Monday, April 20, 2009

Review-The Tory Widow

The Tory Widow
Christine Blevins
BerkleyTrade
$15.00/C$18.50
0425226018
400p.2009





Fireworks occur when the irresistible characters in Christine Blevins’ new novel, The Tory Widow come together in New York City in 1775.

After Anne and Peter Merrick are married a kiss takes place just minutes after this arranged marriage-but not between husband and wife. An overzealous handsome stranger leaps out of nowhere to seize and kiss Anne. Sadly she is disenchanted with her husband, a man old enough to be her father, whose breath reeks of onion. The young man is the brazen Jack Hampton, a member of the Sons of Liberty who is a bit drunk from celebrating the repeal of the Stamp Act, and his kiss lingers in Anne's mind like a stubborn stain.

Years later in 1775, Anne is widow with no means of support. She decides to continue printing the Tory propaganda that her husband favored even though she did not. As the Patriots create havoc in the city no Loyalist is safe. Businesses are ruined, people are tarred and feathered and frun out of town.

One day Anne is visited by the Sons of Liberty whose leader is none other than Jack Hampton. She recognizes him as the Patriot bandit who stole a kiss years ago. He is nothing like his former self. Completely changed he is a wild rogue, an evil enemy, and a heartless rebel. He leaves her in desperate straits as they demolish the presses leaving the place in shambles.

Anne refuses to give up. She is a tenacious woman with strength and creativity who reopens as a tea shop, with a new Patriot sign.

Unable to avoid the allure of Jack Hampton and that kiss,she cannot resist his charm.
When he realizes she is not a Tory and gains her trust, she joins his cause and is prepared this time to commit to being a Patriot. The relationship is not a smooth ride as complications interfere. Anne becomes involved with a Loyalist officer who is quartered in her home. His name is Edward Blankenship,a handsome, polite, gentlemen who adores Anne. Jack and Edward enemies in war and enemies in romance fighting on two fronts, makes this story a captive tale. .

A thought provoking ending sets up the possibility of a sequel. Let’s hope. Escape to another era in this mesmerizing historical fiction romance of the American Revolution. Blevins has created plausible compelling characters who live outside the pages, romantic tension and sizzling hot dialogue you won’t believe.

Wisteria Leigh
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8 comments:

Literary Feline said...

I've heard great things about this book. I haven't read too many books set during the American Revolution Era. Great review, Wisteria!

Scrap girl said...

Sounds like a really good book. I am really beginning to enjoy the books set in this time period. I shall add it to my TBR pile.

wisteria said...

Literary Feline...Actually, I don't know too many that I have come across that I liked. This was is really great.

Scrap Girl..You'll love it. The romance adds just the right flavor.

The Book Resort said...

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Ladytink_534 said...

Wow! This sounds like a good story and I like her never-give-up attitude. I could easily see this as an old black and white movie :)

naida said...

this does sound very good, great review.
I always enjoy good historicals.
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

Anna said...

I've heard good things about this one. I hope to read it once I tame my TBR tower a bit.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Lana said...

I really loved Anne's tenacity and how she just kept picking herself up and dusting herself off!

Great review. I've linked to you here