Hello! Welcome to day 3 of my reviewing marathon. 🙂 Today’s book is Tamara Leigh’s The Redeeming, third in the series, and one with probably the sweetest message of them all. But before I get into the details, here’s a little on the story line.
IN THE EYES OF THE CHURCH AND MEN, HERS IS NO SMALL SIN
Lady Gaenor Wulfrith is a woman scorned. And King Henry’s pawn. After three broken betrothals, she is ordered to wed her family’s enemy, a man she has never met and has good reason to fear. Faced with the prospect of an abusive marriage that will surely turn worse when her sin is revealed, she flees her family’s home with the aid of a knight—a man who could prove her ruin.
Christian Lavonne, the only remaining heir to the barony of Abingdale, has thrown off his monk’s robes—and God—to minister his lands. Determined to end the devastation wrought by his family’s feud with the Wulfriths, he agrees to marry his enemy’s sister, a woman no man seems to want. When he learns she has fled with a knight who has broken fealty with the Wulfriths, he pursues her, knowing that when they meet his own sin will be revealed and he will be as much in need of redemption as the woman who may carry another man’s child.
This third book is a wonderful addition to the series, adding yet a little more depth to the family’s struggles. The language is beautiful to read, easy enough to understanding without tripping, but immersed in an old style that makes the setting feel even more real. Even more than the first two, this one is filled with adventure, and danger, not only continuing the wonderfully written individual combat scenes, but also true battles. But in the midst of this small war, there’s a greater tale of redemption that was so heart-warming as the characters struggle to find it. First, there’s Gaenor, the oldest daughter. She’s super tall, towering over most men, and not the beauty of her sister, and has had her heart broken several times. She yearns for a true family of her own, but fears her careless mistakes could ruin everything. Then there’s Christian, whose family has feuded with hers, and who carries his own burdens. They are broken characters, skeptical, and mistrusting, but they are both hopeful for something better. Their relationship is so wonderful to read, the strength in both making some wonderful dialogue. But with death threats hanging over their heads, can they learn to let go of the past, to truly forgive, before their pasts kill them? Like the others, it is a well written story, a tense adventure, a beautiful romance, and a wonderful story of redemption, and a lovely addition to the series.
You can find this delightful tale for Kindle or NOOK (and paperback). And check out Tamara Leigh’s website and cover evolution blog, not to mention follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.