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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 oA 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....

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The Turning of Anne Merrick Reviews

  • Jenny Q
    2019-06-11 01:10

    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 that I'm a big fan of the American Revolution and pretty much anything related to it, and The Turning of Anne Merrick is a welcome and satisfying addition to my collection. It encompasses everything I like in a book: lots of history, a historical setting that comes to life, memorable characters, a great love story, some action and adventure, some tears and laughter, and a plot that keeps me turning the pages and guessing at the outcome.I really only have one quibble. Blevins does a wonderful job of bringing the time period to life, but I found the historical description to be too much at times, slowing the momentum of the story. In some places I appreciated the in-depth detail, but in others I found myself skimming to get back to the action. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that so many of the secondary characters were based on historical record. They are woven seamlessly throughout the story with the fictional characters. I think that's helped along by the subject matter, and it's part of what I love so much about the American Revolution; so many of the patriots we still honor today were just regular, everyday people. At that time, America consisted of two million regular, everyday people stretched out over 1500 miles of coastline, and against all odds a large portion of that population was able to unite in a common cause, create a nationwide system of communication, compliance, and defense, and oust an oppressive government--not too mention the mightiest military power the world had ever seen--(Cue Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man here :)Anyway, all that is to say that I'm amazed at what the Americans were able to accomplish, and Blevins does a great job of bringing that point home, of portraying every fighting American as a hero in his or her own way. This series fits right in with Sara Donati's and Beverly Swerling's early American novels, and should please fans of both. The first two books have covered New York and Pennsylvania, and I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story in the southern theater of the Revolutionary War.

  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    2019-06-12 03:17

    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 details from the previous book that I understood what had occurred and why people were behaving as they were.  (Word of warning, events in The Tory Widow will be spoiled for you if you read this one, so if you're a stickler for surprises, don't start here.)  Since I loved this one, I'm still going back to read The Tory Widow because I don't care if I kind of know the plot -- I need me some more Anne Merrick!Clearly, our heroine Anne was the hook for me -- she's the kind of character I would follow for ten more books (I understand now why people get so rabid for Gabaldon's series!).  Blevins' storytelling was thick with historical detail, offered in a lovely style that didn't feel in your face.  Her history was human, and I loved seeing such a feminine side of war (so to speak).  Anne spies for the American rebels by maintaining her facade as a Tory widow while traveling with British troops.  Despite her patriotic loyalties, she's still moved and horrified by war and the results -- especially the deaths -- her actions cause.Blevins doesn't sugar coat the historical horrors of war (even though she adjusts one military punishment for fear readers would think she was exaggerating!), but she's not blunt, over-the-top, or grotesque.  If you're not into romance, this might not be the book for you -- there's no heaving bosoms, but there is a romantic triangle between Anne, the man she loves, and the British officer who is cute and pays attention to her and is all dreamy and flirty and... (why yes, now and then I did indulge in some alternate universe day dreaming where they could be happily ever after!).  So, long story short, get this book. Well, get this and The Tory Widow, and read them both. You can thank me later!

  • Colleen Turner
    2019-06-01 00:09

    I originally reviewed this book for 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 information they acquire in the Loyalist camp to Anne’s beloved Jack Hampton and his brothers in arms.While Anne is solid in her beliefs that she and her friends are fighting for the right cause she cannot help feeling guilt and confusion at using these people for her own gains; some of these people are kind and could easily be her friends if only they fought on the same side. The threat of being discovered and the chance of being shot or hung as a traitor always looms close by. On top of all this, the isolation from those she loves, especially Jack, weighs heavy on her heart and causes her determination to waver if never falter. She sets her sights on a safe and happy future with Jack and does her best to ensure that future can come to fruition as soon as possible.As Anne and Jack come together and drift apart on their various assignments for the Patriot cause, their love for each other, their close circle of friends and their belief in their right to freedom keeps them strong. But just as they catch a glimpse of what their life can be when the war finally ends, an unwelcome and dangerous person from their past emerges to put a kink in their envisioned happy ending and to put their lives in jeopardy.The Turning of Anne Merrick is action packed. From the first page to the last the reader has a behind the scenes view of the inner workings of both sides of the Revolutionary War as Anne, Jack, Sally and many more fight for independence while enmeshing themselves into the very bowels of the enemy. We see the inhumanity and desperation of war while also seeing how much these freedom fighters had to sacrifice for the greater good of the cause.While Jack and Anne didn’t spend enough time together for me to really become invested in their relationship, I enjoyed following both of these characters and watching their relationships with their comrades deepen. The heavy topics of war, slavery, treachery and death are punctuated with moments of humor and happiness, giving a well rounded picture of these characters’ difficult yet ultimately fulfilling lives.Beginning this book I was not aware that The Turning of Anne Merrick is the second book in a series, with The Tory Widow actually introducing us to this exciting cast of characters. This book definitely picks up in the middle of their story and while the author does a good job of recapping important aspects of the first book, I would suggest reading The Tory Widow first to get a better feel for the characters. The Turning of Anne Merrick also ends in an open manner that suggests more books following this group are to come. I will definitely be reading the first book in the series and will keep a look out for the next chapter to come.

  • Viviane Crystal
    2019-06-14 00:51

    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 so easy for Anne as she and her friend Sally see what war is like up close. They cook and care for wounded British soldiers, and they have to frequently remind themselves in the middle of suffering and death who they are supporting and why. Still Anne never loses her feisty nature and can swing between joking and compassionate care without missing a heartbeat!After a phenomenal victory, Anne and Jack head for General Washington's camp at Valley Forge, where the situation is dire as they are surviving with a serious dearth of food and clothing in the middle of a fierce winter. Here Anne helps out in the middle of this dire situation; the strength of Anne and Jack is that the Cause of Liberty is worth everything and anything. Such determined focus is amazing on page after page after page!Returning to Philadelphia Anne returns to her former role as owner of what we know as a coffeehouse and a collector of information from a carefully planned network of spies. With her charm and vitality, she manages, as she did in Saratoga,to charm the elite and thus learn of even more important British secrets. However, things begin to go awry when the man she thought she killed is met, alive and well and on recognition determined to have revenge on his would-be killer. The story of Anne's capture, imprisonment, and escape is riveting, tense reading, ending in a shocking way guaranteed to promise the reader more to come from this very, very talented writer, Christine Blevins. This reviewer looks forward to reading the next installment of this writer who makes history, with all its real and fictional characters, pull in the reader for hours of historical and romantic pleasure!!! Wonderful!!!

  • Marcie
    2019-06-03 20:58

    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 intelligence on to wage their attack. Anne and Jack have a complicated relationship. They are both spies as well as loyal patriots willing to do what ever it takes to win the war. This often results in long separations. However when they do get together it is so sweet. The author did a wonderful job portraying the hard ships of this time for these two lovers. They were so close at times, yet so far away. Anne is a great character. She is strong, smart, witty and most important very brave. I also love that the author made her caring and compassionate as well. I also love Sally. Sally says what ever is on her mind and she doesn't let anyone take advantage of her. The story line to this novel was exciting. I was so nervous for Anne while she was spying. The author kept me on the edge of my seat. This is one of those books that I stayed up late to finish because I couldn't bear to put it down. This is the second book in this series. I did not read the first book but The Turning of Anne Merrick stood on it's own two feet. I don't feel like I missed anything. I would absolutely go back and read the first book, The Tory Widow, because I adored this story so much. This is also a series that I would continue reading as well. The Turning of Anne Merrick is a story of survival, love, loyalty and hope. It's an up close and personal look inside the war that gave America it's freedom. If you love history, this is a book that you should read.

  • Marg
    2019-06-12 03:56

    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 that the Americans so desperately need about the British and to ensure that she isn't caught.To read the full review head to

  • Mieneke
    2019-06-09 03:49

    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 story is above all an exciting adventure.I loved that this book showed that war wasn't just a man's affair, but just as much something the women fought and not just by valiantly keeping the home fires burning. They follow their husbands out on campaign, to be a help meet to their men, to function as washerwomen, cooks, nurses and peddlers for the soldiers of the regiment. No fading wallflowers here; these women are strong, fierce and loyal, to their men and to the regiment. Of course, they have to be; if their man dies, then they either have to remarry into the regiment or be cast out, as we're shown by the tale of Mrs Pennybrig, the washerwoman. Anne and Sally are fabulous characters, who fit right in with this representation of army wives, even if they're not actually married into the regiment. They're strong, independent women, who need no man to safe them, as is delightfully illustrated when they encounter a big rattle snake one night when making camp. Yes, they scream their heads off, but at the same time they kill the thing themselves, while several soldiers and officers look on. It's further illustrated by Anne's difficulty with pretending to be a wilting flower when she's courted by the British officer Geoffrey Pepperell who, even if he seems to admire her independent nature, when it comes to it, does want her to rely on him. Both Anne and Sally miss their men, Jack and David, but they do what they have to for their country. I only found out after reading The Turning of Anne Merrick that this is a sequel of sorts to The Tory Widow and I'd love to see how Anne came to be the person she is in this book. The other women in the book are no less strong, except maybe Fanny Loescher, who just seems in it for the plush life that General Burgoyne can provide her with as his mistress.The men are equally interesting. Jack is suitably heroic, as are his friends, David, Titus and their two Native American guides, Isaac and Ned. But however heroic they are, they are shown to have flaws and weaknesses, such as Jack's jealousy and his losing faith in their goals. Even the supposed bad guys are shown to be valorous men, such as Anne's suitor and his friend Gordon Lennox.  Neither Geoffrey or Gordon are bad men, they are just on the opposing side. Gordon seems to love his wife deeply and Geoffrey is genuinely trying to woo the independent Anne. At times, I even found myself rooting for him, even if Anne was already Jack’s and their attachment seemed very strong. His final scenes in the book were very sad and left me more than a little moist-eyed.Anne and Sally’s time with the regiment was interesting and I enjoyed this first part of the book, but the perils they and Pink, the freed slave girl they meet in the war camp, face while spying for the rebels become frighteningly clear once they move to Philadelphia to set up shop there. The set up in Philadelphia, the coffee and pastry shop combined with a lending library, which also functions as a drop for their contacts to give them information, was fantastic. I just adored the idea of the lending library as a way for them to exchange messages with their contacts. It’s also in Philadelphia that the story moves beyond a relatively straight-forward spying adventure and starts to reveal the cracks in Jack and Anne’s convictions and their willingness to endure depravation and danger for the cause. The story speeds up as well, building up to a frantic finale that ends with a daring rescue at sea and a resolution to all Jack and Anne’s doubts, but also an opening for another book chronicling their adventures.The Turning of Anne Merrick is a story of high adventure; it's exciting, nail-bitingly tense, and also quite romantic. The history is fascinating, though I'd imagine a US reader would be far more familiar with the history behind the story and maybe wouldn't find the history aspects as illuminating as they were for me. If anything, The Turning of Anne Merrick has shown me – to my shame – I'm woefully ignorant of American history, except in the broadest of strokes. Something I should fix in the future. I really enjoyed this book and if I get the chance, I'll certainly be checking out Blevins' other books.

  • Lucinda
    2019-06-18 20:54

    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 completely authentic and which projects the very period with such vivid realism as to transport you back in time. The detailed research that the author has undertaken mixed with passion, imagery and detail brings the story to life before your very eyes illuminating the black words into florescent color, which is a testament to Christine Belvin’s writing skill within such a challenging genre. Instantly you are taken on a rollercoaster of a journey that is sparked with tension, drama, adventure and surprise that will shock, amaze and delight and which made me speed on wanting to read further into this gripping saga. Once I had begun reading I was completely captivated and unable to put the book down, due to the use of language and emotion within a fascinatingly detailed and intriguing plot. The fast-pace was continued throughout the book, without it ever loosing any momentum which was spurred on by the unfolding drama and unforgettable, distinctly interesting characters that I found myself able to relate to and empathize with greatly; in regards to their thoughts, feelings and views. The historical event was approached from a completely new perspective and one that made this novel so truly original and new, being something that is very meaningful, thought-provoking and unobtrusive compared to other literature that is based on and around the American Revolution. This was a story that was passionate, truthful and truth-drawing which took the very foundations of this genre and specific historical moment within history to new heights. I was enthralled from the very first moment that I began reading and continuously overwhelmed by the vivid realism, evocative language and depth of feeling that gave each scene air to breathe. Every minute detail is accurately described most lavishly, painting a picture that is most exact and in-depth of an up-close look at what it truly would have been like at this time; one which ignites all senses so that you can hear, see and almost smell the environment of the time period. I enjoyed ‘the turning of Anne Merrick’ so much therefore I predict great things from this author and I greatly look forward to reading more of her work including ‘the midwife of blue ridge’ and ‘the Tory widow’ that I predict confidently to be just as good if not better and spectacular as this. This book is so heartfelt and emotive that I was thus able to feel intimately connected to the characters; hence it is one of those stories that will be forever etched within your memory for a long time afterwards and something that I honestly cannot wait to read again. Touchingly beautiful, delicate yet absolutely astounding, this novel is truly majestic and one which I urge you to read most strongly.

  • Ellen
    2019-06-05 03:47

    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 for the patriots. She passes on this information along in the form of rolled notes which she hides at the base of trees. Jack and his sidekick, Titus, both serving as scouts for the patriot army, retrieve the notes. It was interesting to see how the spy work was done and how the camp follower women lived during this time. Part two finds Anne, Sally, Jack and Titus serving the cause at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. It was fascinating to see Valley Forge through the eyes of ordinary people. This was truly a place of misery for everyone, as historical records have shown. This part of the story focuses on how difficult is was for the inept troops to be trained, an officer who is literally drummed out of the army, and two youths who persevere even when their clothes keep getting stolen from them. Part three is set in Philadelphia. Here Anne, Sally, and a freed slave woman whom they befriended at Valley Forge, run a coffee shop. Again, Anne is able to continue the spy work from overheard conversations from British soldiers who frequent the shop. Most of part three is about how Anne struggles with her nemesis, Edward Blankenship, a character from an earlier book, "The Tory Window." Edward was left for dead, but it turns out he was still alive. Badly scarred, he shows up at party organized by Major John Andre. Edward kidnaps Anne to extract revenge from her and Jack. This was one of the most entertaining and educational historical novels I have ever read. It was also the most detailed with historical phrases and descriptions I have ever read. I read this on my Nook and filled up the notes section with many interesting phrases and words from the Rev. War time period. Some of them are: buttons and beans, cabbage eaters, jagar rifleman, carfuffle, pish, grogshop, featherheads, subaltern, jelly bone, and so on. My one wish for this story, is that there be more tension throughout. What is the one life or death thing that Jack wants, that Anne wants? Neither of them seemed to have that extra strong desire to get something or overcome something. I love to read a book that keeps me on the edge of my seat. This story kept me reading for the action and vivid details. Yet, I wanted to know more about Anne's deepest heart's desires through her inner thoughts. I wished this from Jack as well. That is why I gave this novel four stars instead of five.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-08 21:00

    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 collapse of Burgoyne's forces, Anne and Sally join up with the Patriot army to winter at Valley Forge. Once again reunited with her lover Jack Hampton, who serves as a Patriot scout, Anne hopes that she can put her spying days behind her and start a new life with Jack. General Washington, however, has other plans and calls on Anne to again assume the role of dedicated loyalist, this time in British-occupied Philadelphia where it is expected she will gather much needed intelligence about British plans. While this mission means another separation from Jack, she accepts without question knowing that any information she can gather could help defeat the British. But the mission to Philadelphia, where Anne opens a coffee house, proves to be her most dangerous yet. Not only are spies are being hung for treason, but someone from Anne's past resurfaces intent on destroying Anne and all she holds dear. Overall, The Turning of Anne Merrick is a great read. Blevins paints a vivid portrait of life with the British army, at that time the most formidable army in the world, as well as with the Patriot army under General Washington. I found Anne's days with the British Army and as a 'loyalist' coffee house owner in Philadelphia to be especially interesting and entertaining. One of the greatest strengths of this novel is the relationship between Anne and Jack. I admit I wasn't a big fan of Jack in the first novel but after reading the second book I've grown to like him. While I didn't at first find Jack to be a good match for Anne, by the end of this novel I came to better understand their relationship. Although the events at the conclusion of this novel seemed somewhat implausible, my interest in them never waned. Before I had finished, I found myself looking forward to the events of the next book. Although The Turning of Anne Merrick can be read as a stand alone novel, I highly recommend reading The Tory Widow first as it gives important background on the characters and events of this novel. Recommended to fans of historical fiction, particularly those interested in the American Revolution.Disclosure: I received a copy of this novel as a host for The Turning of Anne Merrick Virtual Book Tour.

  • Heather
    2019-05-29 01:06

    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 me itch to pick up the first book!This novel had a little bit of everything that I look for in a good read. The story was never slow or dragging – we moved right along from one event to the next. There was great character development and I’m sure if I had read book 1 I would have seen the characters grow from there too. I instantly took a liking to the characters and can’t wait to read more about their adventures. There were moments that pulled on the heart-strings and I certainly shed a few tears. One of most remarkable aspects of this novel is that although it is a book about the American Revolution you really get to see and feel both the rebel and loyalist sides. While Anne serves as a spy amongst the British troops there are times where you feel her sympathy for the soldiers and people fighting. You see how both sides dealt with feelings of hopelessness and excitement, passion and determination, and how the side they are fight on is the side of right. It really gave the book a well rounded feel for the world.In terms of structure of the book, I loved the addition of maps throughout the book. The novel is broken up into segments that take place along the British movement from Fort Anne, the rebel encampment at Valley Forge and in occupied New York City. At the beginning of each of these sections there is a map showing places that are referred to in the section and really helps to give you a better sense of the world around the characters.A couple of random comments to round out this review. I loved the little nod to American hero Nathan Hale (who remains nameless in the book). Growing up in East Haddam, CT he holds a small place in my heart. Our school system is in part named after him and he taught school in our town for awhile and you can still visit his school house. As soon as I saw the mention of a heroic spy who was captured, I recited the lines from heart “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country”. I also think that this could be a great war drama film. With the action, romance, and excitement it would be enjoyable.This book was received for review from the publisher - I was not compensated for my opinions and the above is my honest review.

  • Sheree
    2019-05-26 22:48

    4.5 starsBeing 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 was kind enough to send but I wasn't able to read in time for the tour. Not to worry, The Turning Of Anne Merrick stands on it's own merit, and it certainly gave me a thirst for more of Christine's writing. From the British army's advancement along the Hudson in 1777 to the rebel encampment at Valley Forge and British occupied Philadelphia, we follow Anne, Sally, Jack and Titus and a cast of colourful characters, many based on historical record. Blevins excels here; so many characters to love. Anne, Sally, Pink and Jack were among my favourites, I loved being privy to their lives and invested in the ensuing emotion, not to mention the hilarious lines from sass-mouth Sally. The Continental army and patriots up against the might of the British empire, with many 'ordinary' people risking their lives in the fight for liberty. It was refreshing to read of women's contribution to the cause. Anne and Sally's infiltration of the British army is so well written you feel empathy for not just the 'rebels' or patriots but also for the Redcoats and Loyalists.Blevins' meticulous research, vivid in-depth descriptions and charming turn of phrase breathes life into this time period, giving an innate sense of time and place and making the pages fly.She tipped her head to Jack's, and they both gazed up into the heavens. " That's a sight to see. It looks as if the angels spilled the salt cellar over the sky."Definitely a must read for lovers of historical fiction and I think Sara Donati or Diana Gabaldon fans will also enjoy Christine Blevin's work. The Turning Of Anne Merrick has all the passion, courage, triumph, deprivation and hopelessness that is war and I could see this transferring beautifully to film.

  • Kelly A.
    2019-06-17 21:56

    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 stand alone. I was only able to read a small part of its predecessor, The Tory Widow, and was not confused jumping into this one. In my opinion, this book is much more action-packed and faster paced than the other. Anne Merrick is a rebel spy in a British war camp; she sends sneaky notes to the Americans on the what the British are up to. Getting into the lives and minds of the British during this war was so interesting, as usually we only see things from an American perspective. I thought it funny how they still went to balls, plays, and fancy dinners -- in Anne's words, "as if they'd already won the war." Anne herself is a great heroine, she's very likable and brave, but I really think that the secondary characters are the stars. Sally, Anne's Scottish servant and friend, is my favorite. She's sassy, fun, and has the best lines in the entire book. Titus and Pink, freed slaves, are great companions to Anne too, but Jack, Anne's love interest, takes the bait. What a hunk! Some of the officers and their wives in the British camps are really spectacular as well. I loved the wide array of personalities and characters in this book.As I said before, there is so much action here! I was in my Postcolonial Theory class (ironic, huh?) reading a bit about Anne barely outrunning and escaping from British soldiers on horseback -- I was seriously so nervous and out of breath while reading. I can't wait to go back and finish The Tory Widow. Overall, The Turning of Anne Merrick is a GREAT historical fiction book for all, and it doesn't hurt that the author, Christine Blevins, is a lovely person as well. Highly recommended! 4.5 stars.

  • Amy Lignor
    2019-06-16 01:57

    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 previous novel by this author, are sincerely devoted to each other. They are also humbly devoted to this fledgling country called America, and are an integral part of a spy network run by General Washington. They and their compatriots are ready to devote their lives to keep their new country free from tyranny. As readers are brought into some of the most famous locations that America has to offer, they begin to feel what it was like - the fear and excitement - for these brave patriots as they moved from the battlefields along the Hudson River to the near-death winter of 1777-1778, spent at the horrific camp, Valley Forge. Delving into the dangerous goings-on in the British-occupied city of Philadelphia, Anne and Jack find themselves separated by the War many times as they deal with an enemy who gets more ruthless by the day. If there is a definition of the word patriot, this romantic couple is it. Calling on their crafty ways and high intelligence, they do ‘magic’ to fool the enemy. Both Anne and Jack provide in-depth looks at what they went through - their lives filled with moments of humor and happiness - and this second novel has certainly done the characters justice once again at the hands of a beautiful writer.Many of the characters in this novel were plucked from history, including the military (good and bad), from Washington to Benedict Arnold. Even a lovely dog called, Azor, owned by Major General von Steuben, a Prussian volunteer who wrote a manual on military regulations, is part of the story. This was a fantastic read and the author made sure to never downplay the role of the fearless women in the spy business! Enjoy!

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    2019-06-08 02:54

    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 great character. She's sort of in a precarious position. She's a widow and thus she's looked at a little bit differently than other women of that time period. Everyone feels sorry for her but she shows very quickly that she's strong and more than capable of making her way through everything. I really liked how Blevins wrote about the women of the American Revolution in this book. In history classes, you hear a lot about the men of the Revolution but there really isn't a large focus on what the women were doing at the same time. Anne Merrick is a spy. She spies for the Americans and the information that she is able to garner from the British and the Loyalists is vital to the American forces. It was really nice to see the sorts of contributions that women were making to the Revolution.This is actually a follow-up to Blevins' The Tory Widow, which I have not read (but I will; oh yes, I will after reading this one) but The Turning of Anne Merrick is most definitely a great standalone book. This is a great story and definitely made me anxious to read more by Christine Blevins!

  • Trish
    2019-06-07 22:54

    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 militia fought (bullet blocks, priming horns, guerrilla warfare). Chapters carry us alternately through British encampments and the less refined workings of the Continental army. Impeccable research allows us to experience the individual hardships and losses caused by the politics of the day. With meticulous detail, Blevins recreates the activities of an army on the move along the Hudson and the gritty realism of battles and skirmishes from the perspective of both sides. There are moments of dangerous intrigue in an occupied Philadelphia and the ravages of the infamous Valley Forge winter.I came to care deeply for the main characters as I followed their fateful struggle for liberty and their hope of a shared life after independence.I love reading historical fiction because of writers like Ms Blevins, where battlefields and the names of historical figures I only knew in passing, become real and unforgettable.

  • Siobian
    2019-06-01 23:52

    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 Anne and Jack's relationship evolve and getting to know them better. As before, Blevins proves that she is adept at research and the details she adds really help you to feel that you are walking alongside Anne and Sally as they barter scones for information and secrets in the British camp. The writing was really well done and I enjoyed getting to see both sides of the fight. Typically, I have read books about the American Revolution that pretty much just stuck to the Americans side of it, so it was interesting to develop feelings for the characters that served in the British army. Overall, it was a great read and I have quickly fallen in love with this series and can't wait to read the next one!*Please note, I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Deborah
    2019-05-21 22:16

    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. Her writing "voice" held my attention, I felt that she did a wonderful job of "painting a picture with her words."I am going to "borrow" something that I read on another review by one of the Goodreads members . . . . She listed what she called, "Some things I like to know before I read a book." I so appreciated that information and would like to incorporate a version of it into my reviews.I would say that I would term this book a Romantic Historical Fiction; there is adult language, not a lot, but it is there; and there are adult situations throughout the book. The battles are not terribly graphic, neither were the sexual situations.

  • Joyce
    2019-06-08 23:00

    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 on is the side of right.Not a really great read, though it is a good read. From start to finish, the novel is realistic, well researched, and beautifully written.

  • Lindsay
    2019-06-11 23:53

    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
    2019-06-17 21:11

    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.

  • Sue
    2019-05-18 19:57

    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.....

  • Tracy
    2019-06-03 01:49

    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.

  • M
    2019-06-18 04:03

    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.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-13 00:47

    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!

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-18 20:54

    Just notified that I won this book from Unabridged chick 3/24/12

  • Lisa
    2019-05-31 04:03

    Would have enjoyed it more if I was any good at history. A lot of Battle of Saratoga history which was cool.

  • Kathleen Kelly
    2019-06-14 22:48

    Review to come

  • Judy Spare
    2019-05-22 02:51

    Read to page 327 and just couldn't get into it. Finally gave up.

  • Kim Hay
    2019-05-18 20:05

    Very nicely written historical novel set during the American Revolution !