Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love reading a historical fiction story that requires the author to imagine a lot and fill in the blanks. George Washington really used a spy network to help win the war against the British, and there was really a spy known as 3-5-5, “Lady”. That’s just about all that is known. So, Veronica Rossi used her imagination and historical events and people to build a story around the unknown spy, 355.

I found the book to be absolutely engrossing. I was in love with the character, Frannie. She is strong-willed, and absolutely amazing. Her ability to adapt created a story that I couldn’t stop reading. I loved her the most when she was being her true self. She’s a bit crass and completely un-lady-like, and I loved it.

Frannie’s need to escape her awful step-father is apparent. He’s a horrible human, and I wanted her to get away from him so much. When her opportunity arises, she seizes it, and takes another woman’s identity. I really enjoyed this situation. I liked her inner worries, and her solutions to her problems.

The entire story was filled with exciting moments that made me worry about what would happen to her next, but I thought all that excitement would take place on the front lines, and really a lot of it happens at garden parties, and social dinners. It was something I hadn’t envisioned when picking up this book, and I really enjoyed it!

Overall, I truly enjoyed reading this historical fiction. It was filled with great characters and had a plot that kept me engaged throughout the book!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Rebel Spy to readers that enjoy historical fiction with a strong female character!

Where to Find This Book:

Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi is available at these sites.

Amazon ~ Goodreads

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A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355–a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War–perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and the novels of Julie Berry.

Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather–and she takes it.

Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she finds herself eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington’s Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty–but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true “355” and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.

Just the Facts:

Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 368 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pub Date: June 23, 2020

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I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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