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Set during the darkest days of the American Revolution, The Turncoat’s Widow tells the fictional story of General Washington’s most reluctant spy, a young widow who races times and traitors in New York City and Morristown circa 1780 to uncover a plot that threatens the new nation’s future. With elements of romance and suspense, this historical mystery also explores themes Set during the darkest days of the American Revolution, The Turncoat’s Widow tells the fictional story of General Washington’s most reluctant spy, a young widow who races times and traitors in New York City and Morristown circa 1780 to uncover a plot that threatens the new nation’s future. With elements of romance and suspense, this historical mystery also explores themes of resilience, loss, and the courage needed to leave the past behind.


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Set during the darkest days of the American Revolution, The Turncoat’s Widow tells the fictional story of General Washington’s most reluctant spy, a young widow who races times and traitors in New York City and Morristown circa 1780 to uncover a plot that threatens the new nation’s future. With elements of romance and suspense, this historical mystery also explores themes Set during the darkest days of the American Revolution, The Turncoat’s Widow tells the fictional story of General Washington’s most reluctant spy, a young widow who races times and traitors in New York City and Morristown circa 1780 to uncover a plot that threatens the new nation’s future. With elements of romance and suspense, this historical mystery also explores themes of resilience, loss, and the courage needed to leave the past behind.

30 review for The Turncoat's Widow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Srivalli Rekha

    3.5 Stars The book is about Rebecca Parcell or Becca, widow of Phillip Parcell, the supposed Patriot during the American Revolution. We see how he was a British spy and had made a list of fellow spies, which is supposed to be in Becca’s possession. She is targeted by the folk of Morristown for various reasons- hatred for her husband, suspicion on her loyalties towards the land, and for the list, she doesn’t even know existed. Above all, we see that she was an easy target for being different from 3.5 Stars The book is about Rebecca Parcell or Becca, widow of Phillip Parcell, the supposed Patriot during the American Revolution. We see how he was a British spy and had made a list of fellow spies, which is supposed to be in Becca’s possession. She is targeted by the folk of Morristown for various reasons- hatred for her husband, suspicion on her loyalties towards the land, and for the list, she doesn’t even know existed. Above all, we see that she was an easy target for being different from the rest of them. Becca is offered a deal by none other than George Washington to find the list and be free of the rumors and the Council's threat to take away her farm. Daniel Alloway, an escaped British prisoner, is appointed as her protector when Becca travels to New York to uncover the mystery around her dead husband. The book is full of action, twists, and revelations. The lines between good and bad, friend and foe, blur as Becca gets embroiled deeper in the tangle of web around her. What I like: • It is a fast-paced story with a straightforward and crisp narration. • Some characters were interesting to read. (Augusta, Annie, Mason, etc.) I wished there was more information to give them the required depth. • A decent and neatly tied up ending that can lead to another book in the series (it does look that way). • Keeping the reader guessing about the twist. Half my guesses were right. What I Wished was Better: • Too many characters crammed into the story, causing confusion. (Yeah, they are necessary, but some could have been used without names). • There are no proper explanations for some developments in the story. I wouldn’t call these plot holes. It’s more of a lack of character development. • There is no real depth of emotions displayed by any character. Even Becca seems superficial and removed from the story. While that made reading easier, it would have been more impactful to delve into the emotional turmoil of the lead characters. • The love/ romance angle wasn’t explored enough. I understand there wasn’t time for it, but the emotional connection was not as strong as it should be. Overall, this is a good debut novel and was quite enjoyable. But it is a one-time read and not memorable enough to stay with me for a long time. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Level Best Books and am voluntarily leaving a review. #TheTurncoatsWidow #NetGalley

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bee

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Turncoat’s Widow, and after finishing, was surprised to learn this was author Mally Becker’s debut novel. I look forward to more of her books in the future. In a unique setting for the historical mystery genre, this book is set in gritty Revolutionary War-era New England. Young widow Rebecca Parcell finds herself at the mercy of the townspeople in Morristown, NJ, when publicly accused of betraying her husband to the British and being the cause of his death. But Philip Pa I thoroughly enjoyed The Turncoat’s Widow, and after finishing, was surprised to learn this was author Mally Becker’s debut novel. I look forward to more of her books in the future. In a unique setting for the historical mystery genre, this book is set in gritty Revolutionary War-era New England. Young widow Rebecca Parcell finds herself at the mercy of the townspeople in Morristown, NJ, when publicly accused of betraying her husband to the British and being the cause of his death. But Philip Parcell was not what he seemed to be. As a blacksmith’s daughter wed for her dowry, Becca had never fit in with Morristown society, despite her husband’s aristocratic family line, so she provides a handy scapegoat for those in the town who had reasons to be rid of her. The suspicions raised mean that Becca will most likely lose her farm and all she holds dear, despite the backing and support of her mother-in-law, Lady Augusta, and neighbor Thomas Lockwood, a man of standing who also happens to be personally acquainted with George Washington. In an astonishing turn of events, Becca finds herself enlisted by General Washington himself, to serve as a spy for him and discover the truth about a list of names of turncoats Philip had in his possession. Enter Daniel Alloway, who’d been on the same British prison ship as Philip Parcell and was told by the dying man that his wife would know how to retrieve the list of names. Daniel is recruited to accompany Becca, Lady Augusta, and their maid Annie to British-occupied New York City to help discover who the traitors are amongst Washington’s own men and how the trail leads to Morristown. Already a dangerous and brutal place during the Revolutionary War, the city harbors enemies of both Daniel and Becca, making a difficult assignment even more deadly. The cast of supporting characters was well-rounded and enjoyable, the story clipped along at a fast pace, and there were twists and turns along the way. It offered a glimpse into the rougher, and most likely quite accurate, aspects of life during this tumultuous time. It also threw in a few interesting facts I didn’t realize, like one needing a passport to travel from New Jersey to New York. With a tidy resolution to the mystery and hints at a future romance and other opportunities to spy for Washington, it set itself up nicely for future books in the series. And I’ll gladly read them. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this novel in exchange for my unbiased review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Laue

    I have admittedly been spoiled by very, very wonderful historical fiction over the years, and unfortunately this is not in that category. I enjoyed the premise but felt too much was undertaken and things ultimately fell flat. The plot progressed in confusing ways, and often characters acted with motivation that was confusing, not ever fully explained or rushed. Example - Mason and Augusta. What? What even happened with that? Many thanks to #NetGalley for access to this book in exchange for an ho I have admittedly been spoiled by very, very wonderful historical fiction over the years, and unfortunately this is not in that category. I enjoyed the premise but felt too much was undertaken and things ultimately fell flat. The plot progressed in confusing ways, and often characters acted with motivation that was confusing, not ever fully explained or rushed. Example - Mason and Augusta. What? What even happened with that? Many thanks to #NetGalley for access to this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    A great historical fiction novel - exactly the type of book anyone might hope to read while locked down during quarantine (or afterwards!). Intricately woven story lines, a fantastic and well-researched sense of place, and engaging characters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sue F

    The Revolutionary War has been going on for a while, and things are getting really tough. Families have been split, American soldiers are being paid in worthless paper currency, food is scarce, disease is not scarce, and it’s hard to tell where anyone’s loyalties really lie. Amidst this roiling mess, Rebecca Parcell just wants the war to end - and to be able to keep her deceased husband’s land. But that’s not going to happen without a miracle. The local townspeople (with some extra help from a p The Revolutionary War has been going on for a while, and things are getting really tough. Families have been split, American soldiers are being paid in worthless paper currency, food is scarce, disease is not scarce, and it’s hard to tell where anyone’s loyalties really lie. Amidst this roiling mess, Rebecca Parcell just wants the war to end - and to be able to keep her deceased husband’s land. But that’s not going to happen without a miracle. The local townspeople (with some extra help from a provocateur or two) think she betrayed her hero husband to the British, and she’s likely to forfeit the farm when she’s forced to defend herself in front of the “Council of Safety”. Luckily for Becca, General Washington knows the truth about her decidedly non-heroic husband, Philip, and is willing to intervene on her behalf if she and Daniel Alloway, the last man to see Philip alive, help the Revolutionary cause with a bit of spying. Toss in some villainous Brits, an equally heinous American or two, a puzzling code, a pretty slick way of transferring messages, and an underhanded British plot, and soon the bit of spying turns into a lot of spying - and a fair amount of danger too. Eventually, though, Rebecca and Daniel figure things out, just in time to prevent a wartime atrocity. And in the process they figure out some things about themselves too, and about each other. I really enjoyed The Turncoat’s Widow. Although this isn’t really a traditional mystery, since we know right up front how Philip died (on a British prison ship), the story is more in the details – who DID betray him, and why? Author Mally Becker does a great job of setting the stage, although I wish she would have included a historical note at the end – I always think these add to mysteries set in different times. The plot kept me guessing right along with Becca and Daniel. And it was a ton of fun to see a young Alexander Hamilton! If I have any minor issue with The Turncoat’s Widow, it’s that I’m not super fond of the type of mystery where the wrongly-accused protagonist has to prove their innocence. But Becker handles it pretty well, and I didn’t find it too annoying. All-in-all, this is a really nice series starter. At least, I hope it’s a series starter – after all there’s that matter in Philadelphia that General Washington would like Becca and Daniel to look into... And finally, my thanks to the publisher, Level Best Books, and NetGalley for the advance review copy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wytzia Raspe

    A fascinating neutral novel set during the American revolution - "The Turncoat's widow" by Mally Becker As a non-American I often wondered what the American revolution meant for a "common" colonist. Many were British or of British decent and the slogan "No taxation without representation" what we learned in Holland in school that was the spark that set off the war seemed for a grown up me a bit far fetched for the random Tom, DIck and Harry who had no seat in Parliament anyway. However many Ameri A fascinating neutral novel set during the American revolution - "The Turncoat's widow" by Mally Becker As a non-American I often wondered what the American revolution meant for a "common" colonist. Many were British or of British decent and the slogan "No taxation without representation" what we learned in Holland in school that was the spark that set off the war seemed for a grown up me a bit far fetched for the random Tom, DIck and Harry who had no seat in Parliament anyway. However many American historical novels go for a full patriotic blast. But there were loyalists. Canada stayed British. Native Americans were often pro British as the Americans were not so nice and freedom loving to them. So how would it have been for a random person living in the colonies? This book is about exactly those.. New York being in the hand of the British but New Jersey in the hands of Washington's army Becca is just a young widow of impoverished middle class who does not give a toss who is in charge Washington or the British. But when words get out her husband was a British spy who turned on his master willing to sell British spies on Washington's staff but she ratted him out (she did not) she is almost run out of town. Her only way out is given by Washington who promises to let her keep her farm (and he also promises to pay a former prisoner to aid her) if she finds that list with the spies. Becca at a certain moment says she realises that the people living in the colonies are indeed not British. I think she regards them as people less focussed on a glorious pasts and more flexible. I think the author means that there were more opportunities on the American side. After finishing the book I found out the author works on the historical site where the novel is set. The mystery part of the novel is well done. The love interest is an undercurrent that is very believable and the historical background is fascinating. For instance that people in their thirties were considered middle aged. That Washington at age 48 was considered old and that he was very tall but had a high voice (like my good friend M I immediately thought). It is also interesting to read that people had expected that war to be over a lot sooner too. Are they not always? And that the British had burned Manhattan and not rebuild it and the prison ships sounded very cruel too. I always wondered why the British who were winning for a long time lost. Lost the popular vote? http://www.dutchysbookreviewsandfreeb...

  7. 5 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com THE TURNCOAT’S WIDOW by Mally Becker is a debut historical mystery set in Morristown during the Revolutionary War era with a female protagonist who is widowed and must find the strength and courage to do extraordinary things to save her family farm. Rebecca Parcell is a widow who wants nothing more than to continue working her late husband’s family farm with her mother-in-law and servant/friend. She hates the war and feels no love f Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com THE TURNCOAT’S WIDOW by Mally Becker is a debut historical mystery set in Morristown during the Revolutionary War era with a female protagonist who is widowed and must find the strength and courage to do extraordinary things to save her family farm. Rebecca Parcell is a widow who wants nothing more than to continue working her late husband’s family farm with her mother-in-law and servant/friend. She hates the war and feels no love for either side, but her husband supposedly died a patriot and hero. Some in Morristown believe she turned her husband in to the British and are setting her up to forfeit her farm, but General Washington and his aide Alexander Hamilton know the truth about her husband and his activities for the British. If Becca, with the aide of Daniel Alloway, an escaped prisoner who was imprisoned with her husband, are willing to work together to spy and find the list of turncoats left by her husband, then Washington will intervene to save her farm. Becca and Daniel work together to discover the turncoats before their plot can change the course of history. I enjoyed this debut from Ms. Becker. The plot was well paced with several surprising twists and an increasing sense of dread and suspense leading up to the solution of the mystery. Becca and Daniel start out as characters that do not believe in the war, just personal survival, but Ms. Becker takes them through personal changes together that change their beliefs and futures. The secondary characters were all fully fleshed and I especially enjoyed the addition of the historical figures. This story is complete, but there are hints that Becca and Daniel could be up for future adventures. I recommend this historical mystery for its well written plot and unique setting in history.

  8. 4 out of 5

    bibliolatry

    The Turncoat's Widow by Mally Becker This is a fictional account of an act of treason during the American Revolutionary War. I have read very few books set in this time period so the plot seemed unique to me. It was complex enough to keep me interested, but not so convoluted that it was difficult to follow. I liked the main character, Daniel Alloway, but I never felt comfortable about his relationship to the widow, Becca Parcell. Their attraction was too sudden for me to find it believable. At abou The Turncoat's Widow by Mally Becker This is a fictional account of an act of treason during the American Revolutionary War. I have read very few books set in this time period so the plot seemed unique to me. It was complex enough to keep me interested, but not so convoluted that it was difficult to follow. I liked the main character, Daniel Alloway, but I never felt comfortable about his relationship to the widow, Becca Parcell. Their attraction was too sudden for me to find it believable. At about 30% into the book, I still didn't feel comfortable with their relationship nor the direction the book was going. I kept waiting for it "start." There were many inconsistencies, such as why was Becca a sensation to the Loyalists living in NYC? She was from a small town and definitely not from a high social class. How had they even heard of her. She was the daughter of a blacksmith who struck it rich, so how did she know how to move in upper class circles in New York City? The writing seems to jump around as well. Often when there was a change of scene, the author didn't provide any transitional background. During these shifts, when did things happen? Later that night? The next day? Mally just dives into the action. The writing is not consistent. It is either not clear and concise or unnecessary information is given, for example: "She listened to the hiss of a match, then watched the candle flare to life." As for Chapter 36 I am completely baffled as to the sequence of events. In spite of the fact that I had mixed feelings about this book, I did enjoy reading it and I will read her next book. #TheTurncoatsWidow #NetGalley

  9. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Siemann

    Growing up in Newburgh, N.Y., I went on endless school trips to Washington's Headquarters, downtown, and the New Windsor Cantonment, where reenactors in tricorn hats played fifes and drums. When the 1976 Bicentennial rolled around, I was of the age to be called on to march in parade after parade dressed in a mob cap and some approximation of colonial dress. Naturally, I fell in love with the late-Victorian London of Sherlock Holmes, and yawned at the thought of the American Revolution. Mally Bec Growing up in Newburgh, N.Y., I went on endless school trips to Washington's Headquarters, downtown, and the New Windsor Cantonment, where reenactors in tricorn hats played fifes and drums. When the 1976 Bicentennial rolled around, I was of the age to be called on to march in parade after parade dressed in a mob cap and some approximation of colonial dress. Naturally, I fell in love with the late-Victorian London of Sherlock Holmes, and yawned at the thought of the American Revolution. Mally Becker's debut novel, The Turncoat's Widow, brings me full circle with an engaging historical mystery set in New Jersey and New York during the Revolutionary War. Becca Parcell, the eponymous heroine, is a strong and engaging protagonist who also feels true to her time. Daniel Alloway, a printer turned political prisoner turned reluctant spy for Washington, is a worthy ally and budding love interest for the widowed Becca. Secondary characters like Becca's mother-in-law Augusta, the more-than-he-appears bandit leader Mason, and the dastardly prison warden Cunningham fill out the stage for an exciting adventure filled with secret codes, spies on both sides, and a plot that nearly derailed the new nation before it even began. Appearances by George and Martha Washington and Alexander Hamilton round out the story. The book's end sets us up for further adventures of Becca and Daniel, and I look forward to seeing what they get up to in Philadelphia, as the British provocateurs try to undermine support for the Revolution.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Rozier

    It’s 1779 and Becca Parcell’s husband, Philip has died aboard a British prison ship in New York City. His dying words to cell mate, Daniel Alloway are to find his wife who has a list of Patriots that are really British Spies. In Morristown, NJ, Becca is different than the other townsfolk and that causes the people in town to question her loyalty to the revolution. Becca doesn’t know about any list that her philandering husband mentioned to Daniel. But when George Washington himself offers both Becc It’s 1779 and Becca Parcell’s husband, Philip has died aboard a British prison ship in New York City. His dying words to cell mate, Daniel Alloway are to find his wife who has a list of Patriots that are really British Spies. In Morristown, NJ, Becca is different than the other townsfolk and that causes the people in town to question her loyalty to the revolution. Becca doesn’t know about any list that her philandering husband mentioned to Daniel. But when George Washington himself offers both Becca and Daniel deals to work together to find out who has taken her husband’s spot as a courier and find the list of spies, they find themselves thrown into a dangerous situation. My Thoughts: I honestly can’t remember when I’ve read a mystery set during the Revolutionary War. I’ve watched countless documentaries and read nonfiction books about Washington’s Culper Ring so for me this plot was a perfect fit. I enjoyed the characters and especially enjoyed Becca’s Mother-In-Law, Lady Augusta. I thought both Becca and Daniel’s backstories were very interesting and placed perfectly throughout the book. The mystery itself was full of twists and turns and proceeds as you would hope for two people who aren’t trained spies but have a lot to loose if they fail in finding out the information Washington needs. I loved the ending and look forward to seeing Becca and Daniel help out the Patriots again soon! Thank You @mallybeckerwrites and @partnersincrimevbt for the chance to read this one and give my honest opinion!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Malandrinos

    A thoroughly researched historical mystery awaits you in The Turncoat's Widow by Mally Becker. It is the winter of 1780, and widow Rebecca Parcell finds rumors swirling around Morristown that she is a Loyalist sympathizer who betrayed her husband to the British. Everyone knows her husband Philip was a Patriot, and they consider him a hero. Everyone except General Washington, who knew Philip Parcell was a British spy. That's why he agrees to help Becca keep her farm on the condition she unravels A thoroughly researched historical mystery awaits you in The Turncoat's Widow by Mally Becker. It is the winter of 1780, and widow Rebecca Parcell finds rumors swirling around Morristown that she is a Loyalist sympathizer who betrayed her husband to the British. Everyone knows her husband Philip was a Patriot, and they consider him a hero. Everyone except General Washington, who knew Philip Parcell was a British spy. That's why he agrees to help Becca keep her farm on the condition she unravels her husband's secrets. Meanwhile, Daniel Alloway, an escaped British prisoner of war who happened to be the last person to see Philip alive, is commandeered by Washington to join Becca on an espionage mission to British-occupied New York City, where they uncover a plot that threatens the new country's future. As Becca fights her growing attraction to Daniel, they must hope they can warn Washington in time. Wow! It has been so long since I read a great historical mystery. In my world, the only way to make historical fiction better is to add some mystery and adventure to it. Becker's The Turncoat's Widow has both. It also has a hint of romance. Fictional and historical characters swirl around an intriguing plot to create a spellbinding story where twists and turns along with good guys and bad guys abound. It truly makes you wonder if you really can know someone as well as you think you do. With an ending that hints at future adventures, I will be on the lookout for more by Becker. This strong debut leaves me with high hopes for future books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    The Turncoat's Widow is definitely a promising start for a debut author, though there were certain aspects of her writing that took me out of the story. In terms of the positives, I liked the unique setting of the story, as Revolutionary War-era America is often overlooked in historical mysteries and romance. Becca and Daniel were also sympathetic protagonists. Both were pulled into the intrigue of the war despite preferring to keep to their own business. With concise chapters and plenty of acti The Turncoat's Widow is definitely a promising start for a debut author, though there were certain aspects of her writing that took me out of the story. In terms of the positives, I liked the unique setting of the story, as Revolutionary War-era America is often overlooked in historical mysteries and romance. Becca and Daniel were also sympathetic protagonists. Both were pulled into the intrigue of the war despite preferring to keep to their own business. With concise chapters and plenty of action, the book is definitely a fast read. My main issue with the story is that I wanted more details and depth to fill in gaps in characterization, the setting and plot points. The major points were all covered, but the little details that make a story come to life were missing or only partially there. For example, I was expecting more details to tie the story to historic Morristown, especially with the author's familiarity with the location. Aside from the basic facts of Washington's Headquarters at the Ford Mansion and the brutal winter at Jockey Hollow, it felt a bit generic, like it could have been any colonial-era town or village. I don't need a whole treatise on historical facts or even 100% historical accuracy, but just something more to anchor it to the specific time and place. The scenes in British-occupied New York fared better in this respect, though given the action and suspense in those portions, the details were less important. Thank you to Level Best Books and Netgalley for providing an ARC for review!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Swafford

    After the death of her husband at the hands of the British, Rebecca Parcell becomes the target of her neighbors. Some hated her husband, who was a spy for Britain only to switch allegiances. Many doubt Rebecca's loyalty. To save her farm, she agrees to act as a spy for General Washington. She has to keep ahead of other traitors to find a list of spies and unravel a plot that threatens the future of the new nation. This was a strange read. It was fast-paced with some interesting characters. The pr After the death of her husband at the hands of the British, Rebecca Parcell becomes the target of her neighbors. Some hated her husband, who was a spy for Britain only to switch allegiances. Many doubt Rebecca's loyalty. To save her farm, she agrees to act as a spy for General Washington. She has to keep ahead of other traitors to find a list of spies and unravel a plot that threatens the future of the new nation. This was a strange read. It was fast-paced with some interesting characters. The problem was there were so many characters and the fast pace meant few of them were fleshed out. Even the two characters we mainly follow don't feel developed. A romance is hinted at, but it felt undeserved and without a solid foundation. That said, it was interesting to have a heroine who questioned both sides of the war. She just wanted to be left alone. But this changes by the end when she allies herself with General Washington. Opposite Rebecca, we had a hero who was forgettable. I wasn't interested in Daniel Alloway's story, his past or his motivation. And the times when the story follows him were dull. Almost as dull as the parts where we see things from the villain's point of view. I think the villain's parts were included to build tension and suspense, but I just wasn't interested. It would appear this is meant to set up at least another book, if not a series. I'm sure there are readers who would enjoy it and there's nothing really wrong with this book. It just wasn't for me. I received a free copy through NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The Turncoat’s Widow by Mally Becker is a great historical fiction novel that has it all: history, intrigue, mystery, suspense, well-thought out characters, and a dash of romance to boot. I really enjoyed this book. I really don’t think that there are enough books that take place during the Revolutionary War time period. There is so much untapped potential. It was refreshing to read and follow along with a full cast of characters as they try to decipher through political intrigue, spy networks, The Turncoat’s Widow by Mally Becker is a great historical fiction novel that has it all: history, intrigue, mystery, suspense, well-thought out characters, and a dash of romance to boot. I really enjoyed this book. I really don’t think that there are enough books that take place during the Revolutionary War time period. There is so much untapped potential. It was refreshing to read and follow along with a full cast of characters as they try to decipher through political intrigue, spy networks, espionage, traitors, secrets, conspiracies, and villains to overcome evil and right the wrongs. I really enjoyed Rebecca Parcell as the main character. She is strong, smart, complex, imperfect yet likable, and is a woman wronged. Word on the street is that she is a traitor to the British, however she is wrongly accused. With the help of unlikely additional characters, Daniel Alloway and the inclusion of George Washington himself (I looooove this classy addition), the stakes couldn’t be higher. Will Rebecca find vindication, happiness, and be able to help save her country in the process?....one must read to find out. Delightful. 4.5/5 stars Thank you to NG and Level Best Books for this arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    This was an enjoyable read centered around the American Revolution with some spy-craft thrown in. Becca Parcell has been recently widowed and ostracized by the town because the blame her for her husband's death and capture by the British. Daniel Alloway escaped a prisoner of war ship and was the last one to see Becca's husband alive. With knowledge of Parcell's list of British spies in the midst of Washington's command, Daniel joins forces with Becca at Washington's request. As the two navigate This was an enjoyable read centered around the American Revolution with some spy-craft thrown in. Becca Parcell has been recently widowed and ostracized by the town because the blame her for her husband's death and capture by the British. Daniel Alloway escaped a prisoner of war ship and was the last one to see Becca's husband alive. With knowledge of Parcell's list of British spies in the midst of Washington's command, Daniel joins forces with Becca at Washington's request. As the two navigate the tricky world of spies and double agents, will the two find their home in each other or gather enough funds to build a new home on their own? I will say I enjoyed George Washington's role in this novel! There's the hint of his spymaster status, which often gets overlooked. But because of my knowledge of the Culper Spy Ring (particularly George Washington's Secret Six), Minister Townsend's name through me for a loop because I kept thinking of a Robert Townsend, the leader of the Culper Spy Ring. (But James Rivington, another member of the spy ring, does make an appearance!) All in all, a pretty solid debut by Mally Becker. Many thanks to NetGalley and Level Best Books for the e-ARC. I really appreciated the opportunity to read this novel!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This novel highlights the turmoil during the Revolutionary War. Becker does a good job of showing the condition for soldiers in the colonies. They were not being paid and the continental paper money had lost its value. People were willing to do what needed to be done to get money, blurring the lines of loyalty. Some were just out to profit from the war, regardless of loyalty. There are so many betrayers in this novel, I couldn't keep them straight. I liked Rebecca as the heroine, needing to prov This novel highlights the turmoil during the Revolutionary War. Becker does a good job of showing the condition for soldiers in the colonies. They were not being paid and the continental paper money had lost its value. People were willing to do what needed to be done to get money, blurring the lines of loyalty. Some were just out to profit from the war, regardless of loyalty. There are so many betrayers in this novel, I couldn't keep them straight. I liked Rebecca as the heroine, needing to prove herself loyal to General Washington in order to save her farm. It was an era where properties could be confiscated if the owner was thought to be disloyal. She's my kind of woman as she'd rather be mucking out a stall than sitting in a drawing room. I found Becker's writing style a little hard to follow. Actions and conversations often seemed cryptic and sometimes didn't make sense to me. A person would appear in a scene when I was sure they were some place else. Nonetheless, this novel gave me a good sense of the strain on loyalties during the drawn out war and what might have been actions by loyalists to save the independence effort. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Betsy Van

    This fast-paced tale of espionage, betrayal, and mystery during the American Revolution has much to recommend it. I especially enjoyed the fact that the story has two protagonists, a man and a woman (the ‘Turncoat’s Widow’ of the title). Having these two main characters gives the story a wider scope—we get to see more than one person’s view of certain situations. The story turns on a coded list of British agents compiled by a Tory turncoat that is lost en route to General Washington. The turncoa This fast-paced tale of espionage, betrayal, and mystery during the American Revolution has much to recommend it. I especially enjoyed the fact that the story has two protagonists, a man and a woman (the ‘Turncoat’s Widow’ of the title). Having these two main characters gives the story a wider scope—we get to see more than one person’s view of certain situations. The story turns on a coded list of British agents compiled by a Tory turncoat that is lost en route to General Washington. The turncoat’s widow, Rebecca Parcell, has to find the list or risk having her farm, her livelihood, confiscated by Continental forces. A man who was imprisoned with her husband and heard his dying words is the only person who can help find the missing list. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton make cameo appearances in the story. They are, from what I have read, accurately portrayed. It’s also fun to know that the author lives in the area she is writing about. The historical details lend solidity but do not crowd out the story; it gallops along at an ever-increasing pace until a final moment of suspense and resolution. There is a strong hint at the end of the book that the story will continue, so I look forward to Mally Becker’s next book of Revolutionary espionage. Thanks to Level Best Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Moore

    As a fan of historical fiction, I took a step away from the time period of World War II to venture back to our nation’s fight for independence by reading The Turncoat’s Widow. The character of Becca is a richly written character who is trying to overcome the reputation left behind as a result of her husband’s death with the community laying blame on her. Through a series of events, she meets General Washington and is brought in to “right the wrong” she’s accused of by finding her husband’s list As a fan of historical fiction, I took a step away from the time period of World War II to venture back to our nation’s fight for independence by reading The Turncoat’s Widow. The character of Becca is a richly written character who is trying to overcome the reputation left behind as a result of her husband’s death with the community laying blame on her. Through a series of events, she meets General Washington and is brought in to “right the wrong” she’s accused of by finding her husband’s list of spies and get the information to General Washington. In her quest, she is paired with a man named Daniel Alloway who knew her husband when he died on board the ship Jersey. Fighting their attraction to each other and trying to determine trust or avoid certain people as they search for clues to where her husband hid the list, Becca and Daniel uncover the truth of who the turncoats are and attempt to save the nation and future first President as well. In a debut novel by Malloy Becker, you are transported back to a time where neighbors don’t know if they are friend or foe based on loyalties. #netgalley #theturncoatswidow

  19. 4 out of 5

    Helen Rebecca Blog

    Rebecca Parcell, widow of Robert Parcell, is targeted by the locals in Morristown of being a traitor during the American Revolution. To save her farm and clear her name General George Washington offers her a deal, find the list of spies her husband had and give it to him. He appoints Daniel alloway, an escaped British prisoner to protect her and help her through her mission. I loved the plot, it is interesting and generally fast paced. The ending especially moves quickly and is exciting, keeping Rebecca Parcell, widow of Robert Parcell, is targeted by the locals in Morristown of being a traitor during the American Revolution. To save her farm and clear her name General George Washington offers her a deal, find the list of spies her husband had and give it to him. He appoints Daniel alloway, an escaped British prisoner to protect her and help her through her mission. I loved the plot, it is interesting and generally fast paced. The ending especially moves quickly and is exciting, keeping you turning the pages. I did find some of the characters a bit confusing and hard to keep track of who they are and what “side” they are on. There is a great mix of suspense, romance and historical fiction. It has a good ending and I like that while this story has finished there could definitely be another following it. I would definitely like to see more of Becca and Daniels relationship and how it develops. 3.5 stars rounded up. Thanks to NetGalley, Malley Becker and Level Best Books for my ARC copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    The American Revolutionary era is one of my favorite periods to read about. I have been hard pressed lately to find good and unique fictional stories about the subject. When I first saw The Turncoat’s Widow’s book cover and read the description, I knew I found solid gold. Becker brilliantly captures the mindsets of people’s opinions about the war and what was happening around them. She takes us on a journey to a prison war ship, espionage, mingling with notable historical figures, blended with ro The American Revolutionary era is one of my favorite periods to read about. I have been hard pressed lately to find good and unique fictional stories about the subject. When I first saw The Turncoat’s Widow’s book cover and read the description, I knew I found solid gold. Becker brilliantly captures the mindsets of people’s opinions about the war and what was happening around them. She takes us on a journey to a prison war ship, espionage, mingling with notable historical figures, blended with romance and friendships developing in the most extraordinary circumstances. Becker is a compelling story writer and she deftly places her readers at the edge of their seat with this adventurous read. I was impressed with how impeccably the story flowed and the author’s attention to historical detail. I’m trusting we will get to read more of these fascinating character’s adventures? I certainly hope so. An outstanding debut novel! Stephanie Hopkins www.layeredpages.com I obtained a copy from the Publishers through NetGalley for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the electronic copy of The Turncoat’s Widow by Mally Becker. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this novel prior to publication. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced them. The Turncoat’s Widow is a well-written novel with plenty of suspense, intriguing characters and an enthralling plot. The pacing is a bit slow in the first part of this tale, but it picks up dramatically around the halfway mark. From that point on, I couldn’t read Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the electronic copy of The Turncoat’s Widow by Mally Becker. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this novel prior to publication. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced them. The Turncoat’s Widow is a well-written novel with plenty of suspense, intriguing characters and an enthralling plot. The pacing is a bit slow in the first part of this tale, but it picks up dramatically around the halfway mark. From that point on, I couldn’t read fast enough. Rebecca Parcell is the heroine, and I enjoyed her character a great deal. She’s fearless and determined to save her farm and protect her mother-in-law. Her bravery as the story progresses is amazing. The care and concern she shows toward Augusta is touching and helped me become fully vested in her character. Although her struggles are daunting, she never gives up, even when she faces being branded as a traitor. Daniel Alloway is the hero, and he grew on me as the story moves forward. I could feel his fear when he’s presented with the task George Washington and Alexander Hamilton persuade him to undertake. The last thing he wants is to end up on the British prison ship, the Jersey again. His nightmares he experiences concerning his escape are chilling and vivid. There’s a good amount of descriptive writing in this book of those scenes that had me grabbing onto my seat! I loved the spine-chilling espionage in this tale, as Rebecca and Daniel run from the villains of this story. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel. I love novels set during our country’s fight for independence, and Ms. Becker’s research comes through. I can just imagine the excitement she must have experienced when the premise for this book came to her while volunteering at the Morristown Historical Park. If you enjoy historical fiction with nail-biting suspense, incredible characters and a fantastic mystery to solve, then you will love The Turncoat’s Widow as much as I did. I was amazed when I learned this is Ms. Becker’s debut novel. This book is well worth the time it took to read. Happy reading!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Tierney

    The Turncoat's Widow is not your traditional spy novel. Set during the days of the American Revolution, this is a mystery woven with many strings to untangle. With a story like this one, it is easy for a reader to begin theorizing what is going to end up happening. I was thrilled when I finished the book and the majority of my theories were wrong, some were right, but so many were not. It is a great feeling to know that you as the reader did not figure out the entire plot before the end. There a The Turncoat's Widow is not your traditional spy novel. Set during the days of the American Revolution, this is a mystery woven with many strings to untangle. With a story like this one, it is easy for a reader to begin theorizing what is going to end up happening. I was thrilled when I finished the book and the majority of my theories were wrong, some were right, but so many were not. It is a great feeling to know that you as the reader did not figure out the entire plot before the end. There are a lot of characters in this book, some real people and some fictionalized. With that many players, there is a huge risk of them not making sense, but Becker magically makes them all work together well within the story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    I love when historical fiction features a strong female character, and Rebecca, our star, is exactly that. I enjoyed her spunk. The Turncoat’s Widow is set during the American Revolution, at a time when women had few rights and no voice in the public forum. Betrayed by her husband, who may have also betrayed his country, Becca must figure out the truth if she wants to keep her home and land. To do so means becoming a political spy for General Washington. At times the dialogue feels more 19th than I love when historical fiction features a strong female character, and Rebecca, our star, is exactly that. I enjoyed her spunk. The Turncoat’s Widow is set during the American Revolution, at a time when women had few rights and no voice in the public forum. Betrayed by her husband, who may have also betrayed his country, Becca must figure out the truth if she wants to keep her home and land. To do so means becoming a political spy for General Washington. At times the dialogue feels more 19th than 18th century, which makes for a smoother read, though it might be problematic for readers wanting to be fully immersed in the era. This is a quick, entertaining debut mystery. *I received a review copy as part of the Partners in Crime book tour.*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori Robbins

    The Turncoat's Widow is a brilliant take on the historical mystery. Becker sets her dramatic story against the backdrop of the American Revolution, and she seamlessly integrates fictional characters with real life figures from that era. Even George Washington--not to mention Martha!--comes to life in unexpected ways. I was fascinated with the treasure trove of intimate details about life in that era, but those elements of the story never take over either the plot or the engaging characters. I do The Turncoat's Widow is a brilliant take on the historical mystery. Becker sets her dramatic story against the backdrop of the American Revolution, and she seamlessly integrates fictional characters with real life figures from that era. Even George Washington--not to mention Martha!--comes to life in unexpected ways. I was fascinated with the treasure trove of intimate details about life in that era, but those elements of the story never take over either the plot or the engaging characters. I don't often read historical novels, but this one may just change my mind. Gripping plot, turns and twists, and a dollop of humor kept me reading until the satisfying end. Looking forward to more books by this talented author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tina deBellegarde

    I loved this book from the first tension-filled moment to the last. The Turncoat’s Widow reminds us that this country has always faced the challenge of divisions, but this book doesn’t stop there. It also brings us on a whirlwind adventure with Washington’s most reluctant spy. Mally Becker treats us to a rare literary experience – a female-centric book of the Revolutionary War era. The stakes are high, but Rebecca Parcell is up to the challenge. She is a strong, determined and complex heroine yo I loved this book from the first tension-filled moment to the last. The Turncoat’s Widow reminds us that this country has always faced the challenge of divisions, but this book doesn’t stop there. It also brings us on a whirlwind adventure with Washington’s most reluctant spy. Mally Becker treats us to a rare literary experience – a female-centric book of the Revolutionary War era. The stakes are high, but Rebecca Parcell is up to the challenge. She is a strong, determined and complex heroine you are compelled to root for. Becca Parcell is so capable she has no need for a man, but that doesn’t mean romance is out of the question. Read it for the historical adventure. Read it for the romance. Read it for the mystery, but whatever you do, read it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    The Turncoat's Widow: A Revolutionary War Mystery by Mally Becker is Historical Thriller Fiction with a British, American or double spy. An exciting story from the beginning with a preacher's accusations and congregational gossip in a small town. There are traitors, treasonous acts, spy’s, mysteries, danger and romance. Who are the traitors in the War of Independence and why? I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the op The Turncoat's Widow: A Revolutionary War Mystery by Mally Becker is Historical Thriller Fiction with a British, American or double spy. An exciting story from the beginning with a preacher's accusations and congregational gossip in a small town. There are traitors, treasonous acts, spy’s, mysteries, danger and romance. Who are the traitors in the War of Independence and why? I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    The Turncoat's Widow was a quick read for me. It is based on a fictional couple during the American Revolution. The town turns away from Becca after her husband is killed by the British. They think she might be a turncoat and that she had the British kill her husband. However, things are much more complicated than it first looks. This is a historical novel and it is a simply written book that allows for a entertaining escape from life. Thank you #NetGalley for allowing me to give my honest opini The Turncoat's Widow was a quick read for me. It is based on a fictional couple during the American Revolution. The town turns away from Becca after her husband is killed by the British. They think she might be a turncoat and that she had the British kill her husband. However, things are much more complicated than it first looks. This is a historical novel and it is a simply written book that allows for a entertaining escape from life. Thank you #NetGalley for allowing me to give my honest opinion on #TheTurncoat'sWidow.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Eblen

    The Turncoats Widow Set during the American Revolution the main character is Becca, her town turns its back on her after her husband was killed. By the British on a prisoner ship. I felt mostly confused and thrown off by the majority of this book. I felt that there were plot holes and questions brought up that were not answered. Overall a fluffy read that was okay. I thought that this was an okay debut novel. But, not anything deep or overly satisfying. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publ The Turncoats Widow Set during the American Revolution the main character is Becca, her town turns its back on her after her husband was killed. By the British on a prisoner ship. I felt mostly confused and thrown off by the majority of this book. I felt that there were plot holes and questions brought up that were not answered. Overall a fluffy read that was okay. I thought that this was an okay debut novel. But, not anything deep or overly satisfying. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher in return for my honest opinion #Netgalley #Theturncoatswidow #levelbestbooks

  29. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    If you enjoy historical fiction, specifically about the revolutionary era, this book is for you. After her husband dies, Rebecca Parcell is accused of being a Loyalist Sympathiser. General George Washington promises to safeguard Rebbeca, as long as she goes on a mission to find her husband's list of British spies. It was so interesting to read about some of the famous faces of that time but in a different fictional context e.g. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. #TheTurncoatsWidow #NetGall If you enjoy historical fiction, specifically about the revolutionary era, this book is for you. After her husband dies, Rebecca Parcell is accused of being a Loyalist Sympathiser. General George Washington promises to safeguard Rebbeca, as long as she goes on a mission to find her husband's list of British spies. It was so interesting to read about some of the famous faces of that time but in a different fictional context e.g. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. #TheTurncoatsWidow #NetGalley

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Ann

    The Turncoat's Widow is a historical fiction mystery set during the American Revolution. This is a unique time period for a mystery novel and it gave it a little extra kick for being different. The characters of Becca and Daniel are solid, though not particularly complex, so it made the novel a quick and easy read. It is laid out well and it is fun to guess along the way who might be part of the spy ring they are investigating. The Turncoat's Widow is a historical fiction mystery set during the American Revolution. This is a unique time period for a mystery novel and it gave it a little extra kick for being different. The characters of Becca and Daniel are solid, though not particularly complex, so it made the novel a quick and easy read. It is laid out well and it is fun to guess along the way who might be part of the spy ring they are investigating.

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