Monday, January 2, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway!

I'm really excited to be part of the blog tour for Rachel Rossano's story, The Reward of Anavrea. I first became a fan of Ms. Rossano's work with her Rhynan series of Duty, then Honor. I loved the Earl of Dentin in those stories. *swoon* I got a chance to meet Ms. Rossano at the RONE awards a few months back and even got a picture with her. Here we are!

She was very gracious and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with her. Of course when the chance to review her new book came around I jumped at it and I wasn't disappointed!

Ms. Rossano writes a sort of historical fantasy. It all fits in with medieval historical stories, yet the setting and cultural aspects are all just a world that exists in the author's head. There isn't fantastical animals or superhuman powers or anything like that, so, with that, it fits into my favorite genre of historical romance.

In The Reward of Anavrea, we first meet Liam, an honorable soldier who has been given lands and titles for his bravery. When he gets to his new place of residence, however, all is not well. The men have been pressed into service by a diabolical neighbor, and the keeper of the keys to the house is nowhere to be found. As Liam tries to solve the overwhelming problems of a newly minted lord of the castle, he also finds the secret to his happiness may be found in the enchanting woman who now scrubs his floors.

Jayne has had a hard life and has only known cruelty at the hands of powerful men. When Liam comes into her life she is wary to trust him and his promises. But when she is forced to make a choice between those that she loves and marriage to a cruel man, can she count on Liam to live up to the words he's said to her?

I really enjoyed the characters and the story. It was a quick read with a satisfying ending, and I was sad when it was over. Liam was a swoon-worthy hero and really took his duty seriously to those under his command. Jayne was a sympathetic heroine and with her background it made her cautiousness toward Liam understandable. This story had a lot more religious overtones than the Rhynan series, but I didn't feel preached to and thought it added to the dimensionality of the characters. Also, even though this is the third book in the series, I didn't feel lost at all. It had all the classic worldbuilding Rachel Rossano is known for, with a love story that will leave you with a smile. I can't wait for more of her books!

You can buy your Kindle copy of The Reward of Anavrea here.
Don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!

Here is the back copy:

She couldn’t hide forever.

A hard life taught Jayne to avoid men, powerful men most of all. When a new nobleman arrives to take over the vargar, she takes her family and hides. But the new baron seeks her out and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: protection. However, once they were sheltered behind the dark stone walls of the vargar, who would protect her from the new master?

His reward isn’t what it seems.

King Ireic of Anavrea charges Liam, a former bodyguard, with the task of retaking and taming a corner of the northern wilds. Upon arrival at Ashwyn Vargar, Liam finds challenges beyond his military experience. The keys to the vargar are missing and so are the field hands who should be harvesting the fields. Once he finds the keeper of the keys, she raises more questions than answers.

About the Author

Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.


Rachel is giving away one of her favorite CDs to listen to while she writes. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of music she likes to listen to, you can check out the CD on Amazon and then come back here and enter the giveaway.

Tour Schedule

January 2
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Intro and Book Review
Bokerah-Guest Post

January 3
Queen of Random-Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano's Words-Book Spotlight

January 4
Stephany Tullis-Book Spotlight
Ember's Reviews-Author Interview and Review

January 5
Frances Hoelsema-Book Spotlight
Laurel's Leaves-Author Interview

January 6
Shout outs-Guest Post
Rebekah Lyn Book-Character Spotlight

January 7
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner 


Mary Preston said...

I received an award for my studies which was pretty cool.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

That's wonderful! Congratulations!

Julie Carpenter said...

I am a Pianist and growing up participated in many competitions. One of my favorites was not an actual physical reward but the chance to perform as one of 3 finalist in a state competition. After years and years of practice and learning it was a pretty awesome reward (and a little nerve wracking). ;-)

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I really loved meeting and chatting with you, Julie. I am hoping that we can repeat the experience next year.