The Baron’s Destiny by author Elizabeth Rose

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This is the last book in the Barons of the Cinque Ports Series.  The series consisted of three books telling the stories of the Barons who served as the overseers of the Cinque Ports for the King of England.  In this book we read the story is about Lord John Montague who made appearances in each of the other two books.

Lord John Montague has a dilemma on his hands. He must marry and produce an heir by order of the King of England.  There is just one problem…he can’t find a bride.  When Lord John was 14 he was married for a day only and the circumstances of that marriage he has kept to himself.  When Lord John travels to France his life is changed in ways he never imagined.

Lady Celestine de Bar never forgot the betrayal of her husband Lord John Montague and how it cost her freedom.  Determined to change the course of her life, she finds Lord John and extracts a promise from him; A promise that Lord John gives with no intention of following through on.

Lord John and Lady Celestine are brought together by the actions of others and as they stand together through lies and betrayals they may find there is more at stake than they thought.  Lady Celestine must forgive Lord John while he must learn to trust her.

Elizabeth Rose has a style of writing that is quick to read and one that catches your attention and holds it.  I enjoy her characters and the historical quality that she uses to bring her stories together.  I also enjoy how she will give at least one of her characters an oddity of sorts that makes her stories entertaining.  While reading this story I was intrigued by the character of Lady Celestine’s cousin Hugh de Bar.  I was happy to read in the author’s closing comments that he does in fact get his own story, The Lady and the Wolf.  I also am hopeful that Claude will get his own story and Lady Celestine’s uncle will make additional appearances.

This is the last book in the Barons of the Cinque Ports Series.  The series consisted of three books telling the stories of the Barons who served as the overseers of the Cinque Ports for the King of England.  In this book we read the story is about Lord John Montague who made appearances in each of the other two books.

Lord John Montague has a dilemma on his hands. He must marry and produce an heir by order of the King of England.  There is just one problem…he can’t find a bride.  When Lord John was 14 he was married for a day only and the circumstances of that marriage he has kept to himself.  When Lord John travels to France his life is changed in ways he never imagined.

Lady Celestine de Bar never forgot the betrayal of her husband Lord John Montague and how it cost her freedom.  Determined to change the course of her life, she finds Lord John and extracts a promise from him; A promise that Lord John gives with no intention of following through on.

Lord John and Lady Celestine are brought together by the actions of others and as they stand together through lies and betrayals they may find there is more at stake than they thought.  Lady Celestine must forgive Lord John while he must learn to trust her.

Elizabeth Rose has a style of writing that is quick to read and one that catches your attention and holds it.  I enjoy her characters and the historical quality that she uses to bring her stories together.  I also enjoy how she will give at least one of her characters an oddity of sorts that makes her stories entertaining.  While reading this story I was intrigued by the character of Lady Celestine’s cousin Hugh de Bar.  I was happy to read in the author’s closing comments that he does in fact get his own story, The Lady and the Wolf.  I also am hopeful that Claude will get his own story and Lady Celestine’s uncle will make additional appearances.

Amazon Link:   http://amzn.to/1qxvyhP

 

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The Sacrifice Stone by author Elizabeth Harris

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This story was captivating!  From the beginning until the end I never put it down because it was so interesting.

This is a story of the past meeting the future and the story that brought the two eras together.  The story is divided into parts which offered a glimpse of the story as it was told by the characters whether past or present.  In 175 AD a young boy is the pawn for vengeance and a catalyst that will change how the future will remember them all.

Beth, Joe and Adam are three present day individuals whose lives are intertwined with the story of St. Theodore a young boy who legend says became a Christian martyr after being killed by a Roman soldier.  Joe is a student of theology and working on his thesis regarding early Christian martyrs especially regarding St. Theodore reputed to have been killed by a Roman soldier who cut his throat which lead to St. Theodore healing throat issues.  Beth is Joe’s sister.  Beth had always been treated as less important than Joe by their father.  Her dreams where always thwarted by her father’s archaic behavior of which Joe mimicked.  Beth agreed to travel to France with Joe to help him with his research.  It was in France that they met Adam who was working on a film documentary on the Romany Gypseys.

Beth begins to see shadows and images as well as sensing the presences of someone around her.  She soon learns that Adam isn’t there solely for the Gypsy research but for the images that a certain Roman soldier has plagued him with.  Determined to find the truth, the pair work together regarding the story of St. Theodore and his accused killer.

Sergius Cornelius Aurelius is a Roman soldier in the year 1756.  He has known the life of a soldier for most of his life.  When his personal life offers tragic loss, he becomes more of a loner.  When a chance encounter with a young boy accused of theft, Sergius saves the boy and takes him home.  Theodore and Sergius bond more as adopted son and father.   Threats from the past soon have Sergius defending his life and his religious beliefs but it becomes apparent too late that Theodore may also be in danger.  Sergius reaches across time and beyond death to protect himself and Theodore.

This historical story was filled with imagery of the Roman Empire and how their blood lust was the cause of so many innocents meeting their deaths in the arenas.  Christians were sought after as favored sport to the Lions while the Roman citizens cheered.  The author depicted this ruthlessness while remaining true historical views of the time period.

I was more enthralled with the parts of the story regarding Sergius and Theodore than the present day characters.  The author did a fantastic job of blending the two time periods to create her story.

Elizabeth Harris seems to write her stories in this style of past and present working together to resolve a wrong from the past.

Amazon Link:   http://amzn.to/1TqJODk

Free Today…..Daughters of the Dagger Prequel (Daughters of the Dagger Series) Kindle Edition by author Elizabeth Rose

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Amazon’s discription…..http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EAMJHOE

Prequel to the Daughters of the Dagger Series

(See book trailer on author’s amazon author page or website)

Mirabelle de Burgh is desperate to give her husband an heir. She’s heard of the superstition that to buy a jeweled dagger from a blind old hag would ensure her of conceiving a child. One child for each dagger bought.

The old hag she hunts down has many jeweled daggers, but Mirabelle has limited coins and wants many children. Her greed gets her in trouble and she finds herself in a predicament which causes many circumstances in her life to change.

Four jeweled daggers and four daughters, each with a story, and a surprise later in life that none of them would ever suspect, in Daughters of the Dagger. Ruby – Book 1; Sapphire – Book 2; Amber – Book 3; Amethyst – Book 4. Followed by Onyx – Book 1, MadMan MacKeefe Series.

Prequel approximately 8,000 words.
Excerpts included at end of prequel.