The Tory Widow

The Tory Widow

by Christine Blevins

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The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins

From the "talented"(Bertrice Small) author of Midwife of the Blue Ridge, a stirring novel set on the brink of the American Revolution.

On a bright May day in New York City, Anne Peabody receives an unexpected kiss from a stranger. Bringing news of the repeal of the Stamp Act, Jack Hampton, a member of the Sons of Liberty, abruptly sweeps Anne into his arms, kisses her-and then leaves her to her fate of an arranged marriage...

1775: Nearly ten years have passed and Anne, now the Widow Merrick, continues her late husband's business printing Tory propaganda, not because she believes in the cause, but because she needs the money to survive. When her shop is ransacked by the Sons of Liberty, Anne once again comes face to face with Jack and finds herself drawn to the ardent patriot and his rebel cause.

As shots ring out at Lexington and war erupts, Anne is faced with a life-altering decision: sit back and watch her world torn apart, or stand and fight for both her country's independence and her own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101032442
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Series: An Anne Merrick Novel
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 456,636
File size: 672 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christine Blevins is a former graphic designer and historical fiction writer. She is the author of The Tory Widow, The Turning of Anne Merrick, and Midwife of the Blue Ridge. A graduate of the Harrington College of Design, she now lives in Illinois.

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The Tory Widow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Gertt More than 1 year ago
The Tory Widow is the story of Anne Merrick and Jack Hampton and their struggles and growth, while remaining true to their beliefs, in turbulent New York City during the early years of the Revolutionary War. Regardless if you were a Loyalist (Tory)or a Patroit, your world was turned upside down, depending on who had control of the city; sometimes you need to befriend the enemy in order to help your cause or simply to survive. Full of adventure, history, romance and betrayal, with many interesting characters and heros, this a book that will hold your interest and is well worth reading. I hope that Christine Blevins is hard at work on a sequel that will take us along with Anne, Sally, Titus and Jack, on another adventure and reunite us with some lost friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The descriptions of revolutionary New York are excellent. They carry you back to that era and immerse you in it, letting the reader 'see' what it was really like through the eyes of people who were affected by the events occurring at that time. The characters are believable, drawing the reader into their world and allowing him/her to care about their plight.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1766 in New York Jack Hampton, excited to hear of the appeal of the Stamp Act, kisses Anne Peabody. Although she enjoyed the kiss, nothing can come of it. She has no say as her father Amos saves his failing Peabody Printshop and keeps his son from becoming someone else's apprentice by selling her. He negotiates a deal with NYC based super printer to the carriage crowd Peter Merrick forcing his daughter to marry his friend, a man his age. Living in New York, when he dies, Widow Merrick finds herself in dire straits. She takes over her late spouse's printing business, which spouts support to Tory causes in an attempt to make a living. However, in 1775, the Sons of Liberty destroy her press. Anne reopens as the Liberty Coffeehouse with one of the rebels who devastated her previous store Jack Hampton as her best customer. Having never been in love, Anne is stunned by her attraction to Jack; he believes he is falling for her based on the amount of coffee he consumes. This is a refreshing look at the early days of the American Revolution from the eyes of a young widow eking out a living. Anna owns the insightful story line with her courage to survive regardless of who controlled the city. Jack is a super patriot, but allows his zeal at times to hurt innocent people like Anna though he insists collateral damage is part of any freedom fight. Christine Blevins provides an engaging American Revolution romance that sub-genre fans who especially value historical tidbits and strong characterizations will relish. Harriet Klausner
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