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The Turning of Anne Merrick

(Anne Merrick #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  42 reviews
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
Paperback, 440 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Berkley Books
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Jenny Q
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first novel in this series, The Tory Widow, and I was excited to have the chance to be part of the blog tour for the follow-up. I ended up enjoying The Turning of Anne Merrick even more. It begins right in the thick of things, with Anne, Jack, and the rest of the gang covertly working for the patriot cause on the eve of the Battle of Saratoga. The synopsis gives a nice overview of the story and I won't go into the plot for fear of spoiling anything from either book, but I will say ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I loved this book. Just flat out loved it. One of my favorite historical eras -- the American revolution -- combined with a romantic triangle of sorts, great writing, and a fantabulous heroine that I desperately want as a best friend.

Set in 1777, this book is technically the sequel to Blevins' The Tory Widow which I sadly didn't get around to reading before starting this one.  However, I didn't feel lost at any time -- Blevins immediately pulled me in to Anne's story and she offered enough detai
Colleen Turner
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I originally reviewed this book for

In 1777 America is embroiled in the Revolutionary War, seeking its independence from Britain. General Washington, Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army, employs a network of rebels and spies to combat the Loyalists and to gather the intelligence needed to outwit this enormous, powerful foe. As part of this brave network, Anne Merrick and her friend Sally infiltrate the British Army on its campaign down the Hudson and work to pass inf
Viviane Crystal
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Anne Merrick is a spy for the Revolutionary Army in the late 1700s in the colonies. Jack Hampton and she are deeply in love but don't get many opportunities to be together. Caught up in the war between the Patriots and the British, Anne is spying in the camp of the enemy, having fled New York City after killing a British officer, Edward Blankenship. Though they are outnumbered by the British in manpower and weapons, the Patriots are slowly but surely winning the Saratoga campaign. But all is not ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love a good historical fiction novel and this definitely qualifies as one. The Turning of Anne Merrick takes place during the American Revolutionary War. Anne Merrick is a widow who has infiltrated the Red coat's camp as she spies for General Washington. Anne and her companion Sally work among the soldiers and their families, desperate to find out any information that might be useful for the Americans. She leaves secret messages so that her love, Jack Hampton will find it and pass the intellig ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anne Merrick has left the dangerous world of New York behind and now has joined her lover Jack Hampton on the road, but it isn't long before she is called upon to once again spy for the rebels by infiltrating the British camp, leaving the protection of Jack and Titus behind (Titus is the freed slave who initially worked with her husband but who had been her employee and friend ever since her husband's death) and once more having to rely on her own wits and guile to both provide the information t ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. Author says there will be another book after this, but it's been a LONG TIME. I hope she does write another one, to complete the tale. This one summed up a few things but left loose ends, and I hate having questions on the outcome. Still, this was a wonderful book and I would read it and it's predecessor again, even though I know what will happen :) ...more
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

I won The Turning of Anne Merrick in a giveaway on Reading the Past along with some fantastic smelling candles and tea (see the picture to the right.) I was really excited to win the book, because after reading Christine Blevins' guest post, I couldn't wait to read this story. It's set in an era of history – the American Revolution – I know almost nothing about, so it was fascinating to get acquainted with it. But apart from introducing me to an unfamiliar time in history, this st
Evelyn Goldman
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: research, writing
Incredible period detail. The middle third SAGGED and I almost gave up. The ending, however, was well executed and I’m glad I stuck with it.

Did not read the first book first. I think enough background is given here for it to not be essential.
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This historical novel set in 1777 is centered on the great battle between the British Empire and America, who are both fighting for freedom, independence and civil rights. You are taken on a journey of discovery through the eyes of the main characters Anne and Jack, on a perilous quest through the ravages of War as a retelling of this evocation within time & an event that is most poignant and memorable. From the very first moment that you open the first page you are plunged into a world that is ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. Unlike some historical fiction, the writing pulled me into the characters and their lives and held me there throughout the entire story.

Part one is set in New York's Hudson River Valley, during the early days of the Revolutionary War. The main characters, Anne and Jack, both work for the patriot cause. Anne, along with the help of her Scottish maid, Sally, does spy work. Posing as a camp follower who sells writing supplies, Anne is able to collect vital information
Heather C
I read this book as a standalone – although I have had the first book for over a year and had every intention of reading it first, but alas, time was not on my side (I just barely finished this one in time for my review tour stop!). There were moments and references that were made that I knew were in relation to something from book 1, but they were explained enough that I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything critical to my understanding and enjoyment of this book. It did however make m ...more
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Turning of Anne Merrick, the second novel in Christine Blevins' American Revolution series, finds our heroine, Anne Merrick, once again using her considerable charms on the British in an effort to gather intelligence for the Patriot cause. While the series' first novel, The Tory Widow, takes place in New York City, this second book has Anne once again acting as a Patriot spy when she and her trusted servant Sally join British General Burgoyne's campaign down the Hudson Valley. With the colla ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Being Australian I'm probably not quite as familiar with events that took place during the American Revolution but I certainly love and appreciate reading or watching movies about this period in history. The Turning Of Anne Merrick is an absolute treat; a delightful blend of historical record and literary embellishment create this captivating, evocative tale.

It's almost unheard of for me to read a novel out of order but this is actually the follow up to The Tory Widow which the author
Kelly A.
I know that earlier I've gushed about how the early 1800s is one of my favorite time periods to read about, but Revolutionary America is right up there as well. As silly as it may sound, watching the movie The Patriot really got me into history and reading all kinds of historical fiction. In Christine Blevin's new book, The Turning of Anne Merrick, we get a great book set right in the middle of the action surrounding the American Revolution.

This book is technically part of a series, but it can s
Amy Lignor
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is truly a lovely work of historical fiction that features Anne Merrick, a spy who worked diligently for General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. From deceiving Redcoats to doing her best to help fight for America’s independence, Anne Merrick did it all!

It is the year 1777, when an extremely new country is in the midst of struggling against the enormity and might of the British Empire to become a place of freedom. Anne Merrick and Jack Hampton, who were brought together in a
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Revolutionary era in America is not something I've read about a lot in historical fiction so I was really, really interested to get into this book to see this change of scenery from a lot of my usual historical fiction fare. I was most definitely not disappointed. This book definitely filled my want for adventure and a good story full of some good twists to keep you reading.

The Turning of Anne Merrick is a fantastic foray into the intrigue of the American Revolution. Anne Merrick is a really
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
The author continues the story of THE TORY WIDOW in this novel set during the American Revolution in 1777. Anne, the widow of a British Loyalist living in New York town, has now become part of the rebel network of spies for the colonies' "just cause". She becomes embedded in the caravan following General Burgoyne's army, passing snippets of information to the colonial rebel she has come to love. Through Jack Hampton, a colonial sharpshooter/scout we learn many interesting facts about how the mil ...more
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a trilogy that began with The Tory Widow. I would definitely recommend reading these books in order so that you can see how Anne and Jack's love story begins and how far they have come. Plus, a certain betrayed captain makes a reappearance (I don't want to give names and spoil it for anyone who has not read the first book) which I was extremely excited about because, even if he was on the "wrong side" of the fight, I still liked his character. I loved getting to see An ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I found the book, The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins, to be well written. I enjoyed it. I felt that the book had more focus on romance than on history, personally, I would have enjoyed less romance--but that is my personal preference.

It was obvious that the author had done a wonderful amount of research into the time period and the persons of that historic timeframe. I enjoyed the talent that Ms. Blevins has for growing the characters, making them come alive throughout the book. He
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Missed reading the first book of this American Revolution saga by Christine Blevins, though I didn't feel lost in reading “The Turning of Anne Merrick”... it easily can be a stand-alone novel.

Anne and her feisty Scottish maid Sally, infiltrate the Redcoat army base camp, gathering info and passing messages to Anne's romantic interest Jack. The author provides readers a look at how both sides dealt with feelings of hopelessness and fear, passion and determination, and how the side they are fight
This book was a little slow to get going but once it did I couldn't put it down. It took little under half to really get interesting but then I was so engrossed with the characters I didn't notice when people were sitting beside me on the bus and I missed my stop repeatedly!

I liked the strong female characters in this novel, but I also really liked the brotherhood of the male support characters in the novel. Good twist at the end. All and all a 4 out of 5. This author is a very good writer!
Melissa W
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Jayne's Books.

Book was ok. I felt that it was a book that really picked up in the final third of the book and dragged for most of the book. The story flowed nicely and while I wished I was able read the book before this, the story was adequate enough that one didn't really need to read The Tory Wife, as there was enough information given throughout the book that you at least understood the basics of Anne's backstory.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is the second in a series, the first being The Tory Widow. I think I liked this one better than the first, but was not too impressed with either one. It seemed to take me a long time to get through this book, which is the opposite of "can't put it down." More spying for the Rebel cause in the Revolutionary War, a little romance, danger, and a hero who always rescues the woman he loves..... ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it
It was decent. Interesting. I read it awhile ago and don't remember all the details exactly but I know after I read it, I wished there was a third book. I hadn't read The Tory Widow (the first book) so now I'm going to read that. All likeable characters. It was a very easy read and although it's not a teen/young adult book, it could be. ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a nice way to continue the Tory Widow. All the characters returned and worked in the field with dire consequences. Some parts were a little difficult- the work Anne had to do undercover. Still a good read, especially if you enjoyed the first book.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. All the gang is back from the first book. Unfortunately, British officer Edward Blankenship is also back. Remember him? Jack and Anne killed him in the first book. Well, maybe not. Edward is out for revenge. By the way this book ended, it looks like there will be a book 3.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kinda wish she'd just ended the story, I mean, I'm enjoying it but I really wanna know what happens and it just came out!
Just notified that I won this book from Unabridged chick 3/24/12
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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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