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The Tory Widow (Anne Merrick #1)

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  229 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published March 12th 2009)
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I really wanted to like this book, and it certainly had its moments, but overall I just couldn't get into the story. The best parts were the insights into life in Colonial New York, but the aggravating characters, insipid dialogue, and implausible coincidences made finishing this book a chore. The author's occasional efforts at period speech were stiff and added nothing to this already struggling narrative. The book was way too long, and then ended by setting up the obvious sequel, a tactic I ge ...more
Mar 24, 2010 SheLove2Read rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys Revolutionary War pieces
Shelves: 2010
I wouldn't classify this as a romance novel at all. This is more of a historical novel or historical fiction.

The story revolves around Anne Merrick (nee Peabody). Living in upper New York state, she is basically "sold" into marriage to a much older man in order to gain both security and an advantageous business relationship between her father and her husband. On her wedding day in New York City, her new home, she and her husband are met with shouts and revelry by some members of The Liberty Boy
Tara Chevrestt
There is one thing about this book I liked better than The Midwife of Blue Ridge and that is the language. It was easy to follow and I never had to read a sentence twice. However, I preferred Blue Ridge because the hero was much more likeable. In this novel, Jack, the love interest of Anne, the heroine just kept ticking me off and Anne ticked me off by taking his sorry arse back.

Anne is a widow, a printer, and in the beginning, branded a Tory as well and it being the beginnings of the Revolutio
For eighteen year old Anne Peabody, May 20, 1766 was far from the happiest day of her life. It was her wedding day. Her father was thrilled with the match that he had arranged with old Peter Merrick, a printer like himself, though Anne felt more than a little like she had been traded in a deal. As soon as the ceremony was over, the city seemed to erupt and a couple of printer's apprentices brought the news that the hated Stamp Act had been repealed. One of them, Jack Hampton, swung Anne around a ...more
The Tory Widow is a historical novel set in Revolution-era New York- it sounded right up my alley when I saw it as an offering for LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. However, in my opinion, it falls pretty flat. The elements of a good story are there- a war for liberty, espionage, daring characters, romance, independent women... but they just didn't come together for me. I don't think this was the fault of the plot, really. The storyline wasn't anything thoroughly original, but it certainly ...more
In 1766 Anne Peabody's father gives her in marriage to a much older and unattractive Peter Merrick. Although the wedding is interrupted by printer's apprentice Jack Hampton, who is so carried away by the repeal of the Stamp Act he graces Anne with a big kiss. Years later, a widowed Anne finds herself involved with Jack and he becomes involved with The Sons of Liberty and the fight for freedom against the British.

Enough other reviewers have recapped the plot quite nicely and I needn't rehash it
Good beach read. I liked the portrayla of a strong woman with an unhappy past marriage who had romantic interest and could earn her own living as a patriot, then pose as a Tory. Having recently taken a boat ride on the Hudson and having read several fictions books in the past few years about New York City during the revolution, I like the fact that this reinforced what I had learned and included a map of the city at that time. Then just as I finished reading it, I looked at an issue of the Natio ...more
I love historical fiction and I wanted to like this book. I've found so few novels about the Revolutionary War period. However, this book was a giant disappointment for me. I absolutely detested the "hero" of the novel, who I felt could never redeem himself with some of the things he did/said over the course of the book. Also, I felt as though the author overused foul and sexually explicit language. I'm not prudish; I've read many books with explicit language, but in this context, I found them t ...more
Donia Hunter
Aug 10, 2014 Donia Hunter rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one I know
Recommended to Donia by: The cover and fly leaf
I applaud any author who deals with history and overall this was an entertaining read. I did however speed through many pages in disgust because of the stupid unlikely choices the main characters made. Example, Anne who is a beautiful young lady is surprised when she is attacked while walking alone in a horrible part of town in a filthy dark alley known to house vagrants. Duh. Jack her lover who supposedly loves literature as does she, throws urine and waste on her book collection. Really? His a ...more
Although The Tory Widow is showcased as historical fiction, it is heavy-handed romance. Typically, I am far from a fan of the bodice-ripping genre. In the case of our heroine, Anne Merrick, and the all too willing Jack Hampton, the sexual tones linger in the air as a constant. "Forgive and forget?!" Anne jerked her hand away. She could feel her voice going shrill, but she could not stop herself. "You are possessed of an unconstant character, Jack Hampton, and I will not keep company with a man o ...more
Good Historical Fiction This book grabbed me the first couple chapters mainly because it was in a familiar place. I grew up in NYC so I was fascinated by the familiar names and places discussed in this book. Hearing about the different battles in places like Brooklyn Heights andFlatlandsand other places I grew up knowing as just names and places to pass through on the train or bus. It was nice to get a history of it and an idea of how it all began. Also the passing references to famous figures o ...more
Wisteria Leigh
The Tory Widow[return]Christine Blevins[return]BerkleyTrade[return]$15.00/C$18.50[return]0425226018[retur... occur when the irresistible characters in Christine Blevins new novel, The Tory Widow come together in New York City in 1775. [return][return]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 ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jessica by: Christine Blevins
Shelves: review-copy
I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

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 fri
When I first started reading this book I was not too impressed. I wasn't getting to understand the characters as much as I would like, and had to keep looking at the previous chapter to see what the date was to know how much time had passed (each chapter started with a date and location). Sometimes it was a year, sometimes a month, sometimes a week, sometimes a few days, sometimes the same day just different location. There were many times I wanted to yell at the main characters to use thier hea ...more
A couple of weeks ago I reviewed The Turning of Anne Merrick which is the second book by author Christine Blevins to feature Anne Merrick and Jack Hampton. Because that review was for a blog tour, and I hate to read out of order, I had to read this book before I could even think about starting Turning. Unfortunately I ran out of time to review this one first, so now I am reviewing out of order! Oh well.

The book opens on the wedding day of young Anne Merrick. She is marrying a much older man in a
Adrienne Wilson
I had a hard time getting into this book b/c I was kinda confused on the history of the time period. I guess I need to brush up on my history lessons from the 1700's. I am sure there were a lot of vulgar words and expressions used back then, but I did not enjoy reading them and having to put that kind of language and talk into my head! I skimmed through a lot of the dirty language. Beware of some "love" scenes as well, definitely a book for an adult/married person.

The main character, Anne, was
I tried to like this book. I tried and tried. After reading Midwife of the Blue Ridge and enjoying it so much, and because I'm a U.S. History fan, I thought I'd love this one. Seriously, I got my undergrad degree in US History and considered going on to get a Ph.D. and teaching the subject; that's how much I love it. But this book was so, so dull. Dreadfully dull. I couldn't find it in my heart to care about any of the characters, nor did I really care what happened to them. So I got about 150 p ...more
Leah (packfan20)
I had such a hard time rating this book. I love historical fiction and the revolutionary war so I really liked the storyline...but...I had a hard time really liking the characters. The relationship between Anne and Jack just didn't seem to be really developed...he kisses her...years later he breaks into her print shop and throw urine all over her books and then she falls in love with him? Did I miss something? I think the characters could have been way more developed to make me really care about ...more
Engaging, fast paced plot, excellent historical details, interesting cast of characters, not great literature but just plain fun to read. I look forward to reading the sequel, The Turning of Anne Merrick.
Diane Davidson
I'm a US History buff and I loved this story. It was a bit slow in the beginning but I enjoyed the descriptions of New York during the Revolutionary War. It's so interesting the way Ms. Blevins interspersed the real characters and hero's into the story with the fictional Jack and Anne. I read a couple of reviews on Goodreads where the reviewer didn't finish the story. You put it down to quickly. The middle of the book is where the story really takes off and the ending will have you anxiously rea ...more
This book was fantastic for anyone who loves historical fiction or romance. Blevins did an excellent job of blending the two for a believable plot and setting and lovable characters. Anne is the perfect modern woman who still fits very nicely into colonial society. It isn't like other books where any history buff knows that in reality it just wouldn't have happened how the author said. The Tory Widow is well researched and written to keep the reading hanging on. My favorite part, personally, is ...more
I read the sequel, The Turning of Anne Merrick , before this so I knew a little bit of what was going to happen. But that didn't make the story any less enjoyable.

I love Anne and Jack so much. You can't help becoming invested in their relationship; screaming and pulling hair when communication is broken and assumptions are made, heart pounding when lives are on the line, and getting teary-eyed at reunions. And Blackenship.... he makes you feel pity and want to punch him in the face all at the
I enjoy books about The American Revolution.
They are usually fun to read with the rebels busy
cuckolding the Brits. This one is no exception. The rebel
pranks do not always work but somehow they pull through.
The characters in here are somewhat papery. Very little
feeling is written in here and the POV skips around quite
a bit. Albeit a war is being fought, this read veges more
on the side of comedy, mayhem and slapstick making it difficult
to take the background of Revolutionary America seriously.
Apr 23, 2010 Lauren added it
An interesting story, for sure. One of my main gripes however is the characters are too forgiving of each other. They are a little too easily persuaded to do otherwise disagreeable things, "all for the cause." Also with she explored a little more into some of the secondary characters, like Sally and David.
Other than that, it was my first historical novel in this time period, and it didn't disappoint.
while this novel was well-researched, the characters were not well-developed, and anne & jack's relationship progression was jerky. blevins's first novel is definitely the better of the two. however, knowing that the tory widow was intended to be one of a trilogy, i will give it another chance. hopefully the author has straightened out the flow of the story & its characters.
I was primarily interested in reading this book since it was based on events in NYC during the American Revolution and being a native New Yorker, I had to read it. Not a bad read, if you're looking for something on a rainy day. While the characters are pretty entertaining, you don't become as invested in their fates as I felt a reader should be.
For the most part, while interesting history, this was a bit muddled and didn't keep my interest strongly. I have read another book by the same author that I greatly enjoyed, ("Midwife of Blue Ridge") but if this were the first one of hers I'd read, I doubt I'd read another.
It was pretty good. It was a bit coarse, much like the Midwife of the Blue Ridge. It was much better than The School Master's Daughter, which was about the same time period and similar circumstances, though it took place in Boston.
I wasn't sure about this book when I first started reading it, but I really enjoyed the characters and the time period. The book got more and more interesting as the characters became involved in the cause! This was a good fun read!
I am torn between 3 or 4 stars. it took a while for the story to get going, but once it did, it held my attention. very good pacing and lots of action. A solid story about a time period that isn't written about enough.
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I am an author who writes what I love to read – historical adventure stories. My debut novel MIDWIFE OF THE BLUE RIDGE (August 2008) takes the reader to the wilds of 18th century colonial America. This story was inspired by information unearthed researching family history.

My latest release, THE TORY WIDOW (April 2009) begins in 1775 in New York City at the eve of rebellion, and is the resul
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