April 15, 2013

Ring of Secrets, by Roseanna White

Revolutionary War.  Spies.  Mystery all around.  Woo-hoo (says me)!

Ring of Secrets by Roseanna M. White was a book that drew me in and held my attention.  I even woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it.

Winter Reeves is a Long Island farm girl taken by her rich (and rather nasty) Loyalist grandparents to live with them upon her mother's death.  While living in the City of New York, she bends to her grandparents wishes and basically "dumb down" her personality around others so that she does not say or do anything to infuriate them.  She learns to act stupid and convincingly so.

This does have its advantages.  She becomes a Patriot spy who keeps her ears open, though only her childhood friend knows of how she helps the cause.  Unlike other spies, her risk is minimal since she mostly just listens at parties for any intelligence.

Though she may act brainless, Bennett Lane sees through her mask.  Though neither actually are interested in romance, they do become interested in one another.

Committed to different causes, I just could not see how this would play out, but Roseanna White pulled it off perfectly.  I thoroughly enjoyed Ring of Secrets with actual historical people woven into fictitious ones.  The Culper Ring was an actual spy ring that Washington used for intelligence.

 It just may be my favorite of her books, and I've read them all!  (Stray Drop of Blood, Jewel of Persia, Love Finds You in Annapolis Maryland- linked to reviews) Her research is thorough, and I learn so much!!  I am looking forward to the next book in the Culper Ring series.

If you think you may be interested, read the first chapter!

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
~ Annette {This Simple Mom}

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