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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review - Fire Dragon’s Angel By Barbara Blythe

Title: Fire Dragon's Angel

Author: Barbara Blythe

Publisher: White Rose Publishing

Buy Link: Buy Fire Dragon's Angel Here!

Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed By: Nerine


Can a hero ever live up to his reputation?

For seven years, Ceressa Quarles has secretly admired Latimer Kirkleigh. Latimer has spent those same seven years disappointing everyone he loves. When they reunite, she finds him jaded, arrogant...and still irresistible.

He finds her disconcerting, headstrong...and beautiful.

As responsibility and tragedy intertwine, Ceressa and Latimer are set upon a course that neither is prepared to travel. Forced to flee her English home, Ceressa accepts a marriage proposal from Latimer and finds herself living in a savage, colonial wilderness embroiled in rebellion.

With their lives at risk and any chance at love hidden deep within their precarious marriage of convenience, Ceressa and Latimer battle for the stability of a new world

and peace within their own hearts.


I'll be honest. Christian fiction really isn't my thing but this didn't detract all that much from my enjoyment of this story. Blythe has created memorable characters and has succeeded admirably in plunging me into a period of American history I find fascinating.

Although there were times where I felt the plot twisted with a few instances of too-convenient coincidences, on the whole the story arcs develop, taking the tale to a few places I hadn't expected. Set during the early days of Virginia's rebellion from British Rule, Fire Dragon's Angel offers a glimpse into a way of life that has me realise I take a lot of modern conveniences for granted. Life was certainly not easy back then and Blythe communicates the resilience of the early settlers well.

Both Ceressa and Latimer are cursed with an almost supernatural dose of stubbornness and pride, which leads to many miscommunications throughout the story. There were times I wanted to shake some sense into both but I enjoyed watching them resolve their tensions. Ceressa has an annoying habit of involving herself in others' affairs while Latimer is a bit of a control freak. This is quite obviously a recipe for disaster when the two are thrown together, which leads to more than a fair share of predicaments between them.

All's well that ends well, and while the novel finishes during a time of turbulent political upheaval in America's colonies, and the characters' futures are far from certain, each has something to learn from the other in order to find peace of mind, and it's following this journey that makes the novel worth reading. One gains the idea that whatever life throws at them after this, they have each other. Blythe's writing is engaging and she's a good story teller, who has taken great pains with her research in order to evoke a very tactile setting. It's always daunting writing historical fiction well, and if this is your cuppa tea, and you're looking for an inspirational Christian romance, Blythe won't disappoint.

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