Second review of the day and it’s about another historical fiction novel. Are you ready?
“With Face Aflame“, written by A.E. Walnofer, is a Historical novel, published on April 13th 2018.
I want to thank Zoé, at Zooloo’s Book Tours, and A.E. Walnofer for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Born with a red mark emblazoned across her face, seventeen-year-old Madge is lonely as
she spends her days serving guests and cleaning rooms in the inn her father keeps.
One day, she meets an unusual minstrel in the marketplace. Moved by the beauty of his
song and the odd shape of his body, she realizes she has made her first friend. But he must
go on to the next town, leaving her behind.
Soon after, while she herself is singing in the woods, she is startled by a chance meeting
with a stranger there. Though the encounter leaves her horribly embarrassed, it proves she
need not remain unnoticed and alone forever.
However, this new hope is shattered when she overhears a few quiet words that weren’t
intended for her ears. Heartbroken and confused, she flees her home to join the minstrel and
his companion, a crass juggler.
As they travel earning their daily bread, Madge secretly seeks to rid herself of the mark upon
her cheek convinced that nothing else can heal her heart.
Set in England in 1681, With Face Aflame is the tale of a girl who risks everything in hopes
of becoming the person she desperately wants to be.
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About the Author
A.E. Walnofer spends weekdays mobilizing the soft tissue and synovial joints of patients,
and weekends typing out stories that are incessantly brewing inside her head. There are lots
of these tales and she hopes to share many more of them with you in the future.
The first thing I noticed in about this book wasn’t the cover, it was the title. That was what caught my attention immediately. Once I read the synopsis and saw the cover, my curiosity got bigger.
In this book, we follow seventeen-year-old Madge as she goes on a personal journey to become the person she wants to be. With her we read about several topics that were powerful and emotional. From self-love and self-esteem to the society’s actions. The emotional rollercoaster was amazing and quite what I needed for these past few weeks.
The connection I felt with Madge was one of experience, although the context and time period are different, we both have had similar experiences and that made me understand her more. Seeing her journey of self-acceptance and searching for normalcy and happiness, is something we all can understand.
Overall, the story was brilliant. With the historical elements giving us a interesting context of how things worked back then, we end up jumping to the pages of this book and yet feeling that things are still happening today. Just like before… We still have the same fears and wants.
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