03 March 2015

Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello - Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello



Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello
Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Five Stars *****

This is Debbie Lynne's debut full length novel! What a page turner!!! It was hard to turn off my Kindle each night as I was reading Sword of Forgiveness. Set in medieval times, our heroine, Lady Brithwin (isn't that a pretty name?) has known much sorrow in her life. Her abusive father has died and now she can avoid the tortures he inflicted on her. She's being forced into a marriage with a man she doesn't know - Royce. Meanwhile our hero, Royce, returns from a horrific battle to find his entire family dead. The evidence is said to point evil-doers from Brithwin's castle as having done the deed. And now, Royce learns he is to marry her! He's not too happy about that and seeks to get to the bottom of his family's murders. In the meanwhile, his uncle, as well as his brother's fiance, Clarice, stir up trouble. And someone is trying to cause damage to both Royce and Brithwin.

This book reminded me very much of Julie Garwood's Scottish books, but is a Christian historical romance not secular and is clean reading.  Wonderful writing throughout although I did get a little upset with both Royce and Brithwin for being rather clueless about one of the antagonists in the story. This story should make the Christian bestseller list for historical romance!  I expect it to be on my Best of 2015 list next December!!!

Highly recommend!

You can purchase a copy at Amazon.
Giveaway: One of our commenters will receive a copy of Debbie Lynne's stunning new book!!! Available in ebook or paperback (ebook only for foreign winners.)

43 comments:

  1. WOW, CARRIE! What a glowing review of Debbie Lynne Costello's new book! Thank you for sharing it with us! The book sounds awesome!

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  2. Great review of a wonderful sounding must read! I will have to put this in the wish list! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. TY Wendy! What did DaVinci think of it? ;) Yes, you need to read this!

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  3. I have heard great things about this book and would love to read it!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie, please recommend it to your book group? Hugs!

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  4. Wow, this sounds like a really good read. Guess I've got another book to add to my TBR pile. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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    1. You are welcome, Loraine! Thanks so much for being an OWG reader, and best wishes for the contest!

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  5. Every time I see this I'm just drawn in by the cover!

    Hugs, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. That is a beautiful custom done cover, not from stock pictures, Amada! Lovely!

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  6. I always enjoy a medieval read & this sounds like such a fabulous story.

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    1. Medieval fans like you will go nuts over this book--it is so good!

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  7. Loved reading a bit more about this story Carrie. I'd purchased the book from the celebratory post for Debbie Lynne Costello and now after reading your enthusiastic and intriguing review, I'm really keen to read it!! :-)

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    1. I think you will love this book, Noela! It's fun to self-treat once in a while! Hugs!

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  8. Debbie's books sounds full of adventure, mystery and romance... I love the medieval setting!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. SoF has it all, Merry! And under $4 on Amazon!!!

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  9. I love the cover. It sounds like a great book. Congrats.

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    1. That is a custom designed cover, Tammy! Get it ASAP from Amazon, you won't regret it!

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  10. Thank you, Carrie for such a wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. And thank you, everyone, for coming by and for your encouraging words!

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  11. Great review Carrie, thank you !!! Congratulations on your debut novel Debbie !!! I am so looking forward to reading SWORD OF FORGIVENESS !!!

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    1. Chicki, this book is a bargain at only $3.99 for full length novel, so snap it up now! TY for your kind words!

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    2. Thank you, Rosemary!! I hope you get a chance to read it!

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  12. Carrie love the review and the book!! I must confess it had me talking to both Royce and Brithwin, I might have threatened to give them a shake or two. :-) Debbie Lynne did an exceptional job with this story!! It had me spellbound the whole time!

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    1. LOL me, too! I got mad at both of them but loved them, Teresa! A real page turner!!!

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    2. Thank you, Teresa! I have to admit that I do have some blond in me and sometimes I'm a little less clueless than some. Perhaps, Royce shouldn't have been so much. But it seemed perfectly logical to me! I could tell some stories on myself...but sometimes blond moments are best kept to yourself. LOL

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  13. Not an era I have read much about, but would love to give Debbie Lynne's release a try!

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    1. I've read a bunch of these over the years and this is very well done, Patty! Splurge and get yourself a copy if you don't win. It's only $3.99 for the ebook!

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    2. Hey Patty! I hope you'll be able to get your hands on a copy! Thanks for coming by!

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  14. DEBBIE and CARRIE!!!

    I bought Deb's novel last week and it's killing me not to dive in yet, especially after this stellar review, Carrie, but Rita books and four previously promised endorsements stand in the way, but hopefully SOON!!

    Carrie, praying for you, my sweet friend, and Deb, you're always on my hit list, as you know!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Julie, you've got to set some time aside after you are done judging for the Ritas and reading those MSes for endorsement! TY for your prayers! I was a little scared when I saw about the "hit list" as I usually associate that with something else lol!

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    2. Julie! Thank you! You are such a sweetie! I love being on your 'hit list'!!!!

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  15. Carrie, a great review. Happy for Debbie having her Debut novel out now. I shared it on my FB page. Hopefully someone will see it and buy it. Thanks for the give-away. Congratulations Debbie. God bless you and may you sell many. many copies. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Thank you, Maxie! It's been an exciting time!! Thanks for celebrating with me!

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    2. Thanks so much, Maxie! I am so happy for her making it onto the bestselling list so quickly!!!

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  16. This looks like an awesome read and I can't wait to dive in myself! :)

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    1. Yay, Karen! Can't wait to hear what you think.

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    2. At that price, don't miss out on the ebook, Karen! Great read! Sword of Forgiveness is a great book!

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  17. Wonderful review, Carrie - thank you!! And thank you for the gift card win through your Facebook post - I used it to purchase the paperback of "Sword of Forgiveness", my fave mode of reading.

    I'm so thrilled for the success of Debbie Lynne's first published novel!! If it's one of your picks for 2015 - I know it has to be excellent, looking forward to reading it!!

    Love you - hugs and prayers!!

    Shared post!!

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    1. Awesome, Bonnie! Thank you so much!!!

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    2. Thanks for your kind words, Bonnie! You will love Sword of Forgiveness! We are so glad to have you on the blog with us!

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