Hello, Sunshines, I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on this epic blog tour for; The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by Denise Heinze. I can’t wait to share this book and my review with you all. Firstly, I want to say thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invite to this tour.

The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by Denise Heinze

Publication Date: September 29, 2020

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Format: Hardcover, eBook, AudioBook; 176 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Determined to set the historical record straight, and clear her conscience, Temperance Flowerdew — the wife of Virginia’s first two governors — puts quill to paper, recounting the hardships that nearly brought the Jamestown colony to its knees, and the extraordinary sacrifice of her servant girl, Lily.

When she steps aboard the Falcon in 1609, Temperance Flowerdew was not only setting sail from England to the distant shores of America, she was embarking upon a future of opportunity. She didn’t yet know how she would make her mark, but in this new place she could do or be whatever she wanted. Willing as she is to brave this new world, Temperance is utterly ill-equipped to survive the wilderness; all she knows is how to live inside the pages of adventure and philosophy books.

Loyally at her side, Lily helps Temperance weather pioneer life. A young woman running from lifelong accusations of witchcraft, Lily finds friendship with Temperance and an acceptance of her psychic gifts. Together, they forge paths within the community: Temperance attempts to advise the makeshift government, while Lily experiences the blossoming of first love.

But as the harsh winter approaches, Lily intuitively senses a darkness creep over the colony and the veneer of civilized life threatens to fall away — negotiations with the Indians grow increasingly hostile and provisions become scarce.

Lily struggles to keep food on the table by foraging in the woods and being resourceful. Famine could mean the end of days. It’s up to Lily to save them both, but what sacrifice will be enough to survive?

A transporting and evocative story, The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is a fiercely hopeful novel — a portrait of two intrepid women who choose to live out their dreams of a future more free than the past.

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‘Denise Heinze has written a stirring novel about America’s first pioneers, with particular attention to the women whose pluck and forbearance made it all possible. Temperance Flowerdew’s ‘Brief and True Report’ retells the story of America’s first colony, established by English settlers in 1609, all but destroyed by Powhatan Indians twenty years later, then rescued from oblivion by remnants of Britain’s exploratory fleet. In that saga, Heinze manages to preserve the formal language of the period with a storytelling appetite for narrative, complete with native savagery, thwarted romance, the harsh realities of seventeenth-century ocean travel, and the unpredictable currents that made such explorations so daunting and so frequently fatal.’ —C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor Emeritus, The Atlantic

‘With a poet’s tongue and painter’s eye, Denise Heinze summons the wonder, horror, and selfless grit of the women who pioneered a new world. Temperance Flowerdew makes compulsive reading.’ —Elizabeth Cobbs, bestselling author of The Hamilton Affair

‘With careful research, and lyrical and evocative writing, Denise Heinze’s The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew transports the reader to the harrowing seventeenth-century Jamestown settlement. The richly imagined story of two pioneering women who escape a stifling old-world existence, only to face a tempest at sea, and land in a new world of hunger, thirst, and desperation, is captivating from first page to last. Temperance and Lily represent the untold stories of the heroic American Founding Mothers.’ —Tracey Enerson Wood, author of The Engineer’s Wife

‘The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by Denise Heinze is a vivid novel about the winter of 1609-10 in Jamestown, Virginia, America’s first colony. A relentless drought preceded the winter, and a siege by natives of the region blocked access to food. Through the voices of Temperance and her housemaid and friend, Lily, Heinze takes us into the desperate days of what became known as ‘the Starving Time’ in sometimes ruthless detail. This richly researched novel, in an elegant narrative using the vernacular of the seventeenth century, is a must-read for those who love historical fiction and for all who enjoy a compelling drama well told. I read this captivating book straight through.’ —Anna Jean Mayhew, author of Tomorrow’s Bread, The Dry Grass of August, and a third novel in progress.

‘A literary thriller. This remarkable novel infuses the history of the Jamestown experiment with the tale of two women, a mistress and her servant, who find in one another the full measure of sacrifice and survival. This story is spun of silk and rendered in blood.’ —Elaine Neil Orr, author of Swimming Between Worlds

‘In this vividly imagined historical novel, Denise Heinze gives voice to one of the few survivors of the darkest period (1609-10) in the life of the Jamestown colony. The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is not only an unforgettable account of the extreme hardships faced by the colonists but also the moving story of two remarkable young women who faced the challenges with courage and ingenuity.’ —Nancy Grayson, executive editor emeritus, University of Georgia Press

‘Denise Heinze skillfully resurrects a forgotten life, and puts her heroine where she belongs — at the center, not the sidelines, of early Jamestown history. Wonderfully inventive, briskly plotted, and rich with historical detail, this fact-filled novel will delight readers of historical fiction and women’s history alike.’ —Kate Bolick, bestselling author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own

‘At the end of Denise Heinze’s compelling new novel, main character Temperance Flowerdew wonders ‘what goes missing when the women are nowhere to be found as actors in history.’ Heinze has created a character whose life answers that question. A product of the English landed gentry, Flowerdew endures the Starving Time in the early days of the Jamestown colony. Surrounded by desperation and death, she manages to prevail, eventually documenting her story of survival and salvation using a quill from a Christmas goose. Although this book is a novel, it is a powerful, truthful, richly detailed portrayal of the daily struggle to survive in early seventeenth-century Virginia.’ —Fred Sauceman, associate professor, East Tennessee State University

‘An enthralling tale of female strength and courage against seemingly impossible odds. Denise Heinze’s Temperance is a complex, nuanced character (as is her maid, Lily, a real treat), and the world we see through her eyes is fascinating and terrifying in equal measure. The research is impeccable but sits lightly on the narrative. The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is more than an engaging tale of a pivotal time in America’s history — it draws the women who lived it out of the shadows and, finally, lets them take their rightful place at the center of the story.’ —Meg Keneally, author of Fled



I couldn’t wait to dive into this, I was loved the eye-catching, yet simplistic cover and was intrigued by the title – I love the name Temperance Flowerdew, isn’t it marvellous? I loved the bond and close friendship between Temperance and Lily, they are both women far from home and having to survive some of the harshest of environments, with so much hanging over their heads.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to Temperance, and learning about what life was like then in such a difficult time and place, how harsh and hostile just day to day living was, is very striking and eye-opening. This actually reminds me of one of my recently discovered new favourite boxsets; Jamestown, a lot of what Temperance must live through and what she and Lily experience is very alike to what occurs in the show, so if you love that series then I can guarantee you will love this book.

I loved that this book is all about the women, this is Temperance and Lily’s story, this is their experiences, their harsh realities. They are both incredible women, Lily has a black mark against her having been tainted with the rumour of Witchcraft – as we all know women labelled a Witch were brutalised and treated horrifically – Lily is a smart and loyal friend, she helps the more lady-like and gentle Temperance and soon they are warily treading the path in a new life. Temperance is a calming figure in a frosty community, she has determination and great dignity she soon entangles her self in with the local government.

This is a wonderful and inspirational story of survival, love, honour, friendship, loyalty and the fight for freedom. The characters are marvellously crafted, they show the true cost of trying to find a new life, the two women battle darkness to find the light with bravery and courage.

The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is a blinding, evocative and beautifully written tale of freedom, truth and hardship, it’s a book which gives a fresh new voice to a period in history that isn’t as well voiced as other times.


About the Author

Denise Heinze, a former literature professor and a PhD graduate of Duke University, writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She is the author of the novel Sally St. Johns and her work has appeared in Now and Then, Thought and Action, Reunions, Wow! Women on Writing, THEMA literary journal, and Gemini Magazine; her story The Grid, was a quarter-finalist for the Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award. The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is her second novel and was a finalist for the University of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab Prize. A descendant of Louisa May Alcott, she lives in North Carolina.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 21

Review at The b00kreader

Review at Pursuing Stacie

Tuesday, September 22

Feature at Coffee and Ink

Guest Post at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Wednesday, September 23

Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, September 24

Review at Novels Alive

Friday, September 25

Review at Bookworlder

Monday, September 28

Review at Jorie Loves A Story

Tuesday, September 29

Review at Amy’s Booket List

Wednesday, September 30

Feature at The Lit Bitch

Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, October 1

Review at Bri’s Book Nook

Friday, October 2

Guest Post at Novels Alive

Saturday, October 3

Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, October 5

Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 6

Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Wednesday, October 7

Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Thursday, October 8

Review at A Book and a Latte

Feature at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, October 9

Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals



During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 paperback copies of The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew!

To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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