About the Book
Book: The Shopkeeper’s Widow
Author: Izzy James
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: August 21, 2020
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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I really enjoyed the setting of Colonial times in the book. It was interesting to get a feel for how it was and I liked how the author made it realistic. The story centers around Delany who is a widow who at one time was a servant. It doesn’t take long to realize how Delany feels about slaves. She doesn’t believe in them and in fact set hers free. Not everyone around her has the same mind set.
Field has a past history with Delany which dies bring up sparks between them. He has come to her for help. I thought it was a big favor he was asking of Delany . The mission is extremely dangerous and it does put their lives in danger. There is mention of slavery and women’s rights but the story really focused on Field and Delany’s relationship. I did think that Delany stood her ground when it came to her faith. She is adamant that she will not be with Field as long as he has slaves.
It is a nice look at how people dealt with topics we still struggle over today. I kept thinking about compromise. Sometimes it is necessary to compromise but not at the expense of your beliefs. That’s why I liked Delany so much. She was determined not to be unequally yoked to someone.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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.
More 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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