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This historical fiction with some romance and mystery was well researched and written. Ethan Matlock, the principal male character, keeps the reader guessing through the book as to who he really is. A good guy or bad? One is left guessing as he seems to have sympathies with the rebel Americans fighting for liberty, but has befriended many influential and important Loyalists and British military soldiers. As the book progresses, one finds that he is actually acting as a double spy, giving the Americans accurate information while the British inaccurate. To complicate matters that threaten his mission to uncover a rumored plot against General Washington's life, he develops a fondness for a Miss Madelaine, step-niece to a Robert Sinclair, a particularly dastardly fellow who is helping fund the British forces. Maddie has much animosity for her step-uncle because he was responsible for having her father imprisoned for treason against the crown and she shares her father's beliefs. The book has lots of action and suspense, wondering if Ethan and Maddie will fall in love, if she will get to see her father released and if her uncle will get his just desserts; wondering if Ethan will get caught as every turn he could be discovered by the British or Maddie and wanting him to be successful in foiling the despicable plots. 

One minor character I liked, who is only mentioned briefly, was elderly Lydia Beltram, "a spry old widow who had fought Indians on the Pennsylvania frontier, rumored to have taken scalps, refused to house British soldiers when (General) Howe's army arrived in town. Owing to her age and her threat to burn down the place rather than live with redcoats, Howe made an exception for the woman he dubbed 'that white-haired fiend'. She sounds like a tough woman, strong and independent, not easily cowed... I like that!

I would recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction, suspense and romance. I received this book in exchange for an honest review-- thank you!