I am excited to say I have a new favorite author for historical fiction and that is Christine Blevins! The Turning of Anne Merrick is a wonderful blend of historical fact and fiction and I absolutely loved this book!. My only regret is that I didn’t read The Tory Widow first which is the first book in the trilogy but I can honestly say I don’t think it makes a difference if my enjoyment of the novel is any indication. I had no problems whatsoever become completely invested in the lives of Anne Merrick and Jack Hampton!
It is 1777 and the American Revolution is in full tilt. Anne Merrick and her maid Sally are spies trying to glean information from the British Army. Sally makes the best scones and Anne sells writing supplies and writes letters for soldiers – it’s a great way to pick up interesting tidbits of information and surprisingly much of it comes from the soldier’s women. Anne being quite the spitfire has a tendency to attract the attentions of men which occasionally gives her an inside track to information as well. This information is then passed along to her beau Jack Hampton who fights for the other side.
There is a lot of action in this novel. There are the scenes on the battlefield, the hardships of getting through a winter, and a more than dangerous time in British occupied Philadelphia. This novel is well researched and I appreciated learning about a time in history that I hadn’t really known a lot about previously. Blevins brings history and this war to life in a way that is very easy to read and be drawn into. While I love all the historical fiction I read about the various kings and queens I must admit it was great to read about a less talked about time in history.
As for the characters in this novel there are many to like but my favorite by far had to be Anne with Sally and Jack running a close second. Anne is the type of character that really pops off the page and into your world. She’s brave, a little mouthy, she believes in her cause; in the war, and yet she has that womanly side to her that is horrified by what the war is doing to people. Sally I loved for her sassy and mouthy personality. She had me in more than a few fits of giggles with what came out of her mouth. Jack is a man through and through. He believes in his cause and he’ll got to any lengths to protect his woman.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to historical fiction fans for sure, but even to those who are new to the genre. It’s not weighed down with historical fact – it comes across as very easy to read and follow. I know one thing for sure – I’m reading The Tory Widow as soon as possible simply because I need more of Anne and Jack!
I read The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins for her book tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours so make sure and visit all the other tour stops as well. You can find Christine on her website, Facebook, and Twitter. A copy of The Turning of Anne Merrick can be purchased here in the US and here in Canada.
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I have one copy of The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins and one Revolutionary Survival Kit (see photo) which includes black tea, liberty tea, lavender soap, lavender sachet, bayberry candles, a tin of sugar comfits, a bottle of lavender water and a lace hanky to share with my US readers only (sorry) .
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Source: Review copy provided by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and Berkley Trade Publishing via NetGalley. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are solely my own.