Review – Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title Rebel Spy

Author Veronica Rossi

Description from Amazon

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.

Release Date June 23, 2020

Publisher Delacorte Press

Initial Thoughts

I was really excited to get my hands on an ARC of this book. I love historical fiction and the Revolutionary War is a subject that I studied a lot of, but don’t get to explore in fiction very often. Furthermore, I really liked that this was a story of spies and intrigue.

Some Things I Liked

  • American history. I loved history in school and US history was one of my favorite subjects. I loved the familiar names and events and how they were woven into a semi-fictional story.
  • A woman MC in a man’s world. I also loved that 355 was known to be a woman. Women in the late 1700s were not treated as equals to me by any stretch of the imagination so I loved that a woman in that time played such a pivotal role in taking down the British.
  • Morally grey character. Frannie’s life before was pretty terrible, but she made a few questionable decisions that got her to her life in New York. I loved seeing her growth and development as a person. She went from only thinking of herself to sacrificing it all for the sake of her nation.

Series Value

We all know how the American Revolution turned out so I don’t think there is much sequel value here. Agent 355 completed her job and stopped Benedict Arnold. My only wish is for a tiny epilogue saying something about what happened after that last scene.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. It was super fitting that I finished it on July 4th. Agent 355 was a historical figure that I hadn’t heard much about and I am now curious to learn more.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Agent 355 by Marie Benedict – if you liked this imagining of Agent 355’s story, try Marie’s Benedict’s version on Audible.
  • Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey – if you enjoyed the historical fiction aspects of this story, try this new release by Cindy Anstey.
  • The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley – again, if you liked a historical fiction story that was embellished to fill in some gaps, try this YA retelling of the cutting of the Hope Diamond.

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