Confession, I love reading about all eras not just my own. I love being taken to what feels like a different world and imagining what it would be like to have lived then. However, at the end of the story I am always very grateful to return to my own era with all the modern conveniences I live with. It’s one of the reasons I love reading so much. It’s fun to escape to another time and place for a few hours.
It’s very hard to find clean reads for the medieval time period. A ways back I stumbled upon Tamara Leigh‘s Age of Faith series and was pleasantly surprised. I love her ability to tell a story. She weaves all of their lives together effortlessly and manages to discuss heavy and hard topics while infusing her novels with the feel of faith, hope, redemption and love. She just released the 7th book, The Awakening, in the Age of Faith series.
“FAR BETTER TO LOVE WITHOUT PROFIT…
Even if she must sell herself in marriage to the highest bidder, Lady Laura Middleton is determined to provide her daughter a home and protector. But when Queen Eleanor presents her cousin with four suitors, among them is one who believes Laura betrayed him ten years past. Despite her attempts to discourage his pursuit, he is determined to have her for the dowry needed to save his lands. Should he prevail, how is she to shield her daughter from the enemy who lurks within his walls? And what of her heart? If she reveals the truth of her betrayal, might he love her again?
…THAN LOVE NOT AND REAP BITTERNESS
Beware the Delilah, my son. Beware the Jezebel—advice Baron Lothaire Soames should have heeded as a young man. Now in need of funds, he faces marriage to the woman he lost to scandal. Though he vows to find another way to return prosperity to his lands, his former betrothed proves his only hope and he grudgingly vies to become her worthiest suitor—only to be struck by how little it takes his heart to pick up where it left off. Can he forgive what cannot be forgotten? More, will she forever yearn for the man who fathered her child?”
This book, though dealing with very difficult topics was a good reminder to not judge others, to be forgiving and that God can heal broken things. I am not sure how she does this, but Tamara manages to do it all with out being preachy. Laura, the Heroine, throughout the novel talks about being “awake” now. She went through something that was truly horrible that made her a shell of herself. But little by little throughout the story she wakes up more and more to live her life. I love how she uses that imagery. She also does it with water and how Laura just wants to feel clean. I love how in the end it is Lothaire, her twice betrothed whom helps her realize she is and always was clean. All of these add up to why I love Tamara’s writing.
This book is a little higher in the violence and romance ratings than we normally read, but not so much to be in our won’t read category. -M.V.