The Sword and the Secrets was an exciting story full of adventure, danger, and romance. It is the second book in the Secrets series and follows the son of the couple from the first book, The Secret Life of Lady Evangeline. It is not necessary to have read book one in order to understand and enjoy book two.
I enjoyed watching these characters work together to bring their information to the King. They battled many people along the way and had to learn to trust each other in order to stay alive.
As John and Julianna spent time together, they began to care for one another. Yet, Julianna was indebted to the Crown as a spy and John had made a vow to serve God, which he believed meant that he needed to become a monk. These were roadblocks to a possible life of love together.
The author did a good job of illustrating that God can use anyone for any purpose and that the plans you believe God has for you may not be what He intends at all. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Julianna’s final mission proves more deadly than she imagined, help comes from the most unlikely of places.
Raised in a castle on the remote border of England and Scotland, Lord John Stanton is the last male heir of his royal lineage. He has the responsibility to marry and carry on the family name, but a secret vow to God, after a near-fatal battle wound, could change his future from royal heir to humble servant of the church. His journey to the monastery to become a monk is interrupted when he meets a dangerous, but beautiful, woman who has plans and secrets of her own.
Abandoned by her father and raised in an institution as property of the Crown, Julianna Westerfield longs to be free to pursue love and have a family of her own. Trained to be a spy and assassin, she has a chance to earn her freedom by completing this last and most dangerous assignment. Her mission to uncover a murderous plot and the identities of the Black Guard has already cost several agents their lives, and now the assassins are after her. To survive she must depend on a handsome monk and his cantankerous donkey.
Was it divine intervention that caused John and Julianna’s paths to cross? Can they put aside their differences and join forces to deliver stolen papers containing vital information to the king in time to save countless lives?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
During her youth, Jan Davis Warren raised, broke, and trained horses and seriously considered becoming a veterinarian. Instead, and with no regret, she fell in love and married David, a fun testimony in itself. They searched until they found land with plenty of room to build their future family. Besides their awesome children, several horses, a couple of dogs and barn cats, over the years, they raised all kinds of poultry and livestock, including donkeys. Their children are grown now with happy homes of their own and her sweet husband, the hero of her happily-ever-after story, has since passed away. Change is hard and widowhood is not for sissies. Blessed with a good marriage and a deep abiding relationship with Jesus, Jan is able to write firsthand about sacrifice, love, romance, bravery, and perseverance. One of her favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have you, declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.