Monday, February 20, 2012

The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins

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Christine Blevins

A tale of love and espionage from the author of Midwife of the Blue Ridge...

She spies for General Washington, betrays the Redcoats and battles for America's independence...
It's 1777, and a fledgling country wages an almost hopeless struggle against the might of the British Empire. Brought together by a fateful kiss, Anne Merrick and Jack Hampton are devoted to each other and to their Patriot cause. As part of Washington's daring network of spies, they are ready and willing to pay even the ultimate price for freedom.

From battlefields raging along the Hudson, to the desperate winter encampment at Valley Forge and through the dangerous intrigue of British-occupied Philadelphia, Anne and Jack brave the trials of separation, the ravages of war and an unyielding enemy growing ever more ruthless.

For love and for country, all is put at risk-and together the pair must call upon their every ounce of courage and cunning in order to survive.

If you've never read one of Christine Blevin's novels before, I can assure you that you are in for a real treat. I've had the pleasure of reading all three novels and each one supercedes the other in both quality of writing and delightful storytelling.

In The Turning of Anne Merrick continues we return to the days of the American Revolution and pick up where the first novel in the series, The Tory Wife, ended. Anne and her feisty Scottish maid Sally, have now infiltrated the English Redcoat army. As a previous printing press owner, Anne's cover is to scribe letters home for the soldiers, but secretly she is spying and sending valuable intelligence to the handsomely roguish Jack Hampton who is a mischievous scalliwag and rebel. Together, they risk their lives for the Patriot cause.

Anne Merrick is a courageous, gutsy widow, who along with her dynamic maid, Sally, endure the hardships that come with following an army on the brink of destruction. Sally, in particular, is a complex, entertaining character, who holds no words back no matter the situation, and holds her mistress's best interests at heart. You'll love her sassy Scottish accent and “in your face” retorts. Jack Hampton is an endearing hero who often finds himself in the midst of all the trouble, yet never fails to land firmly on his own two feet.

Although there is a strong romantic element, this is not a romance. It is much more than that. Author Christine Blevins is an expert at the craft of writing historical fiction. She retells history the way its meant to be told and enjoyed. This novel takes us right into the heart of the Battle of Independence, giving readers a first hand look at the finest details of the era. Magically, she weaves details such as rifles, clothing, uniforms, army life, supplies, and the machinations of those who lived and endured the hardship of the times. From start to finish, the novel is realistic, impeccably researched, and beautifully written.

Although The Turning of Anne Merrick can stand alone, I highly recommend reading The Tory Wife first because it truly enhances the highly charged relationship between the hero and heroine. Read this book! It won't disappoint. I loved all three of Chrstine's books...Can't wait for more.


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