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Friday, January 31, 2020


Holy Roman Empire, 1527
In the wake of Martin Luther’s religious reforms, Princess Christyne von Heidelbraum is compelled by her sense of duty to help ease the burden of her people. When she stumbles upon a dying man in the woods, she vows to aid him—even when she discovers the arrow shot in his leg was put there by a heretic hunter. With both her physical and spiritual well-being in danger, she must choose between conscience or adhering to the laws of the Empire.

Present Day
Doubting her calling to become a hospital chaplain, Amber Carrington takes time off from her theology studies to volunteer with refugees in Germany. Working with children, making a difference, reconnecting with the conviction that once drove her—these were her expectations. An instant attraction to a professional soccer player wasn’t a part of the plan…and she can’t let him distract her from her purpose.
As a new Christian, Seth Marshall is determined to put his popularity as a world-renowned footballer to good use. Unfortunately, old habits and public opinions are hard to overcome. When he falls hard and fast for Amber Carrington, his former life—and her no-dating policy—may block his perfect shot for the woman he loves.

A Carol award finalist and Selah award winner, Sarah Monzon is a stay-at-home mom who makes up imaginary friends to have adult conversations with (otherwise known as writing novels). As a navy chaplain's wife, she resides wherever the military happens to station her family and enjoys exploring the beauty of the world around her.

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It was very hard for me to want to go back and forth in this time slip story because they were both intriguing. I loved the adventure with Princess Christyne von Heidelraum in the Roman Empire. Her courage was contagious as she set  out under a disguise. Would soldiers recognize her as she left the place she felt safe? Her determination to succeed overpowered her. She didn't really think everything through as she stumbled upon an injured man. Now what was she going to do? Was he an enemy or someone she could trust? I chuckled as Christyne without really planning just goes off a mission to save people. The place is in turmoil and I don't think she has figured out what danger she really has placed herself in.

We slip back into present time with Amber Carrington. She is fierce and has a call on her life. She hears God calling her to take her place as a hospital chaplain. Some people she encounters doesn't think she can do the job, but they don't understand how she knows God has called her to this place. She has been stationed in Germany and doubts start swirling around in her head. It is just like the enemy to cause doubt and insecurity when God has called you to help His people. 

Both women will face tough decisions, over think things, let doubt and  insecurity try to stop them. Christyne will come face to face with death. Is she strong enough to stand for what she believes in even it meant she would die? Can Amber reach these children and help them overcome their pasts that were terrifying. God has chosen both women and He has equipped them. Now they must trust God enough to stand up, not be afraid and put on the Full Armor of God. 

The author has written a story that parallels each other with faith, strong secondary characters that play an important role in the two main characters lives and an incredible lesson in standing up for what is right and knowing God has equipped you to win the race.

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

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