAfter reading the authors first two books and I absolutely loved them, I admit I was hesitant going into this one only because I really don t care for historical books romance or otherwise where the backdrop is a actress playwright actor theme I don t know why, but they just bore me and I can t hold any interest in one That being saidI thought Mistress Firebrand her most amusing, clever, adventurous, and thought provoking novel yet and I couldn t put it down Once again Ms.Thorland gives us a story with wonderfully vivid descriptions, fascinating historical events and dynamic to the core characters alongside with a very powerful love story This being the third book in her Revolution series all can be read as a stand alone she gives the reader a view of the era from several sides which made it eveninteresting.Jenny Leighton actress playwright dreams of seeing her witty comedies on the stage in London.And her big opportunity comes when playwright general John Burgoyne arrives He is her ticket to the London stage in England..or so she thinks But Jenny s scheme is thwarted by Severin Devere, whose job it is to keep gentleman Johnny s focus on the war and not on the ladies Months go by, and Jenny is no longer dreaming of her stardom in London, but now penning sarcastic plays about the British under a pen name of Cornelia By the time Severin figures out Jenny is Cornelia, he has fallen in love with her Now caught between loyalty and love, rebellion and safety, Jenny and Severin face danger and the opportunity to fight for freedom.There is nothing better then a book that sucks you right in, makes you laugh out loud, fall in love with the characters, and not want it to end.This is one author that with each book it just gets better and better and I can hardly wait for her next book to come out Highly recommend all her books in the Revolution series Fairly exciting novel, than again espionage always adds a level of excitement.I was unsure of Jennifer at first Was she flighty, opportunistic or something else I warmed up to her as the story progressed, I must say I preferred her paired with Severin, together they compliment each other, proverbial ying and yang, not to mention their many similarities Severin charming, cultured, revolutionary James Bond Frances was a muted character but her presence added to my fascination with Angela Fer Fairly exciting novel, than again espionage always adds a level of excitement.I was unsure of Jennifer at first Was she flighty, opportunistic or something else I warmed up to her as the story progressed, I must say I preferred her paired with Severin, together they compliment each other, proverbial ying and yang, not to mention their many similarities Severin charming, cultured, revolutionary James Bond Frances was a muted character but her presence added to my fascination with Angela Ferrers No doubt these two old chums shared quite a past.I felt the tension of New York as it serves as the center of conflict and turbulence The power shift, the political standoff, chaos, tides change at a moments notice as do allegiances The theatre aspect created dimension, noting how thespians played a role during this time was fascinating.More than a love story, the background sets the tone for adventure, tension with dramatics forming a fetching read When given the opportunity to read and review Mistress Firebrand, I was thrilled and jumped at the chance I ve read two others in Renegades of the Revolution series and fell in love with Donna Thorland s writing It took me longer to get through this one, not counting the week long flu at Christmas, but due to wanting to relish the settings, the characters, and watch every twist and turn unfold You can only read a book once for the first time As firsts and lasts, and everything in between, When given the opportunity to read and review Mistress Firebrand, I was thrilled and jumped at the chance I ve read two others in Renegades of the Revolution series and fell in love with Donna Thorland s writing It took me longer to get through this one, not counting the week long flu at Christmas, but due to wanting to relish the settings, the characters, and watch every twist and turn unfold You can only read a book once for the first time As firsts and lasts, and everything in between, Mistress Firebrand was exactly as I d expected and , what I d hoped Romance, historical, espionage, and theater The research and descriptions are impeccable and lush, adding a layer to the characters and setting without coming across as daunting The year was 1777, and Jennifer Leighton was making her meager living in Manhattan As a thespian and playwright, Jenny hoped for bigger stages andacclaim as a woman in theater Living with her Aunt Frances, an accomplished actress in her own right, Jenny sought out avenues to make her dreams come to fruition in the form of a patron, the ambitious sybarite, General John Burgoyne Unfortunately, as patrons go, Burgoyne appears enad with Jenny but for completely different reasons Enter Burgoyne s right hand man, intelligence officer Severin Devere Ambitious in his own right, Devere is asked by Burgoyne to fetch the lovely Jenny from the theater, a request that puts events in motion to pit playwright against spy, battling against their hearts, governments, unfinished business, and one step away from their necks in a noose Once Jenny had experienced the upheaval of British occupation in her town, her loyalties were split Family before politics Jenny was given the opportunity to strike back under her mighty and wicked pen Her plays, cleverly acted out as anti British vitriol, caught like wildfire under the pen name Cordelia and earned her a place in The British Most Wanted List Who to find that person None other than our man of espionage, Severin Devere who would much rather keep her in his future Wanting what you can t have but try to have anyway Spies and wars Loyalties and family Excellent strong characters Can you see why I couldn t rush through this To what degree did the theater affect the Revolutionary War Thorland brings to light an interesting catalyst in the Revolutionary War The power of the theater In our modern day, media affords anyone with an internet connection an immediate source and outpouring of public sentiment, news, and politics In my lifetime, technology has shaped news immediacy Foreign are the days of 1777, where news was much, much slower A snail s pace in contrast to today s television, internet chat rooms and social media Our ancestors covertly printed and distributed mutinous and defiantly political materials, letters came across the sea to be passed about parties, whispered around shipyards, political plays were performed on stage and in parlors, and gossip was currency to merchants who sold you wares and goods at the markets Thorland did a wonderful job illustrating the theater as a key player in political circles A catalyst of sorts, contained by a catchy phrase or tune, or a dramatic satirical scene that made the commoner laugh and Generals stir to action These elements had the ability to turn popular good opinion into a cabbage throwing, tar and feathering racket or worse, life and death When tensions were high and armies blazed across the eastern states, a friendly town or village would mean success or life and death A key catalyst, like playwright Jennifer Leighton, was important for any army or political figure to garner public sympathy and fortification of positive reputation needed to defend political gain I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the theater shaped the Revolutionary War in this seemingly innocuous but powerful way one that I hope is not lost in our histories Just as the others in the series this installment can be read as a standalone.Coming to a bookseller near you March 3rd, 2015Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Group, and author, Donna Thorland for the opportunity to read and review How does this series get better each time Fantastic installment of the Renegades of the Revolution Find this and other reviews at ve been eyeing Donna Thorland s Renegades of the Revolution series since the publication of The Turncoat, but fitting the books into my schedule has been something of a challenge Till now that is For the record, the books are written as standalones and weren t published in chronological order, so feel free to start where you will I also encourage readers not to worry too much over the material Thorland s writing is won Find this and other reviews at ve been eyeing Donna Thorland s Renegades of the Revolution series since the publication of The Turncoat, but fitting the books into my schedule has been something of a challenge Till now that is For the record, the books are written as standalones and weren t published in chronological order, so feel free to start where you will I also encourage readers not to worry too much over the material Thorland s writing is wonderfully detailed, but easy to follow and she never overwhelms the narrative with lecture style exposition As far as the characters are concerned, I wasn t initially sold on Jennifer Leighton, but she grew on me and I became quite fond of her by the end of the novel Severin Devere, on the other hand, proved an engaging rouge from the start Frances enjoys a supporting role, but I loved the passion Thorland embedded in her character and words can t describe my enchantment with the enigmatic Angela Ferrers.Historically, Thorland paints New York as a political battleground and I found her interpretation intensely interesting The action is brisk and incredibly addictive, but the story itself highlights the struggles of those living in a city under occupation Power shifts frequently and the growing unrest makes it difficult to discern friend from foe and I really liked how Thorland manipulated that principle to her advantage.I admit it took me a few chapters to get into the book, but I once I did I found the novel almost impossible to put down Dramatic, clever, entertaining and provocative, Mistress Firebrand isn t to be missed