The first in a series of 3+ books (I’m not sure what to do with novellas called 3.1 and 3.2 in a series), this book is a clean young adult version similar to the popular Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, except that it’s set in Italy in the 1300’s instead of in Scotland.
Theology: Seeking God
This is a great book in that the theology is there, but you could easily recommend this to an unbeliever and they wouldn’t feel the novel is too Christiany (can I coin a term?).
The protagonist finds herself 700 years in the past and can’t figured out how it happened. She reasons that it must be God, because who else has that kind of power? (Love it!)
This is a good seeker book, meaning that Gabi knows about God but doesn’t know God. She begins to search for Him. There are glimmers that she is beginning to truly believe, but she still has much room to grow by the end of the novel.
It’s good, it’s clean, it’s fun. There are fighting scenes with blood and death, some illusions to what men might do to women as spoils of war, a little bit of torture, but nothing graphic. There are also a couple of kissing scenes (flutter, flutter).
Most of all, this is a love story. What do you do when you’re in love with someone you can’t (or shouldn’t) have? I appreciated the fact that our heroine didn’t have the “all is fair in love and war” philosophy. She had to contend with a rival suitor–a ‘mean girl’–and she did so with grace and integrity. She looked at the big picture and was more worried about the people around her and what it would mean to them if she gave into her feelings, than being in it for herself.
This is another instance where an author didn’t have the protagonist lie and use subterfuge to heighten plot tension. Another example of how a character can have integrity and there will still be plenty of tension in the novel!
I couldn’t put it down–even though I should have been spending the time doing other things. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.