If you are a fan of Inspirational Historical Fiction, you may discover some real treasures in the following books. My reviews and recommendations are completely unsolicited.
THE KING’S MERCY by Lori Benton, 2019 Waterbrook
Lori Benton has long been a favorite author for her illuminating historical application, strikingly authentic characters, and stories that rivet your heart and mind until the end. Beautifully crafted, as always, Ms. Benton has once again drawn the reader, heart and all, into an exquisitely sweeping story of injustice, evil, and aching hearts. And I’ll not forget to mention God’s magnificent winding, roadblock-riddled road of redemption for the male protagonist. From the first, the reader knows who to root for. But what of the villain? Is it really who you suspect? All the elements of a good read are right here within the pages of The Kings Mercy—the hunky protagonist with the endearing accent, the dutiful daughter, the well-meaning father, believable villain, and of course, each character’s dilemma. Well, done, Ms. Benton. Thank you for another treat. FIVE STARS
A BOUND HEART by Laura Frantz , 2019 Revell
A sweeping tale of injustice and adventure that spans the sea, A Bound Heart will have you aching, anticipating, and longing for the story line to give you what you hope for most: the hero and heroine to be together. Beautifully crafted, as always, Ms. Frantz has once again has drawn the reader– heart and all–into an exquisite story of divided stations, denied love, and authentic characters. Five Stars
DAUGHTERS OF NORTHERN SHORES by Joanne Bischof 2019, Thomas Nelson
Although it may easily stand alone, this is the sequel to Sons of Blackbird Mountain (2018 Thomas Nelson Pub), understanding the full circumstances that started this protagonist on his journey is beneficial for the reader. This story is beautifully wrought with imagery and deep emotion. I find myself endeared once again to the hunky deaf-mute, Thor and his lovely Irish wife, Aven. This book, however focuses on the underdog from book #1, the youngest son, Haakon. After his wretched display (no spoilers here) in the previous book, we follow him—nay, journey with him on a voyage of self-discovery, addiction, healing, and redemption. The entire story is one of a prodigal who slogs through the process of gaining back his family’s trust and forgiveness. I couldn’t help but see him in a different light—a new creation, as it were, from the first book. I relish the story’s mash-up of evil versus good, men who lay their life on the line for their families against great odds, and strong women willing to accept the consequences. The ending is satisfying and an easy segue to a sequel. Brava, Ms. Bischof, another highly recommended read in my mind!