A Scoundrel, A Spy, and A Secret. Will She Ever Learn the Truth?
Desperate to avoid a second loveless marriage, Anne Howell hides out in a cave on the Welsh coast. If she can get to England, she should be safe from her stepfather’s long reaching hand. She thinks her prayers are answered when she rescues a shipwrecked sailor, Thomas Armstrong, who agrees to help her, claiming he has ties to Queen Elizabeth I. Though she fears he may be an accomplished liar, she has no choice but to trust him, especially when a secret from her past puts spies on her trail and threatens to destroy her future.
Upon learning his true mother was executed in place of a dethroned queen, Thomas Armstrong sets out to find the cowardly monarch and avenge his mother’s death. Broke and in debt, he is finally on the verge of reaching his goal when his ship goes down in a storm and he ends up owing his life to the honest and forthright Anne Howell. He fears his quest is finished – until he learns there are those who would pay handsomely to have Anne in their possession, enough to clear his debt and enable him to pursue the revenge he seeks. But in helping Anne he has lost his heart, and now faces a devastating choice – remain loyal to his goal of avenging his mother or follow his feelings to an uncertain future with Anne.
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 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.
Olivia is the winner of the Book Buyers Best Award, Angel Award, New England Readers’ Choice Award, the Golden Quill Award, the American Fiction Award, and is a gold and bronze medalist in the Illumination Awards.
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I’ve always been drawn to English history and back in 2009, I was blessed to visit London with my daughter. We immersed ourselves in the area’s rich history by going to museums, visiting Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, Temple Church, and so much more. Of course, a tour of the city wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Tower of London. There I learned about the tragic and short life of Lady Jane Grey, who was the queen of England for nine days.
Later that day, I found a postcard that displayed the famous painting, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche. My mind started racing and the seeds for the Secrets of the Queens series took root. I wondered what would’ve happened if Lady Jane Grey had lived. A Life Reclaimed, the third book in the Secrets of theQueens, is not about Lady Jane Grey per se, but it follows the story of a young man whose life has been changed because of her escape from death.
I hope you enjoy my tale of mystery, intrigue, and love as much as I enjoyed writing it.
A Life Reclaimed is a Christian Historical Fiction book that is written by Olivia Rae. This is book three in the Secrets of the Queen series. I have not read the whole series but I did not have any problems following along. One of the things that I love about this author is the way she transports you back in history.
Anne Howell is trying to avoid a loveless marriage and a not so nice step father. She decides to hide and try and get to England. My heart really went out to Anne. She really did not want to go into the marriage. Thomas Armstrong is shocked to hear his mother was executed in place of the dethroned queen. He agrees to help Anne. They both are holding so much back and Anne is not sure she can trust him. Thomas is a thief, but wants to protect Anne.
I really liked the author's message about God's unconditional love. Seeing Anne share her faith to Thomas was heartwarming.
The characters are well written and I was lost in the story within the first few pages. I do not know a lot about this time period, and I felt like I learned a lot.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.