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Friday, September 17, 2010

The Queen's Man Terri Brisbin

Present Day, England.
Textiles expert Sharon Reynolds is examining a treasure trove of Elizabethan clothing when she discovers a bit of parchment containing an astounding piece of information. Sixteenth Century, England.
Richard Granville, master of Queen Elizabeth's stables, is acknowledged only as the queen's half-brother—Henry VIII's illegitimate son. A dramatic first meeting sparks an attraction between Sharon and Richard, who recognizes a kindred spirit in this strange woman who seems to have appeared out of thin air. But only after they fall in love does Sharon realize that Richard is the heir described on the parchment—and that he, not Elizabeth—is England's rightful ruler. Now Sharon must make a choice, aware that her actions will determine the fate of man and his country....

My Thoughts: I was intrigued by the book since I found it on papaerback swap. This is the first time travel book I have read and I thourghly enjoyed it. This one of those books where you could actually place your self in the character's shoes. Sharon is a textiles expert who stumbles upon a precious document inside an Elizabethan dress. Before she could share her discovery with any one she ends up in the 16th century.
This story was delightful Sharon was lucky enough to know just enough of her Tudor history to make her situation easy to deal with. During her time in the 16th  century she meets some of history's famous figures. including Queen Elizabeth herself. If you dont mind liberties taken with your Tudor history this is a enjoyable book to read

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Healer By Linda Windsor

Sixth-century Arthurian Britain provides the backdrop for Linda Windsor’s latest novel, HEALER. First in The Brides of Alba Series, HEALER gifts readers with the story of Brenna of Gowrys, a woman orphaned during a 20-year blood feud and destined to spend her life in hiding with only her wolf and her faith in God as companions. Brenna flees as much from her mother’s dying prophecy as she does from the clan that seeks her life and clings tenaciously to her faith in Christ amid the lonely hills of Scotland. When a stranger is left to die surrounded by the carnage of a nearby ambush, Brenna rescues him from certain death. However, the stranger’s delirious rants leave her to wonder if his spirit will survive the darkness that enshrouds him.

Brenna’s life is trapped between an enemy clan that wants her dead and her own clan who is seeking a warrior queen to lead them to military victory over their oppressors. The stranger who enters her life makes her believe that she has found the answer to her deep loneliness. Raised by a Sister of Avalon, Brenna harbors a firm belief in Christ and His forgiveness. Yet the more she learns of her wounded guest, the more she is left to wonder how God expects her to fulfill the strange destiny prophesied by her mother those many years ago. How can she possibly “bring a peace beyond the ken of [her enemy’s] wicked soul”? Unknown to her, the wandering mercenary to whom she administers her healing finds that his own heart is softened both toward Brenna and her God. The relationship that grows between them will provide answers that both of them seek.

My Thoughts:
I recieved this review copy from The Publisher David C Cook last friday.
I usally shy away from books set during authrian period but the story of Brenna intrigued me. The first few chapters were sort of dry but by the time Brenna and Ronan were in the cave together the story got better. I love the interactions between Brenna and her pet wolf Faol He sort of reminded me of our own family pet Max who is protective and loyal but loveable.
The romance between the characters was interesting Breanna is concerned about being alone again and sets out with her own plan to convince Ronan to stay with her. But Ronan has his own secret he needs to share with her before he can make any kind of commitment.
I really enjoyed this novel it was the first for me that combined elements of  new age and early christanity. I enjoyed the reading about how the author's personal struggle with her daughter helped her come up with the idea for this trilogy. Thank you Karen for bringing this novel to my attention and giving me the chance to review it.

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I am thrilled to be reviewing  thes two very different historical novels  from the publishers  David Cook and Moody Publishers.
From  David Cook Publishers
From Moody Publishers