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Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi

Inspired by the true story of a female spy during the American Revolution

Synopsis: This book is inspired by General George Washington’s ring of spies during the American Revolution. The spies used numbers to sign their letters. Specifically, the story focuses on “355” which stood for “lady.” Her real identity remains unknown, but Veronica Rossi brings to life a wonderful character to represent 355.

Francisca, known as Frannie, grew up in the Bahamas, scouring ship wrecks for items to sell in order to make a living. When she finds herself at the mercy of her awful step-father, Frannie knows she must escape her life with him before something terrible happens.

When a storm causes a shipwreck, Frannie takes the clothes from the body of a girl she finds on the beach. Assuming the identity of the girl, Emmeline Coates, Frannie sails to New York and creates a new life for herself.

My thoughts/feelings:

I enjoyed this book, although I do wish there was more about the time of the character's life as a spy. The spying part was not quite as exciting as I was expecting, but I'm still glad to have had the opportunity to read the book.

Favorite Quotes:

"How easily a mishap becomes a blessing if one only has a bit of faith."

"Pretending you’re brave is no different than being brave."

"Words have power. Learn them and that power becomes yours."

"And so tomorrow becomes today."

"But I'd survived and learned a couple of things along the way: People believed what they wanted to believe, and wealth forgave just about anything."

"The world has gone aswirl."

"She knew as I did...glory wasn't for us."


Thank you to NetGalley, Delacorte Press and Veronica Rossi for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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