The widow Merrick, Anne, is the owner
of a struggling print shop in the months just before the
start of the American Revolution. Her dead husband was a
Tory and Anne thought she was, too. But the fervor of Jack
Hampton, one of the notorious Sons of Liberty, sweeps her
along the tide of the Patriots. As the passion between Jack
and Anne heats up, so does the war. Soon, Anne has to
decide between her independence and that of her country.
The first part of The Tory Widow
is nearly straight historical fiction, focusing primarily on
the politics and events leading up to the war between the
foundling USA and Britain. The second is a more traditional
suspense with a dash of romance. The historical details are
superbly executed and nearly overwhelm the story itself.
Once the war begins, the story focuses more on Anne and Jack
and, at least for me, gets more interesting. For those who
are fans of the time period and like a little romance thrown
in, this is the book, and author, to read.