2016, 240p, Clean Historical Christian Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review
Joan Pryce is not only a Catholic during the English Reformation but also Welsh, and comes from a family of proud revolutionaries. But when a small act of defiance entangles her in a deadly conspiracy, a single misstep may lead her straight to the gallows. Now, Joan must navigate a twisting path that could cost her life, her freedom, and her chance of finding love.
This book was so interesting! It takes place during a time period that I'm not that familiar with so I feel like I learned a lot from reading it. Joan Pryce is a Welsh Catholic during a time when it's dangerous to be. After her father's death, her aunt takes over their home and she is sent to live with her godparents, Master and Mistress Lloyd. While there, she reunites with her childhood friend, Nicholas Bowen, who has changed a lot since she's last seen him. He's not happy to see her at all, which confuses her. She also meets the Lloyd's neighbor, Hugh Richards, who is handsome and happy to pay her attention.
Joan is given the opportunity to help free her people from religious oppression. It is dangerous and illegal but she knows she has to do whatever she can to help the cause. She showed great courage as she continued to do the right thing no matter how difficult it was or what it might personally cost her. There were a few people she knew she could absolutely trust and then there were others that she had to be careful around, to keep them safe and protect what she was doing.
I loved the way the story unfolded! There is a slow moving love story that takes time to develop. Joan forms relationships with several different characters and I enjoyed watching each of them develop. This book is well researched and well written, which made it such an interesting time period to read about. I absolutely love how it ended! This was so different from the author's first book, The Haunting of Springett Hall (which you can learn more about here). I'm excited to see what she comes up with next!