Diving deep to find hidden treasure for Sewel, her abusive stepfather, Francisca uses her time below the ocean’s surface to dream. Her mother suddenly dies, and Sewel makes her an offer she can’t accept: become his new wife. When a shipwreck washes the body of a young girl onto the beach, Francisca sees it as her opportunity to hide as Emmeline Coates. She confides in Asa Lane, a young man on board the ship, and he helps her become a lady in both dress and manner. Several years later, she realizes she wants to do more with her posh life, while also growing sympathetic to the Americans’ cause against the British. Realizing she can hide as a fragile and forgotten woman, she begins ferreting out secrets for the rebels, but how long will she be able to hide her past?
Rebel Spy is a speculative novel based on the few stories concerning 355, a lady spy during the American Revolution. Using what little is known about the character from primary sources and other reference materials, Rossi has spun a compelling tale about the spy’s contribution to the British defeat. Weaving in adventure, intrigue, and romance, this historical novel really has it all.
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