Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold

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Harcourt Brace, 1994 - Philadelphia (Pa.) - 362 pages
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Peggy Shippen is everything Becca is not--a beautiful, rich, and horribly spoiled Quaker daughter whose life revolves around the whirlwind society of Philadelphia in 1778. Becca's family has fallen on hard times, and she is sent to the Shippen household to be Peggy's personal maid and to receive a finishing education. But working for Peggy, Becca gets an education in deceit and treachery, as Peggy sets her sights first on British Captain John Andre and then on American General Benedict Arnold.

As Becca fervently tries to find the "missing pieces" of herself, she watches in horror as Peggy Shippen manipulates General Benedict Arnold to turn traitor and join forces with the Crown against the revolutionary Americans.

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User Review  - turtlesleap - LibraryThing

Nicely done historical novel dealing with Benedict Arnold and his young wife Peggy Shippen, told from the point of view of Peggy's maidservant (fictional), Becca. The only flaw in this book, from my ... Read full review

FINISHING BECCA: A Story About Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In 1778 Rebecca Syng, the teenager who narrates this story, is sent to be a lady's maid in the Shippen household in Philadelphia. Becca's father had been a successful silversmith before he fell on ... Read full review


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ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. She has received numerous starred reviews and awards, as well as widespread recognition for her historical novels. Ms. Rinaldi lives in central New Jersey.

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