It’s Wednesday! And it’s been an exciting day for me, reason why I’m only now posting this review. Nevertheless, I bring you a paranormal romance, coming of age, post-apocalyptic, fantasy novel, published on 15th November 2018.
“Strand of Faith” is the first of Choices and Consequences Series, written by Rachel J. Bonner.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?
A girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But those from whom they expect support are manipulating them both because their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.
After a stormy youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. That is, until he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. To follow his heart, he’ll have to face his demons again, outside the security of the monastery. Is it worth the risk? Can he beat them this time? Or will they finally destroy him?
Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the abbey. All she wants is to learn how to manage her unusual abilities so that she is not a danger to those around her. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything threatens to spiral out of her control. Whether she leaves or whether she stays, how can she possibly avoid destroying – yet again – those she has come to care about?
Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. He knows what he has to do but is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?
Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.
Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Target shooting only, honest. Nothing to worry about.
She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.
This is the first book in a series so it’s the entry for this new world, and personally I think that the first book in a series is always the one that can have more information about the world that sometimes in can make it heavy, but in this book, there was a good balance with the action, romance and the introduction of the characters and world.
The author created and amazing world. Really… it was complex and intriguing, it touched many genres I love with the fantasy and paranormal touches, and the romance. It had an unique tone and storyline, with some twists that truly surprised me. Intriguing and exciting book.
Then there are the characters. They too were complex and well written. You can see that they have their own voices and you get to follow them and learn about their lives and past, but also see their development. Plus their interaction made reading the book even more fun, and I felt like I could relate to them.
Overall, it was very entertaining and I’m curious for the books to come. It was the kind of book that take us on a journey in a different world, with fantasy and powers, and in the end it leave us needing the next book because you want to learn more about that world and the characters.
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