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Book review: ‘Petticoat Spy’ is a wonderful historical novel about Colonial America

"PETTICOAT SPY," by Carol Warburton, Covenant Communications, $16.99, 284 pages (f)

Reading about the eve of the Revolutionary War through the eyes of Abigail Stowell, a 19-year-old Massachusetts woman, is a delightful experience. In “Petticoat Spy,” Abigail’s energetic personality and desire to help the freedom-loving colonists’ movement are contagious.

But when she meets Gideon Whitlock, an outspoken Tory, she tells herself that he’s exactly the kind of person the colonists should fight. Yet she cannot figure out why she constantly finds herself looking for him in social situations.

Soon Abby finds her deepest wishes granted when she’s given the opportunity to travel to Boston with a message for a Patriot spy. When other opportunities come her way, Abby embraces them, despite the risks, and soon she’s caught in a web of deception and danger.

Fortunately, the man she’s come to love is also someone she can trust. But as Abby becomes more deeply enmeshed in the political happenings of 1775 Boston, she puts herself in more hazardous situations. Soon, lives are on the line and only Abby’s quick thinking can save those she cares about.

“Petticoat Spy” is a wonderful historical romance that both entertains and educates about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. Author Carol Warburton has done a magnificent job blending history, suspense and love together with amazing characters. Her writing is a joy to read, and putting “Petticoat Spy” down to attend to real life can be difficult.

“Petticoat Spy” has clean language and minimal violence. Romance is limited to a few kisses.

Warburton, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has worked at a library and lives in Utah. “Petticoat Spy” is her seventh book.

Elizabeth Reid has bachelor's degrees in economics and history. A wife and mother, she loves learning people's love stories and blogs about her own at