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Shame the Devil

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The story has a slow start but once it finds its footing it's quite interesting to follow.

Shame the Devil takes you to England during the Civil War. We follow the story of Colin, a young Scot, who—along with his family—finds himself far from home, where he meets Emma, the master's daughter. They develop a friendship and over time they come to care for each other in a way that is forbidden. Colin must choose between his desire for justice, with a side of revenge, and his love for Emma.


The story has a slow start and at times it felt rather dull. Nothing exciting or of importance seems to be happening but once it finds its footing it’s rather interesting to follow.


The characters evolve over time and some have greater impact than others. Some, I honestly couldn't come to care for no matter how much I wanted to. Colin's journey is an intriguing one to read but when it came to his relationship with Emma, I simply couldn't get behind it. Some questionable choices were made there and to put it simply, Emma can be unlikable at times. On the other hand, Alston is one character I truly enjoyed reading about. He is an intriguing character and his journey throughout this book is intriguing as well.


The references to the situation happening in England during the time of the Civil War are interesting to read about. To see how both sides thought was rather interesting. The struggle between the Parliamentarians and Royalists is fascinating to follow and thought-provoking.


Would I pick up this book again? Most likely. Is this book for everyone? Not really.


The historical background is a big part of the story but it is not something that is explained in detail. If you are unfamiliar with the events that led to the English Civil war and what happened during and after this period, you will be left with some questions. On the other hands, if you enjoy historical fiction, you might find enjoyment in this book. There is some heavy exposition towards the start of the story but if you don't mind that, you will follow some lovely characters throughout the book.

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About the author

Donna Scott is an award-winning author of 17th and 18th century historical fiction. She earned her BA in English from the University of Miami and her MS and EdD (ABD) from Florida International University. She has two sons and lives in sunny South Florida with her husband. view profile

Published on May 11, 2020

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150000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Historical Fiction

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