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Shame the Devil

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  44 reviews
England, 1643. The Civil War has created a great divide between those who support King Charles and those who would rather see his head on the block. Young Scot Colin Blackburne finds himself caught in the middle when he witnesses Parliamentarians murder his mother because of his father’s allegiance to the king. As further punishment, the family is sent to Yorkshire as inde ...more
Kindle Edition, 415 pages
Published May 11th 2020 (first published April 25th 2020)
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Amy Bruno
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know when you finish a book so amazing that you cannot find the adequate words to express just how much you loved it?! Yep, that's what happened to me with Shame the Devil by Donna Scott! I mean, it just took my expectations and absolutely exceeded them. I know Shame the Devil will be in the top 5, if not the Top 3, books I read this year, and one of THE best historical fiction novels I have read to date.

The action kicks off right away when English soldiers rush upon Colin's family home, kil
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I owe my discovery of Donna Scott’s Shame the Devil to its cover designer. Historical Editorial featured the title in one of its social media announcements, and I was immediately sucked in by the imagery. It had been a minute since I had read a novel set in the Stuart period, and the prospect of returning to the era tickled my imagination.

In looking at my library, I would have no trouble shelving Shame the Devil alongside St
Laurel Harty
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t typically read historic fiction. I’m more of a biography girl, but I thought I’d give it a go with this book. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I guess it wasn’t what I was expecting because pretty early on, the book took a turn (without giving too much away) in a direction that you don’t normally see in historicals. Two characters get involved in a relationship that, if you’re on the prude side, can be a little shocking, but it was so well done that it made it difficult to ...more
Lisa Bronfman
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. The story is engaging and the characters come alive. Perfect escape into another moment in time. I am looking forward to reading the next novel by Donna Scott.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you HFVBT and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Shame The Devil
By: Donna Scott


~Tell the truth, and shame the devil.~

In Donna Scott's Shame The Devil, we step back to 1643 and the English Civil War. Are you for or against King Charles?

Unfortunately, for Colin Blackburne, his father supported supported the king. Now, Colin's mother has been murdered, and he, along with his father and brother, are taken to Y
Lisa Carafeno
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
My guilty pleasure is a good historical fiction. This book was for me a weekend escape I couldn’t put down. The author clearly did her research on England in the 1600’s. You are transported into a different time and place with well developed characters. You could really empathize with them while they navigate life in a time when society and social norms often controlled ones destiny. There are various relationships crossing paths and twists along the way which make this a hard book to put down.
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I enjoyed the most about this book was the lesson in history. It is set in 1600’s England. I liked the time period because I knew very little about English history and the Civil War. The author does a good job at explaining with detail everything from the clothing people wore at the time, to architecture and political issues. There is of course several love stories, which makes it even more interesting to read. I got lost in the pages of this book and recommend it if you want a different hi ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the first time I picked up this book I was enthralled by the story. I enjoyed every bit of the historical details. I found the author’s writing descriptive, lively and vivid. As I read this story, I felt I was not just looking at these characters lives and the era they lived in, but I was able to share in the sights, sounds, and their love and pain. I had a hard time putting it down. I HIGHLY recommend to lovers of Historical Fiction.
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book set in 1600’s England. This book was a love story of forbidden love. Colin, a Scottish indentured servant, and Emma, the English viscount’s daughter form a relationship that starts as a friendship and ends up as so much more. Without too many spoilers, their love is tested in many ways over the years. There are also other relationships in this book that are forbidden and unlikely, but I wouldn’t say the love was reciprocal. I liked both sets of relationships for different reaso ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not a big reader, but when I find something I begin to read and love, I treasure and gobble it up. It is the only thing I can think about and can't wait to get back to and then disappointed when it ends.
Shame the Devil has been one of those books for me.
My guilty pleasure. One that when you can't sleep in the middle of the night you sneak a chapter in.
I have bought several copies and sent to friends and family. In today's world, I find I keep getting caught up with current events, but wh
Sam Harris
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. Chapter Four will have you hooked for sure, but it’s not for the prude. The relationship between Alston and Captain Kitts takes this book on a path you don’t see coming. This book is like riding a roller coaster, every turn and twist you get more drawn to the characters and what they are going through.
Jane Ederlyn
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for Droughtlander!

While this book is NOT about a time traveling nurse, I can’t help but compare it to Outlander. It is similar in that it is an epic adventure and the author, much like Diana Gabaldon, has created characters that you care for, that you root for, and stay with you long after the pages have finished. She has similarly penned historical events and places and breathed life into them. I feel like I’ve been there and feel like I know these people and experienced their hardships
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a good revenge story! And in historical fiction? Yes, please! This is one of those rare historical novels that tells both an epic romance and a good old-fashioned tale of vengeance. Stephen Kitts is one of the nastiest villains I’ve read in a long time. While some of the sexual content is disturbing, it’s not graphic. I thought the author did a great job with that. Overall, would highly recommend to historical fiction enthusiasts who love a sassy, spirited read!
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While I really enjoy historical fiction, this one was more engaging than any in recent memory. The twist and turns of the plot, the characters brought to life so true and interesting, the historical events woven in, were all so real I felt like I was living it myself. Everything rang true, from her wonderful descriptions of the setting, to the language of the day written in here and there, I felt like I was transported to another time.
Bravo! I'll be on the lookout for her next book.
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read for your next book club. It is a historical fiction novel that identifies the desperate need for love. Each character searches for that connection that is wired in each of us. The tangled weave and dance that we do to find that love is what makes this a page-turner. The love of family, power and money, a ruler, and the love of your soulmate is creatively designed into a beautiful story during the mid-1600s. The characters were so well depicted- we spent the night digesti ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I confess that although I am a lover of historical fiction, I was not sure I would like this book since it was based on a period I knew nothing about.- The English Civil War. But, despite my concerns , it had me hooked from the start. The countryside settings and descriptions of life in the 1640s created a beautiful backdrop for the forbidden love story between Colin and Emma. I must say that there is a magical coming of age love scene that was so artfully written and moving which I thought was
Sherry Goodson
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I typically do not choose historical fiction but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. It kept me engaged and wanting to read more from the very beginning. The characters come alive and the unexpected relationships make this book hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Read it cover to cover in 3 days. This is a book that I feel even people who may not love historical fiction will truly enjoy. Some historical fiction authors tend to write too much detail that slows down the story which may turn people away from the genre. However, this book has just the right balance of detail and plot. But it also has characters that I felt so connected to from the very beginning. So much so that I couldn’t stop thinking about them long after the book was finished. I ...more
Suzette Rebull
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning: You won’t be able to put this book down!!
Very well written. My first historical fiction and I was hooked two pages in. The twists, turns, and jaw droppers kept me clinging to this read all the way to the very last page. Highly recommend this book.
Rosemary Nojaim
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like Historical Fiction you will surely enjoy Shame the Devil by Donna Scott. As you read this book you feel as if you are in this era and can picture these characters as if you know them. It is a page turner. I didn’t want to put it down because it held my interest in every chapter.
P Harty
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although I don't normally write reviews, Shame The Devil is such a fun, fast paced, enjoyable read, I want to encourage other readers to dive in. Ms Scott takes time to develop her characters, employ engaging references and language, and keep the story moving. At it's heart, this is a love story set in 17th century England- I should say a tale of forbidden love- with the class/caste system of the period playing a central role. The violence, romance and changing fates of characters drive the stor ...more
Michael Kelly
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Outlander fans will love this historically accurate period piece. I am not a big reader of historical fiction, but couldn't put this down.Showtime and HBO should adapt this one! ...more
Christina Larson
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredible! I love a good historical fiction novel and this one did not disappoint! From the first chapter I was hooked and wasn’t able to put the book down! This book has the perfect blend of history, romance and mystery! Would absolutely recommend!
Susan Greenstein
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! It is a well written page turner that I could not put down. I highly recommend this book not only to historical fiction lovers, but to anyone who enjoys a good love story with engaging well thought out characters.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written. The storyline was created so well & each character held my interest where I couldn’t put the book down. I hope that there will be more books written by Donna Scott.
Elyse E
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought the first 4 chapters were very slow, and then after that I couldn't put the book down. The character development was amazing. I felt like I was part of each of their lives. I have a whole new perspective on reading historical fiction books ( which I never chose before ) . I can say that Shame the Devil is a must read. I truly hope that Donna Scott is writing a sequel so that we can continue to follow Colin, Emma, and Tristan.

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Judy Steinhorn
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction so when I started this book I was a little skeptical, but after a few chapters I couldn't put this book down. The writing was so descriptive that I felt I was right there with Colin. I felt the hearbreak of Emma and suffered with Alston his demons. It was a great read! ...more
Marcy Kronrad
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine recommended this book to me because she had read the entire book in two days. I wanted a juicy book to get my mind off of the quarantine. I typically read women’s fiction and thought this may be a long shot, however, it was NOT! I loved this story. Although it took me maybe 5 days to read it, I thoroughly enjoyed the romance between Colin and Emma and all the evil that transpired between Stephen and Alston. (Felt so sorry for Alston). I would highly recommend this book to anyone ...more
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining and educational read with real emotional depth. Donna Scott weaves a can't-put-it-down story into a fascinating historical construct. I love reading a book with characters whose lives speak across the centuries, and make me want to both learn about the past and be thankful for the time I am born into. This was one of those books. ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Shame The Devil By Donna Scott is a rich historical fiction, that

Set to the back drop of the turbulent times of the the three The civil wars of seventeenth-century England. This conflict lasted over a period of nine years and involved two other countries that were being ruled over by the Stuart dynasty.

A tale of love and sacrifice, of loyal
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Donna Scott is an award-winning author of 17th and 18th century historical fiction. Before embarking on a writing career, she spent her time in the world of academia. She earned her BA in English from the University of Miami and her MS and EdD (ABD) from Florida International University. She has two sons and lives in sunny South Florida with her husband.

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