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Sunday, September 29, 2019


After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
     Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.

Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon's #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 5 horses, 3 dogs, cat and miniature donkey.

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This has been quite an adventure as I found myself so completely wrapped up in this story. I loved the time period and was so enchanted by the knights and castles that helped weave a story the never disappointed me. I was intrigued by Brithwin and  her unwavering faith in God. She had lived through torment all her life at the hands of the person she knew as her father. His treatment of her scared her and she had a hard time trusting men. Her faith held strong as her life was in danger and I loved how she shared her love for God with others.

When she is set to marry Royce there is much tension between the two. Brithwin is a very strong minded young woman who does  not take kindly to men telling her what to do. Royce is not exactly thrilled with the marriage but does was is requested of him. His title of Lord of Rosencraig made Royce  very powerful among all. I loved how the author allowed us to witness his skills with a sword and his struggle with forgiveness.

The story has many twists that kept me reading as I had to know what would become of two characters thrown together with no affection for each other. Brithwin is a woman who has always treated everyone fair and I loved how she stood up for people when her husband wanted to place punishment on them. There are two characters in the story that are deeply devoted to Brithwin and they are willing to risk their lives to protect her.

There is definitely a presence of faith in the story and the theme of forgiveness is highlighted with lessons and trials. I loved reading the story which was written with details that made the characters come to life. The author does a good job of taking us back in time when knights were trained to protect at all costs. I could hear the swords clank as we witness fights among men who believed in  justice.

The story was very well written and it had a great message about forgiveness, love and trust. God is always there to help us and show us of his unconditional love. I loved how one character finds their way to God and understand that the ultimate price was paid for us. The author not only shares a story of faith but one of what forgiveness feels like.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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