My first introduction to Helen Hollick was by seeing and craving the gorgeous and mystical cover of The Forever Queen (apparently the first in this seMy first introduction to Helen Hollick was by seeing and craving the gorgeous and mystical cover of The Forever Queen (apparently the first in this series to I Am the Chosen King). However this is the first one that I have gotten my hands on and bit into for reading. The covers are gorgeous and I really do want to spend more time in various parts of history that I am unfamiliar with I just did not love this book.
I found that bits were long and more difficult for me to get into. But I think overall the part that I just could not stomach well that made this book beyond my cup of tea is that I found it vulgar in language. In some ways I understand trying to use such as being authentic to the characters of the time period. It is just not the type of book I find myself drawn to. However as much as I love Sourcebooks other historical authors such as Elizabeth Chadwick, this one is just not for me.
But do not just take my word on it. There are tons of reviews on goodreads with an overall average rating of 5 stars. So please read their opinions and decide for yourself. It may very well be your cup of tea after all.
*Thanks to Sourcebooks for providing an ARC for review.*
This is a sequel to Thicker Than Blood, but can be read as a stand alone quite easily as well. If you know me, you know that Christian Historical FictThis is a sequel to Thicker Than Blood, but can be read as a stand alone quite easily as well. If you know me, you know that Christian Historical Fiction is my genre, and I do not usually get into contemporary novels. They just contain too much real life for my taste. Yet sometimes there are authors that just snag me and I have to make an exception. Especially in the realm of Suspense for authors like Kristen Heitzmann and C.J. Darlington. (I'm not talking about my adventure books here, that's a whole 'nother entity and I love those!)
While reading this, I still hold to my first statement about Thicker Than Blood:
Nitty gritty honest truth under your skin, but you have to turn to the page and find out what happens next.
Roxi's life is rough and at the beginning I just wanted to scream knowing Christy's past from the first book that she could tell her and it would all be okay. But then things happen and it will never really be okay again. Abby seems to have had one thing after another and it's baffling how strong these women are and that they can keep going. It felt to me that the ray of light from the first book was gone (as in a male character named Hunter), but just like how God works in everyday lives there are other instances and people put in position to show you his love. Inspiration for getting up the next day and moving forward with your life.
I'm pleased to have discovered the stories from C.J. and look forward to more in the future.
*Thanks to author C.J. Darlington and TitleTrakk.com for providing a copy for review.*
It was in 2003 or shortly before when I first discovered both Christian Historical Fiction and more specifically the writing from the creative mind ofIt was in 2003 or shortly before when I first discovered both Christian Historical Fiction and more specifically the writing from the creative mind of Liz Curtis Higgs in her first Scottish Lowlands Series. I impatiently waited and snatched up each book that came next including the later generation novel on Dinah. It enthralled and entertained me as no other to find Biblical stories retold in Scotland.
I was then beyond ecstatic to learn of a new saga to come from 18th century Scottish Lowlands retelling the Biblical story of Naomi and Ruth. It was with some enjoyment that I read the first book in the saga Here Burns My Candle. Yet it was also a sad and hard book to read.
The time in between waiting for the next novel was torture and thus I turned to other authors to bide my time and hence my current obsession with so many authors and stories today. It seems that it has been a long time in waiting for a new novel from Liz and I was eager to grab this one up. In starting this story, a retelling in Scotland’s Edinburgh of the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi I had some preconceptions for what would happen and was shocked at how slow things seemed to transpire at first, but the story did pick up and sucked me in with it.
Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage it is her story and that of her mother-in-law Lady Marjory Kerr in which the pages are brought to life. Following along as they watch from the recessed side lines of battle between King George of England and Scotland’s own Bonny Prince Charlie causes quite a stir of emotions. Learning with them through their own trials as some old ways are forgotten and God makes a difference in their lives is refreshing and eye opening showing his presence in the best of moments and well as the worst.
Knowing that this story was loosely of Ruth and knowing most of the Biblical story by heart, I ended at a point surprised having expected a different part. This just went to show me that I did not know all of the story, just the last part and causes me to have a newly increased thirst to go back and read the scriptures in full to delve into the first eighteen verses which it seems I hardly know at all.
Upon starting the second in Mine is the Night I was unsure what to expect. In the end what I found was my favorite story written by Liz thus far and I am completely impatient and whole heartedly eager for more!
***Special thanks to Cindy Brovsky of Random House Inc. for sending me a review copy.***