Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Dutch Girl by Donna Thorland

The acclaimed author of Mistress Firebrand and The Turncoat continues “her own revolution in American historical romance”* with another smart, sexy, swashbuckling novel set during the American Revolution.

Manhattan and the Hudson River Valley, 1778.
 The British control Manhattan, the Rebels hold West Point, and the Dutch patroons reign in feudal splendor over their vast Hudson River Valley estates. But the roads are ruled by highwaymen. Gerrit Van Haren, the dispossessed heir of Harenwyck, is determined to reclaim his inheritance from his decadent brother, Andries, even if that means turning outlaw and joining forces with the invading British. Until, that is, he waylays the carriage of beautiful young finishing school teacher Anna Winters…

Anna is a committed Rebel with a secret past and a dangerous mission to secure the Hudson Highlands for the Americans. Years ago, she was Annatje, the daughter of a tenant farmer who led an uprising against the corrupt landlords and paid with his life. Since then, Anna has vowed to see the patroon system swept aside along with British rule. But at Harenwyck she discovers that politics and virtue do not always align as she expects…and she must choose between two men with a shared past and conflicting visions of the future.

Although this is th 4th book in the Donna Thorland's Renegades of the American Revolution series, it is the first book I have read from this author. I was pleased that I did not have to read the earlier books to fully understand and enjoy this one. It can definitely be read alone. 

It's a bit of a swashbuckler / spy historical story set in New York in the 18th century and is about the Dutch who helped settle the Hudson Valley in New York -- the patroons and the Dutch West India Company in the Hudson. The author did a fabulous job of intertwining history with a good plot and a touch of romance.

The main characters are Annatje Hoppe who is a childhood friend of Gerrit Van Haren who is the true heir of his father's estate and is set on winning it back on his own terms after his brother Andries usurped it. 

I would classify this novel as a fast-paced romantic historical fiction with plenty of action and intrigue. Nicely done!

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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