Monday, November 28, 2011

In the Aerie of the Wolf by Leonora Pruner

About the book:

Another intriguing and uplifting novel from the author of Close to His Heart, Leonora Pruner has a gift for storytelling and creating compelling characters. Set in 18th century England, our heroine Anne is betrothed to a man she's never met and must leave behind her girlhood fantasies. When she arrives at the home of Lord Wolverton, Master of the Wolf's Aerie, the mysteries and challenges of her new life cause her to seek Biblical wisdom and guidance concerning honor, integrity, and faithfulness. In this story of the discovery of true love, there is also danger, betrayal, and sword fighting—and it all takes place in a castle complete with secret passageways. Become lost in another time and place. You will not want to put this book down.

My review of In the Aerie of the Wolf:

I am always wanting to expand my horizons as far as books are concerned.  When I first started reviewing Christian fiction, I pretty much just stayed with the old reliable romance novels that are pretty common these days.  Now, I do still love those books, a lot.  But, sometimes I just want to try a new author or to try a book that I am not really sure I will like.  I am often surprised when I do this as I was with In the Aerie of the Wolf.

I had absolutely no idea what to expect, so I just went into this book with an open mind, ready to be entertained.  Initially I was irritated by the strong accent that is written into the story.  I am very picky about that when I am reading books because I don’t feel that it is necessary and it slows the story down.  This wasn’t a huge problem and the quality of the storytelling removed any long term irritation.

This book is most definitely a romance novel, but it also has some mystery and some drama with a good, solid Christian message.  Overall, I found In the Aerie of the Wolf to be a wonderful story.  I am so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.  I did have high hopes for this book because it sounded unique and the author is new to me, so to be able to highly recommend it for anyone is a pleasure.  I am glad I read it and I wouldn’t want to miss this one!

About the author:

Leonora Pruner was born in Dubuque, Iowa, but has lived most of her life in California. Writing has been an important activity since junior high. She graduated from Westmont College in 1953 and earned an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1981.

Fascination with a possible eighteenth-century English char- acter led to five years of extensive research, which resulted in the 1981 and 1987 publication of two period novels. That time period remains of great interest to the author, and she continues to use eighteenth-century England as a setting for her work.

Leonora married in 1953, and her family has expanded from two children to thirteen grandchildren and five great-grand- children.

She lived in the Republic of Maldives from 1987 to 1997, where she collected folklore and taught economics and computer science. While there she wrote the first drafts of this book.

Other books by Leonora Pruner include Love's Secret Storm, Love's Silent Gift, and Close to His Heart.

This book was provided for review by Book Crash.

1 comment:

Beckie B. said...

This was the second book I read by Pruner. I went into both not thinking I would like it. I think the covers are not done well for either -- and yes that does make a difference with me. I liked both very much. Try "Close to His Heart". It is more romance a la Austen and less fairy tale.