Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sheltered by the Warrior by Barbara Phinney

My review today is on the Love Inspired Historical, Sheltered by the Warrior. I love Barbara's books, they are in the old language and her description of clothing, castles, and cottages make you feel you are right there with the characters. Her characters are complex, sometimes broken people trying to survive the war torn villages. She weaves her faith into her stories like a well woven tapestry. I enjoy her work and I know you will too.

Former slave Rowena is a Saxon peasant woman with an illegitimate Norman child. We are introduced to her in Protected by the Warrior now we find her struggling to survive in the village but the people think she is conspiring with the Normans; after all her child is obviously Norman.  Rowena's small garden is attacked and destroyed in the dead of night. The Baron of the village comes and views the destruction and he sends her food for the winter which she refuses. The next night her hut is set on fire, now the Baron must step in. He takes her to his manor.

Baron Stephen de Bretonne has been given the small village to find any resistance to the new king. The Baron is struggling with his own personal guilt for not keeping his younger brother safe, now he is bound to protect this young peasant and her child. He must find who is trying to kill her and why but unfortunately he is drawn by the beautiful woman. How can he use her for bait when he has all these feelings rising within him?

A struggle of two broken people trying to find a way to survive the horrors of their world. Both are drawn to their God and His plan so they find themselves also drawn to each other. A great story. Remember God always has a plan and if we can but trust Him He will bless us beyond our wildest dream. After all he gave us those dreams and desires. God bless you this coming week.