I was sent a free copy of Iron and Fire by Kerrin Willis from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. All opinions are my own. I am sorry there was no blog post yesterday. It was Covid booster and Shingles vaccination day on Monday and one of them or the combination of the two of them knocked me flat. I spent the day sleeping. When I finally woke up I barely had the energy to get to the bathroom let alone do a blog post. But I would do it all again as these vaccines are necessary.
About the Book:
1675 — Plymouth Colony — Verity Parker promised to look after her family.
Raised among the bookshops and turmoil of Reformation London, Verity now finds herself in Puritan New England, where she must learn to keep her head down and her mouth shut, or risk dire consequences. The only person who values her tenacity is Kit, the heretical ironworker she has been forbidden to see. When King Philip’s War breaks out, Verity must stay silent as the Puritan elders spread hateful rhetoric about the “savages” in the forest. When she witnesses a young girl die in childbirth, Verity must stand by as neighbors blame God’s vengeance. But when tragedy strikes her own home, Verity must choose between her duty to her family and her love for Kit. Will she choose to keep the peace, or will she defy the leaders of the colony for a chance at happiness?
Set against the backdrop of King Philip’s War, the bloodiest war per capita in American history, Iron & Fire explores the experience of a clever, educated woman at a time when being so often resulted in death. Perfect for fans of Amy Belding Brown’s Flight of the Sparrow, or Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Iron & Fire was written for those who read the original American Girl series as children and are now all grown up.
About the Author:
Kerrin Willis lives in Southeastern Massachusetts with her two daughters and her dog, Austen. She is a high school English teacher who prides herself on being a feminist and a strong protagonist in her own story, and she would probably have been burned as a witch in colonial New England. Kerrin can usually be found pausing The Little Mermaid and subjecting her daughters to a lecture on the dangers of giving up their voices.
Kerrin has a BA in English from Stonehill College, and MA in English from Simmons College, and is currently working on her MFA in Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University.
I read a lot of historical fiction but very little that takes place in the early United States. I just have a fondness for European history – my degree is that with a concentration in Russian history. Go figure. But that doesn’t make the founding of this country uninteresting. There is just so much history to study!
Iron and Fire covers a small enclave of Puritans who left London due to religious persecution only to apply a form of well, religious persecution on the colony. Irony much?
But this story mostly focusses on a love story. And it’s a lovely one. Verity is a strong headed women in a time where women were supposed to be meek and quiet. Lucky for her she finds a match in an ironworker named Kit. They forge a bond that nothing can break – even her stepfather.
Defying his wishes they consummate their relationship and Verity is barred from seeing her family but that doesn’t stop her. When she is needed she still is there for those that want her. She had told her father before he died that she would take care of her mother and siblings and she will do as she can – despite her unforgiving stepfather. Her new husband loves her because she is smart and outspoken.
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