I’m excited to be apart of CelebrateLit’s Celebration Tour for Izzy James latest book, The Shopkeeper’s Widow! So this is a Historical Fiction that takes place in the year 1775 – so without further ado, let’s travel back in time to Norfolk Virginia.
About the Book
Book: The Shopkeeper’s Widow
Author: Izzy James
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: August 21, 2020
From The Back Cover
Delany Fleet, a widowed former indentured servant living in the colonial port of Norfolk, Virginia, dreams of having an estate of her own where she will never have to compromise her freedom.
When the only man she ever loved shows up with a load of smuggled firearms, Delany is forced to leave her home and her livelihood to protect her family and property from Lord Dunmore’s raids and the conniving plots of a man who claims to be her friend.
Now, with her destiny forever altered, Delany must find a new way to happiness. Can reconnecting with her husband’s family and a former love be the path that God has for her?
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What Did I Think?
I have to admit that I wanted to read this book because of the cover, because I think it’s absolutely gorgeous! The story however, wasn’t as awesome as the cover. Now don’t get me wrong, it was a good story and there were moments that I absolutely loved (like when Delany pretended to be a ghost– which was probably my favorite part), but I also lost interest in the book a couple of times during the middle.
The story is about Delany Fleet, who is my favorite type of heroine. She is brave, strong and is not afraid to stand up for what’s right. She has freed her slaves and is determined to help the militia, but she also longs for a family of her own (especially children). After she closes her shop one day, she runs into her childhood crush; however, she remembers that he only viewed her as an indentured servant and not an equal. She decides to help him with his dangerous mission; however, her heart may be in more danger then her life. Overall, I liked the story and the characters; however, it did lag at times… But don’t give up – this book is definitely worth finishing! I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
About the Author
Izzy James grew up surrounded by history and story in coastal Virginia. She still lives there with her fabulous husband in a house brimming with books.
A Note from Izzy
Hello! My name is Izzy James. My new book is The Shopkeeper’s Widow. It’s about freedom and second chances. I learned quite a bit of history while researching and writing this book. Did you know that the first showers began to appear in the early 1760’s? I gave Delany one of them in Shopkeeper’s just for fun. It is not likely she would have had a shower at that time, but it is fiction and as such I thought it would be a fun detail to add. We do know that some people did rig up for themselves a semblance of a daily shower by using a bucket full of water suspended above them.
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To celebrate her tour, Izzy is giving away the grand prize package of a a book, a can of tea and an Ingenuitea teapot!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you will give this book a chance and if you do.. please let me know! I would love to know what you thought.
Happy Reading! 🙂
>> Special thanks to Izzy James and CelebrateLit for letting me read and review this book — all opinions are my own<<