Review: A Royal Marriage (Protecting the Crown #1) by Rachelle McCalla

15801542When Princess Gisela, daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, arrives injured at Lydia, King John is her only chance at survival. Trained as a healer, King John must risk his life to save Gisela’s. What he did not realize was that he would also be risking his heart.

Princess Gisela and King John were characters I could feel for. Gisela is betrothed to a man she does not love. It is a political alliance. When she is injured and spends time healing at King John’s castle, her heart begins to long for King John’s love.

King John, on the other hand, has promised himself never to love again. He lost his wife in childbirth and carries enormous guilt over this. As he begins to fall in love with Gisela, he longs to share a life with her. Two things hold him back: the political repercussions that could unfold if he were to interfere with Gisela’s arranged marriage and the fear that he could ever be the cause of another wife dying while trying to bear him an heir.

There is much more to this story – love, deceit, battle, political intrigue, secrets…the list goes on and on. I look forward to reading more from this author. (4 stars)



As far back as the fourth grade, Rachelle McCalla knew she wanted to be an astronaut. Her best friend wanted to be an author, and so they argued about whose chosen profession was better. Rachelle soon discovered she had no aptitude for science, math, or weightlessness. She’s been writing ever since.

Rachelle is a graduate of Hastings College and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Blessed with four rambunctious children and a never-ending remodeling project disguised as a house, Rachelle finds solace in her writing, where she can get her characters out of even the most impossible fixes (a task not so easily accomplished in real life).

With all the uncertainties in the future of space travel, Rachelle has realized her chosen vocation may have allowed to fly farther than an astronaut ever could. Through her historical research and writing, she travels through time and space, beyond infinity to the farthest reaches of the imagination.

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About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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