This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Sovereign’s Daughter—a Book Review

The Sovereign’s Daughter by Susan May Warren and Susan K. Downs

I received this book recently from Glass Road Public Relations for review and felt drawn to it and so dropped some of my other reading and flew through it. I was not disappointed.

The promotional material I received with it was intriguing. How were the authors going to bring a Russian Duchess and a young Mennonite man into acquaintance? How were they ever going to interweave the contrasting beliefs of the simple Mennonite traditions with the lavish and resplendent rituals of Russian Orthodoxy? I am an immense fan of historical fiction. I’ve been interested in the Amish and Mennonite stories that are popular these days and Orthodoxy is dear to my heart so I jumped right in.

My Russian history is a little lacking but I’m pretty sure the authors did a good job with their research. The story is purely a fictional “what-if,” not at all set out to be a speculation. But in that place where history can meet fiction the results were believable and engaging, and in fact surprising in how deeply I was drawn to these characters.

The book introduces us to the royal Romanov family right after WWI and during the Bolshevik revolution. The captured Tsar Nikolai Alexandrovich providentially meets a young Mennonite man traveling for business. He charges him with the care of a young servant to the Romanovs. The young man, Anton’s life becomes entwined with an Orthodox monk, the monk’s sister and the servant girl the Tsar is so eager to protect. Anton’s life is already frustrating and complicated, but he is a man of honor and possesses a faithful heart.

I did a little research and discovered that The Sovereign’s Daughter is a re-release of the book
Oksana: Heirs of Anton Series. It will be available under The Sovereign's Daughter in January.

While this is not a long, involved--it was a relatively fast read, I was glad I read this and would recommend it to fans of Christian historical fiction. This is a book that I will be happy to share with my book-loving, pre-teen niece. Definitely a book to pick up.

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