Five Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Tamara Leigh

Tarry Just a Little

In a world where there is so much negativity and unkindness, I love escaping into a book where the main characters are kind and at least trying to be good people. I feel I can always count on one of Tamara Leigh‘s books to do just that, remind me that there are good morally strong people in the world. Her characters definitely aren’t perfect, but I love how hard they try to do the right thing.

Sir Elias De Morville is no ordinary man of the sword, possessing both the heart of a warrior and a troubadour. When he sets out to rescue a boy who may be his son, more than ever he must prove worthy of the Wulfrith dagger that ranks him among the greatest of knights. And more difficult it becomes when not only must he protect the enigmatic woman who aids him, but guard against attraction to one forbidden him—she whose deceit could bring his family to its knees.

Honore of no surname is of the world only insofar as she ventures into it to pluck unwanted children from dark places. When a foundling is stolen from the abbey, her greatest hope of recovering him is a knight to whom she dare not reveal her face nor the identity of the rebel priest whose flight from King Henry they aid. Finding herself cast in the role of Sir Elias’s wife, she struggles against a heart that longs to be his in truth. And prays what seems a necessary deception does not lay ruin to him.

Usually when I read a book, I’m rushing through it to find out what happens next all the way to the end. Tamara’s books “make me want to tarry just a little”. I of course want to discover the ending, but at the same time I get sad knowing when it’s over I have to wait months for the next book from Tamara to come out. Patience has never been one of my virtues.

The Raveling, has a couple twist and turns which I really enjoyed. They keep you guessing, but don’t leave you hanging for too long, which I appreciate. She slipped in a something that has not been mentioned in her other Age of Faith books. I don’t want to spoil it and give it away, but it has me so excited. Wondering, so much wondering. I feel like I need to have a sit down with Tamara and have her tell me more about this new development, because like I said, I’m not a patient person. The mark of a good writer, she leaves you aching for more. –M.V.



Five Stars, High Romance, High Violence, Low Language, Moderate Religion, Tamara Leigh

Faith, Hope, Love

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.

THE AWAKENING: A Medieval Romance (Age Of Faith Book 7) by [Leigh, Tamara]

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?

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.