05 March 2015

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello

Sword of Forgiveness
Winds of Change Book 1
Debbie Lynne Costello
Published by Wakefield Press

With this enchanting story Debbie Lynne Costello leads us back to 1398 England where the land was under the rule of the powerful King Richard, and chivalrous knights helped keep order.

Since childhood Brithwin longed for her father's love but all she ever received from him was cruelty and torture. Thankfully she did have a protector in Thomas, the captain of her guard, and a spiritual father in Pater, the man who taught her of Christ. On the day her father died, she felt no sorrow, only relief that he could no longer torment her. Finally free, Brithwin vows she will take care of Hawkwood and never be under the rule of a man again. That vow was soon to be broken when the missive from the King arrives with the name of her soon to be husband; Sir Royce of Rosen Craig.

When Royce returns home from a skirmish to Rosen Craig he is expecting to be greeted by his beloved family, but the only greeting he receives is his servant telling him his parents and brother are dead; supposedly killed by men from Hawkwood. When Royce hears this news, he is angered that his future bride could have something to do with his family being killed.

When Lord Royce arrives to take possession of Hawkwood and his bride to be, Brithwin defies him at every turn, which makes Royce more determined than ever to tame her. Even though Thomas assures Brithwin Lord Royce is an honorable man, she fears he is a man like her father, only seeing her as chattel, not someone to cherish or love. Will Royce and Brithwin be able to overcome the misgivings they have for each other?

Debbie Lynne Costello has hit the mark when it comes to storytelling; I literally could not put this book down until I had devoured it. I must confess I have a soft spot for stories about fair maidens and the handsome knights that save them; this story was that and so much more. There are thrilling twists and a few surprises that will keep you enthralled. The storyline between Royce and Brithwin was quite breathtaking and exasperating at times as these flawed people seek to find a never ending love. So if you want to spend a few hours in an enchanted time, be sure to grab a copy of this book!

You may purchase this at Amazon

GIVEAWAY: One of our commenters this week will receive a copy of Debbie Lynne's stunning new book!!! Available in ebook or paperback (ebook only for foreign winners.)


42 comments:

  1. Great review Teresa !!!! Thank you !!! Congrats on your debut novel Debbie !!! I am looking forward to reading Sword of Forgiveness, I like the medieval times, oh the handsome knights and beautiful maidens !!!! :-) Thanks for the chance to win a great prize !!

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. I appreciate you coming.

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    2. ROSEMARY So glad you dropped by and I am with you on loving the medieval times!! Here's hoping for a win for you! :-)

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  2. I sorta have a soft spot for those 'things' too, Teresa! ;) As I do for your charming reviews, so thanks for that! Really looking forward to reading Debbie's novel!!

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    1. NOELA I can't wait for you to read it! I just flew through it, it was so good. You know how I always joke about Julie Lessman's books and how I "talk" to the characters, I might have done the same thing with Brithwin and Lord Royce. lol :-)

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    2. Hey Noela, There is nothing like a chivalry, fair maidens, and tough, handsome knights. I'm excited that you are looking forward to SOF! Teresa, you made my day! Between your review and your comment, I think I'll be going to bed with a smile on my face. Thanks you!!!!

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  3. I also love your amazing reviews, TERESA, and as with Noela's I ALWAYS want to read the book afterwards! Y'all need to quit this! I need two heads!!! lol

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    1. Hmmm DIANA it sounds like a conspiracy doesn't it? lol Now you know how I feel when I read yours and NOELAs reviews!! :-)

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    2. Diana, I sure am glad Teresa does such an awesome job! You make me laugh with your two heads. See if you had two heads then you'd have to read everything twice because if the one told the other....lol

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    3. LOL, Debbie Lynn and Teresa!

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  4. I have heard great things about this book and would love to read it. Thank you for the great review!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for coming by MELANIE, hope you get to read it soon! :-)

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    2. Hey Melanie, Teresa did an awesome job on the review!! I hope you get a chance to read Sword of Forgiveness.

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  5. Such a beautiful review, Teresa - thank you!!

    Fair maidens and handsome knights - what could be better?? Sounds like some mystery in this story, also, and I love tales of flawed characters - their redemption and romance. Looking forward to reading "Sword of Forgiveness" - again, my congrats to Debbie!!

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    1. Oh BONNIE it is such a beautiful story, you will love those twists and turns! So many catch your breath moments!! :-)

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    2. Hey Bonnie! Good to see you here!! I'm so excited that you want to read my book. I sure hope you get a chance to. And Teresa, there you go making me smile again!

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  6. You have sold me on this book! I would love to win a copy!

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    1. Good luck, Brenda! I hope you get a chance to read it.

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    2. BRENDA here's hoping you are our blessed win!! Thanks for dropping in!! :-)

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    3. BRENDA here's hoping you are our blessed win!! Thanks for dropping in!! :-)

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  7. I don't read many books from the Medieval era, but this one looks really interesting. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

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    1. Oh LORAINE this one was quite interesting! I know you will love it! Here's hoping for a win for you!!! :-)

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    2. Loraine, I hope you get a chance to read Sword of Forgiveness. Thanks for coming by!

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  8. Great review Teresa . I love the Sword of Forgiveness . Debbie has herself a winner epwith this one . I would love to win a copy of this books thanks .
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi ELIZABETH, thanks for much for dropping in!! Debbie Lynne surely does have a winner in SWORD of FORGIVENESS!! I am so glad I was able to review it!! :-)

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    2. Thank you Liz and Teresa! You all are such an encouragement to me!

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  9. Thanks, Teresa, for your great review. I am now more anxious than ever to read Debbie Lynne's book!

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    1. Thanks for coming by Kay! I hope you do get a chance to read SOF

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    2. KAY hope you get to read SoF really soon!! I can't say enough good things about it!! :-)

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  10. Teresa your review has definitely drawn me to want to read this book and Debbie congratulations on the release of your book!!! How exciting! Jenny

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. It has been an exciting week!

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    2. JENNIFER thanks for coming by, hope you get to read Debbie Lynne's book soon!! Maybe you will be our winner!! :-)

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  11. This does promise to be a wonderful read.

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    1. Oh MARY this is an absolutely wonderful read! :-)

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  12. The book sounds like a great read. Would love to read it. Congrats on your book. Hope you do very well.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tammy. Good luck!

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    2. TAMMY thanks for coming by, I know you will love it! Here's to a win for you!! :-)

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  13. Great job on this review Teresa. How I would hate to be told who to marry. :( Sounds like some suspenseful moments and making you both scream and smile. I would love to win Debbie's new book. Congratulations Debbie. GOD bless you both and all of my sweet OWG girls. (((Hugs))) Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Thank you, Maxie! I appreciate you coming by all the blogs I'm on! I hope you win my book at one of these!

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    2. Hi Dear MAXIE it's brings a smile to my face to see your name here! Keeping my fingers crossed your name comes out of that hat!! ;-) lol

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  14. Great review Teresa! I am looking forward to Debbie Lynne's debut novel. Love to support a local Carolina girl!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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