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Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for A Life Renewed by Olivia Rae, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
About the Book
Title: A Life Renewed Series: Secrets of the Queens #1 Author: Olivia Rae Publisher: HopeKnight Press Release Date: April 2, 2020 Genre: Christian Historical Romance
In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, “The Nine Days’ Queen” was executed for high treason. But what if, instead of feeling the blade on her neck she secretly survived? Escaping execution, Lady Jane hides as a peasant girl in a principality in Germany. She loves the simple life and never wants to return to England. But her benefactor, a power-hungry German prince, wants to march on London and place her on the English throne again, thereby increasing his dominance in Europe.
If she doesn’t agree with his plan, her beloved childhood nurse will be put to death. Desperate for help, Jane must put her trust in the mysterious spy Asher Hayes. Asher Hayes is done rounding up Protestants for “Bloody Mary” and wants nothing more than to live a quiet life as a farmer and expunge the blood of many from his hands.
Except Queen Mary isn’t done with him yet. She throws his father, mother, and sister into prison on false charges in order to force him to accept one last mission – find and kill Lady Jane Grey. But when Asher discovers Lady Jane isn’t a threat to the throne as he believed her to be, he faces a devastating decision – does he sacrifice his family for the woman who reigns in his heart?
This book of historical fiction was full of drama. Historical fiction and non-fiction books are my favorites. I love history, especially British, and this was captivating. I couldn’t put it down, reading almost non-stop. The time period is such an exciting one, but we know that Mary actually had Lady Jane Grey killed.
The hate between Catholics and Protestants tore England apart. The author takes a tumultus time in history and writes a beautiful What if? book. In this book Lady Jane is prepared to die, but wakes up in a strange place. Her life was spared and she was whisked away to a small German village.
There are secrets upon secrets and the reader is left to wonder what is real. The assasin who is sent to kill Lady Jane and bring her head back to Queen Mary spends a lot of time with her. He doesn’t know who she is because of her disguise and new name of Ella. Neither of them know the other’s true identity, and they gradually fell in love.
Ella was always in danger of discovery and death and she was in the middle of the upcoming battle. Her faith in the grace of God gave her the courage to accept God’s will. Things were looking bleak. Would there be any way that Jane could survive? Thinking about history with an alternative ending was entertaining and I look forward to the next book in this series.
About the Author
Olivia Rae is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary inspirational romance. She spent her school days dreaming of knights, princesses and far away kingdoms; it made those long, boring days in the classroom go by much faster. Nobody was more shocked than her when she decided to become a teacher.
Besides getting her Master’s degree, marrying her own prince, and raising a couple of kids, Olivia decided to breathe a little more life into her childhood stories by adding in what she’s learned as an adult living in a small town on the edge of a big city. When not writing, she loves to travel, dragging her family to old castles and forts all across the world.
Olivia is the winner of the Angel Awards, New England Readers’ Choice Award, Golden Quill Award, American Fiction Award, Illumination Book Awards, and the Southern Magic Award. She has also been a finalist in many other contests including the National Readers’ Choice Awards. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.
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