Welcome to Spirit Wednesday where we take a look at all things spiritual from meditation to prayer to cleaning the house. Yes, even house work can be a spiritual experience… if you choose to see it that way.
I love to request free books to review. In fact I subscribe to two review sites: Book Crash, which is where I found In the Aerie of the Wolf, and Book Rooster, where I discovered The Unfinished Song: Taboo (read my review here).
I’m usually pretty selective, too, because I don’t want to leave a ho-hum review for a book simply because it’s not in a genre I particularly enjoy. This time, however, I read the book description without paying attention to the genre and the result was… interesting. Here’s the description that sold me on In the Aerie of the Wolf by Leonora Pruner:
Set in 18th century England, our heroine Anne is betrothed to a man she’s never met and must leave behind her girlhood fantasies. When she arrives at the home of Lord Wolverton, Master of the Wolf’s Aerie, the mysteries and challenges of her new life cause her to seek Biblical wisdom and guidance concerning honor, integrity, and faithfulness. In this story of the discovery of true love, there is also danger, betrayal, and sword fighting and it all takes place in a castle complete with secret passageways.
I’m a sucker for mysteries and sword fights. I wish I’d realized before I started that this was historical romance. (Note to self: ALWAYS check the genre before requesting a review copy.) That being said, once I figured out what I was reading, it made actually enjoying the book a lot easier.
The beginning is somewhat slow as far as mysteries go (the dead body doesn’t show up until chapter 2) and easy to figure out, which is why I was confused from the start. Again, had I realized this was a romance and not a mystery, as the description seems to indicate, I certainly would have enjoyed the beginning more.
In the Aerie of the Wolf is a standard historical romance. The romance itself is quite touching from the start. The historical elements were added with precision most of the time, though I thought the descriptions of objects could have been a little less detailed. And the end was just what was hoped for from the beginning. In fact, I, who abhor emotional displays, found myself reaching for a hankie as I read the end.
The Christian elements…
It’s important to me to review as many Christian books as I can because I write Christian books. I want to support my fellows and I want to learn what’s out there. What I’ve discovered thus far is a continuum from books that are thinly veiled attempts of Bible thumping (on the left) to books where Christian themes seem tacked on at the last minute (on the right).
In the Aerie of the Wolf swings between the two extremes, beginning at the right and swinging almost completely to the left by the end of the novel, with an extended dialogue between the two lovers where they quote scripture to each other. I’m all for using scripture in a Christian novel — sparingly. In the end I skimmed those parts.
If you enjoy a good romance, one with strong Christian elements and a touching story, you will thoroughly enjoy In the Aerie of the Wolf by Leonora Pruner.
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