The Tory Widow, by Christine Blevins
Title: The Tory Widow
Author: Christine Blevins
Format: Paperback (ARC)
I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.
Because I read and enjoyed Midwife of the Blue Ridge, Christine Blevins contacted me and offered me an ARC of The Tory Widow, her second book. Of course I jumped at the chance. The Tory Widow was released this week in the United States.
Anne Peabody is married off to Mr. Merrick, a man twice her age, by her greedy father. On her wedding day, a young printer named Jack Hampton impulsively kisses her, carried away by the revolutionary spirit inspired by the repeal of the Stamp Act. It’s her best memory of that otherwise dismal day. Jump forward ten years. It’s 1776. Anne is now a widow and working to make ends meet in New York with her loyal friends Sally, a Scottish indentured servant, and Titus, a free black man. She encounters Jack again, this time a more somber Son of Liberty. As the events of the Revolutionary War unfold, so does Anne and Jack’s romantic adventure.
The Tory Widow is a historical novel with a very healthy dose of romance. The plot is compelling. The writing is unobtrusive. And the research appears to me to be impeccable. And the characters! I really liked Anne, Jack, and the rest of the cast of characters. And yet, I just wasn’t as invested in their fates as I felt I should be. Also, there was a fair amount of bawdiness. The language, in particular, made me pause a couple of times. And, I know this is a romance, but sometimes it was hard to suspend disbelief that a widow in revolutionary times would be so . . . free with her virtue. If you know what I mean. All of that aside, though, this is a well researched, well-written, well-paced historical romance.
The Tory Widow, by Christine Blevins [rating:3]